Using the ever-increasingly popular technology of GPS mapping systems, Geocaching connects individuals from around the world in a modern day treasure hunt. The sport of Geocaching, much like a traditional scavenger hunt, allows players to create caches around the world and share their location coordinates for others to find using their GPS units. Caches, including numerous ones located in Decatur and Morgan County, are listed on websites such as Geocaching.com. Caches contain at least a logbook to track the cache’s visitors, and may contain other objects such as maps, books, software, or even money. Not all caches contain treasures.
The rules of Geocaching are simple.
- If the cache contains a treasure, you may take it.
- If you take a treasure, you must replace it with something of equal or greater value.
- Be sure to write about it in the logbook.
- Return the cache to the EXACT location you found it.
Decatur Geocaching Passport
Decatur has joined the geocaching trend by hiding several caches throughout the city. The caches are located at some of the city’s favorite attractions including the Civil War Walking Tour, the historic Princess Theatre for the Performing Arts, and the Carnegie Visual Arts Center.
To participate, download a copy of the Decatur Geocaching Passport, or pick one up at the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 719 6th Avenue SE. Next, visit Geocaching.com to get the coordinates for the seven geocaching sites included in the Passport.
Once you have found all of the caches and received a stamp for each location, bring your completed passport to the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau to receive a prize.
Civil War Geocaching Passport
To participate, download a copy of the Appalachia Civil War Passport below or visit the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 719 6th Avenue SE in Decatur. Next, visit www.geocaching.com and create a free account to get the coordinates for the twenty geocaching sites included in the Passport. Coordinates may be obtained by clicking on Play and selecting Hide & Seek a Cache from the drop down menu from which participants may enter the Cache Name or the GC code as provided in the passport. After finding the caches and self-stamping your passport from the stamp located within the cache, bring the completed passport to the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau to receive a commemorative coin of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War.
For more information about geocaching, including location coordinates for caches from the Decatur Geocaching Passport, visit www.geocaching.com.