Geocaching HQ staff will attend dozens of Mega and Giga-Events around the world, shaking hands, sharing stories of adventure, and of course, geocaching! Eileen (eileenk9) is the Human Resources Manager (or should we say Lackey Resources Manager?) at Geocaching HQ. She recently traveled to Texas to attend the GeoWoodstock XVII Mega-Event (GC7NBWQ). Here’s her trip recap.
“For a person your size, you sure can eat a lot,” my fellow Lackey said to me over a Reviewer dinner. With my mouth full of Texas-style barbecue, it wasn’t lost on me that I’ve always been one to bite off more than I can chew. So when I had the privilege of addressing the community at Geowoodstock and exclaimed, “I’ve got 200 lackey tags I don’t want to bring back home,” I had no idea I’d be swarmed by the hundreds who wanted to interact with little old me! To my pleasant surprise, I got to spend a few precious moments with each individual who I handed my lackey tag, and each interaction felt like I was talking to a cherished friend. It was at that moment I remembered to not underestimate the power of community-building over a shared experience — and I soaked it all in!
Thank you to The Crazy Eight for organizing and hosting this forever-memorable event. Everything was so well-coordinated; from the corn maze to midnight madness, and of course, the main Geowoodstock event itself. My favorite moments were when I got to strike up conversations with the event volunteers and exchange stories of what geocaching means to us—all your hard work truly paid off and I can’t wait to see you all again soon!
Geocaching has enabled me to experience new nooks & crannies of neighborhoods I’ve known all my life. It has empowered me to go beyond my comfort zone and discover new worlds. It has made it possible for me to work my dream job. It’s broadened my definition of community, and I feel like I’ve got friends all over the world through it. Attending Geowoodstock and exchanging stories of what geocaching means for me and for you was a sweet reminder to all of that.