Great Lakes Seaway Trail, NY and PA â€“ The new Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail Coins are here! The elegant, antique metal-finish tokens celebrate the waters and history of the 518-mile-long Americaâ€™s Byway that is host to a new 75-cache adventure for those who enjoy exploring by latitude and longitude. The series of five coins features the Flagship Niagara, Niagara Falls and the Maid of the Mist tour boat, Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse, historic Fort Ontario, and a ship on the St. Lawrence River.
Avid geocachers who have already located at least 10 caches in any of the bywayâ€™s five regions (Lake Erie, Buffalo/Niagara Falls, Rochester/Central Lake Ontario, Eastern Lake Ontario, and 1000 Islands/St. Lawrence River) can have their logbooks validated to receive the coin for that region.
All five Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoCoins are available at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, NY. Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail logbook pickup and validation sites are:
Lake Erie Region â€” Flagship Niagara GeoCoin
â€¢ Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1, Erie, PA 16505
Buffalo/Niagara Falls Region â€” Niagara Falls and the Maid of the Mist GeoCoin
â€¢ Niagara USA Official Visitor Center, 10 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Rochester/Central Lake Ontario Region â€” Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse GeoCoin
â€¢ VisitRochester, 45 East Avenue, Suite 400, Rochester, NY 14604
â€¢ Wayne County Tourism Office, 9 Pearl Street, Suite 3, Lyons, NY 14489
Eastern Lake Ontario Region â€” Historic Fort Ontario GeoCoin
â€¢ Cayuga County Office of Tourism, 131 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021
â€¢ Oswego County Tourism, 3rd Floor, County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St.,
Oswego, NY 13126
â€¢ Screwy Louieâ€™s Sport Shop, 596 Main St., Fair Haven, NY 13064
Thousand Islands/St. Lawrence River Region â€” St. Lawrence River Ship GeoCoin
â€¢ Seaway Trail Discovery Center, Ray & West Main Streets, Sackets Harbor, NY
â€¢ St. Lawrence County Chamber, 101 Main St., Canton, NY 13617
â€¢ 1000 Islands International Tourism Council, 3373 Collins Landing,
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607.
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail sponsors include VisitErie, the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation, VisitRochester, Wayne County Tourism, the Fair Haven Area Chamber of Commerce, the Cayuga County Office of Tourism, Oswego County Tourism, the 1000 Islands International Tourism Council, the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, and the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.
Great Lakes Seaway Trail President and CEO Teresa Mitchell says, â€œThis new GeoTrail and our new collector coins are generating a geocaching rush on New York and Pennsylvaniaâ€™s freshwater Americaâ€™s Byway. This â€˜get outdoors on the Great Lakes Seaway Trailâ€™ initiative is ideal for making healthy living more available, accessible and affordable.â€
Learn more at http://www.seawaytrail.com/geotrail. #
Early reaction to the new Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail as seen in web chatter:
â€¢ I don’t know how many people we would need in order to get a group discount at a hotel, but wouldn’t it be cool if we could get a block of rooms at a hotel in the Thousand Islands, and spend a weekend doing all of the SLR caches? Or maybe we head West and do a weekend in Erie?
â€¢ Depending on when you go, I’d like to join in the overnight road trip too. Sounds like fun.
â€¢ A friend picked up a couple logbooks today and they are impressive looking. Much more professional looking than other geotrails books Iâ€™ve seen/used. Bravo!
â€¢ When I picked up my logbook today, I told the woman working at Visit Rochester to expect to see at least one cacher come back with at least 10 punches before the week was over, thanks to the number of rabid cachers we have around here.
â€¢ Weâ€™ve had ~600 finds in 4 days so far!
â€¢ See more comments online at www.twitter.com/SeawayTrail and www.georoc.org