Monday, October 21, 2013

Travel Lane County Launches Oakridge/Westfir GeoTour Edition



Travel Lane County Launches Third Edition of Eugene, Cascades & Coast GeoTour

-Kickoff event set for
Saturday, Oct. 26 in Oakridge-


Eugene, Ore. -
 
Adventure seekers will have yet another Eugene, Cascades & Coast GeoTour edition to explore. The Oakridge/Westfir Edition kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 26 in the Cascades region.
The new leg will lead geocachers to 36 sites along Highway 58, between Pleasant Hill and Willamette Pass, guiding treasure hunters to the area’s state parks, lakes, trails, waterfalls, hot springs and other attractions.
The success of the first two editions prompted Travel Lane County to expand its GeoTour, which has already attracted more than 2,000 participants since its initial launch last fall. The McKenzie River Edition got under way in October 2012, followed by the  Florence Edition in March 2013. Travel Lane County is already looking to launch a fourth edition next Spring.
Like the previous editions, the Oakridge/Westfir tour will challenge people to find at least 24 hidden sites to earn a locally-crafted, trackable geocoin—a coveted prize in the geocaching world.
The public and press are invited to join Travel Lane County and geocaching experts from www.geocaching.com at the official launch. The event is free and open to experienced and first-time geocachers, who can learn how to get started. Attendees can pick up the new Oakridge/Westfir edition passport and view the new geocoin.

EVENT DETAILS
     When:     Saturday, October 26, 2013                      9 to 11 a.m.

     Where:    Brewers Union Local 180 (family-friendly)
                     48329 E 1st St. Oakridge

     Contact: Travel Lane County
                     (541) 484-5307

Geocachers can use GPS units or smart-phone devices to follow coordinates to lead them to the hidden caches, usually comprised of small water-proof containers. Each cache the usual trinkets and treasures, along with a log book and password, which cachers record in their passport.
Following the kickoff event, the passport will also be accessible online. For more information, contact Travel Lane County at (541) 484-5307 or visit www.EugeneCascadesCoast.org/Geocaching.

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