It happened 20 years ago...
May 1, 2000
"Today, based on a recommendation from the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with Secretaries of State, Transportation and Commerce, and the Director of the CIA, the President is announcing that the United States can safely stop its intentional degradation of the GPS signals available to the public. The United States is turning off a feature known as selective availability."
~Dr. James Baker, the Administrator of NOAA
May 2, 2000
Selective Availability (SA) was shut off at 12AM. Magic became reality.
Dave Ulmer made the first Usenet post "The Great Stash Game" on sci.geo.satellite-nav.
"Now that SA is off we can start a worldwide Stash Game!! With Non-SA accuracy it should be easy to find someone's stash from waypoint information. Waypoints of secret stashes could be shared on the Internet, people could navigate to the stashes and get some stuff. The only rule for stashes is: Get some Stuff, Leave some Stuff!! Have Fun!! Dave..."
May 3, 2000
Dave Ulmer hid the very first GPS Stash (Geocache) in the woods near Beaver Creek, Oregon and posted the coordinates online.
"GPS Stash Hunt... Stash #1 is there!"
May 3, 2000, GEOCACHING was born!
Why travel to another state when you can celebrate geocaching's birthday closer to home, in the Arkansas River Valley?
Let us gather at
Lake Dardanelle State Park
MAY 2 June 13, 2020
the 20th Anniversary of the Creation of Geocaching!
The Picnic Pavilion at Lake Dardanelle State Park in Russellville
(See the coordinates above)
May 2 June 13, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM or so.
Old River Runner
This will be a pot-luck style hamburger cookout on the grill at the pavilion. For this to be a success and have no one go hungry, we all need to pitch in and bring something. Here is a list of some things that we might or will need. Feel free to suggest other items. Also, please note in your "Will Attend" log what you are volunteering to bring. But be sure to check the list to see what others are bringing, so there isn't duplication on some things. (I will try to keep the list updated as folks post their Will Attend logs.)
1. Hamburger meat -- ORR
2. Buns -- ???
3. Mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup -- ???
4. Sliced onions -- ???
5. Sliced tomatoes -- ???
6. Lettuce -- ???
7. Cheese slices -- ???
8. Charcoal -- ORR
9. Charcoal lighter fluid -- ORR
10. Baked beans -- ???
11. Chips -- ???
12. Desserts -- ???
13. Paper plates, cups, eating utensils, napkins, paper towels -- ???
14. Ice -- ???
15. Anything else???
Please note that each attendee will be responsible for providing his or her own drink. Also, bringing food or any of the items listed above is not a requirement for attending. It is all voluntary.
Games & Activities
There will contests, activities, and hopefully a lot of cache talk and caching. This event page will be updated with a list of activities as the schedule is finalized.
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.