June 13, 2020 09:00-11:00
Geocaching is going to be 20 years old 🎂 this year so we are having a party to celebrate. So I hope you can join us and other geocachers to celebrate. Plus you can earn a special event souvenir that will be added to your profile statistics.
When: June 13, 2020 from 09:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: John Beasley Park
I will have a birthday cake, to celebrate my 11th year geo-anniversary (June 17, 2009) and milestone (11,000 finds), along with other Cacher's geo-anniversary and milestone. , We will be drawing for lots of prizes Including this special event swag. Okaloosa County is providing pamphlets for those who haven't completed the Okalossa County Geotrail for their trackable coins and I'll be showing the trackable coins for those who haven't seen them yet. We will share stories of our past or upcoming geo-adventures. We will take a group photo on the beach at 10:00 am.
Bring your beach attire and gear. Come out and enjoy a beautiful day at the beach. I have reserved a pavilion so rain or shine the celebration will go on. 🥳
I'll also be sharing several upcoming exciting news in the BeachBumsX2 world for this year.
What is “Big Blue Switch” day?
On May 2, 2000, just past midnight, the U.S government discontinued its use of Selective Availability in order to make GPS more responsive to civil and commercial users worldwide. Twenty-four satellites around the globe processed their new orders, and instantly the accuracy of GPS technology improved tenfold. Tens of thousands of GPS receivers around the world had an instant upgrade. Prior to this date, only the military had the ability to receive accurate GPS readings. Now, the world and all its wonderful people could pinpoint their precise location. For reasons unknown, this is often referred to as the flipping of the “Big Blue Switch”.
The very next day, a computer consultant named Dave Ulmer hid a black bucket in the woods near Portland, Oregon. Along with a logbook and pencil, he left various prize items including videos, books, software, and a slingshot, then posted the coordinates online.
N 45° 17.460 W 122° 24.800
Three days later, the container was located by Mike Teague. Now, twenty years later, geocaching has become a global phenomenon to get off the couch and get outside.
Community Celebration Events-2020
This Event is part of a limited release of Community Celebration Events to celebrate 20 years of geocaching. Geocachers hosted events between May 2, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Learn more about Community Celebration Events on the Geocaching Blog.
limited release of Community Celebration Events to celebrate 20 years of geocaching. Geocachers hosted events between May 2, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Learn more about Community Celebration Events on the Geocaching Blog.