TDC discusses adding geocaching to county activities

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 03:37 PM.

“It's easy to put your destination on the map for millions to discover,” according to geocaching.com. “You already have the raw materials. You know the friendly neighbors, the best places to eat, and that one special spot that people should never miss on their visit. The question is: how do you entice the travelers and tourists of the world to discover your destination?”

Sweeney said geocaches can be located anywhere — places of historical interest, places of beauty, or even at events, such as the Watermelon Festival.

“Washington County is a great place to geocache,” Sweeney said. He said that if there were 100 geocache sites in the county, then the TDC could award something like a lapel pin to seekers who find a certain percentage of the sites. “We can get pins for just pennies, and we can ask for $2 or $3 for them in return.”

People are already geocaching in Washington County, but if the TDC were to develop a GeoTour, that could drive searchers to specific places, such as Hard Labor Creek or the Washington County Historical Museum.

“We could have a list of sites, then have our booth at the Watermelon Festival be the last stop,” Council member Ted Everett said.

“A GeoTour lets our community of millions know you're open for business with a story to tell, interesting locations, and family-friendly activities,” according to the geocaching website. “These unique tours bring locations to life through a series of engaging geocaches placed within a specific area or along a route.”

The geocaching community is five million strong and growing, according to geocaching.com. “Armed with smartphones or dedicated GPS devices, geocachers are always searching for their next ‘find.’"



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