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Pennyrile Forest Holds Geocaching Weekend Sept. 22-24

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park held its second Annual Geocaching Weekend on Sept. 22-24. Despite heavy rains that produced flooding across Kentucky, 20 diehard geocachers showed up for the event. 

Geocaching is an adventure game and fast-growing hobby that uses global positioning satellite (GPS) receivers to locate a hidden treasure or cache. GPS receivers use satellites to determine your position on the earth, which can be pinpointed within a few feet. Participants had to bring their own GPS units.

During the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Geocaching Weekend, many geocaches were available for participants to search. There were night caches, a multi-cache hunt, a first-to-find cache, as well as traditional caches.

The winning geocachers were awarded prizes from geocaching.com, a popular online community for geocachers. When online, most geocachers use colorful nicknames to identify themselves. The winners of this year's prizes were:

  • Travis Ewing (known by his online identity as Airmapper) found the first-to-find cache and was awarded a special cache for him to hide in the future; 
  • Josh Shipp (Kingstinkbug), Suzanne Shipp (Queenladybug), Wanda Cole (Tennis40love) and Adam Chamberlain (Reactorman) found 12 of the 13 micro caches that were hidden; and
  • Many of the participants also won door prizes provided by Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park.

Participants in the 2006 Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Geocaching Weekend
 
Participants in the 2006 Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Geocaching
Weekend, Sept. 22-24.
 

Pennyrile Forest has a lodge, cabins and campground, as well as a full-service restaurant. Participants in the Geocaching Weekend received a 10 percent discount on camping or lodging. In addition, there was a registration fee of $5 per geocache event. 

The next geocaching weekend at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will be September 28-30, 2007.

For more information, contact Becky Clark at 1-800-325-1711 or rebeccae.clark@ky.gov

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The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw seven million visitors and contribute $317 million to the commonwealth's economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit http://www.parks.ky.gov

 

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