Saturday, January 12, 2008

Michiganders Track Treasure

The following is an excerpt from a story which we believe is worthy of reading, but would lose too much of its charm if it were re-written for presentation on this blog. Please link through for the rest of the story, but hurry back! ... Editor

by Frank Witsil

"On a cold morning, Gary Scramling and Jeff Touchtone went on a hunt for treasure.

The men, both 51 and Roseville neighbors, sought a trove hidden in a Madison Heights park among snow-covered beeches and oaks. They knew the coordinates, just not an exact location.

"Follow the arrow," Scramling said, focusing on the digital direction finder on his handheld Global Positioning System device.

Scramling called out the distance to the coordinates: "Seventy feet, 62 feet, 51 feet, 30, 11 feet, 7 feet to the right."

Then, he looked up and saw something: a fallen tree and pile of branches, a possible hiding place.

Geocaching, the high-tech game the men were playing, is full of secrets, code names and sometimes even valuable prizes... "

finish the story at the Detroit Free Press, Jan 12, 2008
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