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Recommended Reading,1/20/09

The World Geo-Gathering –July 16-19,2009

Wyandotte,OK is the site for a new geocaching festival. “We will place over 100 event exclusive caches for this event. They will range anywhere from 1/1 to 5/5,”organizers say.  There’ll also be meet &greets,fun &games,a live auction and an event-exclusive cache race. Registration fees range from $20 to $50.

School taps into geocaching craze for education and history

The school recently received a $40,000 grant from the province’s Innovative Learning Fund to develop a website using the Global Positioning System to highlight historically and culturally significant locations in the Hampton area. Students will research,write descriptions and create podcasts on some 30 chosen locations whose GPS co-ordinates will be posted on a website the students develop…By next May,the school hopes to add another 30,which will direct people with a portable GPS and a list of clues to possible places such as Frost Mountain,the Kings County Courthouse and the Hampton Marsh.

A Christmas Caching Series

The Harding Family of Spring,Texas placed a clever 12-stage multi at the holidays,with each stage corresponding to a different verse of the 12 Days of Christmas. CosmicCowgirl tells how she did it and offers some interesting background on the origins of this famous holiday song.

Police continue search for person who left geocache

Rescue units were on the scene for more than four hours in Waynesboro,Pa. to “disarm”what turned out to be a geocache. These stories appear to be more and more common these days,probably due to the popularity of the game combined with the paranoia of law enforcement agencies.

So You Wanna Go Geocaching? (Part 7)

A geocaching enthusiast continues his explanation and list of definitions. This is good stuff if you’re brand new to the game.

This classic “intro to geocaching”story focuses in on the addiction of one family:Greg Bergman,Christy Noll,35,and 14-year-old Cody.

In an all-too-familiar refrain,the Hagerstown (Md.) Herald Mail reports,“A suspicious object destroyed by a Pennsylvania State Police bomb squad Friday night near the former Landis Tool Co. turned out to be something from a hi-tech scavenger hunt,Waynesboro Police Chief Mark King said. ”“The object was a spherical holiday edition soda bottle with a capped piece of plastic pipe inserted down the neck. There was a plastic tie around the bottle neck and a wire loop was used to hang it from the shrub. After it was destroyed,police found a “geocaching” logbook rolled up inside the pipe.”A geocacher,God love him,responds in the comments:“We were one of the ones who tried to find this around 5 p.m. last night when the place was surrounded by police,fire,etc. We thought a house was on fire.”

A Polish driver who was too sure of his GPS road navigation device ended up neck-deep in a lake after ignoring road signs warning of a dead-end ahead,Polish police said overnight. “The man took a road that was closed a year ago…he ignored three road signs warning of a dead-end,”police spokesman in Glubczyce,Piotr Smolen,said. “His GPS told him to drive straight ahead and he did.”The driver had not been under the influence of a GPS,but apparently alcohol.

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