Sylvan Lake Colorado Cave and Game Bonanza 2008
Jeff Cramer
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Last weekend (October 24 - 26), my buddy Jon organized his annual Cave Bonanza. The area that we go to is 30 miles south of Eagle, Colorado in Sylvan Lake State Park. Colorado has a few very nice state parks that we visit often. Sylvan Lake is close to a public cave called Fulford Cave which has around 1.5 miles of caverns and passageways.

Normally we would visit the area in the summer months, but people's schedules pushed the camping to October. Sylvan Lake State Park offers yurt rentals that have gas heat, solar lighting, and comfortable beds. It turned out to be a great time for the 12 of us who went.

This Geeklist will help to breakdown what we did and the games we played. I hope you enjoy it.
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One of the true joys of living in Colorado is that driving through the mountains in good weather is never a chore. The scenery is spectacular, but sometimes you need some on-board entertainment to make the time pass. Jon is a clever monkey, always fashioning devices to make life better.



What you are seeing above is a platform that he created for his NintendoDS that mounts on two butter knives extending from the air vents. On the small chip in the third photo, Jon recorded 5 television shows and 3 movies. We were able to watch last Thursday's The Office. A nice start to a great weekend!
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We arrived around 4pm on Friday and were able to check out the yurts. Very spacious with outdoor grills and food lockers to keep the wildlife out.

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After we settled in, we decided to breakout a few games of Pick Picknic. Easy to teach and learn, quick to play. We had to place newspaper on the table so the corn wouldn't fall to the ground. The folks in the photo are Liz and Jon with my wife, Rena, on the right.

 
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The next morning we went to Fulford Cave early. We were very familiar with the system and spent a few hours squeezing through tunnels and checking out an underground river. The cave is considered dead because of the amount of people traffic.



The entrance of the cave is through a culvert with two ladders extending through the tunnel. I'm ready for the adventure and my friend Doug is in a tight area.
 
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Back at the camp, everybody was ready to get the games going. My friend Andy was interested in the solo Print and Play game Zombie in My Pocket. He travels to Houston often and was hoping to get something to take on the road. Here I am teaching Andy the finer points.

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Continuing with one of my favorite filler card games, R-Eco. I'm really enjoying this recommendation. The theme is original as are the mechanics. My wife thinks she has the winning hand.

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At the next table, a 5-player game of Clue: Discover the Secrets was underway. The game was brand new and Jamie had to barrel through the rules. In general, the group had a good time with it (aided by a few beers).

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After R-Eco, we decided to play this great Halloween-themed game. It's Alive is a fun bidding game that was the hit of the weekend. The yurt table was the perfect size for a 4-player game.

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The Clue and the filler tables mixed in order to play a 6-player game of Settlers. There was some confusion with the setup and we mistakenly played to 12 points instead of 10, so the game lasted around 2 hours. I still enjoyed myself with this classic.



The wine and Bud were really flowing. Notice how angry Jon is. He must be having man issues.

 
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Another new-to-us game was Say Anything. We were in the mood for something lighter and louder and this worked well. I ended up winning with 17 points.



Jamie is a bit too excited as Eileen holds the Select-O-Matic 5000.
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We finished off the night with some Texas Hold'em Poker. I finally was able to hit the bed by 2am after going all in. I was just too tired to continue after a busy day.



The next morning we found the new Clue game sitting on the picnic table. The morning frost indicated that winter would soon be coming to the Rocky Mountains.

Overall, we had a great time at the Cave and Game Bonanza 2008! I'm looking forward to next year's event. Thanks for reading.
 
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