Thursday, June 4, 2009

An ending - a begining

Now that the Coal Rush is officially wrapped up, although there are still a few people who need to finish logging their attendance - they'll know where to find it. We will be putting our final wrap up below.. but it's also Spring and a time for new beginnings - The kids have finished another year of school, Another lazy summer approaches full of potential and excitement - new events on the horizon for the future.. but also new life..

We headed up to the cabin last weekend with 2 munch boxes, a bird feeder, a hummingbird feeder and hope in hand. Jordy happily placed them on Friday night in hope that we would have visitors - we got more then what we thought we would.. lol lot's of little yellow birds - I had our good friend High Maintenance look at the video - and they are apparently Evening Grosbeaks - Jordy wants to call them Jordy from StarTrek with their yellow goggles on.. lol

On previous visits we had noticed that Robins were building a next so on Saturday morning I went to go look where it was being built - and lucked out - right under where my Hammock was. This allowed me to watch them from a safe view point, so I snuck the camera down and took some video between the slats - yes a bit hard to focus and not worth putting here.. but it was amazing , they had just hatched and couldn't even hold their necks up yet. Hard to imagine in only 2 weeks they will be ready to fly. We came home and did a lot of reading up on baby Robins, and will miss them the next 2 weeks. But really puts the whole thing we call life in perspective... The simple things are the best.. the amazement of watching a baby crack through the shell of an egg to where it can't hold up it's neck - to flying in 2 weeks.. As humans we get a whole year to learn to walk..

Saturday is the clean up of Stave Lake and it really helps put in perspective of why we take care of nature.. so those baby robin's no matter where they next will surive..
What the Robins looked like

Now for a closing of the Great Coal Rush:

Geocaching and history go hand in hand, so do adventures. 9 months ago the idea of the Great Coal Rush came to mind after adventuring through the area and finding some of the amazing structures. We wanted to share it with our friends, and those who we have not had the opportunity to meet. We felt that everyone should be able to experience the area and be able to understand the importance of it. What better way to do that then with a virtual history tour!
The Mozey-on-inn team brought in the first “history” in a box geocaches through Blakeburn & Coalmont, we thought what an awesome idea. What if we could expand on theirs and add in some extra touches and offer up an open invite to every cacher out there to experience it together? Could it happen? Would it be enjoyed? Well we asked a few people and got a resounding YES! as we headed into the planning stages.

We have an awesome reviewer, who helped us every step of the way, including suggestions on mentioning the event in the forums to start with as it was too early to publish, ensuring the caches got published quickly after submission and offering suggestions on corrections to ensure a cache met the guidelines. Hats off to the huge amount work he does on a volunteer basis for geocaching, without his assistance we couldn’t have managed to get as many caches out there as we did. Thank you Mtn-Man!

From Great Coal Rush

There have been so many write ups, videos, photo galleries, blog entries to date that tell the story of the weekend, along with the logs on the caches themselves. It’s safe to say we received over 1000 e-mail logs since the event occurred, we also happen to know of another cache owner who had all of the event caches on his watch list – so he got those plus his own.

We do appreciate the tributes, the little gifts – however people are forgetting one thing - it isn’t us who made the event happen but you – those who came. If you hadn’t have come we would have had 3,025 envelopes sitting in 55 caches with no purpose, we would have had a whole lot of books with no use, and we wouldn’t have the stories and friendships that we have now. So to all of you we say thank you!

Mr. Turtle got to give the tours of the tram lines, to which those who listened to him I say thank you, it gave my ears a break... lol It also gave him an excuse to go back into the towers a few times over and over during the weekend – His avatar on a few forums is one of those towers.
The Coal Rush was a Love affair, a desire to see the smiles on faces and stories of what they saw to know that people pushed themselves to take those extra steps back up from the hike to Lover’s Leap but not regretting a moment of it, for people to see the beauty of our backyard. The memories that will last a lifetime, there were so many. Many that we don’t even know – now when we sit on our back deck looking at our new turtle, as he glows in the dark, we recall the weekend, the laughs and the smiles.

There are many moments we won’t forget – Watching Graf pull out of the driveway and watching pieces of his car fall off, the TT:911 call that (how do you get cell service in the middle of no where.. lol) where Mr. Turtle went and saw a future TB being made as the Swiss Army Knife cut his way through the log that wasn’t there that morning. Memories of Mr. Turtles sweater being wanted finally, Catapult Jeff helping Mr. Turtle at the last minute stamping franticially on the Ammo Can trophies, Fire Webkinz beating mommy in poker!

Teams competing, but helping at the same time by not making it a competition – the fellowship of it all, truly experiencing the “It’s not about the numbers, but the friends you make along the way”. Watching people team up with others and offering rides because people didn’t have a vehicle. Baja Betty’s tire getting shredded and mom jumping to the rescue to take the tire to Princeton to get the last one!

The marshmallows being roasted around the fire and the shape they were taking, the lack of complaints and quick recoveries over tire injuries. The stories and laughs that came out of the cabin that High Maintenance rented, and knowing that they had made sure there was space for everyone that wanted to join them that weekend and introducing new cachers that loved the weekend.

Mrs. Turbo’s for valiantly helping me at the end when all the cards came in at once and keeping my sanity, and our kitchen & clean up fairies who got everything organized. Savant 9 who made such a huge contribution to the weekend and no one really got to meet him. He donated a GPS, and did the video footage every 30 seconds of the whole weekend .

The support of the entire town of Tulameen and the Community Club for allowing us to place the Rocking Down Town Tulameen cache, the Museum in Princeton, the Princeton Castle, the other cachers for allowing us to use their caches. So many more memories from the weekend too many to tell but we know we’ll hear more as time goes on – the logs are still coming in.

I think one of the things that struck us the most was the ability to get to know people in a way we hadn’t before. Funny how you can have one opinion of people and then when you get to meet them and interact on a personal basis it can be such a turn around point and open your eyes to the true sides of people. For that we are thankful, we made some amazing friends, and got to share the weekend with our great friends already.

The next few months we will be enjoying a bit of peace and quiet, there is a Robin’s nest under the deck and we peaked through the slats and saw 4 baby birds less than 24 hours old (we have a bit of video tape if anyone wants) – they can’t even hold their heads up. And we’ll be getting back to the business of caching once in a while. Plans & research are being done for next year’s – and a logo & website being designed –

A special thank you to Bubba Ganush for putting a Cache that will forever mark the event that truly made it worth going down that road another time..

Again thank you everyone (now go claim your lost and found items we couldn’t have done it without you!

Now to finish picking up the cards and Ammo Boxes - and we get to Cache again!!

1 comment:

Kati Daku said...

My turn now! Thank you for hosting such a great event and making it a time to remember for the rest of our lives! Thanks you for all the work you put into the event and the caches.
Kati & Josh