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What is Geocaching?
Geocaching (geo-cashing) is a great outdoor recreational activity that's similar to a scavenger hunt. You search for a hidden object using clues and GPS (global positioning system) coordinates. It's incredibly fun, and becoming more and more popular every day.
Geocaching Along the Illinois River Road
What You'll Need
Start Your Collection of Trackable Geocoins
from the Illinois River Road
1. DOWNLOAD THE GPS COORDINATES for the geocaches in the six Gateway Communities along the Illinois River Road.
2. FIND THE CACHES AND GET THE CODES: Each Gateway Community (Ottawa, Princeton, Peoria, Pekin, Canton and Havana) will have 15 cache locations. Once these cache boxes are opened, they will reveal a 4-digit code inside. Record these codes on the respective page in this pocket guide. Once you have 10 codes in one Gateway, you become eligible to purchase the Trackable Geocoin for that community.
3. LOG YOUR EXPERIENCE at www.geocaching.com. A basic membership to this geocaching community is free and requires only a valid email address and your name to create an account. Once you join you can see caches in your area, track when they were last found, and more!
4. COLLECT 10 CODES AND PURCHASE YOUR COIN(S) in person or by mail. One gateway coin per geocaching name. Coin redemption forms for each community are located below.