POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — This year marks the 50th anniversary of Mothman sightings in the area and a unique event is being planned to follow that trail for clues.
The world’s only Mothman Museum will present its first Mothman GeoTrail on Aug. 19-20. This will be a geocaching event with all the clues and coordinates related to Mothman’s trail in Mason County. The first 100 people who register and complete the trail will be awarded a limited edition Mothman geocoin on a first come, first-served basis.
Geocaching is described as a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
This new Mothman-related event in Mason County will consist of a series of five events held over those two days in August. The itinerary includes:
Friday, Aug. 19, 5:30-8 p.m., social event at Riverfront Park for a “Welcome To Point Pleasant.”
Then, Saturday, Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., a morning coffee social event called “Mothman and Coffee” (everyone is responsible for their own drinks and etc.). Then, 9-10 a.m., meet at the Mothman Statue at Gunn Park; from 10:30 a.m. to noon, it’s the main event/geotrail launch. The day concludes with a special event from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
All coordinates will be made available for those registered for the trail. To register for the event go to, www.mothmangeotrail.eventbrite.com.
Not only will the weekend feature the hunt along the trail, but will include giveaways, games and an introduction to caching seminar for those who have never been geocaching.
The first Mothman GeoTrail precedes the 15th anniversary of the Mothman Festival, which will be Sept. 17-18 in downtown Point Pleasant. This year’s festival will feature many events and special appearances, including a fan meet-and-greet with Trapper John and AIMS Team from the show “Mountain Monsters” on Sept. 17. Also, fans of the “Supernatural” television show can meet those who are meant to represent the characters of “Dean, Sam, Abaddon and Castiel,” as well as get a photo with a 1967 Chevrolet Impala that looks like the one on the show. The Ghostbusters will also be returning.
Find more information about the Mothman GeoTrail on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/mothmangeotrail. For more information on geocaching go to https://www.geocaching.com.
Information for the Mothman GeoTrail was released by the Mason County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Information on geocaching for this article found at https://www.geocaching.com.
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