March 28, 2017
Geocaching in Oregon where it all Began 17 years Ago
By: Mary Pellegrini
Geocaching in Oregon is nothing new as the game started here. On May 3 this game, once known as the “Great American GPS Stash Hunt’, celebrates it’s 17th birthday with over 2 million hides world wide. A little history lesson here, the full version can be read on the Geocaching.com website where I pulled this information.
On May 3rd a black bucket was placed in the woods near Beavercreek, Oregon, south of Portland. Along with a logbook and pencil, various items including videos, books, software, and a slingshot were left to trade. The waypoint of this “stash” were shared online and the “Great America Stash Hunt” was started
That original bucket was severely damaged by an Oregon road crew mower and is no longer around. Concerned geocachers dedicated the Original Stash Tribute Plaque GCGV0P on behalf of cachers everywhere.
There are well over 20 Geocaches within a 5 mile radius of the Old Parkdale Inn, many within walking distance. Widen that search to 10 miles and that number explodes to 600+. Come on up, stay a spell and I’ll share some of my favorites with you. Bring a travel bug with you as the Parkdale Travel Bug Inn, GC4FH6G, is on our property! Geocaching is a great way to explore places you’ve never been, sites you’ve never seen.