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Geocaches in All 76 Minnesota State Parks

April 10, 2013 by · Comments Off on Geocaches in All 76 Minnesota State Parks 

Some say the more we focus on technology, the less we appreciate the world’s natural beauty. But over the past several years, Minnesota state parks have seen the opposite, WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, reported.

More than 100,000 hikers using GPS devices have been drawn into nature, looking for hidden treasure.

All 76 Minnesota state parks and state recreation areas have collectible cards and clues hidden somewhere.

Visitors follow satellite coordinates to reach them, and those who find all of the caches get to see how different our state can be — from the Sawtooth Mountains along the North Shore to the rolling prairies of the southwest, and the river bluffs in southeastern Minnesota.

Retired Carleton professor Richard Nau and his wife, Sharol, have been on geocaching trips to Europe, Central America, the Caribbean and throughout North America. They’re grateful that the DNR is helping them see so much of their home state by offering its own geocaching adventure.

“There’s some beautiful landscape in these parks,” Richard Nau said. “They’re certainly far away from the Twin Cities but once you’re there, there’s a lot to see.”

Twenty-five parks have loaner GPS units, with instructions, that visitors can check out for free.

This year, Dena Sievert and Dennis Lindell hope to complete their fourth time around the state.

“It’s just a lot more fun to do it together,” said Sievert, “especially with somebody who knows you and you can draw on their strengths.”

Sievert says she’s the more persistent geocacher, while Lindell takes care of the more physical parts, including any climbing, crawling or reaching into dark spaces.

“It provides exercise, it’s a challenge and it’s an adventure,” he said.

They spent their honeymoon in a few state parks in 2002. They’ve since seen them all, repeatedly, and they have the collector cards to prove it.

“Bear Head Lake, we really enjoyed that,” said Sievert. “That’s one of our favorite state parks.”

But as it turns out, geocaching has helped them in more ways than they ever imagined. They got divorced.

However, geocaching was the one thing they didn’t want to give up when their marriage went south. So they still get together several times a year, going whichever direction their GPS units take them.

“We’re not so great at living together,” said Sievert, “but we still like to travel and geocache together.”

 

Treasure Hunter Wins CONY Geocaching Prize

June 26, 2012 by · Comments Off on Treasure Hunter Wins CONY Geocaching Prize 

Christopher Claycomb holds the Garmin eTrex 10 handheld GPS device won in a geocaching contest sponsored by Campground Owners of New York (CONY).

Campground Owners of New York (CONY) congratulates treasure hunter Christopher Claycomb from Duke Center, Pa., for finding the special National Get Outdoors Day geocaching coin hidden at Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort in Bath, N.Y., on June 9. Hickory Hill is one of 10 CONY campground locations offering geocaching this summer through Columbus Day, according to a news release.

Upon finding and redeeming the coin on June 9 (this year’s date for National Get Outdoors Day), Christopher was awarded a Garmin eTrex 10 handheld GPS device by Rosemary Curtis, Hickory Hill operations manager.

This is the fourth year CONY is offering geocaching as a summer-long recreational activity for campers and visitors. It is the second year that CONY has offered a geocaching contest as an event for the annual National Get Outdoors Day, which promotes healthy, active outdoor fun.

According to Groundspeak Inc., on its website at geocaching.com, “Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.” The website notes there are over 1.75 million active geocaches hidden around the world, and over 5 million enthusiasts.

“CONY developed a geocaching program for its member parks so that they could include it as a new and fun outdoor recreational activity for their campers,” said Suzanne Bixby, CONY marketing  and communications director. “We want to do all that we can to encourage people – especially young people – to get outdoors and experience the lasting benefits of recreation in addition to camping.”

For more information about geocaching with CONY, go to http://www.gogeocachingny.com/

For more information about CONY campgrounds and RV parks, go to http://www.nycampgrounds.com.

For more information about National Get Outdoors Day, go to http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org.

 

CONY Members Offer Geocaching to Campers and Visitors

June 7, 2012 by · Comments Off on CONY Members Offer Geocaching to Campers and Visitors 

Campgrounds and RV parks across New York state are welcoming campers and visitors to come geocache at their parks this summer. The parks are all members of Campground Owners of New York (CONY), a trade association of privately owned campgrounds in New York state.

According to a news release, this is the fourth year that CONY has set up geocaching sites in New York State. Participating CONY parks offer geocaching as an outdoor recreational activity for both their campers and geocaching enthusiasts. A complete list of New York campgrounds and RV parks – including GPS coordinates – can be found at www.gogeocachingny.com. Locations include:

  • Finger Lakes Region: Camp Bell Campground, Campbell; Country Charm Campground, Middlesex; Hickory Hill Family Camping. Resort, Bath; and Lake Bluff Campground, Wolcott.
  • Central New York: Lebanon Reservoir Campground, Hamilton.
  • Adirondacks: Lake George RV Park, Lake George.
  • Catskills: Brookside Campground, Catskill; Saugerties/Woodstock KOA, Saugerties.
  • Hudson Valley Region: Brook n Wood Family Campground, Elizaville; Copake KOA, Copake.

According to Groundspeak Inc., on its website at geocaching.com, “Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.” The website notes there are over 1.75 million active geocaches hidden around the world, and over 5 million enthusiasts.

“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, operations manager for Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort. “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.”

“Our goal with geocaching is to bring visitors into CONY facilities to enjoy the combination of electronics and outdoors in such a way that their camping experience will be further enhanced.” says Donald G. Bennett Jr., CONY president and CEO. “The geocaching locations scattered across New York State also provide a great way for people to plan interesting road trips around their geocaching adventures.”

One lucky treasure hunter looking for geocaches on June 9 – National Get Outdoors Day – will win a new Garmin eTrex 10 handheld GPS valued at $120, if they find and turn in the special GO Day geocaching coin hidden at one of the CONY locations that day.

 

Thousand Trails Weighs In on Geocaching

April 3, 2012 by · Comments Off on Thousand Trails Weighs In on Geocaching 

A sample geocache

Editor’s Note: The following news release comes from Thousand Trails.

Living life on the road in an RV brings fresh and exciting experiences. Whether scanning the trees for an elusive bird or biking local trails, RVers across the country are always on the lookout for new outdoor adventures. One of the newest ways RVers can get out and enjoy nature is geocaching.

This modern-day treasure hunting combines old-school puzzle work with some of the newest GPS technology and is a great activity for all ages and physical abilities. A Geocacher can be any person seeking fun and adventure in the outdoors. From families with children and retirees to rock climbers and hikers, geocaching is one of the fastest growing, live, recreational social media activities.

Seth Rosenberg, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE: ELS), owner and operator of Encore and Thousand Trails RV Resorts and Campgrounds, agrees geocaching is an interesting activity for RVers.

“Geocaches are as varied as people’s imaginations,” Rosenberg said. “We have found there are geocaching sites near several of our properties. Some of the cache containers are just small tubes with logbooks, while larger caches may contain trinkets and knickknacks for swapping. It simply adds another fun dimension for RVers.”

With over 4 million users, www.GeoCaching.com is the most popular geocaching website. Members of this community use GPS-enabled devices and their wits to find containers hidden by other geocachers. Users can search by city, state or zip code to find cache locations within a particular area.

Having an error factor of up to 30 feet, GPS devices will only take the geocachers to a general area. Camouflaged into the surrounding area, caches should be difficult for an unsuspecting person to spot. Geocachers use the provided clues and their own intuition to find the caches.

Rules for the sport are basic. If a geocacher takes something from a cache, they need to leave something of equal or greater value. Sound ethics, like respecting private property, minimizing the impact on nature and not endangering people, are encouraged and vital to the continuation of the sport. A common practice of geocachers is to “Cache In, Trash Out.” By picking up trash on the way back from a geocache location, geocachers help keep natural areas clean.

Cache listings include ratings for difficulty and terrain. From 1 to 5, the listings give seekers an idea of what to expect before heading out on their find. A listing with a rating of 1/1 will be easy to locate and on easy terrain. A listing of 5/5 will not only be difficult to locate, it may entail climbing rocks, trees or even rappelling from heights.

With the ability to pick and choose geocaches of different difficulty ratings in virtually any location, geocaching is a perfect sport for RVers. Geocaches rated as an easy find on flat terrain are perfect for families with young children or seniors with limited mobility. Although many of the geocaches are easy to discover, there are more than enough difficult caches to satisfy the more adventurous RVers.

Since its inception in 2000, geocaching has given people the opportunity to visit new and interesting locations, enjoy the outdoors and make new friends. RVing has been doing the same for decades. The curiosity and inherent sense of adventure of RVers makes geocaching a natural fit.

With geocaching becoming more popular among RVers, it is no surprise to find cache locations close to RV resorts and along highways. Whether the deserts of the Southwest or the dense forests of New England, thousands of geocaches are waiting to be discovered.

With 173 premier RV resorts located in some of the most desirable natural locations in the country, Encore and Thousand Trails RV Resorts offer geocaching RVers a great base for their sport.

For more information about Encore and Thousand Trails visit www.RVonTheGo.com and www.ThousandTrails.com.

 

Geocaching Gains Traction at Private Parks

August 25, 2011 by · Comments Off on Geocaching Gains Traction at Private Parks 

Geocaching is one of many activities available at this Nevada RV resort.

Editor’s Note: The following blog was written by Dave Helgeson and appeared online at www.rvlife.com.

Many times I have blogged about the benefits of adding Geocaching (www.geocaching.com) to your list of RVing activities. Now private RV parks are discovering what you and I already know, that geocaching is good clean fun for the whole family.

Leia Simmons, manager of Walker River Resort in Smith Valley, Nev., says, ”We let people hide stuff on our property.”

The resort includes geocaching as one of the many activities you can enjoy at their park.

Campground Owners of New York included geocaching in this year’s promotion efforts. RVers are encouraged to pick up a free “Passport to Fun” at participating campgrounds. Guests find hidden coins at the parks using their GPS receivers and get their passports stamped. Prizes are awarded for those with five stamps or more in their passport. Campers looking for something to do along with hardcore geocachers hail the promotion a great success.

Geocaching can spice up any family RV vacation and soon you may find one in your favorite RV park.

Geocaching, just another adventure in RVing!

New York Parks Taking Part in Geocaching Event

May 12, 2011 by · Comments Off on New York Parks Taking Part in Geocaching Event 

Map shows regions of New York taking part in geocaching event on June 11.

Geocaching, a like a high-tech scavenger hunt in which the players use GPS devices to search for hidden treasures, using coordinates that are given to them as clues to use in the hunt, will take center stage at some New York campgrounds next month.

“Geocaching has gotten to be a really popular camping activity in recent years, partly because it’s as appealing to adults as it is to children,” said Don Bennett, president and CEO of Campground Owners of New York (CONY), the Pittsfield-based trade association that represents New York’s campground industry.

In fact, 15 New York campgrounds will be participating in a statewide geocaching contest on June 11 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, according to a CONY news release.

A special coin will be hidden in one of the participating campgrounds, which the finder can redeem for a special prize.

Visit www.gogeocachingny.com for more information.

Following are New York campgrounds that will be offering geocaching activities on June 11:

  • Back Bay Campgrounds and Cottages (1000 Islands Seaway Region)
  • Brook n Wood Family Campground (Hudson Valley)
  • Brookside Campground (Catskills)
  • Camp Bell Campground (Finger Lakes)
  • Conesus Lake Campground (Finger Lakes)
  • Copake KOA (Hudson Valley)
  • Country Charm Campground (Finger Lakes)
  • Lake Bluff Campground (Finger Lakes)
  • Lake George RV Park (Adirondacks)
  • Lebanon Reservoir Campground (Central New York)
  • Rip Van Winkle Campground (Catskills)
  • Saugerties/Woodstock KOA (Catskills)
  • Stony Creek Campground (Adirondacks)
  • Susquehanna Trail Campground (Central New York)

For more information on New York campgrounds, please contact Suzanne Bixby or Don Bennett at (585) 586-4360 and visit www.nycampgrounds.com.

CONY Members in 2nd Season of Geocaching

June 28, 2010 by · Comments Off on 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.

CONY Campgrounds Join Geocaching Fad

July 22, 2009 by · Comments Off on CONY Campgrounds Join Geocaching Fad 

Campground Owners of New York (CONY), an association of privately owned campgrounds and RV parks in New York state, has joined the geocaching fad, with caches hidden at 37 parks across the Empire State, according to a news release. 

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. 

Groundspeak Inc., on its website at www.geocaching.com notes there are over 850,000 active geocaches around the world. 

Participating parks are listed at www.gogeocachingny.com. Once arrived at a park, geocachers receive a CONY geocaching “Passport to Fun,” and may search for their first cache. The passports have stamp pages for each park. As geocachers find the hidden caches, they will have their passport stamped. Geocachers who get at least 10 stamps and submit their passport to CONY will win a prize. Some parks will have GPS units for purchase or for rent, or geocachers may bring their own. 

“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 had caches hidden in our park already and have had a lot of enthusiastic participants, so we were very excited to get involved with the CONY geocaching program.” 

“Our goal with geocaching is to bring visitors into CONY facilities to enjoy the combination of electronics and outdoors in such a way that their camping experience will be further enhanced.” says Donald G. Bennett Jr., CONY executive administrator. “With 37 CONY geocaching locations in New York state, it also provides a great way for people to plan interesting road trips around their geocaching adventures.” 

Additional details about the geocaching program and how to get started can be found at www.gogeocachingny.com.

Kansas State Parks Run Geocaching Contest

May 8, 2009 by · Comments Off on Kansas State Parks Run Geocaching Contest 

Outdoor enthusiasts looking for the next great adventure will find it in a geocaching contest this summer at Kansas state parks, according to the Kansas City InfoZine

From May 1 to Nov. 1, each state park and some other Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) locations have two caches hidden. The coordinates of the first cache site are posted on the KDWP website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us. Participants will use hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) to find and open the first cache, where they will find the coordinates of the second cache site.

Upon finding the second cache site, the participant will sign a log sheet and take a certificate to turn in to that park office. Then they will receive a park-specific location ink pen and the official statewide KDWP Geocaching Entry Form. Entry forms can be validated at all KDWP park and regional offices, as well as the Pratt Operations Office, for each second cache found. 

Prizes will be awarded based first on how many points are earned. Every second geocache found at each participating location will be worth one point. Prizes will be awarded on a point and time system after the contest ends Nov. 1. 

First-place prizes (maximum of 50 winners) will be a choice between two nights in a KDWP camping cabin or one annual camping permit for 2010. The first 50 participants to earn all of the 31 points and submit their forms win a first-place prize. 

Those who earn 31 points but mail their forms in after the first 50 will receive second-place prizes, a choice between one night in a camping cabin or a 14-day camping permit for 2010. Two nights camping and utilities will be awarded for third place winners. 

This is the second year of this new outdoor recreation opportunity for Kansas Wildlife and Parks, one that may introduce many new patrons to state parks and other KDWP areas, as well as provide new activities for regular customers.

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