GeoWoodstock 2018

GeoWoodstock 2018 – Cincinatti, Ohio


It is GeoWoodstock time!  The event was being held at Coney Island, nestled next to the Ohio river.  Weather forecasts called for intense thunderstorms by mid-day, so we planned to get an early start on the day. Apparently everyone had the idea and the line for entering Coney Island started on the bridge.  Despite the number of visitors, the park was well organized and we soon were parked and searching for the registration tables.

Coney Island, Ohio
Coney Island, Ohio

It was a day of rides, swimming, geocaching, and exploring.  Plus, I invented a new traveling Geocaching Log book and National Park Stamp book, which I unveiled at the event.


Coney Island Fun

Tom enjoying the rides
Tom enjoying the rides

After we parked, we were in the amusement park riding rides and enjoying a beautiful Saturday in Ohio.  And yet again, the kids were making me feel old. I still remember being like them, eager to ride EVERY spinning, looping, puke-inducing ride ever invented. Three times. Each.

Tom enjoying the rides
Tom enjoying the rides

Now, I ride one ride and I get off and need to recover.  Since Tom’s kids are young and hearty, they wanted to ride every ride multiple times.  Most of the rides were centrifugal rides, based on spinning. Blurgh. Tom and I took alternating turns taking the kids on retch-rides until we couldn’t take it any more.

Shooting Hoops
Shooting Hoops

Carol, who is much smarter than me, had settled in for a serene moment by the lake. She had found a bench swing overlooking the beautiful lake and watching the storm clouds rising up thick and white over the horizon. Carol waved as I was led away by giggling kids, and settled in for her moment of zen. So I was envying her choice of relaxation while I was on a ride spinning me loopy.

Unveiling the new log & stamp book

log book
Carol signs the first entry of my new log book

After a while, Tom took his kids to the giant swimming pool. Carol and I slipped away and grabbed two beers and settled into the picnic area.  I purchased a travel bug sticker and created my new Geocaching Log book and National Park passport stamp book.  Carol penned the first and opening entry in my book. Then as we enjoyed our beers, we met several fellow cachers who also signed my book.  Several traveled in from other countries, including New Zealand and the Netherlands.

The conversation naturally turns to caching numbers. I was proud that my finds were in the 700’s – a big accomplishment for me. But then the people around me were spouting off numbers in the thousands. One gent told me he had over 75,000 finds.  I couldn’t believe anyone would have such numbers. But this guy does!  I looked up his profile and less then a month later he’s  over 83,000 finds.  I can’t imagine how he does it. That’s over 10k finds in about one month.  How?

Then the rain came down, down, down

The horizon showed a gathering storm all day long. After time, the storm did make its way to Coney Island.  Thankfully, it was close to closing time anyway – so the rain didn’t ruin the fun.  The rain did chase everyone out rather quickly. We huddled in my car and let the storm pass. Once it cleared, we decided to do more of the Donut GeoTour.  And off we went to explore Ohio.


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Hi, I’m Patti. I work in the IT field and my favorite thing to do is reboot stuff. (Muahahaha!)

I love exploring the United States and luckily I enjoy driving. Which is a good thing since it would be hard to explore if I had to walk everywhere. I am usually exploring the states on a tight budget with limited vacation time. I try to make the most of my free time, and I may have a trick or two up my sleeve.

I’m a weird mix of over-planner and free-spirit wanderer. There’s no in between. I see weekends as play-time. Laundry is for Wednesday nights and dusting is never on my to-do list.

I love museums, learning new things, and just letting my curiosity take me to my next discovery.

To discover more about me, check out my About Me page.

Happy traveling!

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