It is a challenge that will involve 12 little treasure chests hidden in different local areas that must be found and the treasure inside retrieved.
Let's start with great experiences! You win visits to places that you may have never been before - gorgeous waterfalls, great hiking trails and time out in nature! You get better mental and physical health! We also have a list of planned prizes for those that finish the challenge, at two different levels. The grand prize will include an Empire Pass that gets you free parking in most New York State parks for 2020! There are more prizes and we will list them all here and on our Facebook page/event when we finalize them.
This will run from June 1st until August 31st. We have to put all of these treasure chests in place and will do so over Memorial Day weekend. On June 1st, we will post a file here that gives you the names of the places/parks you will need to visit, rough coordinates of where the chest is hidden at each spot and parking fees, if there are any. You'll have to use your treasure finding skills to actually locate the hidden chest and retrieve your share of the treasure!
Find each of these treasure chests and retrieve the coin from inside. Under each numbered picture, you will find the coordinates for that chest. Use those numbers to locate the chest and retrieve your coin. If you feel like you need more help, click on the picture itself. This will take you to a page specific to that chest where you can get some help by way of different clues. Turn all 12 of them in by the end of the challenge, with the form at the bottom of this section, and you will be entered to win! We understand that it isn't an option for some to get out of the area or to do some of the "tougher" ones, so we have a "second place" prize too! Turn in your coins that include at least the six that are marked with an asterisk and your name will go in for a prize as well!
***Treasure Chest #1 is a free location local to us and frequently used by many! You will go off of the path here, so please be prudent and keep yourself safe from ticks! Enter these coordinates to find the chest. If you need more help, click the picture above to find more hints.
Parking - N 042 19.711 W 076 50.661
Chest - N 042 20.210 W 076 50.484
***Chest #2 is also in a location that costs nothing to visit, one which many know, but few frequent. We hope you enjoy the hike and come back for more! This is a great location to geocache too! Good luck!
Parking - N 042 21.820 W 076 54.679
Trailhead - N 042 21.829 W 076 54.795
Chest - N 042 21.677 W 076 55.075
Chest #3 is NOT local, but it's not too far away. Make a day of it - take a picnic to enjoy with your hike. Better yet, make a camping trip out of it! It is a state park, so there is a $7 fee to get in, but it's worth it! Click the picture above for your hint, if you need it!
Chest - N 042 41.806 W 076 24.862
Please be sure to leave each chest the way that you found it, with bag sealed and rehidden for the next person.
***While it isn't a park, it is still state land. There is no fee, but there could be horse poop. Grab your hiking boots, as this one is a bit rougher in the terrain category. I don't recommend a stroller, but it is a short hike, so children won't have a hard time. The rest of the trails are highly recommended, as is the tower!
Chest - N 042 23.242 W 077 00.261
Please remember to use common sense when it comes to ticks and your general safety! Don't take anything for granted!
Chest #7 is a bit tough. The terrain is a bit steep, so I don't recommend this for children. When you first get into the woods, you will find that the path splits. You will NOT be walking along the water. We did NOT go that way. The chest is on the "outside" trail, to the right.
Chest - N 042 23.442 W 076 51.310