Yes folks - you read correct. We (keewee, 'Mrs keewee', and rattusbaggus) have our tickets booked to venture to Orlando later this year...
Given none of us have been to the US before, I thought a great way to get information and helpful tips would be to hold a cointest. So I am putting 5 - yes 5 geocoins up for grabs as part of these cointests.
Read the following carefully.
The cointest is 2 fold:
Cointest #1 - guess the dates (and take off times) for our visit - 2 geocoins up for grabs
Cointest #2 - helpful ideas, information, tips and feedback - at least 3 geocoins up for grabs
Cointest #1 - guess the dates/take off times
There are 2 prizes here.
Firstly, one geocoin to the first person who correctly guesses the date (and take off time) we fly out from New Zealand (which incidentally will be the same date locally we land in Florida after flying and Stop Overs of over 31 hours)...
Secondly, one geocoin to the first person who correctly guesses the date and time we take off from Orlando to fly back to New Zealand...
> Up to four guesses can be made per gc nick in every 24 hour period.
> In each 24 hour period you can guess either the inbound or outbound date 4 times (please state whether it is the inbound or outbound date), but NOT BOTH dates on a single guess. Each guess should be a separate thread posting and each can contain a idea/suggestion for Cointest #2 also (so you'd be doubling your chances to win a geocoin).
> You can guess times also, but I will announce when the correct date/s has/have been guessed to make things a bit easier... I will probably say nothing about times until the date has been got.
> The same person cannot win both inbound and outbound date/time guesses, but winners of these are still eligible to win a geocoin from Cointest #2.
> Judges decision is, as always, FINAL
> Cointest #1 will run over the next few days until both answers have been correctly guessed.
Suggest entry's are formatted something like
Inbound - April 5th, 3.10PM
Idea - Visit Kennedy Space Center, tours $112 per person
Outbound - April 1st, 17.40
Idea - great place to stay is the ???? Inn, on International Drive. We've stayed there before and it is a great, family friendly place with free Wireless internet and breakfast.
Cointest #2 - helpful ideas, information, tips and feedback
This cointest will run at the same time as the first competition and will continue after Cointest #1 has finished.
There are 3 geocoins to win here...
> Suggestions can be made at the same time as the date/time guess.
> Multiple suggestions can be made in the same entry, but will only count as one draw.
> Up to four suggestions/ideas can be made (per gc nick) in every 24 hour period.
> Entries can contain ideas or suggestions on places to visit/see, activities to take part in, hints about getting the best value out of things, a great accommodation option, things good to know when visiting (climate/taxes/etc, etc). Quite a broad category really!
> You can ask questions about us to tailor your suggests
> Cointest #2 will be open for a little over 2 weeks, up until April 30th, 5pm NZST.
> The same person cannot win more than 1 geocoin in Cointest #2.
> The winners (Yes, winners - I will draw 3) will be chosen by random number generator against post number in the thread. Should the first number that comes out be a post by myself, a post by someone who has been disqualified or has already won a geocoin in Cointest #2, or a post that contains nothing useful (and irrelevant suggestion or no idea or suggestion at all), then the winner will be the very next qualifying post in this thread.
> Again, Judges decision is FINAL
OK, for each winner of Cointest #1 I have a lovely Canterbury New Zealand 11-11-11 Multi Event coin. These would be very hard to come by unless you were one of the people who took up the event organisers trading option.
The first winner of Cointest #2 will receive a keewee GeoTag geocoin, plus one other random geocoin.
The second and third winners of Cointest #2 will received one random geocoin.
All geocoin prizes are unactivated, and trackable on geocaching.com
People can still make suggestions once the cointests have officially closed - always open to 'em!
Just to give you some background information about us that might help with the suggestions/ideas/tip - and maybe help with the answers to flight dates a little... maybe... or not...
We are a family of 3 - me (Craig - aka keewee), my wife Kirstin, and our 10 year old son Michael (aka rattusbaggus). We are BIG Harry Potter fans, hence the desire to Visit Orlando and to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We would all be of moderate fitness (but we are not heavily into fitness, etc). Strolls we can handle - full on hikes are something else again! We definitely want to see some of the theme parks whilst there (Disney World, Universal, etc), we'd love to got to the Kennedy Space Center, and rattusbaggus really wants to visit Legoland. I'm thinking that a geocaching event is in order for our visit in the hope of meeting at least one or two of the names on here i have loosely become friends with. MY wife isn't big on geocaching, but I figure it might be a great opportunity to get us around and see some of the other sights. rattusbaggus and I are into things sciencie (I have a degree in Geology) - we love dinosaurs, occasional rock hounding, Myth Busters, etc. We are also both involved in Scouting. Kirstin likes museums, some arty type stuff, The Beatles,... I am also an independent demonstrator for Stampin' Up!
And - we're not made of money, so please bare that in mind.
So that is a little about us.
We'd also like to take part in some real American experiences whilst there. (This part will be easier once the dates are revealed... he he)
Whilst in Orlando it would be awesome to get together with some locals and do a bit of geocaching (Kirstin will tolerate a certain amount of geocaching - as long as it is interesting)... so closer to the date I will publish an Event and post about it in here so that anyone interested in hooking up with us in Orlando could do so.... wonder if we could get it to Mega status?
rattusbaggus and I would probably also like to hook up with some Scouting people also, so if there is anyone from the Orlando area lurking here who is involved with Scouting, please make contact.
Now, I just wish I had the resources to have a geocoin made to celebrate this fantastic trip - but with what it is costing us to get there that is totally out of the question!!!
Right - go to it!
This post has been edited by keewee: 11 April 2012 - 09:11 PM