ORONO, Maine — Geocaching, the activity that combines a love of the outdoors with high-tech gadgetry and clue-solving ability, is being offered by the Orono Land Trust.
The beginners workshop for area residents is planned for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at the organization’s hiking trail, located at Gould’s Landing on Pushaw Lake on outer Essex Street in Orono. People of all ages are invited to participate. Experienced “cachers” will be on hand to lead small groups along a short hiking trail and demonstrate how to use satellite technology to locate the hidden treasures.
Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which the participants use a handheld Global Positioning System device to find small containers, referred to as caches.
A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and small items for trading, usually toys or trinkets. Geocaching is often described as a game of high-tech hide-and-seek, sharing many aspects of orienteering and treasure hunting. When a cache is found, the participant signs the logbook and, in some cases, removes a trinket from the cache and leaves a new trinket for the next cacher to find. According to the official global GPS cache hunt site, www.geocaching.com, there are 849,790 active caches worldwide — and more than 250 caches in Greater Bangor.
The event will be held rain or shine. No registration is necessary. Participants are encouraged to bring GPS devices or join organizers who will have a few devices on hand for demonstrations. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch to eat at the Gould’s Landing covered picnic tables. Also at this location are a small beach and a canoe and kayak launch.
The Orono Land Trust holds several geocaches on properties it owns or protects. To learn more, visit oronolandtrust.org and click on the “geocaching” link.
The Orono Land Trust was created in 1986 and owns, protects or manages nearly 1,000 acres in Orono, Old Town and Veazie. The trails are maintained for nonmotorized use, including walking, birding, skiing, snowshoeing, geocaching and bicycling.