Every hobby or sport has a mecca, of sorts.
If you’re a baseball fan, for example, Cooperstown is the ultimate baseball destination with the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
In golf, it’s Augusta and the Masters.
And in Geocaching — it’s Seattle (and a couple of spots you can get to from Seattle).
Groundspeak, the owners of geocaching.com and the biggest company in regard to the hobby, is located in Seattle. HQ, as it’s known, is a place people can visit, so it’s a rather large destination spot for geocachers.
I’ve been a geocacher since 2008, and it’s a place I’ve always wanted to go. If not just because it’s the “place” where geocaching happens, in regard to the game through geocaching.com.
That trip, though I’ve had talks with several people about doing it, has never happened. Summers are always busy, and then add in a span of 2 1/2 years where I was unemployed, and it just never worked out.
That’s going to change this summer.
Three of us have decided to make the trek for the final Block Party, an event that happens outside of HQ. It has looked like it’s a lot of fun and, earlier this year, Groundspeak announced it would be the final Block Party. Sure, something will replace it, but this is the final Block Party.
Now was the time.
After figuring everything out and pricing it out, we decided that this was a possible trip. Flights are better to order now, that’s for sure, and my plan is to order mine this week.
Hotels are already reserved.
Soon, I’ll start my work with Priceline to get a rental car for the time out there.
Then, of course, comes the work for the geocaching aspect of the trip. We’re going to hit some historic caches, and some fun ones as well. I’m sure there will be some great views. I’m looking forward to the events that are going on during this timeframe, including the Block Party, the International Geocaching Film Festival, the event near the old APE cache, and the meet-and-greet with some Groundspeak employees. Between now and then, it wouldn’t even shock me to see another one or two pop up.
I have a few more fun things planned this summer — from softball, to a few geocaching (mainly day) trips, and some baseball, too. Hopefully I’ll even get to play a few rounds of disc golf.
But this trip is really at the top.
Unfortunately, the Mariners are on the road during the time I’ll be out there, so no chance to see them. But on the final night of being there, I’m going to check out a minor league game.
I look forward to all the planning and discussion with the others to see what kind of caches and what we will be doing. Looking for places to eat and other little things will be a lot of fun, too.
And, of course, we know it will move fast. It’s a little more than 100 days away, so time will go by. Though I can’t wait, it can take it’s time coming as there will be some fun things between now and then … and it gives me more time to save some coin!
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