Cotati to host inaugural CacheFest on Saturday
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Geocachers from throughout Northern California will be attending the inaugural Cotati CacheFest, part of the Sonoma County Cachers’ Weekend, on Saturday, May 4.

Geocaching is one of the fastest-growing family activities worldwide. It is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS units or smartphones. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (usually a container) hidden at that location. There are more than 2,000 geocaches hidden in Sonoma County. Geocachers also enjoy participating in social events, such as the Cotati CacheFest. The CacheFest will be held at the Cotati Community Center’s Cotati Room on Saturday, beginning at 5:15 pm.

The Cachers’ Weekend is a series of events and activities designed to introduce geocachers to all that Sonoma County has to offer. It starts with a morning ‘flash mob,’ a 15-minute mini-event near Coddingtown in Santa Rosa at 9:15 a.m.

Next is the 7th annual Sonoma County GeoRally, a driving event through some of the county’s most scenic back roads on a scavenger hunt-like search for information about the sights seen along the route. 

This event begins at 10 a.m. in Windsor, ending up in Cotati at 5:15 p.m.

The Cotati CacheFest is the third event of the weekend series. It will include a presentation of the winners of the GeoRally, a video showing the solutions to the questions asked on the rally, a door prize giveaway and other activities.

The final event of the weekend is the Taylor Mountain Park Kickoff and Breakfast Potluck on Sunday, May 5, at 8:30 a.m., celebrating the newest Sonoma County Regional Park. A series of geocaches of multiple types has been placed in the park, allowing participants to experience the variety of caches available.

People of all ages are welcomed at all of these events, and will be partnered with experienced geocachers in order to learn how geocaching works. All events are free of charge.

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