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100 Days of Summer: June 2- Geocaching in Boardman Park

What is geocaching? It’s best described by this video:

And Thanks to a couple highly prolific Geocachers, TurnPikeTravelers, KKAB22 and CharlesIsland, the Boardman Area is home to dozens of Geocaches.

Grab yourTomTom, Garmin, or GPS enabled phone and head over to Geocaching.com and sign up for a free account. Go to the search page and type in 44512.

I just took the 5-year-old out last weekend and she discovered the “Just Off the Path” cache at Boardman Park herself. But there’s literally hundreds of other caches in our area. Have Fun!

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100 Days of Summer: Hiking and Geocaching

Favorite Local Hikes: ( Short to Long)

McConnells Mill State Park: Devil’s Hollow is a fantastic trail for a small day Hike. And the Alpha Pass Trail is part of the North Country Trail ( Map )

Nelson Kennedy Ledges
– Picnic area North West of warren off 422. Rocks split and exposed by glaciers, pretty cool (Pun intended). NO CLIMBING.(Map)

Moraine State Park– Multiuse park has beaches, hiking and biking and horse trails, boating and even a windsurfing area. ( Map )

Raccoon Creek-44 Miles of Hiking trails. Many Multi use trails.

Cuyahoga Valley-Outside Akron: If you Ski, You’re familiar with it. Lots of trails, I like the Ledges. Ride the Railroad.(map)
Little Beaver Greenway Trail– 11 Miles of paved roadway along the Scenic River in Lisbon

Minister Creek Overlook– Minister Creek has a stocked creek, 7 mile overlok loop ( That also intersects the North Country Trail) and a small Camp Area at the trailhead ( Although I like camping farther back.)

Buckeye Trail– 1,400 miles around the state

North Country Trail– Developing trail to link New York to North Dakota. Locally, the trail crossesthe Alleghenies, Through McConnells Mill, to

Beaver Creek and on though Minerva. Think of the Appalachian Trail, only going east and west.

Other Hikes

Great Allegheny Pasage– Connect Pittsburgh Airport and region to Washington DC with a system of Rail to Trails.

Akron Metroparks Bike and Hike Trail-33 Miles of paved trail

Montour Trail-Active trail group developing 46 mile trail

Rachel Carson Trail-35 Mile Day Hike Trail

Three Rivers Trail-37 Miles of Trails in Downtown Pittsiburgh

Oil Creek

Geocaching

Steel Valley Outdoors Geocaching Primer

www.Geocaching.com
– Geocaching is a scavenger hunt using a GPS device that is popular all over the country. Find the treasure chest, sign in, take the small gift and leave another to keep it rolling. There are several hidden caches in the Mahoning Valley.

www.Geocacheohio.com
– Buy Ohio shaped Geocache coins to use in caches., Special cache contests and a members map to find others.

Northeast Ohio Orienteering Club– Get Skilled with Map and Compass.

Resources:

Essential Gear: Sleeping Bags

Essential Gear: Water and Hydration

Ultralight Backpacking Primer

Hiking tips

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Rail to Trail Trail List-  Biking and Hiking Trails across the country

Best Hike– Where in the wold is the best hike?

NEOnaturalist Listing of over 40 hiking trails, primarily in the Cleveland and Akron area. Big Concentration on Cuyahoga Valley

Outdoorzy– Outdoor blog with emphasis on Hiking and climbing

Peak to Peak– Small Directory of trail and hiking resources

Section Hiker– Long distance trail resource. From the AT to the Pcific Crest trail and everything in between

Slackpacker– Dayhiker resource with lots of trips and background information.

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New GPS Game From Groundspeak, Creators of Geocaching

Magellan Blazer12 GPS Receiver.
Image via Wikipedia

What is WhereIGo?

It’s the next generation of GPS games. It’s Geocaching on Steroids. It’s a Virtual Scavenger Hunt in the real world.

WherIGo replaces the traditional plastic box with a virtual location. Start a game, follow the clues and instructions to progress. Get to your goal, and your Wherigo enabled Smartphone gives you the next leg. Think Amazing race type games.

Oh, And just like Geocaching, you build these games yourself using their toolbox. How Cool Is that? You control the game. You Make the game and write the story. Imagine. Summer’s coming up. A scavenger hunt for the Summer Camp Kids? A state Park Adventure for the family reunion? A night life cruise for the adults?  The choice is yours.

Check out Wherigo.

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Newbie Guide to Geocaching

Just discovered this product on Amazon, and Thought I’d Share. Dr. B’s Geocaching Newbie Kit & Idiot’s Guide to Geocaching & Geomate.jr includes a  GPS Unit, Idiot’s Guide, and a plastic cache with everything you need for your kid’s first cache.

This is a wonderful, all-in-one solution to get the kids outside and interested in outdoor recreation opportunities like Geocaching. I expect to see the coordinates for lots of caches in Mill Creek.

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