A small band of 30 or so Pennsylvania geocachers showed up last night for the first meet-up in the SpringFord Pennsylvania area. The food was outstanding and the friendship important. Many of us were meeting for the first time. A few only knew each other from their geocaching handles. It was fun to put a name to a secret identity.
Royersford’s Mainstreet Cafe hosted the event. They even put together a special menu for those who attended. I had the cheeseburger platter and can’t recommend it enough. Normally I order the SOS, but it was the evening. Besides, I’m going back Sunday for breakfast.
Softbyte had organized the get together and put out the word on the Groundspeak website. At least 40 people RSVP’s and said they would be coming. Not everyone was able to make it, but most did. It was a diverse crowd of all ages and denominations Most of us just sat around telling our war stories. I found out about some difficult geocaches in Philly. I was able to get more people interested in tackling the Phoenixville tunnel cache.
One local geocacher brought along his outstanding collection of geocoins and pathtags. This has grown into quite a sideline to the pursuit of geocaching. There are companies where you can design your own geocoin or pathtag and have them stamp it out. The cost can be steep, bu the results are astonishing.
At the end of the event a vote was taken. The group will be meeting again in January Everyone is supposed to come up with an “official name” for it. One young lady who has an art background is even designing the logo. It should be a hoot. This could be the start of something big!
I’m thinking of suggesting “The Free and Accepted Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Cachers”. Or maybe “The Revolutionary Traditional Front for the Total Salvation of Geocatching”. Or how about “Cromby International Geocaching Amalgamated”?
It’s open to ideas.