Q. Do we have to pay for dinner to attend the evening event?
A. No, the buffet dinner is optional. I heard you loud and clear about the problems with last year’s dinner service, and they have been resolved! We have an excellent new caterer for dinner this year, Streetside Taco — buffet service will start promptly at 5:30 pm, and there will be plenty of water available! If you decide to skip dinner (you’ll miss a great meal!), you are still welcome to come to the event, sign the logbook, and enjoy visiting with friends, picking up your geocoin, and relaxing.
Q. How do we earn a geocoin?
A. Those who have paid registrations submitted for the event will be issued “Jail Rosters” with a list of new geocaches placed in conjunction with the event. While I’m working out the details, my plan is to issue a bookmark list in advance so you can hit some or all of the caches on your way into the area rather than try to get them all completed in one day. This should allow for a more relaxed pace, and also help those who want to finish up last year’s coin challenge.
The registration fee for the event is to help offset my out of pocket expenses — geocaches, swag, insurance, prizes, printing expenses, use of local venues, refreshments, etc., but not the geocoins! The coins are being furnished by our event sponsors, City of Long Beach and Long Beach Merchants Association. At their request, geocoins will be issued one per household so there will be enough coins to go around.
Q. How many new geocaches will there be?
A. There will be approximately 30-40 new caches for this year’s event in a variety of locations and terrains — this year you can pick and choose which ones you’d like to complete that match your interests and physical abilities. There will also be a fun night cache published Friday evening of the event weekend.
Q. When will the new geocaches be published and will there be a bookmark list available?
A. The new caches will be in place and published a week or so before the event, so everyone will have an opportunity to load up their GPS units and plan their route ahead of time. Those who have paid registrations will be emailed the “Jail Roster” cache passport in advance, or you can pick one up at the morning check-in on Saturday. You must have a paid reservation and the completed Jail Roster in order to receive the geocoin on Saturday evening. If you aren’t interested in the geocoin, you are welcome to find the caches but won’t be eligible to earn the coin during the event weekend.
Q. What happens at the morning check-in event?
A. You’ll pick up your registration materials — a Q&A sheet, custom laminated nametags, collectible souvenir pathtag, merchant coupons, maps and more. There will be complementary snacks, fruit and coffee for everyone, and fun goodie boxes for the kids. There will be some folks there to help if you have questions, and printed lists of the new caches if you need one.
Q. What about The Dash on Saturday?
A. This year, The Dash will be a fun walking/driving scavenger hunt. It’s completely optional if you’d prefer to spend your time caching, and The Dash will be available all day Saturday.
If you have other questions I haven’t covered here, be sure to post a note here or use the cachedashsplash.com website’s contact form and I’ll be sure to get your questions answered. This year’s event is really going to be pretty special, and I’m looking forward to seeing you all here!
Q. Are there still coins available from the 2016 event?
A. Yes! You can pick up a passport to stamp your cache finds at the Long Beach Peninsula Visitor Center, N46 19.879 W124 03.271 and return there with your completed passport to pick up your own souvenir trackable coin from Cache Dash Splash II.