August 22nd, 2011

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CJG 2011 Pot-Luck Picnic

I wasn't sure if I was going to head out today because it was raining heavily early this morning. But the rain stopped so I went to the CJG 2011 Pot-Luck Picnic!. It's a picnic by the Central Jersey geocachers at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. I don't get out to their events often because it's a long drive (This one is about a 90-minute drive normally but over two hours today because of construction on the NJ Turnpike.)

It was a pretty good gathering. Everyone brought food, so we had burgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, and also Oregon apple pie and carrot cake for dessert. (I asked whether there were Colorado and Dakota apple pies too. Okay, only geocachers would get the joke. :) ) During the picnic, we headed out in groups to do the nearby geocaches. We did Bethel 1746, Satellite View, and Thompson Troll. "Satellite View" was a puzzle cache for which I didn't have the solution, so I was just tagging along. "Bethel 1746" was funny because it took 3 people to do it: one to read the plaque to derive the coordinates, one to point in the general direction, and one to actually find the matchstick container. Our group also had a cheerleader. :)

At the end of the picnic, it started raining heavily again. After waiting out the rain for a while, I decided that it would be better to go directly home. There'll be time for deeper excursions into Central Jersey on other weekends.