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Md. group creates geocache trail

January 09, 2009

FREDERICK, Md. -The Maryland Municipal League, with the help of the Maryland Geocaching Society, ESRI, KCI Technologies Inc., Local Government Insurance Trust, Stearns & Wheler, LLC, and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, helped establish a statewide city/town Geocache Trail.

Searching for a geoache is like going on a treasure hunt using a hand-held GPS (Global Positioning System) to plot map coordinates to find the treasure or "cache." The geocacher must access the official geocache Web site at www.geocaching.com, go to the MML account and download or manually enter the map coordinates for each cache on the Maryland Municipal Geo Trail; then use the GPS to find the caches.

A geocache trail is a series of geocaches tied together by a common theme. The theme of the Maryland Municipal League Geocache Trail is Celebrating Maryland's Cities and Towns. The trail is comprised of 78 city/town caches in the 11 MML Districts throughout the state.

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A collectible geo coin will be given to the first 500 geocachers who find a minimum of 22 city/town caches throughout the state. To be eligible for the coin, geocachers must pick up a passport at any participating visitor center, use the stamp in each cache on their passport and write in the cache code word. After at least two municipal aches in each district are discovered, geocachers may return to one of the county visitor centers and have their passports validated to receive a collectible coin.

Among the things visitors will find in the City of Frederick geocache are city lapel pins, Live Strong bracelets and the chance to win a Downtown Frederick gift card.

A notepad will be in the geocache for participants to leave their name and e-mail. One name will be drawn a quarter and winners will be notified.

To download a list of participating cities/towns and the county visitor centers, go to www.mdmunicipal.org.

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