Trail adds two more geocaches

Two more cache treasure boxes have been hidden in Ronald Reagan Trail communities. Princeton and Henry were added to the fun July 26, and both have already been found. In total, cache boxes on the Trail have had 15 visitors since the program began with the most finds at Lowell Park in Dixon.

The program is an effort to bring visitors to the individual communities by placing treasure boxes in various locations that have information in them about the Ronald Reagan Trail as well. Visitors find the boxes by using Global Positioning Systems, the Internet, and the ever-growing popularity of a pastime called “geocaaching.”

“We couldn’t be happier with the results of this new promotion,” said President Amy Trimble. “Each day when I check our e-mail, and we have another person who has found one of the caches, it feels like Christmas. It is so exciting to know that we are bringing people to the trail, and now we have a way to track that visitation.”

The association hopes to have boxes in all of their communities by the end of 2008. Currently, there are caches in Dixon, Tampico, Henry, Walnut and Princeton. Included in the cache boxes are gifts from sponsors including the clothing store Tangibles, the gift store Of the Prairie, the Quality Inn & Suites, and Comfort Inn in Dixon. Walnut has three sponsors, Avanti Foods, DeWaele’s Dairy Dreams and the Walnut House. All of the sponsors are providing a special offer to the geocachers. Treasure boxes in Tampico and Walnut include a coupon for a free Reagan Trail gift.

For cache quadrants, visit the Web site at The Ronald Reagan Trail Association continues to be driven in its efforts to create economic opportunities for the Trail Communities through tourism and to educate children about Reagan’s Illinois legacy.

from the Aug 15-21, 2007, issue

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