Route 66 Scenic Byway Travelers Go Geocaching

ROUTE 66 -- Gearing up for Route 66's 80th anniversary, the Automobile Club of Southern California is hiding 12 caches for travelers to find at a variety of locations along Route 66, a National Scenic Byway, as part of a geocaching treasure hunt.

Geocaching, a combination of "geo" for geography and "caching" for hiding a cache, is a 5-year-old high-tech scavenger hunt using handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) units. The units are used to hide and track down "geocaches," containers filled with goodies and sometimes valuable objects. In the geocaching world, hunting and finding the location of the containers at scenic sites also count as prizes.

Geocache coordinates will be posted on the Auto Club's dedicated interactive Web page, www.aaa-calif.com/travel/promo/campaign/route66.asp.

The Auto Club geocaches on the "Mother Road" could include Hertz rental car coupons, logo T-shirts, travel guides, children's games and automotive items, according to Auto Club Editorial Director John Austerman. There will also be several virtual scenic site caches as well, he added.

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