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What in the World in Geocaching?
Posted on: 04/09/2013
By  Andy Rex
As part of the ongoing celebration of Marietta’s 225th birthday, the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau will unveil the county’s first “geotrail” in June.
It’s part of a relatively new, growing activity called geocaching.
Casey Knowlton with the CVB says it’s similar to a scavenger hunt, but combines history, nature and technology.  
“Geocaching is essentially a GPS-driven hunt for caches, for different prizes.  Essentially, you can log all of your experience on geocaching.com and interact with others all across the country.”
He says the trail will be opened as part of an event in early June…
“It’s going to be in coordination with our event, Pioneer Palooza, which will happen June 7 and 8.  We’re very excited about the opportunity to bring in cachers to learn a little bit about the history of Marietta, as well as get their fix on the outdoor fun of geocaching.”
Since geocaching is new, Knowlton says a workshop will be held next month…
“May 18 from 10 a.m. until noon, and it is going to be at the Campus Martius Museum.  There will be a six dollar charge per person. If you would like to, contact the Marietta CVB at (740) 373-5178 to register. We’d be happy to have you and you can get in on the experience.”
He says the CVB wants to lead the geocache trend in the region… “Geocaching is really a national phenomenon. It’s been an underground thing that many people explore, but is not as common in this area just yet.  With other counties nearby doing some things, we excited to be part of the trend heading into Ohio.”
Pioneer Palooza kicks off on Friday, June 7 in East Muskingum Park.  For more information, visit mariettaohio.org/pioneerpalooza   
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