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Scavenger hunting goes high tech at annual event

Fox hunters won't be the only tourists in Thomson this weekend. The third annual geocaching event begins at the Old Box Factory in downtown Thomson at 7 p.m. Friday. Normally held in the spring, this year's scavenger hunt obviously is taking place a little late, but still in time to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Geocaching is a high-tech hobby in which folks go on a scavenger hunt using global positioning system coordinates. In geocaching, individuals and organizations have set up caches all over the world and share the locations on the internet. GPS users then use the location coordinates to find the cache.

Caches range from nano-sized to large, and can contain everything from custom-made coins to small toys. The only rule is that if something is taken, something must be left in its place. Some caches contain only a paper log for people to sign.

Thomson's event was started by Rhonda Hollimon, who grew up in Dearing and still visits home often. Ms. Hollimon said the Thomson geocaching event is open to the public, no matter their level of experience of if they've ever even heard of geocaching before.

A meet and greet will be held Friday evening at the Old Box Factory. Other events will include "Cache in, trash out" at the Rock House on Saturday morning and a geocaching coin poker game Satruday evening.

For more information, call Elizabeth Vance, tourism director at the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, 706-597-1000.

Web posted on Thursday, November 04, 2010

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