Lincoln hotel joins in on "Virtual Treasure Hunt"

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LINCOLN, Neb. New technology is helping people across the globe get outside, get active and explore their communities. Now, a Lincoln business is joining in on the fun.

The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker hotel has now added a geocache.

“Many of our employees were talking about geocaching so we started discussing how we could have one here,” said Beth Blevins, Marketing Manager at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel.

“Geocaching” is like a giant virtual treasure hunt. People who participate in the activity can use their GPS or phone to find containers called “geocaches.” When they find the geocaches, there are often fun prizes inside.

The new geocache at the Cornhusker Hotel also allows people to learn about the history of the hotel.

“We celebrated the 90th Anniversary of the Cornhusker last year,” said Blevins. “One thing you can learn about are the corn and wheat maidens that were on the outside of the original Cornhusker Hotel. We kept those after the hotel was imploded in 1982. You can find those on the 3rd floor.”

The Cornhusker Hotel not only has a geocache, but also a trail game where anyone can play to win a geocache coin.

The coin has a tracker inside so participants can leave it anywhere and follow its journey around the world.

“If someone picks up the geocoin in Lincoln and then travels to California, they can leave it there,” said Blevins, “then, someone else can pick it up, and bring it somewhere else.”

Blevins says geocaching isn’t all fun and games, it’s also beneficial because of the physical activity and education that goes along with it.

“You’re outside. You’re moving, and then there’s an educational element. You’re learning more about the locations you visit.”

For more information on geocaching, click here.

For more information about the Lincoln Cornhusker Marriott geocache, click here.