Posted by: geonarcissa | May 30, 2009

Geocachers helping with Schenectady, NY cemetery project

These geocachers are giving back to their community in a very unique and interesting way – recording exact coordinates for grave sites to make them easier to find.

… Vale Board of Trustees President Bernie McEvoy was delighted to encounter the geocachers in the cemetery this spring. They were searching for a container hidden at precise coordinates in the cemetery. As they followed their GPS devices around gravestones and trees, McEvoy saw great possibilities…

… The more he and the geocachers talked, the more they wanted to help. They’re now calling for anyone with handheld GPS devices to join them at 9 a.m. Saturday to locate the stones of the famous and infamous throughout the cemetery.

This makes a lot of sense to me, and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn of similar projects elsewhere. Cemeteries and geocaching often go well together – publicly accessible space, endless possibilities for puzzle or multi clues, interesting secenery, plenty of great hiding spots. I also think geocachers are in a great position to teach others about the possibilities for GPS technology.

Anyway, good stuff, Schenectady geocachers.

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