Sounds like a good time, let me verify nothing on the homefront that weekend. Looks like the pizza party starts before courses close, for $5 might be worth grabbing eats before departing MD after the race.
I'm assuming the lure is neither the location nor the organizer but rather the date. Why not get someone to organize a minimalist renegade event someplace in New England?
The appeal is the date (although the event also looks like fun), but as everyone has their own standards for such things, I'm trying to do this with events that are not organized specifically for my purposes.
Yeah, I have no objection to participating in the pizza, I have complete flexibility either way.
I'm interested. Can't commit yet. If we go all the way down there, I'd stay for the pizza.
Clint is in, Steve is a maybe. This is good.
I assume for you, the date means a hole to fill in your list of 366. For me, it means what would have been my father's 25th birthday.
Orienteers are mostly great. (I still remember the comment that my girlfriend's friend wrote in my high school yearbook when I graduated in 1969: "You're a nice guy but you're too cynical.")
Tom Baker (Jim's father) had that birthday too, though he was a few years younger.
Steve, your dad was three weeks older than mine, who is coming up for 100 this March, although he is not around to celebrate it.
Looking for a way to make a double header out of it, to make the driving seem more worthwhile. Do you (and Clint) need to be back Saturday night, or would staying over Saturday in Maryland or Philly or wherever, and O'ing someplace on Sunday, be of interest to y'all?
Was hoping DVOA had something on Sunday but nope, looks like their spring schedule starts the following weekend. Or hoping QOC had a second event on Sunday, but likewise nope. The closest scheduled meets I could find for March 1st are in North Carolina and Ohio. Maybe somebody from QOC or DVOA could fix us up with a map--for example, advance copy of a course from DVOA's White Clay Creek meet the following weekend. (That place has a bit of meaning for me--I made a B&W map there for DVOA in the late '70s, one step in Hugh Mac III's push to get the club to move up from USGS maps to B&W orienteering maps to color orienteering maps.)
Or wait, why didn't I think of this, WCOC/HVO's Winter Series #5 will be out by then: Katonah, N.Y.
Should be easy to find a place to stay. My cousin in Freeland, Md., would be delighted to have us, if she's not off at the in-laws. Hugh Mac III has the same huge house that he raised his children in, he and I go way back (as mentioned) and he has hosted me and my family multiple times over the years, I'm sure he and Julie would be happy to have us, with the same caveat: as long as they are around. Or Bernie again? Or a zillion other possibilities.
Just ran the plan by Betsy, it works, we don't have anything else scheduled that weekend, so count me in. And in fact, if there is room in whatever vehicle we take, Betsy is interested in going along for the ride (has anybody besides me and Clint expressed interest?). Happy to volunteer my Fiesta, it would be pretty tight but we wouldn't burn much gas (low 40s mpg). Or Betsy's Fit, a smidgen bigger (for gear, pretty much the same for seating). Four modest bags of clothes / O-gear should fit in the trunk of either; if we need to bring sleeping bags and pads for somebody's floor, then it may become a matter of carrying stuff in laps, or finding a bigger vehicle.
This'll be fun. I have to decide whether to take the full handicap for my age, or run something a little longer to get more bang for the buck. Maybe I'll see what Tom Nolan plans to do, a little competition makes it even more fun and he and I have been back and forth these past several years. I didn't see anything about needing to preregister on the QOC website--or did I miss something. Maybe a heads up to them that we are coming; I don't think any other club is as cheap with the map printing as NEOC but you never know.
Weekend arrangements aren't complete yet, but it's looking like I probably have a motivation to return Saturday night. Nancy is getting on a plane Saturday morning, and will likely need to drive herself to Logan, so I'll need to take a train to Boston to get her car out of the parking lot.
No worries...QOC (I) print a ton of maps. Hope to see you all there.