CONY Members in 2nd Season of Geocaching
For a second year, campers and geocaching enthusiasts are invited to go geocaching with Campground Owners of New York (CONY), an association of privately owned campgrounds and RV parks in New York State.
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups. There are over 1 million active geocaches hidden around the world, as well as more than 3 million enthusiasts, according to a news release.
Participating locations are listed at www.gogeocachingny.com. Once arrived at a park, geocachers may pick up a CONY geocaching “Passport to Fun,” and search for their first cache. The passports have stamp pages for each park. As geocachers find the hidden caches, they’ll have their passport stamped. When geochachers get at least five stamps, they may submit their passport to CONY for a prize. Some parks will have GPS units for purchase or for rent.
“Geocaching is the perfect RV hobby, and a great way for the kids to play a high-tech version of ‘hide-and-seek’,” according to Rosemary Curtis of Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort in Bath, N.Y. “We’ve actually hidden caches in our park for several years before CONY’s program, and our campers have a lot of fun with our geocaching games.”
“CONY is in its second year of providing geocaching as an outdoor activity at our parks,” says Donald G. Bennett Jr., CONY president and CEO. “By combining popular hi-tech electronics with the great outdoors, we’re encouraging people to step away from the couch and get active by further enhancing the camping experience for our guests.”
CONY has caches hidden all across New York State; by using the CONY Geocaching “Passport to Fun,” people may plan even more interesting road trips by traveling from park to park.