A small, yet accomplished band of geocachers recently gathered on a cloudy morn in Arvada, Colorado to celebrate the XI’th edition of the World Wide Flash Mob (WWFM). Seventeen humans and six canines, with a total of almost 150,000 geocache finds amongst them, were present.
Perhaps the threatening storm kept muggles away because we constituted the majority of people present in the dog park, at 11:00 AM on a Saturday. This is an hour at which my local dog park (Elk Meadow, in Evergreen) is often full to capacity.
As an aside: the Arvada dog park is an excellent facility, with varied terrain and interesting features. There even is a doggie obstacle course in one enclosure. There is also TONS of parking, and a disc golf course right next door. I’d rank it as my second-favorite dog park in the greater Denver area.
We traded stories, shot some video (see GeoDave’s website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKBtX1tBDWgXXXXXX) and raffled off a “gold” geocoin (congratulations Vivi). The event was officially only 15 minutes long, though most lingered a while longer. It gave those present an opportunity to meet new faces or renew old acquaintances.
Just as important, it was one small part (1/800th) of a worldwide, synchronous happening. During the WWFM, people around the globe gather in small flash mobs – at precisely the same moment – at city squares, scenic overlooks, or even dog parks. Making connections, swapping stories or trackables, then freezing the moment in both time and space with a photograph. In this brief period, we all attend the same event, whether in Colorado or Croatia, South Africa or Slovakia.
WWFM XI will be documented in stories and photo albums posted at the WWFM XI web page. Give Sonny and Sandy (of PodCacher fame) a few weeks to pull it together. They are the founders and organizers of WWFM. But I don’t know if they have any help. The website can be found here: http://www.gcwwfm.com/
By all means, visit the website in a few weeks, when it is ready. I looked at the page for WWFM X and was amazed to see the variety of places, faces and interesting ideas people had, on how and where to spend this 15 minutes. By Jove, there was even a flash mob of five in Afghanistan; it consisted of NATO troops, perhaps “behind the wire.”
So if you were part of the World Wide Flash Mob, thank you for thinking globally and acting locally. Who knows? If the popularity of both geocaching and the WWFM keeps growing and connecting people of different nationalities and backgrounds, maybe someday a flash mob can gather peacefully and safely in the market square of Kandahar, Afghanistan!