Well said. If anything the weather just made a great event just more memorable. Really, what cacher hasn't or wont eventually brave (or deal with) Wet, Cold, Heat, Snow, Sleet, Hail, Wind, or what ever the weather surprises them with. However I would say it was pretty much the extreme that the afternoon competitors dealt with. Had a great time and looking forward to the next one, and the pics from this one. _____ From: geocaching-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:geocaching-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Laura Million Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 3:36 PM To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [GeoStL] Re: MOGA 2009 In other words, it's the people that made the event, not the conditions :-) I can't believe how many stayed (or came back) for the awards ceremony Saturday night. They could have easily stayed in their nice warm hotel rooms or campers, but instead, braved the weather and came back. Again, it's the people (the good, hot food helped!) Kudos to all the competitors, especially the teams that went out in the afternoon's driving rain and cold (and still came to the awards ceremony)! Next year if order MOGA sweatshirts instead of T-shirts, we will be guaranteed 80 degree weather. :-) Laura Million 2_cats From: geocaching-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:geocaching-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Susan Ring Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 3:20 PM To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [GeoStL] Re: MOGA 2009 Well said, CW. I wouldn't have missed it for anything. (although I am exceptionally grateful for having dry shoes and clothes to wear today) On Mar 30, 2009, at 3:10 PM, CribbageWitch wrote: Home from our first MOGA. I can assure you that this one proved that what they say about Missouri is true. "If you do not like the weather, wait 15 minutes, it will change." Thursday was warm and sunny, a perfect day for caching or traveling. Friday was gloomy and beginning to get cold. Those of us who had not packed for cold were sent scurrying for warm clothes. The warm fire and warm friends at the BYOB made up for the cold beginnings. Saturday was cold, wet, gloomy, wet, windy, wet, muddy, and, did I say, WET??? We were treated to rain, rain, mud, slippery trails, wet woods, stuck motor homes, shredded rain suits, and the company of awesome cachers from different parts of the country. Sunday, we woke to a generous dusting of snow and bright sun. The day grew warmer and warmer as the it progressed and cachers swarmed over the lake area like happy ants. The day ended with farewells and promises to "See you next year" over The Mad Chef's cooking and offerings from several oother good cooks. The last of the party ended around a campfire near the lake. After, I returned home, I receive a call from a non-cacher friend who said that she was sorry that we had had such a miserable weekend. I had to tell her that there was NOTHING miserable about it. It was wonderful. She cpould not quite fatham what I was feeling. But what can I say, it was MOGA!!!