Sunday, May 18, 2008

Geocaching in Tahoe in June



Explore Lake Tahoe at One of the World’s Largest Two-Day Geocaching Events

(South Shore Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.) – The annual Blue Lake Tahoe Geocaching Treasure Hunt at South Shore ( is back for a third rendition, Saturday and Sunday, June 28 – 29. Nearly 100 prizes will be stashed throughout the area waiting to be stalked by an anticipated 500 ambitious GPS-wielding trackers.

The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority will offer a variety of prizes to reflect the unique nature of the area such as certificates to popular Tahoe restaurants, concerts, festival tickets, boat cruises, overnight accommodations, rounds of golf, bowling, ice skating and various local activities. For footage from last year’s event, visit

“The combination of Tahoe’s appeal, the unique format, the social activities and the area-themed cache prizes all make this Treasure Hunt one of the country’s most desirable,” said John Chen, CEO, Playtime Inc. and event organizer. “The Tahoe fun factor – awarding the same prizes for first finders as well as random raffle winners – also makes it one of the fastest growing events.”

The Tahoe Treasure Hunt will be held Saturday, June 28 from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 29 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free GPS devices are available both days to the first 42 teams each day. Teams are also encouraged to use personal GPS devices.

There’s also a final raffle and celebration party, Sunday at 5 p.m. at Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Hotel & Ski Resort, where geocachers turn in their Treasure Maps and receive a raffle entry for every correct stamp for another chance to win valuable prizes.

Geocaching is an easy-to-play activity that combines technology with a traditional treasure hunt. A hand-held global positioning device utilizes coordinates to decipher directional clues. Caches, or prize boxes, are hidden in various places – at Tahoe those can include the Emerald Bay lookout point, behind a casino slot machine, along the Lake Tahoe Rim Trail, near someone’s lucky tree or where people rest in peace! To learn more:

“It was well worth the 500 plus mile drive from San Diego; this was our first trip to the lake, but certainly won’t be the last,” said one of last year’s participants from San Diego.

“Even though we have lived in the area for over 30 years, we still found places that were new to us, and our three children had such a great experience working together trying to find the caches with us,” said last year’s Pirates geocaching team. “South Lake Tahoe was such a beautiful backdrop with perfect weather.”

Geocachers can register online at or the day of the event at Embassy Suites. Registration is required in order to receive the Passport containing clue information along with special offers for visiting geocachers. GPS rentals are available from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday.

That same weekend, if geocachers look up, they’ll also witness The 19th Annual Lake in the Sky Air Show. The daring-do of aerobatics, formation flights and stunt planes, along with static displays will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Lake Tahoe Airport. For more information:

For South Shore Lake Tahoe lodging and packages: For information on the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, 1-800-AT-TAHOE (1-800-288-2463).

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