Taking Flight GeoTour in Florida’s Manatee County, GT10

Taking Flight GeoTour in Florida’s Manatee County, GT10

Taking Flight GeoTour in Florida’s Manatee County, GT10
Taking Flight GeoTour in Florida’s Manatee County, GT10

Flock to Florida’s Taking Flight GeoTour and learn about the nature preserve and the diverse species of birds that live there. While honing your geocaching and nature skills you will become a citizen scientist, detective, historian, and even nature preserve ranger. Caches highlight the protection of the region’s waterways, bays, natural watersheds, and habitat areas for many of the area’s feathered friends.

There are 15 geocaches to discover around birding hot spots and each includes a fun, educational activity. Plus, you can earn a custom Taking Flight trackable tag when you find 12 of the caches on the tour!

We’re highlighting three of the caches from this GeoTour. When you make the trek, we recommend packing your binoculars and pen. You wouldn’t want to have any, ahem, egrets.

Flooded Flight GeoTour 10
Flooded Flight GeoTour 10

TFGT: Flooded Flight
EarthCache | GC3R827 | D 1.5 / T 2

This Earthcache teaches about rising sea levels and its potential impact on nesting bird habitat, challenging finders to become citizen scientists.

Located in Robinson Preserve, one of Manatee County’s most popular conservation properties, over 30,000 people visit during its busiest months. Enjoy the three miles of mixed paved and shell trails, paddle the two miles of water “blueways,” or scale the forty-foot observation tower.

 

First Flights GeoTour 10
First Flights GeoTour 10

TFGT: First Flights
Traditional | GC3RA2Q | D 1.5 / T 1.5

This cache is found on Anna Maria Island, a barrier island along the coast of Manatee County. Its sandy shores dip into the Gulf of Mexico and are considered to be some of the best beaches in the world.

But the ‘natives’ here are not local Florida residents; they are the thousands of shorebirds that flock to the same beaches each year to lay their eggs and raise their families.

 

Flight in the Estuary GeoTour 10

Flight in the Estuary GeoTour 10

TFGT: Flight in the Estuary
Traditional | GC3RBMY | D 1.5 / T 1.5

This preserve, located on the tip of Snead Island, is a unique place where you can see the saltwater Gulf of Mexico, the freshwater Manatee River, and the Tampa Bay estuary. Tampa Bay is a partially enclosed water body where the salt and fresh waters mix and is the largest open-water estuary in Florida with nearly 400 square miles (1000 square kilometers) spanning three counties.

Estuaries support a diverse variety of wildlife and plant species, provide nesting places for birds, food sources for all wildlife, and nursery areas for juvenile fish, crabs, and shrimp. Estuaries protect water quality and filter out dirt and pollution. They also provide us with opportunities to boat, fish, swim, bird watch, and geocache.

GeoTours

Combine geocaching and travel to uplevel your vacations. GeoTour Hosts highlight the best of the best from their destination. View the map and complete list of GeoTours here. The hardest part will be choosing which GeoTour to do first!  

Pirates of the High Seas GeoTour (GT66)

Ahoy, geocachers! The lost treasure of pirate Captain Dominique Youx is in Florida’s panhandle and yours for the plundering. Travel from cache to cache and collect the pieces of Captain Youx’s map. Only when you have all nine can you determine where the final resting place of his treasure is and where your booty awaits; a rare geocoin considered to be part of the treasure itself. The Pirates of the High Seas GeoTour is off the hook fun for everyone. They even have pirate clothing at several cache locations so you can develop your pirate persona along the way.

Panama City Beach is known for, well, their beaches. Regarded as some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world right on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, it’s no wonder it was a hot spot for pirates and treasure—and the perfect spot for a GeoTour!

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Santa Fe National Historic Trail GeoTour (GT34)

 

Giddy-up geocachers, a new journey awaits!

From 1821 to 1880, traders hauled manufactured goods from Missouri all the way to Santa Fe. There they traded these goods for silver coins, pelts, and mules. Known as the Santa Fe Trail, this trek spanned five states and nearly 900 miles (1,400 km) of challenging terrain—the early pioneers sure didn’t have it easy.

You too can walk the Santa Fe Trail—luckily for you, there are now paved roads, National Park Service historical markers, over 1000 Favorite points, and 73 geocaches to discover, and on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail GeoTour!

You’ll crow for joy when you find GC4YXVK, right in the middle of historical Santa Fe! Photo by Love

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Porvoo GeoTour geocaching

Porvoo GeoTour of Finland, GT7E

Porvoo GeoTour of Finland, GT7E
Porvoo GeoTour of Finland, GT7E

Finland is known as “the land of a thousand lakes” and should also be known as “the land of thousands of geocaches” since it currently hosts 60,000 active geocaches, justifying their ranking as the happiest country in the world. 🙂

But something else bumps up Finland’s geo-happiness rating, and that’s the Porvoo GeoTour, GT7E. The country’s only official GeoTour is comprised of thirteen geocaches, each highlighting a different decade in the history of Finnish independence. There’s even a cache dedicated to the future!

One of the oldest cities in Finland, Porvoo was founded some 800 years ago. This idyllic small city retains much of its traditional nature, including the older buildings and cobblestone streets. Historically a center of trade due to its connection to the Gulf of Finland by the Porvoonjoki River, this area now inspires and is home for several Finnish artists.

So grab your passport, always bring a pen, and let’s adventure to the Porvoo GeoTour!

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GeoTour Azores (GT6F)

There isn’t a more explosive GeoTour on our planet than GeoTour Azores. Located roughly 850 miles west of mainland Europe, the Azores consists of 9 volcanic islands with a whopping 150 geocaches scattered across the lush, mountainous islands. The exotic nature of this group of islands has a global appeal and is part of a larger group of Atlantic Ocean islands called Macaronesia, or “fortunate islands,” because those who visit or live there are considered to be fortunate to see the beauty of the Azores.

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