March 10, 2012: Geo-Cache Bash (Official AZ Centennial Event)
In March, Cattail Cove State Park hosted its annual geo-caching treasure hunt. The event was a great success with over 120 people participating! At 9 am our fantastic rangers and volunteers split participants into GeoCache teams based on experience and skill level, and off into the park they went. The teams were broken up into easy, moderate, and difficult cache groups and based on their specific missions they set out to find treasures in the park using clues and their trusty GPS systems.
Following the Geocaching, teams returned to the campgrounds and were entered into raffles for a brand new Garmin GPS system as well as other prizes such as cooking spices, key chains, and more. In addition to the raffle, the day featured live music, a tree dedication ceremony, a cactus garden nature walk through our newly-expanded cactus garden, presentations by both the Lake Havasu City Museum of History and the local chapter of the Arizona Site Steward program, and a scrumptious Centennial cake cutting! Overall, the GeoCache Bash was a blast and we are looking forward to next year’s event.
A Special thank you to the following: Chandra West - two cakes; Mike Riddle, Curator of Lake Havasu Museum of History; Gene & Linda Rohn, AZ Site Steward program; Steve Riley, webmaster of www.geocaching.com site (community volunteer); Gold Star Trophy (for the \ dedication plaque for the ironwood tree); Margi Witt (volunteer who maintains our cactus garden and for giving the tour); Ted & Heather Smith (for their interpretive programs, their hikes, and the ironwood tree dedication) and of course, the rangers and camp hosts who gave all of their heart and efforts t to see that this was a successful event!
- 9:00 – 9:15 am: Welcome Introduction by Gary Peaslee, Park Manager; History of GPS and Geo-Cache sport
- 9:15 – 9:30 am: Break into geo-caching groups and register for hiking groups
- 9:30 – Noon: Search for about 30-35 hidden cache treasures
- Noon: Groups return and register back in Grand Price Drawing for a "eTrex H Garmin GPS" (must be present to win); Cake on the beach
- 1:00 pm: Lake Havasu City Museum Presentation
- 1:30 pm: Site Steward Presentation
- 2:30 pm: Centennial Tree Dedication Ceremony
- 2:45 pm: Cattail Cove State Park Cactus Garden Tour; Host: Volunteer Margie Witt (garden caretaker) or Nature Hikes (flora and fauna) with Ted Smith (Stewardship Program Manager, Washington State Parks) and Heather Smith (Camp Director, Washington State Parks)
Food Vendor Dan-D-Dawgs. The park encourages responsible Geo Caching practices in all natural settings, including discouraging graffitti, digging, trash, illiegal off road vehicle use, vandalism, or caches near archaeological sites or commercial use.
- Alamo Lake
- Buckskin Mountain
- Cattail Cove
- Lake Havasu
- River Island
- Yuma Quartermaster Depot
- Yuma Territorial Prison
- Dead Horse Ranch
- Fort Verde
- Red Rock
- Riordan Mansion
- Slide Rock
- Verde River Greenway
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum
- Fool Hollow Lake
- Lost Dutchman
- Lyman Lake
- Tonto Natural Bridge