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Oregon's First GeoTour Launch Attracts More Than 100 People to Kickoff Event
Eugene, Ore. - The Eugene, Cascades & Coast GeoTour - McKenzie River Edition is officially live! More than 100 people showed up at the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center Saturday morning to pick up a geocaching passport, download coordinates and see the official geocoin for the very first time.
The event attracted both experienced and new geocachers from all over Oregon and Washington, with some groups booking hotel rooms Friday night just so they could get out the door and on the road early Saturday morning.
The excitement propelled two groups to complete all 36 caches before the weekend ended, earning them a limited edition coin and the chance to win a free trip back up the river next year.
Kathryn Hryciw, of Portland, was one of those first finishers.
"The cache placements took us to new sights, trails, parks, all the reasons why I love caching so much," Hryciw raved. "I really feel the tour was very well rounded and had something for everyone."
The Eugene, Cascades & Coast GeoTour - McKenzie River Edition is Oregon's first geotour. It follows the McKenzie River from Springfield all the way to Dee Wright Observatory, passing scenic and historic spots. Coordinates can be downloaded to a GPS or smartphone from Geocaching.com.
The first 200 people to complete at least 24 caches receive the locally made geocoin. They have a full year to visit all 36 sites and enter to win a return vacation up the McKenzie River.
This is just the first leg of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast GeoTour. The second tour launches in the spring, with a new piece to add to the geocoin.
For more information, contact Travel Lane County at (541) 484-5307 or visit http://www.eugenecascadescoast.org/geocaching.