OCTOBER 20, 2013 – Geocoinfest 2013

The big day finally arrived. I filled my pack with 50 OLdweeb geocoins in 3 metals, 50 OLdweeb wooden nickels in 2 sizes and a few miscellaneous duplicate pathtags. With this heavy load I walked from my room to the main entrance.
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The line moved quickly because most people picked up their passes the previous night. Grease pencils were provided for the sign in log which was a big non-working slot machine. I signed the back. Travel bugs & moving coins were deposited in boxes at the door, according to their requested destination.
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The main hall was ringed with coin and swag vendors. Garmin, Magellan and Munzie.com were also there. Round tables were in the center. Bored spouses, tired cachers and a few traders sat down but the tables mostly stayed empty. A few seminars (I heard that if you sat thru 1 for travel insurance, you were given a geocoin) and a brief pathtag trading session were held in other rooms.
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I enjoyed talking with various geofriends and random cachers from other states. But overall I was disappointed that the event was so vendor-centric. I got nowhere close to trading away my 50 coins. At least the few traders in attendance happily accepted my OLdweeb geocoins. Here are my meager trade results:
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At 2:30pm the main room was emptying out. The minders of the travel bug/coin boxes didn’t want to get stuck with hundreds of bugs (& a few coins) so they asked people to “take ‘em from any box and keep ‘em moving.” I took 6 small travelers. I’m sure that lots and lots of the bigger TBs had no takers.

I ate lunch at a new highly rated Mongolian Restaurant on the corner and went back to my room to play online. ($12.99 for 24 hours of internet access) After dark I went outside and hiked a mile to “The Strip.” It’s just ‘not my thing’ for so many reasons that I pretended to visit Coruscant, the ultra advanced planet-covering city of the Star Wars universe. NERD!!!
LV_2I didn’t expect these night time phone pictures to ‘turn out.’ They did. Camera technology has progressed a lot in the last few years.
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Two virtual caches happened to be on my walking path.
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This picture satisfied the logging requirement for the 2nd one.
geo_4_lionSix straight days of caching, ending with the after event walk made me so tired I finally slept soundly. Just after dawn I drove back home, finding 40+ caches. But at least 10 were mysteriously missing from my Montana. It’s going back to the factory for a complete diagnostic, software wipe & reload.

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