San Angelo State Park: Texas Challenge Weekend

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When satellite global positioning was the domain of the US military, GPS signals were scrambled, limiting their usefulness to civilians. On May 1, 2000, scrambling was turned off, and within days geocaching was born.

I think we’re number two in state parks for having the most number of caches.

That park is San Angelo SP in the Concho Valley, and Kurt Kemp is the superintendent there. Geocaching is an outdoor activity where participants use a GPS to locate hidden caches. And March 12 through 14, the West Texas Geocaching Association hosts their annual Texas Challenge at the park.

Registration starts Friday the 12th; the event actually starts off about nine o’clock on Saturday the 13th. They’re going to have several events—some for the kids. We’re also going to be running a tour to the bison and longhorn herd that morning. And they’re going to have the Dash for Cache that afternoon, in which you try to find as many caches as you can as quickly as possible. And that’ll all end up about five o’clock. It’s about two hours. They’ve got just all kinds of events planned to keep the weekend fun. And then they’re going to en up helping pick up trash and clean up the park on Sunday.

Kemp says he’s expecting four to five hundred people to show up. And as the park is 77-hundred acres—there’s room for everyone and their caches.

Find more information about this and other events at the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.
March 12–14, 2010 — San Angelo SP — Texas Challenge Weekend 2010 — The West Texas Geocaching Association will host their annual Texas Challenge geocaching event at the park. Approximately 300 plus statewide participants will compete using hand held GPS devices to discover hidden geocaches. Participants will enter through the South Shore Gatehouse.
2-9:30 PM Friday, 8:30 AM-9:30 PM Saturday and 8:30 AM-12:30 PM Sunday (325) 949-4757

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