Here are some common questions you’ll be wondering about. If you don’t see your answer here, be sure to contact me and I’ll post a response here for everyone to see.
- Do I have to be a geocacher to come?
No, but you will have a lot more fun if you do! Simply sign up for a free account at Geocaching.com to get started.
- Is this something that the whole family will enjoy? Absolutely! These events are great fun for all ages, and kids will have a great time with some of the activities we’re planning. Along with geocaching fun and games, Long Beach has lots of fun tourist stuff to enjoy — a beach you can drive your car on, a recently refurbished old-time merry go round, horseback riding tours, a fun bike trail through the dunes, lighthouses to explore and lots more! Long Beach is pet-friendly, too — well behaved dogs may enjoy off leash romping on the beach and most local accommodations welcome your pets.
- Where should we plan to stay? There are lots of options, from high-end resort style accommodations to tent camping, and everything in between. The official headquarters for the event is the Chautauqua Lodge, which is giving super discounts for their ocean-front rooms and suites to geocachers during the event. Check out the Splash link for all the details on places to stay.
- Does it cost anything to attend? If you want to enjoy the full weekend experience, which includes registration materials and handouts, a chance to score a limited edition trackable geocoin, email updates and insider info before the event, discounts for local accommodations and restaurants, participation in the Dash, cool custom nametags, great contests and prizes, free event souvenir and lots more, you will need to register in advance. The cost of registration helps to offset event expenses, insurance, and a host of other expenses, ensuring another successful event again next year! If all those amazing goodies don’t interest you, you’re welcome to drop by and hunt for geocaches on your own.
- Where is Long Beach and how long will it take me to get there? Long Beach is at the very southwest corner of Washington at the mouth of the Columbia River and just across the border from Astoria, Oregon. Driving time from Seattle is about 3 hours, and from Portland about 2 hours. If you are on Vancouver Island, you may wish to take the Victoria-Port Angeles ferry for a much faster route than travelling through the US border on Interstate 5.
- Will there be a trackable geocoin made for the event? Yes! Check out the event’s Facebook Page for more details on the geocoin.
- SaveDo we have to pay for dinner to attend the evening event? 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 caterer for dinner again this year, Streetside Taco — buffet service will start promptly at 6:000 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, bring your own food in if you like, sign the logbook, and enjoy visiting with friends, picking up your geocoin, and relaxing.
- How do we earn a geocoin? Those who have paid registrations submitted for the event will be issued a train ticket “passport” with a list of new geocaches placed in conjunction with the event. This can also be downloaded ahead of time, but you’ll need to have your paid registration completed in order to receive a geocoin, as in past years. 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.
- How many new geocaches will there be? There will be approximately 20 new caches for this year’s event in order to earn your 2018 geocoin, plus additional bonus caches along the way. There may also be a fun night cache published Friday evening of the event weekend.
- What about The Dash on Saturday? This year’s Dash is a very special private opening of the historic Nahcotta passenger car, the jewel of the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s collection. The Nahcotta is normally only available for public viewing once a year, but we’ve made special arrangements for geocachers to visit. The Nahcotta will have special hidden clues in the outside display area which you can find and unscramble to locate a new loggable cache placed nearby to add to the fun! It’s completely optional if you’d prefer to spend your time caching, and The Dash will be available Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Are there still coins available from previous Cache Dash Splash events? Yes! There are limit quantities remaining for both the 2015 and 2016 events. 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, or download a passport from the website for Cache Dash Splash III.