It is with great shock and sadness we report the passing of Tony Hinton, forever known to Maryland geocachers as the legendary wizardofmd69. Tony was one of the most colorful characters in the game with a big heart and a generous spirit. Geocaching was a major part of his life, and his presence here in the Maryland geocaching scene will be sorely missed and fondly remembered. Our hearts go out to his friends and family – especially his wife, Suzanne – in this time of grief. We have created this thread for the sharing of thoughts and memories of Wizard.
Viewing and service will be held at
Evans Funeral Chapel
8800 Harford Road
Parkville, MD 21234
N39° 23.040, W076° 32.058
Viewing: Tuesday, Oct 3rd, from 3–5pm and 7–9pm
Service: Wednesday, Oct 4th, at 11am
The service will be followed by a burial at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Eastern Avenue.
N39° 17.383, W076° 31.484
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Our next MGS event will be the 2017 MGS CITO and Picnic held on Saturday, September 23rd, in the McKeldin Area of Patapsco Valley State Park from 10am to 1pm. Since this will be the first day of Groundspeak’s second 2017 CITO Week, you will earn a souvenir by attending this CITO event! If you haven’t already, please log a will-attend on the cache page and post your picnic food items on the CITO Food List thread. Consult the cache page for additional information such as parking fees and what to bring. We hope you’ll join us in showing how much Maryland geocachers appreciate our state parks.
UPCOMING MGS EVENTS:
• Fall Picnic and Campout – October 14th – Hancock
• Geocaching Trivia Party – November 4th – Williamsport
• Holiday Swap – December 2nd – Glen Burnie
Come join us this Saturday 10/8/2016 for our annual Fall Picnic. We will be meeting at Widmeyer Park in Hancock, MD. There are several events in conjuction to the picnic throughout the weekend. Camping is available with showers and restrooms at the park all free of charge! Firewood has been provided for the fire pit on site.
During the picnic we will have our annual Corn-hole tournament with two sets of boards this year. Several raffles and our drawing for the PathTag starter set. There will be a sale for our remaining inventory of CAM 2015 coins and GeoWoodstock XIII coins at a price of $5 each. We can accept credit cards if needed but cash is always preferred. The sale will only be during the picnic so buy while you can!
We hope to see everyone there and if you have not logged your “Will Attend” please head over to the page.
I want to thank everyone who was able participate in Cache Across Maryland 2016. We had a fantastic turnout and built some great relationships with the National Park Service! I want to also thank the National Park Service for allowing the Maryland Geocaching Society to have CAM hides and the picnic in their parks.
Our next scheduled event is the MGS Summer Picnic hosted at North Point State Park, Saturday July 30th at 10AM. The event page information can be found here. This event is key to the MGS raising funds through a silent auction and other various raffles for funding of our yearly events such as CAM, geocoins, operations, and events. The auction is donations by you, cachers and partners. Donations can be sent to our PR by messaging him through the forums or email. We hope to see you there and if you have any questions please post them on the forums.
On Saturday, June 4th, Piscataway Park will celebrate National Trails Day with a Paddle and Hike event from 9am–1pm. The Piscataway rangers asked whether the MGS might present an ‘Intro to Geocaching’ session during the event, and our own lpyankeefan has graciously offered to provide his time and expertise. He even agreed to deplete his weekly event allowance in order to host one of his Geocaching 101 events at the park from 10.30am–12.30pm (GC6JAXN). More information can be found here on the forums!
Lastly, if you have not heard the news of this forum topic please head over and give your vote. It is key to the future of Cache Across Maryland.
Cache Across Maryland or “CAM” is the Maryland Geocaching Society’s biggest event of the year. It entails highlighting the beauty of the “Free State” or “Old Line State” by placing Geocaches at spectacular areas in Maryland. Usually these include local and regional parks, state parks or private entities that agree to participate. This year marks a breakthrough with CAM and all of the caches are placed on National Park Land in conjunction with the NPS 100 Year Centennial Celebration.
Two years ago the core of 2014 began working on relations with the National Park Service. Hours of meetings and tireless effort went into accessing permission for the cache placements. Once the NPS agreed it came time to present to each park “What is Geocaching?”. Once onboard the MGS had began a new relation with the National Park Service that once banned physical cache placement completely. This is the groundwork needed to began relations in other states and involve the Federal Government in the activities we love, Geocaching!
If you are deciding on whether or not to do CAM this year you should consider this the year! It is all new locations and will give you a brand new experience with the same quality you have had before. We are excited as you are and cannot wait till the picnic! If you have any questions please click the forums tab above and go to Cache Across Maryland thread to answer most of your questions.
Finally I want to personally thank the previous core of last year and the year before for the spectacular work they did getting this done. It was a lot of work and it is paying off!
See you on the trails!