Note: This is a locationless geocache. Instead of finding a box, you're going on a hunt to find a classically constructed amphitheater. You'll have to do a little research to see if there's one in your hometown area. We hope you'll learn something about classical Greek architecture as you study this cache theme. I've been to the ancient Greek amphitheater at Epidaurus
that is still used for plays and concerts today. It seats 14,000. The acoustics are superb. When our tour guide spoke from the center of the stage, we could hear her clearly all the way from the top row. There was no sound amplification system there to increase her volume. It was incredible, like a magic trick!
Amphitheater - a level area of oval or circular shape surrounded by rising ground that may be used for theater productions or sporting events. In other words, it's NOT a theater building, stadium, or indoor arena, per sae. Amphitheaters logged for this geocache must be outdoors and open to the elements, like those built in ancient Greece. The seating must be embedded into a hillside, and must be constructed of wood, stone, or concrete. Note: logs for just any covered building, open-sided pavillion, or grassy slope with a stage will be deleted. Please submit logs only for amphitheaters with the classical Greek design.
The amphitheater at Thornden Park in Syracuse, New York, will serve as a model for your search. Please study the photos, visit the link provided here, and pay attention to the definition above. Good luck!
Click here to play a crossword on Ancient Greek Theater from the NY Times Learning Network. Tons o' fun!
Here are the rules to log this locationless geocache:
1. Use your GPS receiver to mark the location of an amphitheater. Try to do this while you're standing on the stage. If you can't stand on or next to the stage, mark a waypoint next to a sign bearing its name. Since the amphitheater in Thorden Park was used as a model for this cache, consider it to be logged. You must find your own.
2. Take a photo of the amphitheater that shows you and your GPS receiver with the seats or stage in the background. Take another photo showing the built-in seating. No grassy slopes, please! One or two additional photos of the area and its surroundings will greatly enhance your report. A photo of a sign bearing its name will help verify its identity, but we understand that an official sign is not always available. The photos you see on this clue page will serve as examples for your own.
3. Submit a log report that includes the coordinates at your amphitheater stage, along with some descriptive information. Please state the street address, city, state/province, and country. The goal here is to share information about amphitheaters, so take time to do a little research. Give us a paragraph or two that describes your visit, as well as the facility. Try to find a website with more information about your amphitheater, and include the link in your log report.
4. Then immediately upload the required GPS confirmation photo in order to log this cache as found. The usual locationless cache rules apply: one log per player, and each amphitheater may be logged only once. Please read all the logs to be certain that your amphitheater hasn't already been reported. All photos must be originals, and logs without GPS confirmation photos will be deleted.