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Geocaching catching on?

Visitors, residents having difficult time tracking hidden containers in Henry County
Jun 07, 2018

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

Mt. Pleasant may be getting a bad rap for supposedly faulty geocaching, but Healthy Henry County Communities Coordinator Kelly Carr doesn’t want to give up on the popular recreational activity just yet.

HHCC has hidden geocaching containers all over the county, which use GPS capabilities for participants to locate coordinates. The most popular locations are Olds park, which Carr says is because it’s right off Highway 218 and is a good place to stop and smell the roses while traveling without wasting time.

There are a few caching sites, however, that have disappeared — two in Wayland, and one in Rome, Gibson Park and Oakland Mills Park.

“Just this morning I was getting emails from people who still couldn’t find them,” Carr said during the HHCC meeting on Tuesday, June 5.

While talking to someone over Facebook who tried to use HHCC’s geocaches, Carr was alerted to the fact that Mt. Pleasant is becoming known for their “failed geocaching.” But just because someone can’t find them, doesn’t mean they aren’t there, Carr said.

“I don’t want to deactivate it just because one person can’t find it,” Carr said in frustration. “I don’t want to give up.”

HHCC also discussed progress with other recreational activities they are trying to establish for the county.

Pickleball courts are not off the table for Mt. Pleasant. After Adam Smith, Exercise Science teacher at Mt. Pleasant Middle School, brought the opportunity to turn the tennis courts on the middle school campus into pickleball courts in February, a committee was formed to bring the idea to fruition.

Carr said the committee has been meeting to focus their efforts on raising $100,000 for the project, which includes fencing in the courts. The committee is working on educating the public about pickleball and is creating a local fundraising campaign.

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