2015-01-16 / Community

DISCOVER LOVERS KEY

Treasure Hunting With Your Smart Phone
By Susan L. Suarez
Friends of Lovers Key


Spotlight Magazines found this cache under some rocks and signed and dated the book. If you can find it too and are the first to email info@swspotlight.com to tell us what date Spotlight was there, you can win two tickets to the Bonita Brew Fest on Feb. 7. There is an entrance fee to Lovers Key. 
Staff @swspotlight.com Spotlight Magazines found this cache under some rocks and signed and dated the book. If you can find it too and are the first to email info@swspotlight.com to tell us what date Spotlight was there, you can win two tickets to the Bonita Brew Fest on Feb. 7. There is an entrance fee to Lovers Key. Staff @swspotlight.com Legend has it that pirates of old buried their stolen fortunes in remote places, intending to return for them later, often with the use of a treasure map. Today it’s possible to search for hidden treasure with the use of a smart phone or a GPS. It’s called geocaching.

Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game that can take you to amazing and beautiful places, some world-wide and others nearby. There are two million geocaches worldwide. Lovers Key is one of those nearby places that has seven hidden caches that can be found by navigating to specific sets of coordinates. Six caches have a riddle or question that needs to be answered, and a portion of the coordinates for the final bonus cache. It’s fun for the whole family.

To get started download the free official geocaching app at geocaching.com. Then choose the Lovers Key Geo-Challenge and navigate to its location. The app uses your phone’s built-in GPS to guide you to Lovers Key geocaches.

Those who find all seven of the caches sponsored by the Friends of Lovers Key within the Park and show their log of finds to a Ranger at the Ranger Station will receive a special Lovers Key geocache tag.

Part of the fun in the hunt is the things you’ll see. Jumping dolphins, tropical birds and interesting trees make for a memorable day. Lovers Key has two and a half miles of beach to walk and explore, five miles of trails for hiking and biking, and canals for paddling away from any motorized boats.

Every week there are a variety of programs such as fishing clinics, guided walks and bike rides, wading trips to learn about the treasures in the grassy flats and how to do geocaching.

Our parks provide places for getting kids and families active and outdoors, improving overall physical, as well as mental well-being. Many of our most memorable moments happen when we are out exploring and experiencing something new. The excitement of catching a fish, the views during a glorious hike, the pride in the sand castle you built with your family, the sight of manatees from your kayak. These are memories to last a lifetime.

Come and make memories at Lovers Key and if you accept the Geo-Challenge maybe you’ll be saying “TFTH” or “Thanks for the hunt.”

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