N 42° 59.705' W 076° 05.713'
Jamesville, New York 13078
United States Near By Caches
Come one, come all to the Syracuse Geocacher's Picnic!
On August third, a picnic will be held in Clark Reservation State Park at the large pavilion in honor of Geocacher's everywhere!
The event is a 'pot-luck' style picnic, where we ask that everyone bring a dish to pass. We will bring supplies for the grills.
There are currently six caches in the park, and we are contemplating a few GPS based activities. Stay tuned for more details.
In conjunction with this picnic, I am trying to get an open discussion started in regards to setting up a New York State Geocaching Organization. If interested, please come a little early (10 am) as the picnic will start at 12 noon.
Please note that the area has been extremely buggy lately. We will try to pick up a few citranella candles for the pavilion area, you may want to bring along bug-spray and/or additional candles for yourself.
To give us an idea of the expected turn-out, please post a 'note' to this cache page letting us know if you'll be attending and what you plan to bring.
I promise this is an event you won't want to miss!
I forgot to mention costs. There is no cost to attend the picnic, though if everyone brings a dish to pass, there should be enough lunch for everyone! Donations are gracefully accepted to cover the cost of the pavilion, trash removal and the custom event patch (keep reading!)
There is a $5 per car parking charge. I hope this will not discourage anyone from coming, just remember the funds go to maintain and improve the park.
Please bring your FRS radios. This was a great idea that I saw on the Wisconson Geocaching site, so we'll try to follow their lead and use channel 12 (code 1?). As they so aptly put it: bring them along so you can cheer on or taunt the other cachers!
We will have two activities along with the six caches in the immediate area.
Activity #1 To demonstrate the accuracy of the GPSr (or lack thereof) we will be providing a flag-stick, flag material (paper and markers)and a set of coordinates at the pavilion (for one of the adjoining grassy areas). Decorate your flag with team name, logo, colors, etc. and then place it in the ground when you think you've found the exact spot. Once all the flags are placed we will disclose the spot and see just how close you got! We were hoping this would be a good activity for kids, but if you are so inclined you can make your flag ahead of time. Just take an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper and cut it in half. Then fold in two and you have your flag.
Activity #2 When you arrive at the picnic you'll be asked to sign the event logbook and a name-tag. There will then be a grab bag full of puzzle pieces available. Take a piece (or two for large groups!) and head over to try and fit your piece in with everyone elses! There are 64 pieces to the puzzle, which will contain all the clues needed to find the cache for the day. Inside this cache you will find custom patches with the event name, date and location. We're hoping this will become a tradition with all NY events! (Due to the cost of the patches, we do ask that you trade an item for the patch or leave a small donation in exchange.) There are 100 patches, first come first serve!