NEOC/CSU Rocky Woods Green
This was NEOC's first attempt at an actual 'meet' this year. It was sort of a hybrid of the BYOM events we've been doing and a regular meet with (touch-free) registration. You had a choice of using QR codes for 'punching' or regular e-punching, and registration was done by scanning a QR code and filling out your emergency contact info and course choice/SI number on your phone. You were supposed to sign up for a start time in advance so that people could spread out appropriately at the venue.
It all seemed to work pretty well. It was never crowded around the registration area despite the fact that quite a few people decided to participate today during the start window rather than on their own later (the courses are available for BYOM/QR orienteering the next two Sundays, too). It felt almost normal, except for the masks and the lack of snacks.
My orienteering was pretty good today. I think the notSummer vegetation was the main factor. There was also lot more snow on the ground that I had expected and the tracks in the snow on the way to the first two controls made me wonder if this was going to be kind of boring. Fortunately people seemed to take different routes from there and then I think I passed some of the track-makers, so it was mostly normal orienteering. The wet snow also made my feet cold and they never quite warmed up. I guess I'm getting soft.
Melissa and Lukas went out on the white course and discovered that there was a story to follow around the first little lake, with the first couple of pages matching the first two controls. The story proved to be more of a draw than the orienteering, so they continued around the lake to finish it. We've decided that kids courses should all have a continuous story like that, so that the kids have to find the next control to hear what happens next in the story.
I seem to be unable to claim the splits for today