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.