Who doesn’t love a good treasure hunt? Following a map, searching for clues and discovering “treasure” is exciting stuff, no matter your age.
A modern day version, otherwise known as geocaching, has grown in popularity over the years. The new Explore the Shores Geotrail will be revealed in the Atwood Lake Region on Saturday, May 14, with a kick-off event at Atwood Lake Boats in Mineral City.
Geocaching is a fun, unique way to get people outside. It is basically treasure hunting with global positioning systems (GPS). GPS units can range from your smartphone, to a hand held unit. A geocache (commonly a small box) is placed in a specific location and the coordinates are listed at www. Geocache.com. GPS users then use a cache’s coordinates to help locate the actual cache. It typically contain a small variety of trinkets. Users are expected to take one item, leave one item for a future user, sign the logbook, and then return the cache to its original location.
A geotrail is a series of geocaches tied together by a common theme. The Atwood Lake Explore the Shores Geotrail, located in the Atwood Lake Region of Carroll and Tuscarawas counties, will take geocachers to the area’s businesses, hiking trails and more.
Geocachers, both new and experienced, will have the chance to find temporary caches during the kick-off event 3-5 p.m. and then search for the new geotrail caches. Not only will geocachers find the new caches, they will get to enjoy the beauty of Atwood Lake.
Businesses that are serving as geocache sites will have booths set up so that participants will be able to visit and have the opportunity to win prizes. More information about this trail and event may be found at bit.ly/AtwoodGeocaching. Atwood Lake Boats is located at 9298 Atwood Lake Road NE in Mineral City, Ohio, just off of state Route 212.
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