The second annual Paul and Babe's Geo-Hunt will kick off Memorial Day weekend. The success of last summer's geocaching event in the Brainerd lakes area has organizers - the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and the Crosslake Park and Recreation Department - preparing for an equally-as-successful sequel.
This family friendly geocaching activity involves seeking out 30 sites along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway driving route during the months of May, June and July. Paul and Babe's Geo-Hunt is free and a great way to explore nature, get exercise and learn more about the region.
Geocaching/Paul and Babe's Geo-Hunt at a glance
Paul and Babe's Geo-Hunt cache locations will be released throughout the summer:
May 28: Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point region; June 25: Pine River/Jenkins; July 31: Crosslake/Manhattan Beach.
The Crosslake Community Center has GPS devices available for rent and offers geocaching classes for local residents. For more information, call (218) 692-4271.
A cache is a covered plastic container that has been hidden.
Caches are found by entering the GPS coordinates into a GPS unit.
Geocaching.com has a complete listing of thousands of cache sites and also provides a more in-depth description on what geocaching is all about.
Paul and Babe's Geo-Hunt is played by seeking out containers - caches - hidden on public lands throughout the byway region. Containers are located by using GPS technology. GPS coordinates will be available to download from www.PaulBunyanScenicByway.org/GeoHunt. Inside the camouflaged cache containers are special collector cards. As participants gather a complete set of 10 cards, they earn a GeoCoin - a special wooden nickel that may be kept as a souvenir.
As the 2010 GeoHunt has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, this year's cache collector cards will all focus on our region's history. Dozens of interesting and unique historical facts can be discovered by participating in this easy-to-learn outdoor activity.
The GeoHunt will conclude July 31 with a day of geocaching followed by a barbecue and social at the Crosslake Community Center. A picnic meal and T-shirt will be available for purchase at the social. The barbecue/social is also open to the public, though reservations are recommended.
Sponsors and in-kind donations are being sought to support the activity. Sponsorships start at $50 and offer a non-traditional way to connect your business or organization with the region's history while also promoting your businesses or organization. Proceeds from the event support the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and the Parks and Library Foundation of Crosslake.
The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway is a 54-mile driving route with hiking/walking trails, recreational parks and lakes, wildlife management areas and historical artifacts. The route is designated as a state and national scenic byway.
For more information about Paul and Babe's Geo-Hunt or becoming a member of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association, visit PaulBunyanScenicByway.org or contact Kathy Moore at Kathy@PaulBunyanScenicByway.org or (218) 963-3409.
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