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Modern Day Treasure Hunting
Thousands of people in over 200 countries are discovering a new pastime know as geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing). This adventure sport involves the use of a handheld GPS receiver, and based on information provided on the official geocaching website, the GPS receiver guides its operator to hidden treasures just waiting to be found all over the countryside. A typical cache consists of a waterproof container, a log book, and trinkets. Signing the log book proves you found it, and the trinkets provide trade items; the idea is to take an item, then replace it with an item of equal value. The trinkets make a nice memento of the experience. Once the log book is signed and trinkets exchanged, the container is put back in exactly the same place it was found, to await the next finder.
Every geocache hunt proves to be a completely different experience. A geocaching trail offers a series of geocaches tied together by a common theme. This year's theme for the Clearfield County Geotrail is "Waterways." Pick up an Official Clearfield County GeoTrail Passport Book at Parker Dam State Park, McCracken Canoe & Kayak Sales & Rentals or click here for a complete list of locations. Find 25 out of 30 geocaches for each GeoTrail throughout the county and you will receive a unique wooden coin for completing each geocache trail. Parker Dam State Park hours are Saturday-Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm and Friday 8:00am-8:00pm. Passport books are free.
Pass through some of the most wild and beautiful country Pennsylvania has to offer. Take time to hike a portion of the Quehanna Trail or explore Bigler's Rocks. For more information about visiting Clearfield County, go to www.visitclearfieldcounty.org.