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Searching for hidden treasures

Fort Wilkins holds geocaching event

September 19, 2012
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer (skukkonen@mininggazette.com) , The Daily Mining Gazette

COPPER HARBOR - The hunt is on at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park in Copper Harbor.

The park will host the sixth annual Geocaching 101 event starting Friday and continuing Saturday, said Robert Strittmatter, park superintendent.

"Geocaching is basically searching for hidden treasures throughout the area," he said.

Using a global positioning system and coordinates to guide participants, the hunter has the opportunity to go out into the park and the community and look for these hidden treasures placed in various locations.

Friday's event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with a campfire and complimentary bread-on-a-stick at the park's picnic shelter.

After dark, geocachers will have the opportunity to search for a temporary cache by flashlight, he said.

Saturday, geocachers will gather at 10 a.m. at the picnic shelter to receive a cache list. Geocachers are required to bring their own GPS.

The caches can be temporary or permanent and are of varying difficulty. They will also be placed at sites with historical, geological and natural significance.

"For our geocaching event, we make a list up here," he said. "We'll hand out the sheet and give them a couple of hours to find the caches we put in place for this event."

The permanent caches typically contain small knickknacks and prizes for those who are able to locate it, and geocachers are encouraged to bring small items to place in the cache for others, he said.

Geocachers will meet up for social time after, for which many local businesses have donated door prizes.

"To finish up, we'll have a bonfire with hot dogs, cake and hot cider," Strittmatter said. "We'll basically socialize and talk about the day's activities."

The event is family-friendly and noncompetitive and Strittmatter said the event is growing in popularity. It's open to participants of all ages and abilities. While the event is free, a $10 Recreation Passport is required for entrance to the park. Pre-registration is not required.

"It's getting bigger and bigger every year," he said. "We've gotten a big response for this year."

This event is sponsored by local businesses and the Fort Wilkins Natural History Association.

For more details about the park, contact the park at 289-4215 or visit michigan.gov/historicfortwilkins.

 
 

 

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