Monday, February 17, 2014

This Presidents Day get ready for a new adventure into local history. Now with GPS(Global Positioning System) you can use your smart phone, Google Earth or a GPS unit to discover the locations of local history. Learn about the history of your neighborhood or travel on the high road with this popular outdoor hobby called Geocaching. Let's turn Presidents Day into something more meaningful than just auto and white product sales.

This virtual treasure hunt incorporates the use of finding Geocaches, a waterproof container with small items inside. These geocaches are hidden from view typically in shrubs and trees or underneath outdoor structures like boardwalks. Inside the cache can be found a paper log available for signing and a range of small trading items such as medallions, pins, laminated pictures on the history of the location, and trackables. People from all backgrounds can enjoy this hobby with their families.

Throughout the globe are historical and Presidential themed geocaches; some example include; St. Augustine where there is the Teddy Roosevelt at the Fountain of Youth geocache, a number of Presidential themed Geocaches in Jacksonville, Florida, Lake Jackson in Tallahassee has a ancient Indian themed geocache and Brevard County has 4 Presidential themed geocaches on Presidents and numerous history themed geocaches.

Remember you don’t even need a GPS unit, you can use a Smart phone with an app or use Google Earth by putting in the GPS coordinates.

This hobby is popular among tourists. We invite historians and history buffs everywhere to find a local geocaching group in their own local own area and join us either by visiting Brevard County on this date or remotely from their own location. Leave your comments and tell us your plans. This years's event will be located and the beautiful Manatee Sanctuary Park

You're invited to join this Geocaching Tour from you own location. The idea is to log Presidential and history themed caches from your location on Sunday 16th and Monday 17th. Then leave a comment here with the GC codes and the state or region that you logged on these days.

Post your finds for Presidents Day in the comment section below.