Geocachers are hookedon geocaching in Hamilton County parks, and they may be able to scratch the cache itch year-around. Westfield Parks and Recreation Dept. teamed up with Noblesville, Fishers and Washington Township parks and recreation departments as part of the Super Celebration Site activities for Super Bowl weekend, Cache for the Big Game.
The first geocaching event for all participating parks kicked off Jan. 27 when the coordinates for Cache the Big Game series were posted on Geocaching.com.Geocachers use the coordinates to find caches in eight Hamilton County parks that contain logbooks with a special code. The first 100 geocachers who turn in eight codes receive a commemorative pathtag.
According to Stephanie Fix, Westfield Parks and Recreation Dept. administrative assistant, competition was intense from the beginning.Twenty-five people completed the series and earned a path tag within the first week. Now, that number has almost doubled.
“The series is going great so far; 48 people have completed the series and earned a path tag,” Fix said. “The caches will be out until all 100 pathtags are gone, so we are encouraging everyone to get out there and give it a try.”
Fix said the series is the perfect activity for families, even if you’ve never geocached before.
“I know at least one family working on the series is geocaching for the first time, so people who have never done it should not be intimidated,” Fix said.
She said most of the geocache competitors have been Hamilton County residents, but some have traveled to be part of the high-tech treasure hunt that requires a handheld GPS device, or a smartphone app to find the caches.
“We have had people from Indianapolis, Zionsville, Kokomo, Speedway and 30 miles west of Indianapolis,” Fix said.
To join the geocache hunt, visit Geocaching.com to find the Cache for the Big Game coordinates. Visit Currentinwestfield.com to learn how to play and all the information you need to earn a pathtag for yourself.
The names of pathtag recipients haven’t been released yet.
By Lindsay Eckert
Lindsay is the managing editor of Current in Westfield.