All things Geocaching
The first annual Not Bad For A Girl event was the funnest thing ever. Held on 9/1/2012.
We kicked off the weekend of the first Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail event with this event at Wendy's house in Williamson.
I think this was the moment that I realized we were going to have an accidental MEGA geocaching event for our first year having a geocaching event centered around the Hatfield McCoy Feud.
The next day we would get that MEGA status when 518 people showed up in the city of Williamson to search for the geocaches located at the sites of the Hatfield McCoy Feud.
I had so much fun with my jeeps. I have to say, (G) this was the most fun time ever in my life. I look back on the time I spent doing the Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail and finding 15,000 caches (S) and I can't ever imagine that I will be in better health than I was then. I (5) remember every single hike and adventure and I feel young (Q) and full of life again. Caching gave me friends that I think will far outlast my geocache days. These photos (G) of the big yellow jeep make me super happy.
I had several versions of this. The yellow jeep was the first though. (Y)
(wink,wink you found it)
One of the coolest things ever was having Signal show up at my house. When he arrived I swear I wanted to take him out and show him everything in my town.
He was so cool in my jeep. In the geocaching world, Signal is like Mickey Mouse. So it was a totally big deal to have the honor of being in charge of Signal for a weekend.
A Souvenir by: HMGT
Artist Name:Elmer Hatfield
Additional Information:Geocachers gathered in Matewan, WV to experience the Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail, a geocaching journey through historic Hatfield McCoy Feud sites along southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky’s scenic highways. The event and GeoTrail educated geocachers of the epic battle between the two families. Additional activities included the The Hog Trail, a "Geo-Art" series of geocaches and the infamous "Stolen" Pig Roast.
Congratulations to Wendy, a.k.a. whbaisden for being named
August’s Featured Geocacher of the Month!
Wendy is recognized for helping to organize the Hatfield and McCoy GeoTrail Kickoff Event scheduled to launch for September 1st. The GeoTrail cuts through Kentucky and West Virginia in the United States. Wendy has also been a strong advocate for her community since she launched on her first geocaching adventure in 2010, and she has no intention of slowing down.
A geocacher casting a vote says, “In the very short time she [Wendy] has been involved with geocaching, she has managed to instill in any number of people the joy of geocaching. She has managed to get multiple city governments and chambers of commerce aligned behind what has turned out to be a major event, possibly even a Mega-Event. Nothing in her previous geocaching experience has prepared her for this massive undertaking, but she has not wavered in her determination to succeed, nor has she been stopped by any obstacle. I think she had done a truly remarkable job and is worthy of recognition. It is for these reasons that I am throwing my support to Wendy.”
(whbaisden) WENDY will receive a collector’s edition Featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and certificate acknowledging his contributions signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com.
The Hatfield McCoy Geotrail Event began in 2011 with the first ever accidental MEGA geocaching event in the state of WV held by individual geocachers, SpongeBob CachePants and Wendy.
518 People showed up on the morning of the opening of the event held in front of the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce in Williamson.
Since the publish of the cache locations thousands more have come to the area from around the world to search for the geocaches and a little more knowledge about the historic Hatfield McCoy Feud.
The Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail takes you on an adventure through Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. Along the way you will discover all the historic sites that are important to the feud.
If you are not familiar with geocaching you can learn more HERE.
If you are a seasoned cacher already then you will find everything you need on this page.
By far and away some of the coolest geo-moments were had in Seattle at the Blockparty. It was the coolest thing ever to get to meet Jeremy Irish and Brian.
I consider myself to be so very lucky that I had the accidental encounter with f0t0m0m when I owned my bed & breakfast. He was a guest and we became fast geocaching friends.
One of the things I find so fun about having made the Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail coins is looking at everyone else's coins and watching them travel the world. It was such an honor to meet so many amazing people while caching.
Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail
The Pig Power Trail
Trail of Tears
River of Blood Series
This photo is so cool. We had the most amazing time hosting the Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail. This photo is in Blackberry at the Hatfield McCoy Monument and this is some of the people who showed up for the Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail event.
This is my trackable car. Lordie it was so covered in signatures after GeoWoodstock. This is my last time doing this ! I like to never got all the signatures off of this one. Heck, I actually still have some of them on it. I figure the car isn't worth the work to remove them. LOL
This photo always makes me smile. I was at GeoWoodstock in Louisville, Ky and I had just gotten my jeep. I decided to make it fun and let everyone there sign it. It became a thing and would follow me for several more cars before it ended. The Red Jeep Trackable & The Piglet Trackable came later and were almost as fun but nothing was like this day in Louisville.
I came home and it was completely covered in thousands of signatures. I left them on it and it became a thing to gather more signatures from geocachers wherever I went. When the jeep turned up a lemon and I had to turn it back in to Chrysler it was hard to explain the signatures and broke my heart to have to give them all up.
This photo was snapped by Keith Petrus at FTF magazine that day as I was having people sign the Jeep. It ended up on the cover of the magazine in June 2012.
Back when I owned the Hatfield McCoy House B&B and was a geocacher it was the coolest thing ever to have an official groundspeak approved geotour. I created the tour with the help of my geocacher friend f0t0m0m. I am sure I would have never been able to figure out all of the coordinates for that thing without him.
Each pin on the map took you to another geocache and a new spot in Hatfield McCoy Feud Country. It was so cool to watch people come from all over to do the trail of caches that I had created. They have been closed down now, I sold the B&B a few years ago. But I sometimes think of how much fun it would be to reopen them and see that house back on the geocaching map.