Great geocaching picnic 2018
Geocaching events are a great opportunity to meet other geocachers. Slovenian Geocaching Club is inviting you to attend the big pre-vacation get together with picnic that will take place on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the Vrbljene equestrian racetrack. From early afternoon to (late) evening hours, you are invited to enjoy the hunt for nearby geocaches, fun/sports activities, exchange of geocaching experiences and summer plans, workshops, and geochat with old and new geo-friends.
The venue provides everything we need: open and covered space, tables and benches, toilet facilities, children’s playground, grass area, boules (petanque) court and street basketball hoop. Bring footballs and basketballs, frisbees, badminton rackets and other sports equipment. Four legged friends are welcome. You will be able to park your geomobiles at the firehouse parking or along the road near the venue. The event will take place in any weather, as we have ample covered space, while other activities may be adapted to the weather conditions. Logging your Will Attend will be a great help in planning the event. See below for instructions how to get to the venue.
Timetable and activities
The organisers will be busy with setting up the place from morning hours. The venue will be available for the first participants from 12.30. If you arrive earlier, you risk being asked to help. The event will officially end at 19.00, but we know how that goes. We’ll stay until there are geocachers willing to stay.
12.30 – 14.00 – Arrival of first geocachers, welcome drink and light lunch
14.00 – 16.00 – Workshops / Fun and sports activities / geochat
16.00 – 19.00 – Potluck barbecue / Fun and sports activities / geochat
17.00 – 18.00 – Sale of raffle tickets and drawing of prizes
The final programme is still in the making. Confirmed activities include:
- basics of climbing high trees with the use of climbing gear,
- demonstration of wooden puzzles,
- geocaching gear shop geobunkelj.si.
Ljubljana Marshes are home to many geocaches, from easy finds for beginners to challenging caches for geocaching adventurers. For the latter, a group hike to the caches in the Iška river canyon (at least to the confluence of Iška and Zala) could be organised, if there are at least 8 participants. Independent of the picnic, you may attend the rock climbing event in Iški Vintgar in the morning. There are rumours about new geocaches to be placed for those, who don’t have anything left to find in the area. However, a well-informed source is telling us it is not going to be a group FTF hunt.
Food and drinks
For those, who will spend the morning in geocaching activities, a light lunch will be served until 14.00 (goulash or something similar, there will also be an option for non-carnivorous geocachers, some 50 servings will be available). For potluck barbecue, every team should bring some food of their own choice in approximately the quantity they would need for themselves (not more than that, last year, there was way too much food). Then, the treats will be barbecued and shared. Perfectly chilled drinks will be available at the picnic, so it’s not necessary to bring your own.
- beer Laško/Union 0,5 l – 1,5 €
- radler grapefruit 0,5 l – 1,5 €
- Ice tea/Fanta 0,5 l – 1 €
The picnic is also an opportunity to raise funds for club projects. By buying a raffle ticket at a price of 2 EUR, you will support the SGC’s activities. Every ticket will win a geocaching or practical prize. At around 17.30, there will be a main draw for the most attractive prizes, including the 1-year Geocaching Premium subscription and trackables.
Vrbljene equestrian racetrack is located on the edge of Ljubljana Marshes between the villages of Tomišelj and Strahomer. You can arrive by car / motorbike / bike from the direction of either Ig or Podpeč and Tomišelj. The fastest access from Ljubljana is from the direction of Ig. Use your GPS and geosense if you get lost.
You can also reach Vrbljene by public transport by taking the city bus line 19I from the centre of Ljubljana towards Iška vas. If you reach the Ig station by 9.00, 11.04, 13.03 or 15.02, you can change over to the accessory line Ig – Strahomer – Ig and continue the journey to Vrbljene on the same ticket (you will have to buy Urbana card). The bus stops directly in front of the venue. The accessory line doesn’t run all day. If you plan arrive later, write to firstname.lastname@example.org at least a day in advance to organise a transfer to and from Ig or Iška vas bus stop.
Timetables of 19I and Ig – Strahomer – Ig lines: