The 17th Annual Texas Challenge and Festival

I got to Seguin around 8AM and hit the Coliseum around 830. And the place was barely populated. I thought to myself “There’s only about 40 people here. It starts in 30 minutes, where is everyone?” Turns out that everybody was there closer to 730 and all left to start the group event at 8. Which should have made made sense because I saw a few people out probably caching on the way in. I checked in, got my badge, and checked out the vendors. I picked up an item and chatted with a couple of people including Electric Water Boy, one of the people putting on this shindig. Good start to the day, but it was going to be a couple of hours before the teams started coming back in so what else was I going to do? I went caching!

I picked up a couple of traditionals and a virtual. I took that opportunity to do something new: I picked up my first lab caches. I got four out of the ten available, but really didn’t feel like going farther out to the ones on the edge of town. One of them was from one of the Geocaching toilet seats on loan from the famous Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum. I also grabbed one at the grave of Juan Seguin. A couple others and then I headed back to the thing since it was about time for everyone to gather back.

After lunch (and a DNF due to swarming bees), I went out to cache some more while everybody went to the individual competition. Ended up finding a couple of cemeteries while out and about, and of course, every other cache came with encounters with other cachers. I’ve run into other cachers in the wild before, but nothing like this. It’s almost like they were having a convention here or something…

Afterward, when it was all over, we adjourned to a local brewery for the 6th Annual TCC Finishers Reunion & Block Party, a gathering of people, new and old, who have completed the Texas County Challenge. We ate and drank and talked and laughed. I caught up with friends, old and new. I met one of my interviewers. A good time was had by all. A good caching day, too. Twenty-three caches of six different types. And yes, I’m planning on going to Ft. Worth. Having been to one now, I think I’ll do a better job of reporting on the next one. But the mission waits for no man. After the talk and all, I got on the road. I had somewhere to be in the morning. I started driving to make sure I started the next day in…

11 thoughts on “The 17th Annual Texas Challenge and Festival

  1. I’m glad I got to meet you! I have been following your travels. Some of the places I have been to, but I have many more counties to get myself. I’m going to earn one of those Blue Shirts (TCC Finishers) !! I’m envious of how rapidly you are knocking out those counties.


    1. What does your map look like? In a couple of months I’ll be doing Houston and points east. I can only manage about a dozen in a day the way I’ve been doing them, but if you don’t have them yet…?


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