Southern Oregon Geocaching Event to Celebrate 10 Years

These events are a ton of fun and if you’re interested in learning about geocaching and meeting some great people, join us on May 1st at McKee Bridge in Applegate.

Details:

We are holding a special event to commemorate

10 Years Of Geocaching!!!

As part of the celebration, Groundspeak is issuing a special event icon that you will get when you log “attended” for the event.

We have chosen to hold this special event up the Applegate at McKee Bridge. There are currently 117 caches within a 10 mile radius of McKee Bridge. There is something for everyone! If you like to hike there’s theBigfoot Trap Caches or the Aesop Trails on the east side of Applegate Lake or the hardy hiker can go to the top of Mule Mountain! Most of the caches are drive up, in beautiful areas on good graveled roads. Check out Star Gulch and Carberry Creek areas! We plan to plant a few more caches that will be posted a day or two before the event, so don’t run that query too soon!!
Date: Saturday, May 1st
Time: 2:00pm
Place: N42 7.633, W123 4.368
AKA – McKee Bridge Restaurant
(excellent food & hot WiFI spot too!)
They accept cash and credit cards.

In your “will attend” log please indicate the number of people in your group. Also, check back here often for updates as we continue to plan the party!!

History of Geocaching:

On May 2, 2000, at approximately midnight, eastern savings time, the switch controlling “Selective Availability” was thrown thanks to President Bill Clinton’s executive order to discontinue it allowing users to receive a non-degraded GPS signal globally. 24 satellites around the world processed their new orders, and instantly the accuracy of GPS technology improved tenfold, giving GPSs an instant upgrade.

On May 3, 2000 Dave Ulmer placed the very first “stash” geocache, The Original Stash, a black bucket, in the woods near Beaver Creek, Oregon. Along with a logbook and pencil, he left various prize items including videos, books, software, a can of beans and a slingshot. He shared the waypoint of his “stash” with the online community on sci.geo.satellite-nav, and Geocaching was born.

Who would have thought that 10 years later there would be 1,024,000 geocaches hidden around the world and over 3,000,000 cachers looking for them?!?!?

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