The 2016 Geo patch

The 2016 Geo patch

Ephraim has a new activity this summer involving geocaching. Geocaching is the outdoor treasure hunt that uses a GPS enabled device or smartphone. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and try to find the hidden container at that location. The 2016 Ephraim Geo Trail consists of four separate geocaches placed (very discretely) in the village. Within each cache is a piece of information that is only available at that geocache. When you have all four answers, you can submit them to the Ephraim Business Council’s Information Center or to the Ephraim Historical Foundation’s office to be awarded an embroidered patch featuring the Fyr Bal logo. Only 100 patches were made and as of mid-August there were only about 35 left. Once all the patches are awarded, the four caches will be deactivated. So if you want one of these patches, you better get moving.

One of the caches is located somewhere in the Ephraim Moravian Cemetery

One of the caches is located somewhere in the Ephraim Moravian Cemetery

Sponsorship for the 2016 Ephraim Geo Trail was provided by the Ephraim Business Council and the Ephraim Historical Foundation. Permission to place a cache in the Bethany Lutheran cemetery and the Ephraim Moravian cemetery was granted by the governing bodies of each church. Geocachers are very curious but polite. If you see somebody walking around in circles with their smartphone held in front of them, you probably are seeing a geocacher.

I am quite enthused about this multi-generational outdoor recreational activity. Please contact me if you would like some assistance getting started with finding your first cache.

Guest Blogger Doug Schwartz

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