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, a can of beans, and a slingshot, then posted the coordinates online. 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.
Come celebrate the 20 year "switch flip" at Ben Geren Park, Pavillion #1, Fort Smith, Arkansas, on May 23, 2020, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
All geocachers are welcome to attend.
3 p.m.: Event check-in, sign the log sheet, pick up door prize number and closest to the pin marker
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Time for trackable trading, geocaching, sharing caching adventures
4 p.m.: Potluck meal (please bring a dish and a 2-liter of your favorite soda)**
4:45 p.m.: Group photo and door prizes
5 p.m.: Event ends, but you are welcome to hang around!
There are plenty of activities at Ben Geren Park for all ages. The Fort Smith area has a variety of cache types: traditional, multi, unknown, Earthcache, Adventure Lab, 3 geo-arts within a 30 minute drive, virtual, wherigo, and letterbox hybrids.
**Hot dogs and buns, ice, and paper products will be provided.
Get out of the house and find some geocaches! Place some geocaches for others to find! But most of all, have fun!
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.