The spirit of discovery runs strong in the veins of “geocachers.” What’s a geocacher you ask? To put it simply, it’s a person who takes part in the high tech, digital treasure hunting sport called “geocaching.” Using a Global Positioning System, geocachers use GPS coordinates to locate hidden capsules containing a logbook and small trinkets. It’s a fun game that can be played almost anywhere with more than 2 million geocaches cleverly hidden around the globe – and more being added daily!
We caught the bug at Bok Tower Gardens a few years ago when we were asked to participate in the Friends of the Parks’ Trek Ten Trails program. The original caches were placed on the Pine Ridge Nature Trail [http://boktowergardens.org/tower-gardens/pine-ridge-nature-trail/], allowing us the chance to introduce visitors to the unique scrub habitat found here on the Lake Wales Ridge ecosystem.
Fast forward five years and we’ve now added three new caches to our property.
N 27° 55.667 W 081° 34.078
“In the Sink, Bok Tower Gardens”
N 27° 54.889 W 081° 34.032
“Ode to Joy, Bok Tower Gardens”
N 27° 55.105 W 081° 34.649
“The Best View in Lake Wales”
One of these new caches is located on the newly opened 1.5-mile Preserve Trail which starts at the Entrance Gate and leads visitors through the citrus groves all the way to the Visitor Center and parking lot. The other two locations are outside of the entrance gate on adjacent properties which make them more challenging and exciting to locate!
If you’re new to geocaching, don’t have a GPS device or just want to print out the directions and bring them with you, download our Geocaching 101 info sheet to get you started. Good luck and happy hunting!