Hide and Go Seek in Allegany State Park
Is it under the rock or under the log, just maybe it is located right next to where you are standing? Geocaching has become today’s modern scavenger hunt. To the unknown geocaching eye, you probably have one across from your local grocery store or in your local park. Some people find the hide within seconds and the next person could spend hours searching. What makes this sport fun is that you never know what you will find until you start searching. Geocaching could take you too many locations you would have never visited without the encouragement of finding that cache.
Geocaches are containers of different sizes and the coordinates, description and the clues are listed on the www.geocaching.com website. Once you locate the cache with a GPS unit, your team can log their find into the log book. Larger caches will have trade trinkets for the kids of all ages. You are then encouraged to return back to the website and report your findings on the cache page. Standard equipment needed includes a GPS receiver, compass, writing utensil, bug spray and comfortable walking shoes.
You can locate over 20 different geocaches here in Allegany State Park with many others just outside park property. Families, single individuals, young and old are all out trying to find these hidden treasures here in the park. Some can be accessed by bike while most others include short or longer hike to find the cache. Always double check the difficulty and terrain level before starting your search.
Many events are schedule across Western New York and this year Allegany State Park, New York Geocaching Organization, Kinzua Area Cachers and the Keystone Cachers are planning a picnic event on the 19th of May 2007 called Geobash II. This is our second year for this event and we expect many more than last year’s 300ish attendance. The picnic is open to anyone who would like to attend and learn more about geocaching. Detailed planning on this event is available at Allegany State Park Geobash II website.
If you would like to learn how to start geocaching, please visit the New York Geocaching Organization’s website at www.ny-geocaching.org.
** Pictures taken with my camera phone, sorry about the quality.