Who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt? The high-tech version is the ‘geocache.’ Using a hand-help GSP, you go to coordinates and look for the ‘cashe.’ It’s some kind of a box or marker to prove you’ve found the spot. It’s become hugely popular, with thousands of caches squirreled away all over the country and more being created every day. Dedicated geocachers keep logbooks of their finds and spend weekends with their friends both enjoying the outdoors and indulging in geeky-ness.
This weekend, you can join in the fun with the first Wicomico Geocache Dash. Starting at 8 am, geocachers will seek out 22 caches scattered throughout the county. They’re hidden in parks, historical sites, museums, and marinas. Two of them are accessible only by boat or kayak (but there are watercraft available on shore to help you reach them). When you find a cache, you snap a photo of you with the container and head for the next one. You don’t have to follow any order, although there are prizes for being the first to find a cache. If you find 18 of the 22 caches, you win a special trackable geocoin, and everyone is eligible for cash and door prizes.
The dash begins and ends at Pemberton Park. If you are new to the sport, you can take “Geocaching 101” from 8-9 am. It’s free and explains how geocaching works. You need a handheld GPS or a GSP-enabled Smartphone and camera or a Cellphone/Camera Combo.
After the dash, there’s a great crab feast and celebration at Pemberton Park from 5-8 pm. Cost is $25 and includes food, prizes, and entertainment.
For more information, go to www.wicomicotourism.org