Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission (OPTC) partners have announced another way to enjoy the Olympic Peninsula with the Highway 101 Scenic Byway Loop GeoTour.
Thirty geocaches will be placed throughout the Olympic Peninsula from Brinnon to Marrowstone Island, to Neah Bay, La Push and Quinault, with caches stashed along the way in between.
Caches on the Highway 101 Scenic Byway Loop GeoTour will be released the morning of Sept. 24, during the kickoff event in the Kitchen Building at the Clallam County Fairgrounds in Port Angeles. The kickoff event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Passports, prizes and giveaways will be available.
The GeoTour will have its own page on geocaching.com, which will list all the geocaches.
Each hidden cache will contain a color stamp and a word that participants will record in a passport (downloadable on www.OlympicPeninsulaGeotour.com on Sept. 12). When the passport contains all 30 codewords and stamps, participants can redeem it for a trackable geocoin.
A grand-prize winner will be announced on Jan. 4, 2017. To be eligible for the drawing participants will need to fill out the survey on the passport, attach a sales receipt to the passport of any Olympic Peninsula purchase of goods, gas, food, lodging or other expenditure, and turn it in for a chance to win. The grand prize will contain overnight lodging and other extras for a return trip to the Olympic Peninsula to do more geocaching, plus the trackable geocoin.
An informal, no-host gathering for geocachers will be held Friday, Sept. 23, from 5:3-8:30 p.m. in the banquet room at Fanaticus Sports Grill, 1016 E. First St. in Port Angeles.
If local businesses or volunteers are interested in supporting the Olympic Peninsula Highway 101 Scenic Byway Loop GeoTour, or for more information, go to www.OlympicPeninsulaGeotour.com, or contact Mary Brelsford, (360) 452-8552 or Mary@OlympicPeninsula.org.