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Tourism Leaders Offer 'Hidden Treasure' to Attract Visitors

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SNOW HILL, Md. - Local tourism leaders on Delmarva are attracting visitors to the peninsula by offering ways to find "hidden treasure."

Towns and parks across Delmarva have planted geocaches which are hidden objects that people must use GPS devices to find. They are hidden in parks, around city streets, under benches and in parking lots.

Geocaching.com estimates over 800,000 geocaches are located throughout the world. 

One Snow Hill family, the Goddards, has found over 2,400 of them. One geocache they located Thursday was in a forest by Furnace Town, by inputing coordinates from Geocaching.com. 

The geocaches are usually found in a small plastic box, ammunition container or key magnet.  When a person finds the geocache, they can open the container, sign their name to a book, take an object, then replace an object and then hide it in the same spot they found it.

Shawn Goddard said he enjoys the hobby with his family.

"It's probably just the excitement of the find, going out into the woods, and not knowing exactly what you're going to locate," he said. "It's about the family time spent together, and ending up finding something."

Shawn's wife, Tiffany, said it taken them to places they normally would not visit.

"This hobby has taken us to parts of Maryland and Delaware that we never would have never visited otherwise. So we've seen a lot of beautiful things that way," she said.

The Worcester County tourism office says it uses geocaching to help draw in visitors.

"It definitely does bring people into an area that may not have come otherwise" said Lisa Challenger, director for Worcester County tourism.

Some geocaches require the use of a webcam, like one on the Ocean City boardwalk, to be located.

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