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Geo-Caching 101

Geo-Caching 101

  Red River is proud to be part of this “game of high-tech hide and seek”, an exciting outdoor adventure that is sweeping across the planet. What is Geochaching, you ask? It is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to “hide and seek” containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook (with pen or pencil), where the geocacher enters the date they found it and highlights of their adventure. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammo boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. Later on, they will post their adventure details, coordinates, and any other particulars of the locations on a “listing site” for other Geocachers to seek and find. Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, and waymarking. Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the...

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Geotourism Project Offers World-Wide Possibilities

Geotourism Project Offers World-Wide Possibilities

  If you’ve never heard the term Geotourism, it’s probably because it’s a relatively new term, with the word being coined in 1997 and introduced to the world at a tourism conference in 2002. Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place such as its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. With that definition in mind, a meeting to discuss the National Geographic Geotourism Project was held November 30 at the Red River Conference Center. Roberta Salazar, North Central New Mexico Coordinator for the project, conducted the meeting which saw eight attendees. Four Corners Region residents, which includes Red River and the Enchanted Circle, and visitors, community organizations, tourism stakeholders and local businesses nominate sites for inclusion in a print MapGuide and interactive Web site at no cost. Unlike any other mapping project, a favorite local restaurant, farm, winery, hiking or biking trail, swimming hole, museum or artist gallery are samples of the type of nominations National Geographic...

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