by Amie Sites
“Electronic Easter egg hunting” is how Scott Grandstaff, scoutmaster of Cub Scout Pack 3200, describes geocaching.
But in this case, Grandstaff said, a GPS device is used to find the “Easter egg.”
Geocaching is an outdoor activity where players try to find hidden containers — geocaches — using a handheld GPS. There are more than 2 million geocaches worldwide.
“Lita Rouser contacted us and asked if we would like to be involved in Logansport’s 175h anniversary,” Grandstaff said. “I thought it would be a great experience. The geocaches were placed in Cass County to help celebrate.”
Grandstaff said this wasn’t the first time Pack 3200 experienced geocaching — the pack offers a geocaching merit badge. Pack 3200, consisting of about 20 scouts, placed eight geocaches around Cass County.
To find where the caches are, visit www.geocaching.com and type in the location or Logansport’s 175th as a keyword. Grandstaff said a handheld GPS is accurate and a $5 iPhone app can be downloaded to help find caches. He suggested people avoid car GPS systems, saying they don’t work as well off-road.
Six of the eight caches can be found on the website. The final two cache descriptions will be published soon, Grandstaff said.
One of the caches is placed to signify Old Towne Battle, a battle taking place in Cass County. The site of Old Towne is northeast of Adamsboro on the Eel River. Grandstaff said the Daughters of the American Revolution helped with the cache site.
Other cache locations include the Dentzel Carousel, ReVere Motor Car Company, John Tipton’s grave, near a doorway marking the level of the 1913 flood and four other historically significant locations.
Online are additional descriptions explaining the significance of each location along with the difficulty and terrain surrounding each cache.
The site indicates John Tipton was instrumental in routing the Michigan Road and the Wabash and Erie canal through the county along with naming Logansport. It also goes into Aldoph Monsen’s involvement with ReVere Motor Car Corporation and history the Dentzel Carousel, a national historic landmark.
Grandstaff has been geocaching with his 10-year-old son, Wes, for two years.
Wes, a fifth-grader at Columbia Elementary, helped his father hide some of the caches in Cass County along the geocaching trail.
Wes said he has fun geocaching with his father. He said they spend a lot of time geocaching in the summer.
“My favorite part is finding it,” Wes said. “If we have nothing to do it’s really fun.”
Scott said they have been working on the geocaches for five or six months. He said it has been very active and many people are finding and hunting geocaches.
“Participating is a great way to celebrate Logansport’s history and get the family involved,” Grandstaff said. “We prepared something many people could enjoy. It’s inexpensive and gets you outdoors.”
Amie Sites is community news editor for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-732-5150.
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