GeoTour Spotlight: Florida’s Operation Recreation (T3D

Location:
Florida’s 171 award-winning state parks
Favorite Points:
#749

Operation Recreation GeoTour stretches from Pensacola to Key West and includes 71 award winning Florida State Parks and Trails.

Lovers Key State Park
Lovers Key State Park

Florida’s state parks and trails inspire residents and visitors with recreation opportunities and scenic beauty. Print out your GeoTour Tracking Sheet and the Kids GeoTour Tracking Sheet and come explore nearly 800,000 acres, 100 miles of beaches, and more than 1,600 miles trails.

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GeoTour Spotlight: Visit Utah (GT54)

Location:
Utah
Favorite Points:
2045

Utah is a four-season adventure destination. In spring geocachers can take advantage of pleasant temperatures and colorful, red rock landscapes surrounded by snow-capped mountain ranges. This land is full of dramatic visual contrast and a rich prehistoric past you may discover when geocaching near ancient rock art such as Parowan Gap Petroglyphs (GC5HA8V), or Dinosaur National Monument (GC5H2HW).

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GeoTour Spotlight: West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour (GT40)

Location:
West Bend, Wisconsin
Favorite Points:
#421

Along the Milwaukee River, you can see the backside of the old West Bend Brewing Company. WBGT 07: Lithia Brewery and Time Capsule is nearby too!

Why the West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour is unique:

In addition to hosting 1,500 geocaches in a 10-mile radius, West Bend is nestled in the beautiful Kettle Moraine State Forest. Here, you will find outstanding trails, picturesque parks, a historic downtown area, and three fascinating museums, including the new Museum of Wisconsin Art.

WBGT 16: The Ice Age Trail will take you through breathtaking Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Best time of year to visit:

Summer is the best time to visit West Bend! Shop the historic downtown, stroll through the Sculpture Park, hop on a trail, or even plan an August visit during our annual geocaching mega event, the West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h

Discover interesting sculptures en route to WBGT 05: Sculpture Walk

Must-see attractions:

Don’t miss Regner Park — the beach is bustling in summer and in winter you’ll find ice skating, hockey and a warming house! Feel like a kid again on the playgrounds, explore the trails, pack a picnic or cool off at the Splash Pad! GC53G7K will take you there!

WBGT 08: Regner Park is one of 20 stops on the West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour, a great way to spend a day in any season!

Hidden gems only locals know about:

Not only is the Frisby House (GC53BAT) a historic landmark, it’s also home to the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce! Stop in and learn about the city’s history, then get tips on the best places to shop and eat.

Beautiful architecture and gardens at WBGT 01: Historic Frisby House

Prizes: 

Shop, dine and stay in West Bend to gain 25 points on your passport and earn a limited edition West Bend Four Seasons GeoCoin!

The West Bend Four Seasons GeoCoin (Front)
The West Bend Four Seasons GeoCoin (Back)

What Geocachers are saying about West bend Four Seasons GeoTour:

TFTC… After 500 miles of driving, I have arrived at my destination… West Bend, Wisconsin for the geocaching Mega event!!! So happy to be here! — Geodude1222

A local geocacher logging a smiley at WBGT 04: Art and Trains

Attending the West Bend GeoBash and finding the caches for the GeoTour. Each cache was an insight into the history of West Bend and area. My favorite type of caches when going to a new area of caches. TFTC — Tatortott

The boardwalk is a “bit overgrown on your way to WBGT 17: An Electric First

I was so happy I was able to complete the Geotour this year! Thanks for all the quality hides! This one was a little tricky and deserves a fav point! — geocachingvlogger

 

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Find out more about the West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour here.

Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.

GeoTour Spotlight: Heritage Hide’n’Seek in Ontario

GeoTour Name:

Heritage Hide’n’Seek

Location:

Northern Ontario, Canada

Number of Favorite Points:

143

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Photos by S. Hansen.

You remember the first time you took your kids geocaching like it was yesterday. Their excitement at finding the cache and rifling through the goodies it contained was likely what kept your family looking for more geocaches. But now your babies are off to college or university. As they spread their wings and take flight, they will be putting to use the skills and lessons you taught them over the years.

Geocaching may have taught your family some things to, such as persistence. If at first you don’t find the cache… take a deep breath, review the description and the hint, and keep looking. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help, either. Geocache owners and geocachers who have previously found the cache are happy to help. Most importantly geocaching creates a sense of belonging, whether it be simple family bonding or feeling part of the world-wide community of geocachers.

So, as you pack your car to take your big kid to college or university, why not re-live those joyous memories and go geocaching together one last time by making a road trip out of it. There may even be a GeoTour along the route, which will let you earn a prize for your efforts.

For example, if you are heading to Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, participate in the Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour. Here are some geocaches which may appeal to students going into various programs:

We’d love to hear about your geocaching experiences as you head off to college or university this fall. Why not share them with us?!

What geocachers have said:

Jakehound mentioned he was “In Thunder Bay to drop my son off for school & had a few hours on a beautiful Saturday morning to get some caching in…enjoyed the adventure. TFTH

Clodhoppers found HHS-What’s in a Name and wrote: “Went to Thunder Bay to pick up our son and take him home for the summer. He is attending Lakehead University. He took us to some sites while we were there. When he was younger he used to enjoy caching. TFTC.

Additional Information:

Logo_GeoTours_Main_vFINAL_060116_1200x950_150dpiFind more about the Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour here.

Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.

Passeport pour le Nord GeoTour

Location:
New Caledonia
Favorite Points:
8

Why the Passeport pour le Nord GeoTour is unique:

If you are curious about nature, keen on open spaces, and dream of wandering through green forests, then the North New Caledonia area was made for you. This untamed natural land is breathtaking and home to endemic plants & wildlife stemming all the way back to prehistoric time. It’s also an an area with a strong sense of culture, incorporating much of the local Kanak people’s historic traditions and beliefs into modern day life.

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Best time of year to visit:

Blessed with a temperate and tropical climate, New Caledonia is a great place to visit all-year-round! Those who love sunbathing and lazying around generally prefer the summer months from December to March. For those who enjoy sports and hiking, the winter months from June to September are ideal. In October, November, April, and May, the weather is mild. This tends to be a popular time of year for photographers who dream of capturing the best shots.

Hienghene - GC558EX
Hienghene – GC558EX

Must-see attractions:

  • Don’t miss the Broody Hen in the Hienghène Bay. This geocache (GC558EX) will reward you with one of the most beautiful panoramas, if not the best, in all of New Caledonia!
  • Boat Pass is the northernmost point of the Caledonian mainland. You’ll get a breathtaking 360° view from this cache (GC558GJ).
  • The village of Voh on the west coast is known for its heart-shaped “natural art piece” which has been sculpted into a mangrove by the elements over time. You’ll also learn a lot about the local history and customs while tasting a cup of coffee at the eco-museum (GC558H9).

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    The famous Voh Heart

Hidden gems only locals know about:

The GR Nord, a 70 km (~43 m) magnificent hiking trail marked by the French Hiking Federation, is a must-see. The trail runs through the most authentic, unexplored, and beautiful parts of the Northern Province, between the villages of Ponerihouen (GC556A1) and Touho (GC556B1).

Prizes: 

If you complete your Passeport pour le Nord by finding at least ten geocaches, you’ll receive a special Geotag! Also (GC558FA) is still unfound. Be the geocacher to grab our last FTF Geocoin!

The collector Nord Geotag

What Geocachers are saying about the GeoTour:

  • “I had driven all day from Hienghène, and I was exhausted. It took me ages to find the box which was about 8m from where my GPSr was pointing. The hint suddenly made sense! What a splendid location with a view of the biggest waterfall that I have seen in NC. After driving through the mining blight, which upset me very much, it was good to find this peaceful and reverent spot. On my own, I gave my thanks in a firm voice. This is the final Geotour find of my trip. Thanks for everything NordAddict!” – clickcraftsman
  • “Great hike to this view point. We enjoyed the spot to the coastline with the rocks of Hienghene.“ – andringitra
  • “Heading around the north on a caching adventure from Australia. This is my first find of the trip!” – The Artful Dodgers
  • “Very quiet here this morning, we enjoyed reading about the local history and looking at the displays, this is a very well presented museum. Another great cache in the series, thanks for bringing us here. TFTC NordAddict” – waiiti20
  • “Sans aucun doute ma préférée du géotour qui vaut le détour!” – Chup’a
  • “Can see the sea from here!” – JEiken
  • “Woohoo! It took me ages to find – it’s well hidden!” – smkodila
  • “Not easy, but a beautiful location!” – jhwordsmith

Additional Information:

Find more about the North Province of New Caledonia on the official website.

Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.