"When you go to hide a cache, think of the reason you are bringing people to that spot.
If the only reason is for the cache, then find a better spot."
.... Briansnat


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Backroads and Beaches Geotrail

Lorain County Ohio has kicked off a new geotrail called the Backroads and Beaches Geotrail. There are fifteen caches in the geotrail. The caches stretch from the shores of Lake Erie to the farmlands of the county. The Lorain County Convention and Visitor Bureau were wise and placed the caches with the aid of long-term geocachers and all-round wonderful people LuvWahoo and CapFantasy. Making these tourism trails a success truly requires active participation from solid, local cachers.

We started our day with a kick-off event at the Black River Landing Center. The Visitors Bureau had breakfast for the attendees and prize raffles from local businesses. Yes, they are trying to gather business for the county, but their effort was first class. It was a relaxed event with plenty of time to socialize. They also provided a nice gift bag to attendees. Once the coordinates were released at the end of the event, we were off to look for the caches in the series. It was a perfect way to spend a beautiful fall day in Lorain County.

Our reward at the end of the trail was the trackable coin below. I really like the design. The geotrail theme was perfect for Lorain County. With 250 coins to start, the county was smart and made a sufficient number to have inventory for out of town visitors. Caching very near Lake Erie in the winter can be brutal with biting winds off the lake, but the rural areas and river valleys and gorges are beautiful in the fall. From spring to fall, Lake Erie sunsets will not disappoint visitors. This is a super trail and should be given thoughts for a visit.

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