Geocaching party a success - 1

The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department held a Geocaching Party on Oct. 21 at Los Flores Ranch Park.

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The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department hosted a successful geocaching party recently at Los Flores Ranch Park.

Families and friends gathered for a morning of geocaching, stories, refreshments and a free raffle.

Jim Batterson is being acknowledged for leading the partygoers through a day of fun-filled activities.

A new geocache went “live” during the event, which makes a total of 25 geocaches hidden throughout the Los Flores Ranch Park.

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There was assistance available for those with no prior geocaching experience while experts prevailed in finding the more challenging caches.

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game in which participants use GPS, mobile devices or other navigational systems to hide and seek containers called geocaches at over 2 million specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. Geocaching was established in 2000 when an enthusiast wanted to test the accuracy of the upgraded GPS technology. The idea quickly spread and became a popular worldwide recreational activity.

For more information on events at Los Flores Ranch Park, visit the Recreation and Parks Department’s administrative office at 615 S. McClelland St. to pick up a Recreation Guide or follow the Los Flores Ranch Park Facebook page.