Geocaching: Some call it a sport, some call it a hobby. To the uninitiated, it’s an unhealthy obsession with hiding stuff and finding stuff.
Armed with GPS devices, hiking boots and a healthy sense of adventure, 120 geocachers from around the country descended upon South Lake Tahoe during the weekend of June 22 to participate in GeoTahoeSouth, one of the largest geocaching events in the West.
Event organizer Robert Franco, a Fairfield, Calif. resident with a second home in South Lake Tahoe, was in charge of hiding this year’s 50 caches. At the beginning of the event, when cachers gathered to download the coordinates of the hides to their GPS devices, Franco promised a course with “a lot less driving and a lot more walking” this year, compared to last year’s course.
Geocaches were hidden in some of South Lake Tahoe’s more off-the-beaten-path areas, including Washoe Meadows, Van Sickle Bi-State Park and the new Rabe Meadows trail system leading to Nevada Beach.
The two-day event is on track for a return next year. For more information on geocaching, visit www.geocaching.com.