This has been a wonderful week full of happenstance. Kerry Gorgone, a beautiful red headed lady from Florida who I am friends with on Face Book, just happened to be attending a conference in Las Vegas this week and I just happened to see her mention that fact. Having never met her in person, I connected with her and we got together. She is totally delightful and we had a great time together. That was on Tuesday, March 21st.
The very next day was the start of the Pokémon Go Water Festival. We were excited when we got the notice below in email.
From March 22 through March 29 at 1 P.M. PDT, you can catch more Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and other Water-type Pokémon. As you explore areas where Water-type Pokémon more commonly appear, you’ll have a greater chance of encountering several Water-type Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Johto region. (Not to mention–you might even encounter Lapras…)
If you are not familiar with Pokémon GO, it is a game played on one’s cell phone or iPad. The player collects Pokémon giving the player points which elevates the players to higher levels of the game. Steve and I (and Kerry Gorgone too) play Pokémon GO.
The purpose of the game, created by NIANTIC, is to get people out and about and exercising. Each step one takes gives the player points in the game. I think the game is brilliant and Steve and I have a great time hunting Pokémon.
Steve and I went to the Wetlands Park in search of Pokémon for the Pokémon Go Water Festival. The purpose of the festival is to make people more aware of water; where it comes from, how it is used, and how clean it is, and how many people in the world have access to water, or more importantly, do not have access to water. Supposedly, more water type Pokémon will be near places of water.
The Wetlands Park was totally amazing. It is only five miles away from our home base and it is very different from city or urban life. There are wide walkways, probably large enough for six people to walk abreast. On one side of the path, the vegetation appears to be still in dormant winter waiting. The trees were bare of leaves and the whole area looks rather spooky. On the other side of the walkway, everything is green. We happened upon a bubbling brook that was full of corn like stalks.
The place is beautiful, but has an enchanting feeling that wants me to take lots of friends with me the next time we go. I am sure there is much more for us to learn about the park, but we were short of time the day we went.
On Friday we went to Sunset Park. The weather was perfect and the people in the park were happy. So many people turned out for the Pokémon Water Festival. As often happens, many people directed us to spots in the park where they had just captured a Pokémon and hopefully we could get one there too. We do the same. Sharing is caring.
We talked with many people along the way and everyone was happy. We were invited to a “lure party” as we were leaving. The young couple seemed genuinely sad when we said we couldn’t stay. (A lure party is when someone puts an electronic lure in play. The Pokémon are then drawn to that spot for 30 minutes while the lure is throwing virtual confetti into the air.)
One of the things we like about Pokémon GO is that there is no age barrier. Children are usually accompanied by adults. Adults often get so excited they act like children. Everyone has fun and shares their knowledge. It is a great collaboration.
Steve and I have found a way to have fun and exercise at the same time. The fresh air and nature are intriguing. We are feeling fine. If you are not a Pokémon Go enthusiast, perhaps you would like to check it out.
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