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2020 Activities and Events
                 
        
 
ACTIVITY   DESCRIPTION
  ***** Associated With The Mega Event *****

Meet & Greet at the Gila Petroglyphs
(Friday pre-event)
10:00 to 10:30 AM
(be at parking coordinates about 9:00 am)
February 7

Should it rain that morning, the event will be cancelled due to scrambling over slippery rocks, and an announcement will be posted prior to 8:00am.

The event is on Arizona State Trust Land and a permit is required.

Lace up your hiking boots and let's meet at the posted coordinates.  Allow 45 minutes to one hour from the parking coordinates.  Round trip hiking is roughly two miles.  Be sure to use coordinates for the parking location and follow the instructions on the two intermediate waypoints to get across the wash to that trail. There should be cairns marking the trail as you go along the way.  Towards the end expect some boulder hopping and then look for the trail continuing to GZ.  While there we can exchange TB's and look at the petroglyphs.  Also there is a cache GC6CK9G nearby.  There are also caches near the trail to or from GZ.

If you wish to hike along with other cachers, gather at the parking coordinates at about 9:00 am Arizona Mountain time and then head off as a group to the event coordinates. If you arrive after the group has started hiking, just head on up the trail.

Check out the details and log your "will attend" at GC8JA6R

Red Solo Cup Flash Mob
(Friday pre-event)
5:15 PM
February 7

A flash mob happens when a group of people assembles suddenly and performs a brief, bizarre act, then quickly disperses. Meet and laugh with many of the geocachers who will be attending the Yuma Mega Event. This is always a brief, quirky, and fun activity.

This year the flash mob will be in Yuma’s Old Town at the traffic roundabout. Check out the details and log your "will attend" at GC8GGYG. Be sure to arrive a bit early so you don't miss it.
You will be surrounded with great restaurants and watering holes, so you may want to take advantage of these with your fellow geocachers.


Yuma Discovery Series

(Saturday pre-event)
8:00 starting time

February 8
Have fun exploring some interesting places around Yuma
and earn a beautiful
geocoin in the process.

2020 YUMA DISCOVERY SERIES #7

Visit and laugh with fellow geocachers from near and far at this delightful spot called Martha’s Garden, which is part of a magnificent date farm. Trade geocaching hints and stories, then pick up your passport at 8:30 and hit the road!
To receive your geocoin return your passport to us at Martha’s Garden before 4:00 pm,
or bring it to the Mega Event on Sunday.


This is an official geocaching event. For more information and to log your "will attend" go to
GC8G35A

On Friday night before this Discover Yuma #7 event, the coordinates for the points of interest will be posted to all those who have responded they WILL ATTEND.  You can use these coordinates to lay out a "plan of attack" for this event.
For directions on using GSAK to create a map of these points, click on GSAK Map Info
Meet and Greet
(Saturday pre-event)
5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
February 8
Meet 'n greet with cachers from around the country at this warm-up to the main event. Grab some food and just have a good time!

This is an official geocaching event. For more information and to log your "will attend" go to
GC8GHY0
Let's get together and talk caching.
(Sunday just before event)
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM
February 9


(Not hosted by SWAG)
This is a quick get together in Wellton, about 30 miles east of the event on Interstate 8. Stop by if you are staying on this side of Yuma or if you are driving in on I-8 the morning of the event. You should be able to get to the Mega Event close to 9 am. Maybe you will find out what the title of the gathering means?

For more information and to log a "will attend" go to How's Pink Inez Mr Pleasant Nut Poo Boy Ville Sis
Come Say Goodbye to the Canadians VI
(Monday post-event)
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM
February 10


(Not hosted by SWAG)
Come and say Goodbye to the Canadians as Philatsea and sweet-marie leave Yuma for Las Vegas for a flight home on Wednesday to the frozen north. This will be the sixth year for this event and 162 people logged last years event (a new record). Also note when it says the event ends at 8:30 it ends at 8:30 as we have to leave. If you arrive at 8:31 you will miss us.

This is an official geocaching event. For more information and to log your "will attend" go to
GC8HWMM

South of the Border
in Algodones, Mexico
(Monday post-event)
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
February 10

Come south of the Border and meet up at the El Paraiso Restaurant, Ave. A No.14 y2da, Los Algodones, Baja Mexico, (lunch and margaritas optional) from 11 am to noon Arizona time, then go grab the local caches and get the Mexico souvenir.

You can park on the US side of border and walk to the event and caches. All day parking fee is $6.

This is an official geocaching event. For more information and to log your "will attend" go to
GC8GNCD

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR PASSPORT FOR THIS EVENT TO ENTER MEXICO AND GET BACK INTO THE UNITED STATES
  Caches There will be many new caches placed in the surrounding area for you to find and log.  They will be released the weekend of the event. Monitor the new cache publications at geocaching.com
  Lab Caches There will be 6 sets of Adventure Lab Caches this year with a total of 55 locations! One set will be released each day starting on Tuesday Feb 4 with the last released the day of the main event Feb 9. To do the Adventure Lab caches, you will need a smartphone (android or ios) with the Adventure Lab app installed.
Click here for a list of our Adventure Lab caches
For general information about Adventure Lab Caches, click here.
***** At The Mega Event - Sunday, February 9 *****

Registration
9:00 AM
Once you arrive at the event please head up the hill to sign the log (big white board at map location #16) with your geocaching handle, then proceed to the nearby table (map location #1) to receive your door prize ticket (1 ticket per geocaching name) and get a bag of souvenir goodies (if you did not get one at the Discovery Series).
Signal The Frog

Signal has promised to visit the event again this year, barring any unforeseen circumstances until his arrival. Use this opportunity to have you picture taken with Signal and log the "Find Signal the Frog® - Locationless in 2020" cache. Click the following link for details: GC8FROG
Food Vendors A nice variety of food choices will be available from our
food vendors
Geo Bingo
8:30 to 11:00
Get to know other cachers! Find a cacher who has completed the task in each Bingo box. Have them write / stamp their geocache name in the box. First one to blackout the sheet wins a prize! Every casher who completes the sheet will have the opportunity to win one of four other geocache related prizes!
  Poker Run $ $ $ $ $
9:00 to noon
Pick up a playing card at each of five nearby caches and see if you get a winning poker hand.  Cash prizes will be awarded ($536 total).
X Marks The Spot
9:00 to 1:00
Each participant will be given the same coordinates to find and mark with their GPS.  The person who is closest to the coordinates will be the winner.
CITO Challenge
11:00 to 12:00
Test your skills against other cachers to see who can pick up the most pennies with a trash grabber in a timed competition.

Best Cache Container
Design Competition
judging at 1:00
Bring your  creative cache container to the event for the contest.  It will be judged on the most interesting and unique design.  The guidelines are: it cannot be store-bought unless it has been modified, it must comply with Groundspeak's guidelines for legal caches, and it must not contain your caching name or any other identifying marks.

There will be 3 adult groups and a youth group.  You need to decide which groups your cache qualifies for and which one you would like to enter. 
1.  Engineering:  moveable parts or electrical
2.  Craftsmanship:  no moving parts
3.  Camouflage
4. Youth group (up to 17 years old)

Entries close at 10:00 AM; judging and awards at 1:00 PM.

  Photo Booth
     9:00 to 1:30
Take your selfies, group photos, family photos etc. at our Photo Booth during the Mega Event. We will have a background and props that you may use.  A host will be available to take pictures for you using your phone or camera, or you may take your own. There is no charge for this service; it is just planned to be part of the fun at the Mega.
Travel Bug Exchange
9:00 to 1:30




TRAVEL BUGS are various objects with a trackable number ON them or a tag ATTACHED to them. These items are meant to travel from one cache or event to another. At this year's MEGA EVENT cachers will be able to drop off, pick up or just 'discover' them.  Before dropping off  Travel Bugs, they must be logged  into the event's inventory by logging a new visit in the form of a note and "drop" each travel bug .  Cachers picking up these Travel Bugs will then log them into their possession.  Cachers can also just 'discover' these items without taking possession of them.

Volunteers at these tables will NOT be responsible for any personal Travel Bugs or coin collections.  Please do NOT leave them on any of the tables to be picked up later.
Path Tag Exchange
9:00 to 1:30
This is an opportunity to give, get, or trade Path Tags. (Table located near Travel Bug Exchange)
50/50 SWAG Donation
Giveaway
Tickets available 9:00 to 1:15
Tickets will be available for a donation. Half of the collected amount will be awarded, split between multiple winners; the other half will go toward the cost of the event. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN. Drawing between 1:30 and 2:00
Geocaching Related Vendors Be sure to visit our vendor booths to see all the geocaching goodies available.
Door Prizes
9:30 to 1:00
Door prizes provided by our vendors and sponsors will be awarded at approximately half hour intervals.
Awards & Prizes
1:30 to 2:00
Awards and prizes for Poker Run, 50/50, X Marks the Spot, etc
Clean Up
2:00 until finished
At the end of the event take a few minutes and help clean up the park. Plastic bags will be provided.
Note that all times shown are Arizona times (MST)