Imagine hundreds, perhaps thousands of visitors showing up at various Jackson County locations, GPS devices in hand, trying to locate hidden treasures. That’s what the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism committee envisions as it initiates a “geocache project.”
Geocaching is a recreational activity in which participants use a Global Positioning System device to locate previously stashed containers known among enthusiasts as “geocaches.” Upon finding the geocache — generally a weatherproof container with a logbook — participants write down the date they found it and sign their code name.
Chamber president Josh Fenn told his board of directors last Friday that the committee is compiling some 30 sites in all parts of the county. As part of the local project, the committee plans to “put together a passport,” Fenn said, that will have places for geocachers to put stamps from each city — presumably found at cache sites.
“There are people that come from overseas to do these things,” Fenn said. “They come from California to do this.”
The local site will be called the Jackson Heritage Trail, and the first 100 people to complete it will get a commemorative coin.
The project is virtually cost-free, with passport advertising recovering “seed money” given by the chamber for the project.
The kickoff event will be June 28 and the program will continue through the summer.
For the full story, see the March 26 issue of The Commerce News.