Spring has finally arrived, the CAM caches were released very early this morning – actually just before midnight last night.
What is CAM? you ask! The simple answer is “Cache Across Maryland 2010 by Maryland Geocaching Society (GC23Y1N)” This is an annual Event Cache. But is it lots more. I look at it as an 11 stage puzzle, multi-cache. Sure the event itself has been published, but the coordinates for it are bogus, as are most puzzle caches. The map points to the center of the Chesapeake Bay. But this morning 10 more caches were released to members of the Maryland Geocaching Society, friends and others close enough to Maryland to be interested.
From now till May 2nd we have to find 10 caches spread all across Maryland, from the far west (almost in West Va.), to the Eastern Shore, From close to the Mason Dixon Line to the southern reaches of MD. Each of the caches will have one clue as to where the final event will be held. Once all 10 caches are logged then the decoder will be emailed and the final work begins, trying to figure out where the picnic will be. And praying for good weather. Last year, in 2009 we had rain held out most of the day while we huddled in a shelter at Sandy Point State Park wishing for sun.
That event, affectionately known as CAM will be held on May 2nd and will feature lots of Food, retelling of caching stories, and prizes. A commemorative coin has been designed and will be given to each cacher that completes all 10 caches. In fact the only way to attend this event is to have completed all 10 caches. Along the way there are a few “bonus” caches near by.
I have a dinner scheduled for this evening, but tomorrow I will head out for one, or two nearby caches. The GPSs are loaded and waiting.