I want to tell you folks what a fantastic place the Sid Richardson
Scout Ranch is, and what a GREAT geocaching opportunity you missed if
you didn't attend the 2003 Texas State Geocaching Extravaganza.
With its thousands of acres, SR2 offers every kind of terrain and
vista you can imagine. Rock and cactus-strewn pastures and hillsides.
Oak forests and tree-covered hills leading to the lake. Lovely
beaches and peninsulas where you can enjoy the waters of Lake
Bridgeport. Toss in the singular experience of tramping around a
working cattle ranch and viewing working oil wells around every turn.
Wildlife abounds - I saw deer, a coyote, turkey, armadillo, and birds
everywhere from songbirds to waterbirds to hawk and buzzards. This is
truly one of the most memorable places I can recall.
You could camp, rent a VERY nice, fully equipped cabin, or stay in a
dorm. Food was provided, or you could bring your own. Up to 24
geocaching finds were available over the two-day event. They ranged
from very easy to very tricky, both in difficulty and terrain
ratings. The opportunity was available to try orienteering if you'd
never done it, or compete if you had; and the "hybrid" orienteering
and GPS courses brought RAVE reviews, both for ingenuity and
challenge. I met scouts, leaders, orienteers, and geocachers from all
around Texas, and up into Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. In short, I
had a wonderful time!! I hope you'll take the time to read some of
the logs to see what you missed.
Web-ling worked his skinny little FANNY off to make this a great
geocaching event. Even with the low geocacher registration he managed
to get a lot of nice prizes, and the 20 traditional geocaches were
GREAT. I'm disappointed for him that more folks didn't show up. I
think the ones that did would tell you that they will be back. Of
course, there were glitches, because this was the first year for
combining the geocaching with the orienteering meet; that is to be
expected. I'm sure this will become a much-anticipated yearly event.
So mark your calendars NOW for the last weekend of March 2004; the
Geocaching Extravaganza is already set to coincide with the Scout
Orienteering Meet again next year. You'll be sorry if you miss it!