celebrating 100 – june 7-9 2013

This weekend we celebrated the 100th birthday of Washington State Parks and our 100th geocache find. We went to Riverside State Park for this weekend. On Saturday the park had a lot of events going on celebrating the birthday milestone.  There also was going to be the local chapter of the Washington state geocachers club. I said I would help out as needed for the cache part of it. It ended up not needing my help but I still spent a good amount of time at the booth anyway.

our spot for the weekend. no hookups and close to the restroom and showers.

our spot for the weekend. no hookups and close to the restroom and showers.

set up and time for dinner now

set up and time for dinner now

Friday night around the fire. a bit windy at first but the wind dies down to nothing before long.

Friday night around the fire. a bit windy at first but the wind dies down to nothing before long.

A great nights sleep. The next morning we woke up early as usual, had our coffee and breakfast then hung around the camper until 10 am. We then walked down to where the events would be starting up at the park.  We met up with the local geocachers at the booth and they were good to go and did not need any help. So we walked around and enjoyed the morning. The event set up was at 10 am but the events actually started at 11 am.

cody riding his bike

cody riding his bike

joanne relaxing in the morning at camp

joanne relaxing in the morning at camp

cody and rich at the overlook to the "bowl and pitcher".

cody and rich at the overlook to the “bowl and pitcher”.

rich, holding buddy, cody, joanne holding trixie

rich, holding buddy, cody, joanne holding trixie

It was 11 am so we went back to the event area to see what was going on. They had a stage for the 3 bands that would be playing a bit later and a few booths that all involved an outdoor activity of some sort.

cody looking at an example of a pinecone bird that he will make.

cody looking at an example of a pinecone bird that he was making.

the stage area soon to be filled with musicians.

the stage area soon to be filled with musicians.

they even had a big birthday cake for the celebrating the parks 100th birthday. the cake line.

they even had a big birthday cake for celebrating the parks 100th birthday. the cake line.

rich talking to a fellow geocacher at the booth.

rich talking to a fellow geocacher at the booth.

the geocache booth for the local state chapter.

the geocache booth for the local state chapter.

We walked around and checked things out. Later that day we went for a hike with a group of people on one of the many trails with in this park.

a stop point overlooking the river. joanne was asking about one of the fellow hikers dogs.

a stop point overlooking the river. joanne was asking about one of the fellow hikers dogs.

After the hike, we went back to camp. As we arrived at camp some of the fellow cachers who were at the booth asked if we could hold onto “gigantor” until the morning. Seems it was too large for the cars to haul it back and they would return to get it in the morning with a truck.

a rather large travel bug tag. since I had it, I took advantage of it.  fellow cachers out there, feel free to log that you discovered it. you can see the id tag number at the bottom.

a rather large travel bug tag. since I had it, I took advantage of it.
fellow cachers out there, feel free to log that you discovered it. you can see the id tag number at the bottom.

On sunday we did our usual coffee and breakfast and started packing things up. Someone did indeed come get “gigantor” in the morning. The parks got to celebrate their 100th birthday, now it was time for us to get our 100th geocache find today. We needed 9 more caches to be found. So off we go to get it done and explore new areas we have never been to.

cody and rich walking the trails to a cache.

cody and rich walking the trails to a cache.

a view of the Spokane river from one of the trails.

a view of the Spokane river from one of the trails.

joanne and cody. this part of the hike was on the centennial trail.

joanne and cody. this part of the hike was on the centennial trail.

this was down river from our first cache finds of the day. we also had lunch. then 99 caches found. one more stop for the 100th!

this was down river from our first cache finds of the day. we also had lunch. then 99 caches found. one more stop for the 100th!

We set off down the road a few miles to try and get our 100th cache found. The cache location was at another state park. How appropriate that we get our 100th find at a state park that is celebrating the 100th birthday.

The gps says it is over this direction somewhere.

The gps says it is over this direction somewhere.

We found it! alright!

We found it! alright!

way to go team. we all have a share in this achievement. no on to the next milestone...250 cache finds.

way to go team. we all have a share in this achievement. now on to the next milestone…250 cache finds.

With the success of getting our first milestone mark in geocaching it was time to go home. It was a very fun weekend enjoying the parks, fellow cachers, the outdoors and time spent with each other.

celebrating 100 – june 7-9 2013

2 thoughts on “celebrating 100 – june 7-9 2013

  1. Seems like only a few weeks ago when you started geocaching! Looks like great family fun … one of these days you’ll have to explain all the equipment and methodology to us. Thanks for the pictures and story – it’s like we were there!

    • next time we meet up ill give you the low down on geocaching. it is great fun.it goes so well with our lifestyle and truck camping.

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