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Exploring Arkansas August 2006

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Devil's Den State Park, Steam Train, Geocaching
The cave and crevice area are explored at Devil's Den State Park-the largest such area in the country. We'll then hop aboard old No. 844 - the last steam locomotive delivered to Union Pacific Railroad in 1944. 21st Century treasure hunting known as geocaching is also explored.

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HERE IN NORTHWEST A HAVE AN AREA KNOWN AS DEVIL'S DEN. BACK DURING THE WILD WEST DAY DAYS, LEGEND HAD IT THAT THIS AREA WAS A POPULAR OUTLAW HIDEOUT. ON TODAY'S SHOW, WE'LL EXPLORE THIS UNIQUE CAVE AND CREVICE AREA. THEN WE'LL TAKE YOU ON A STEAM LOCOMOTIVE TRIP AND RELIVE THE IRON HORSE DAYS. WE'LL CONCLUDE WITH A 21st CENTURY TREASURE HUNT KNOWN AS GEOCASHING. AND WE'LL EXPLAIN WHAT THAT'S ALL ABOUT. BUT FOR NOW, LET'S EXPLORE ALL ABOUT. BUT FOR NOW, LET'S EXPLORE DEVIL'S DEN STATE PARK. ♪ 

HIKING DEVIL'S DEN STATE PARK IS ONE OF SEVEN IN THE PARK, AND IT'S A DESIGNATED PART OF THE NATIONAL TRAIL SYSTEM. ALLOW YOURSELF 1 1/2 TO 2 HOURS TO COMPLETE THE 1 1/ 1/2-MILE HIKE. PARK INTERPRETERS CONDUCT GUIDED HIKES TWICE A WEEK DURING THE SUMMER. GUIDING US ALONG IS SUSAN TIGERT. 

SUSAN TIGERT:  WE'RE IN THE SECOND-LARGEST CREVICE. THIS IS BIG EAR CREVICE. UP ABOVE US THERE ARE THREE LINES OF CREVICE THAT RUN UP IN THIS AREA. THE WAY THAT THIS AREA IS FOR FORMED IS THIS A SANDSTONE WE'RE ON. UNDERNEATH ALL OF THE SANDSTONE IS A LAYER OF SHELL. AND SHELL IS THE BLACK ROCK THAT YOU TYPICALLY FIND IN THE CREEK BEDS THAT'S REAL FLAKY. AND WHEN SHELL ROCK GETS WET, IT BECOMES SLIPPERY. WHAT'S UNUSUAL ABOUT THIS PART OF THE OZARKS IS THAT THE SANDSTONE HERE IS AT A TILT. IT'S TILTED AT ABOUT 15-17 DEGREES. AND IT WILL ALLOW ENOUGH TILT THAT WHENEVER WATER SEEPS DOWN THROUGH THE SANDSTONE AND IT EVENTUALLY HITS THAT LAYER OF SHELL, IT CAUSES THAT SANDSTONE TO FRACTURE APART. AND THAT HAPPENS THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO. AND WHEN IT DID SO IT CAUSED THAT SANDSTONE TO SLIDE DOWN INTO THE VALLEY. AND IN DOING SO, IT CAUSED THE LINES OF CREVICES TO BE FOR FORMED, AND IN PLACES WHERE THE SANDSTONE FIT OVER THE TOPS OF THE SERVICES, IT FOR FORMED CREVICE SAVE CAVES. SO WE HAVE LOT OF CAVES HERE AS WELL. IF YOU ARE CLAUSTROPHOBIC, THE CAVES ARE A LOT OF FUN TO IF YOU ARE CLAUSTROPHOBIC, THE CAVES ARE A LOT OF FUN TO EXPLORE. 

THE CREVICE DEPTH AND THE AREA'S EXTENT MAKE IT ONE OF A KIND. 

SUSAN TIGERT:  WELL, IT'S VERY UNIQUE BECAUSE THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE THAT'S KNOWN THAT HAS SUCH LARGE CREVICES LIKE THESE. THEY'RE SANDSTONE CREVICES, AND IT'S IN A REMOTE PART OF THE PARK. NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THIS PART OF THE PARK EXISTS. IT'S OFF OF THE DEVIL'S DEN TRAIL. IT'S NOT AN AREA THAT'S EVEN ON THE MAP. SO I LIKE TO BRING PEOPLE UP HERE TO LET THEM LOOK AT THIS AREA, AND EXPERIENCE THE NATURAL BEAUTY HERE AND IT'S A SPECIAL PLACE, TOO, BECAUSE IT'S A PLACE WHERE WE HAVE HIBERNATING BATS IN THE WINTER. AND THE BATS THAT COME TO HIBERNATE HERE ARE ENDANGERED SPECIES. SO THERE ARE TWO OF THEM THAT WE PROTECT. AND THEY'RE THE OZARK BI BIG-EARED BAT, AND THE INDIANA BAT. THEY'RE VERY RARE. WE TRY TO KEEP THIS AREA AS PRISTINE AS POSSIBLE. FAN DOING SO, WE EVEN INSTAL INSTALLED AN ALARM SYSTEM THAT RUNS FROM A CABLE THAT GOES DOWN INTO THE CAVE JUST BENEATH ME. ALONG THAT CABLE ARE SENSORS, AND THE SENSORS ARE TRIGGERED BY LIGHT SO WHEN YOU ENTER A DARK CAVE, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE YOUR FLASHLIGHT WITH YOU. AND WHENEVER THE SENSORS TRIGGER THAT -- ARE TRIGGERED BY YOUR LIGHT SOURCE, IT CAUSES OUR RADIOS TO GO AND LET US KNOW THAT SOMEONE IS COMING TO THE CAVES.  BUT USUALLY WE DON'T HAVE PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE COMING INTO THE CAVES. THERE IS A SIGN AT THE ENTRANCE THAT SAYS THAT IF YOU DISTURB A HIBERNATING BAT, YOU COULD DISTURB, IT AND IT COULD PASS AWAY, AND THAT'S NOT GOOD FOR AN ENDANGERED SPECIES. AND IF IT DOESN'T KEEP PEOPLE OUT, IT SAYS BY THE WAY, THERE IS A $50,000 FINE IF YOU DECIDE TO DO GO INTO THE CAVES. AND THAT WILL KEEP THEM OUT. EVEN SINCE WE PUT THE SIGN UP, THERE HAVE BEEN HIGHER FINES INSTILLED FOR ENDANGERED BAT AND HARMING A ENDANGERED SPECIES. SO THE FINE IS NOW $100,000. SO THIS IS THE REASON THAT WE KEEP THIS AREA IN THE REMOTE SO THIS IS THE REASON THAT WE KEEP THIS AREA IN THE REMOTE PART OF THE PARK. ♪ 

ONE OF THE REALLY NEAT ROCK FORMATIONS HERE IS THAT RIGHT-ANGLE CREVICE. IF YOU STAND NEAR THE BOTTOM AND LOOK TOWARD THE NORTH END, YOU CAN MAKE OUT A FACIAL PROFILE. SOME SAY THE DEVIL'S FACE. DEVIL'S DEN HISTORY IS CHOCK SOME SAY THE DEVIL'S FACE. DEVIL'S DEN HISTORY IS CHOCK FULL OF LEGEND. 

SUSAN TIGERT:  WELL, THERE ARE A LOT OF LEGENDS. ONE OF THE STORIES THAT I'VE HEARD IS THAT, YOU KNOW, AFTER THE CIVIL WAR DAYS, WHEN A LOT OF THE OUTLAWS AND LOOTERS WOULD COME THROUGH THE AREA, THEY WOULD COME UP HERE AND HIDE IN THIS PART OF THE STATE BECAUSE THEY KNEW THAT THE LAW WOULD NOT COME LOOKING FOR THEM HERE. THAT'S TOO MUCH WORK FOR THEM TO COME UP HERE TO TRY TO FIND SOMEBODY IN ONE OF THESE CRACKS OR CAVES OR 95 THESE PLACES UP HERE. SO I THINK THAT THAT'S PART OF THE REASON THAT THEY CALL IT DEVIL'S DEN CAVE. IT'S A VERY REMOTE, RUGGED AREA. MAYBE THAT'S WHERE THEY CAME UP WITH DEVIL'S DEN CAVE. SO THEN WE NAMED THE PARK UP WITH DEVIL'S DEN CAVE. SO THEN WE NAMED THE PARK AFTER THE CAVE. 

OF COURSE, ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS HERE IS DEVIL'S DEN CAVE ITSELF. AND IF YOU PLAN ON EXPLORING IT, MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE AT LEAST TWO SOURCES OF RELIABLE LIGHTS, STURDY SHOES NO FLI FLIP-FLOPS, RIGHT? 

SUSAN TIGERT:  RIGHT. FLIP-FLOPS, RIGHT? 

SUSAN TIGERT:  RIGHT. 

LET'S GO CHECK IT OUT. ♪ 

SUSAN TIGERT:  OKAY. WE'RE INDEVIL'S DEN CAVE.CAV CANT GOES BACK 600 FEET, AND YOU CAN EXPLORE ALL THE VERY END OF IT. THE CEILING GETS LOWER, AND THE WALLING GET CLOSER TOGETHER, AND EVENTUALLY YOU ARE ON YOUR TUMMY AND CRAWLING AND IT KIND OF ENDS. WHEN I DO A CAVE TOUR WHICH I DO ABOUT ONCE A WEEK DURING THE SUMMER, SOMETIMES WE'LL DO MORE OF THEM AND WE'LL SCHEDULE THEM FOR A GROUP. IF YOU WOULD LIKE IT BRING A GROUP IN. BUT WHEN I DO A CAVE TOUR, A LOT OF THE KIDS LIKE TO GO PAST ME AND TOUCH THAT BACK WALL JUST TO SAY THAT THEY DID. YOU CAN GET 200 FEET INSIDE THE CAVE BEFORE YOU HAVE TO DO ANY CLIMBING. IT'S A COMPLETELY WILD CAVE AS YOU CAN SEE. THERE ARE NO STAIRS OR RAILS TO HOLD ON TO LOOSE ROCK IS ON THE GROUND. BUT 200 FEET OR SO IS WHERE THE ROCKS ARE CAVED INTO THE FLOOR, AND YOU GO OVER THEM TO THROUGH THEM, AND THERE IS ANOTHER SECTION WHERE YOU HAVE A BUNCH OF ROCKS THAT YOU HAVE TO CRAWL THROUGH. AND THEN ONCE YOU REACH THE -- PROBABLY THE LATTER PART OF THE CAVE WILL HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF CLIMBING THAT YOU WILL HAVE TO DO AS WELL. BUT YOU WON'T NEED ANY ROPE OR ANY TYPE OF EQUIPMENT. IT'S A ONE WAY IN ONE WAY OUT CAVE. SOMETIMES INSIDE THE CAVE YOU WILL SEE BATS DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR. AND IN THE EARLY SUMMER, A LOT OF THE BATS ARE OUT IN THE PARK AND OUT IN THE TREES HAVING THEIR PUPS, SO THEY'RE NOT IN THE CAVES SO MUCH. IF YOU COME HERE DURING THE LATE FALL OR THE WINTER YOU WILL SEE A LOT OF EASTERN EASTERN PIPISTRELLES CLING TO THE SIDE OF THE WALLS. THE BATS ARE 2 -"OR SO FULL GROWN, AND YOU WILL SEE THEM THROUGHOUT THE CAVE." DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR YOU WILL PROBABLY SEE SOME CAVE SALAMANDERS USUALLY TOWARD THE ENTRANCE OF THE CAVE. YOU WILL SEE -- LAST WEEK I SAW A COUPLE TOWARDS THE BACK SIDE OF THE CAVE. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU ARE G GOING TO SEE AND WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO SEE IT. THERE ARE ALSO CAVE SPIDERS AND CAVE CRICKETS YOU MIGHT SEE. OTHER THAN THAT, NOT A LOT OF SEE. OTHER THAN THAT, NOT A LOT OF WILDLIFE COME IN HERE. 

SO EXPLORE THE CAVES AND CREVICES AT DEVIL'S DEN STATE PARK. BUT REMEMBER, DON'T VENTURE PARK. BUT REMEMBER, DON'T VENTURE ALONE. ♪ 

ALL ABOARD! 

ALL ABOARD! (TRAIN WHISTLE) ♪ 

BACK DURING THE DAY, AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE STEAM DAYS OF PASSENGER TRAINS, IT WAS THE STEAMED LOCOMOTIVE THAT WAS KING OF THE RAILS. THESE HISSING, PUFFING, STEAMING MONSTERS ACTED AS THE MAIN POWERHOUSE IN TRANSPORTING PASSENGERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY PULLING SUCH WIDELY-KNOWN TRAIN AS THE OVERLAND LIMITED, LOS ANGELES LIMITED, PORTLAND ROSE, PENN CENTRAL, AND THE CHALLENGER, NOT TO MENTION THE WABASH CANNONBALL. BETTY, I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU RODE A LEGEND TRAIN WAY BACK WHEN. 

YES, I GUESS I DID. I DIDN'T KNOW IT AT THE TIME. BUT IT TURNS OUT THAT WAY NOW. IT WAS THE WABASH. I RODE FROM IOWA TO OMAHA, NEBRASKA. IT WAS DIRTY. THAT'S THE MAIN THING THAT I REMEMBER. 

BECAUSE OF THE COAL FIRE. 

THE COAL-FIRE ENGINE, AND THE SOOT JUST, YOU KNOW, CAME BACK. IT WASN'T SEALED, THE WINDOWS WEREN'T SEALED TIGHT LIKE THEY ARE NOW, AND YOU JUST WERE A A DIRTY MESS. THAT'S ALL. (LAUGHTER)  DIRTY, SOOTY MESS. (LAUGHTER)  DIRTY, SOOTY MESS. (LAUGHTER) 

THANKS TO THE RESTORATION OF OLD NUMBER 844, THE LAST STEAMED LOCOMOTIVE BUILT FOR THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD IN 1944, PLACES THAT HAVE NOT SEEN SUCH A SPECK TALL SINCE THAT ERA ARE NOW ABLE TO 

EVERYWHERE WE GO THERE ARE HOARDS OF PEOPLE STANDING AT EVERY CROSSING. PEOPLE IN THEIR BACKYARDS, ON THEIR LAWN CHAIRS WAITING FOR US. IT'S JUST SO WONDERFUL TO WATCH THE SMILES ON EVERYBOD EVERYBODY'S FACE. EVERYBODY LOVES TO SEE THIS MASSIVE MACHINE GO BY. 

IT IS IMPRESSIVE. IT'S ALMOST TOO MUCH FOR WORD WORDS. 

IT REALLY IS. IT'S HARD TO DESCRIBE. IT'S SOMETHING YOU'VE REALLY GOT TO EXPERIENCE. SO IF YOU EVER GET A CHANCE WHILE WE'RE ON DISPLAY TO COME SEE US, PLEASE COME OUT. WHILE WE'RE ON DISPLAY TO COME SEE US, PLEASE COME OUT. IT'S JUST AN AWESOME THING. ♪ 

NUMBER 844, ALSO KNOWN AS UNION PACIFIC'S LIVING LEGEND, AND THE GRAND OLE LADY OF THE RAILS, RETURNED TO SERVICE IN 2005 AFTER ONE OF THE MOST EXTENSIVE STEAM LOCOMOTIVE OVERHAULS IN THE COUNTRY SINCE THE 1950s. IT NOW SERVES AS AN AMBASSADOR OF GOODWILL TRAVELLING THOUSANDS OF MILES ACROSS THE COUNTRYSIDE CELEBRATING RAILROAD HISTORY AND HERITAGE. 

THIS IS QUITE THE ADVENTURE. THIS IS MY FIRST HERITAGE TRAIN RIDE. AND IT WAS VERY ENJOYABLE. MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR UNION PACIFIC TO SHOWCASE ONE OF THE OLDEST LOCOMOTIVES IN ITS FLEET, AND ALSO A LOCOMOTIVE THAT'S STAYED ACTIVE FOR GENERATIONS. IT'S TRANS-GENERATION, YOU SEE YOUNG PEOPLE, PEOPLE THAT ARE MORE SEASONED, AND IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TO US SHOW WHAT THE RAILROAD USED TO BE LIKE, AND WHAT THE FUTURE OF THE RAILROAD IS TODAY. 

THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WISH THEY HAD YOUR JOB. 

YES. YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO PINCH MYSELF EVERYDAY, BECAUSE THIS IS KIND OF LIKE EVERY LITTLE BOY'S DREAM COME TRUE. AND FORTUNATELY I'M LIVING IT. I HAPPEN TO BE THE LITTLE BOY WHERE THE DREAM CAME TRUE. (TRAIN BELL)L 

WELL, THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF OPERATION ON A STEAM LOCOMOTIVE ARE MUCH DIFFERENT THAN A DIESEL. A DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE, GENERALLY SPEAKING, THE LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER DOESN'T REALLY NEED A KNOWLEDGE OF THE DIESEL ENGINE, THE TRACTION MOTORS, THE GENERATOR, THE TRACTION COMPUTER, HE DOESN'T REALLY NEED TO HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW IT WORKS. HE GETS IN, AND THE REVERSE LEVER, COMPLIES WITH ALL OF THE NECESSARY RULES, COMES OUT ON THE THROTTLE, RELEASES THE BRAKE, AND OFF YOU GO. ON A STEAM LOCOMOTIVE IT'S MUCH DIFFERENT. IT'S A MUCH DIFFERENT ERA. EVERYTHING ON THE LOCOMOTIVE IS OPERATED MANUALLY. MOST ARE BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS, BY A SIGHT AND BY FEEL, BY THE VISUAL APPEARANCE OF THE COLOR OF THE SMOKE, THE SOUND OF THE ITEMIZER IN THE FIRE BOX. FROM THE ENGINEER STANDPOINT, THE FEEL OF THE THROTTLE YOUR HAND. THE SENSATION OF THE BRAKES AND THE SENSATION OF MOVEMENT WHEN THE ENGINE BEGINS TO MOVE. SO IT'S DEFINITELY A DIFFERENT PLACE THAT YOU NEED TO PUT YOURSELF. IT'S KIND OF LIKE DRIVING ANY OLD MACHINERY, ABOUT IT A TRACTOR AND EVEN AN OLDER CAR, A A MODEL "A," A FORD, ALL EQUIPMENT FROM A DIFFERENT PERIOD. SO TO OPERATE THE LOCOMOTIVE FROM EITHER POSITION REQUIRE AS CERTAIN UNDERSTANDING THAT ONLY COMES WITH A APPRENTICESHIP THAT YOU CAN ONLY GET BY BEING AROUND THIS EQUIPMENT EITHER ON THIS CREW OR OTHER CREWS, TOURIST RAILROADS, FOR EXAMPLE. SO AS I SAID BEFORE, IT'S JUST A REAL HONOR THIS IS WHERE A STEAM GUY WANTS TO BE. THIS IS THE PINNACLE AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED. WE GET TO GO ON MANY, MANY ROUTE MILES, AND TRAVERSE 22,000 ROUTE MILES OF THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD REPRESENTING EVERYONE, AND SPREADING GOODWILL, AND SHOWING OFF SUCH A NEAT PIECE OF HISTORY, MOST OF WHICH LEAVE YOUNG CHILDREN, AND PEOPLE OF MY GENERATION HAVE, EVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. THEY'RE USED TO THE BIG YELLOW DIESELS COMING SCREAMING THROUGH THEIR TOWN, AND THEY DON'T REALLY PAY THAT MUCH ATTENTION. BUT THIS LOCOMOTIVE, ON THE OTHER HAND, WHEN IT COMES TO TOWN, IT'S REALLY UNMISTAKABL UNMISTAKABLE. TOWN, IT'S REALLY UNMISTAKABL UNMISTAKABLE. IT'S HARD TO MISS. ♪ 

I THINK THAT ALL CHILDREN'S DAYS SHOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE A STEAM LOCOMOTIVE IN THE UNITED STATES, AND, YOU KNOW, TO SEE IT'S A LIVE PIECE OF EQUIPMEN EQUIPMENT, AND TO BE ABLE TO RIDE ON TRAINS AND TO GET THE FEEL OF HOW THINGS WERE BACK IN THE '40s, '50s, OR EVEN BEYOND THERE. THAT WOULD BE, IN MY ESTIMATION, YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST LIKE GOING A PUBLIC LIBRARY. THIS IS KNOWLEDGE THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE. THIS IS KNOWLEDGE THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE. SO IT SHOULD BE PRESERVED. ♪ 

YOUR FIRST TRAIN TRIP? WHAT DO YOU THINK? 

I LIKE IT. IT WAS SMOOTH AND FUN. 

SMOOTH AND FUN, THERE YOU GO. (LAUGHTER) GO. (LAUGHTER) ♪ 

SO SHELBY, YOUR FIRST TIME ON A TRAIN? 

UH-HUH. 

WELL, WHAT DO YOU THINK? 

IT'S BETTER THAN I THOUGHT. 

YEAH? WHOLE LOT BETTER? 

UH-HUH. (LAUGHTER)  

IS IT EVERYTHING THAT YOU THOUGHT WOULD BE? 

NOT REALLY. 

WHAT DID YOU THINK THAT IT WOULD BE? 

FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE VERY SCARY. I DON'T KNOW. SCARY. 

WELL, IT'S A LOT OF FUN SCARY. 

WELL, IT'S A LOT OF FUN NOW, ISN'T IT? ♪ 

OF COURSE, THERE ARE THOSE -- 

I THINK THAT AN AIRPLANE WOULD BE FASTER. 

YEAH, A PLANE WOULD BE FASTER. IF YOU ARE NOT IN A HURRY TO GET THERE, I THINK THAT THIS IS A LITTLE BIT BETTER, HUH? 

UH-HUH. (LAUGHTER) 

UH-HUH. (LAUGHTER) ♪ 

THE IRON HORSE, ALIVE AND WELL AND STILL STEAMING ACROSS 

THE IRON HORSE, ALIVE AND WELL AND STILL STEAMING ACROSS AMERICA. ♪ (TRAIN WHISTLE) 

IT'S CALLED GEOCASHING, OR 21st CENTURY T SATELLITES WHICH WERE DEVELOPED FOR MILITARY USE, AND BECAME AVAILABLE -- 

THE CASH CONTAINER WE'RE LOOKING FOR IS SMALL. 

DO YOU ALWAYS KNOW THE SIZE OF THE CONTAINER WHEN YOU GO INTO ONE OF THESE? 

MOST OF THE TIME ON THE WEB PAGE IT WILL TELL WHETHER YOU IT'S A SMALL, MICRO, OR A LARGE CONTAINER. SO IT WILL GIVE YOU SOME IDEAS OF WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. SOMETIMES IT'S NOT LISTED, AND IT'S A MYSTERY CONTAINER. YOU DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT IT IS UNTIL YOU FIND IT. BUT THIS SHOWS A CACHE LOCATION TO BE 100 FOOT FROM WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW. WE'LL MAKE OUR WAY OVER THERE TO SEE IF WE CAN LOCATE IT. 

MAYBE IT WILL BE A POT OF TO SEE IF WE CAN LOCATE IT. 

MAYBE IT WILL BE A POT OF GOLD. ♪ 

THE LOCATION OF THIS PARTICULAR CACHE IS AT A SCENIC AREA KNOWN AS STRAWBERRY BLUFF. 

CHUCK, THIS IS ONE OF THE BENEFITS TO GEOCASHING IT BRINGS YOU TO SPOTS LIKE THIS WHERE YOU CAN GET A SPECTACULAR VIEW. 

YEAH THIS ALONE WAS WORTH THE DRIVE UP HERE. 

IT WAS. (LAUGHTER)  

THIS IS A VERY BEAUTIFUL AREA. HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR GEOCACHIN GEOCACHING, I WOULD NEVER HAVE FOUND THIS SPOT. THE CACHE WAS PLACED HERE, I WAS ABLE TO COME HERE AND FIND A CACHE, AND ALSO FIND THIS VIEW. AND THAT WAS THE WHOLE INTENTION OF THE CACHE BEING PLACED HERE. INTENTION OF THE CACHE BEING PLACED HERE. 

THAT'S GREAT. ♪  

COORDINATES TO CACHES ARE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE GEOCACHING.COM. GPS USERS CAN FIND THE CACHE ACCORDING TO THOSE COORDINATE COORDINATES. WHEN YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR THIS, WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? A PILE OF STICKS? SOMETHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TELLTALE -- 

SOMETHING THAT'S OUT OF THE ORDINARY OR OUT OF PLACE. SOMETIMES TWO PARALLEL STICKS IN THE BLOOD GIVE IT AWAY. CACHES ARE HIDDEN IN DIFFERENT WAYS. SOME OF THEM ARE VERY OBVIOUS, SOME OF THEM ARE PRETTY WELL HIDDEN WHERE YOU HAVE TO MOVE SOMETHING TO UNCOVER PART OF IT. 

MY AIR VO POINTING OVER HERE. 

LET'S GO UP IN THERE AND SEE IF WE CAN FIND IT. THERE ARE TWO STICKS HERE. YEAH, THERE IS A LITTLE CANISTER. HOW ABOUT THAT? I'LL BE. THAT'S PRETTY NEAT. 

THERE IS OUR CACHE CONTAINER. 

NOBODY WOULD NEVER KNOW IT WAS THERE. 

NO. IT'S PRETTY WELL HIDDEN. CHUCK THIS IS A SMALL WATE WATER-TIGHT CONTAINER THAT THIS CACHE IS HIDDEN IN. AND INSIDE IT CONTAINS SEVERAL LITTLE TRINKETS OR SOUVENIRS, ALONG WITH A LOG BOOK. NOW, THESE ARE TRADE ITEMS. YOU TAKE SOMETHING, LEAVE SOMETHING IN THE CACHE. 

AND YOU SIGN THAT LOG? SOMETHING IN THE CACHE. 

AND YOU SIGN THAT LOG? 

AND YOU SIGN YOUR LOG. 

GEOCACHEERS GET HOOKED ON THIS MODERN-DAY TREASURE HUNT USUALLY THROUGH SOMEONE ELSE. 

WELL, MY NEPHEW WAS TELLING ME ABOUT IT AT CHRISTMAS ONE YEAR. AND HE CAME BY A FEW DAYS LATER, STOPPED, AND WE WENT TOGETHER AND HUNTED SOME CACHES. HE LOANED ME A GPS FOR ABOUT A WEEK-AND-A-HALF. HE KIND OF GOT ME HOOKED ON I IT, AND THEN WOULDN'T LOAN IT TO ME ANYMORE. I HAD TO GO AND PURCHASE ONE SO THAT I COULD CONTINUE. THAT WAS ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. AND I ENJOY IT STILL TO THIS DAY. IT BRINGS ME TO PLACES LIKE THIS THAT I WOULD HAVE NEVER SEEN OTHERWISE. IT'S REALLY A BEAUTIFUL VIEW FROM THIS AREA. 

YOU MENTIONED THAT'S HOW YOU GOT YOUR WIFE INVOLVED WITH IT, IS TAKING HER TO A PLACE LIKE THIS. 

I BROUGHT HER UP HERE, AND SHE ENJOYED THE VIEW SO MUCH THAT -- AND I TOLD HER THAT THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF SOME OF THE CACHE PLACEMENTS, AND THE THINGS THAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU GEOCACHE. AND SHE HAS BEEN GOING PRETTY WHEN YOU GEOCACHE. AND SHE HAS BEEN GOING PRETTY REGULAR EVER SINCE. ♪ 

OUR NEXT GEOCACHE SITE IS CALLED SNAKE'S TREE. I GUESS THAT'S THE TREE RIGHT THERE. SNAKE TREE. THERE. SNAKE TREE. MAYBE. 

LOOK WHAT WE FOUND. 

LOOK WHAT WE FOUND. 

YEAH. 

THAT'S NOT TOO WELL HIDDEN 

THAT'S NOT TOO WELL HIDDEN THERE. 

HERE IS THE TREASURE. COLORED PENCILS, A BOOK ON SANTA CLAUS. 

THIS IS THE ONE THAT'S KID ORIENTED, BECAUSE THERE ARE THE GEOCACHES THAT ARE KID ORIENTED. THE GEOCACHES THAT ARE KID ORIENTED. SBLA 

A LITTLE DECK OF CARDS. A KEY CHAIN. AND A SLINKY JUNIOR. EVERYBODY NEEDS A SLINKY JUNIOR. EVERYBODY NEEDS A SLINKY JUNIOR. 

THAT'S RIGHT! 

SOME ITEMS TRAVEL FROM CACHE TO CACHE. 

WE'VE ALSO GOT A TRAVEL BUG THAT WE'D LIKE TO PUT IN HERE. AND A TRAVEL BUG IS JUST A LITTLE TRINKET WITH A NUMBER ON IT THAT YOU CAN TRACK IT ONLINE, WHEREVER IT GOES. THIS ONE HERE IS JUST A TRAVEL BUG SHOWING A LAMP POST. IT'S GOT A TRACKING NUMBER RIGHT THERE ON IT. AND THIS TRAVEL BUG'S MISSION IS TO JUST MOVE FROM CACHE TO CACHE ALL OVER THE NATION, OR MAYBE EVEN OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY. AND YOU CAN GO ONLINE AND WATCH IT WHEREVER IT GOES. IF YOU PUT IT IN A CACHE AND SOMEONE PICKS IT UP, WELL, THEY'LL LOG IT ONLINE WHERE THEY FOUND IT, AND WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO PUT IT. AND THEY'LL START ACCUMULATING MILEAGE. AND KIND OF MAKES IT A LITTLE ADVENTURE ON ITS OWN. AND YOU CAN FOLLOW IT ALONG AND SEE WHERE IT GOES. YOU MIGHT EVEN END UP IN AND SEE WHERE IT GOES. YOU MIGHT EVEN END UP IN JAPAN. 

SO FOR MORE INFO ON THIS HIGH-TECH FORM OF TREASURE HUNTING, LOG ON TO GEOCACHIN GEOCACHING.COM. AND IF UNION PACIFIC 844 THE LIVING LEGEND ROLLS INTO YOUR TOWN, CHECK IT OUT FOR THE GOLDEN AGE OF RAILWAY TRAVEL. AND IF YOU GET A CHANCE, DO SOME CREVICEING OVER IN DEVIL'S DEN STATE PARK IN WINSLOW. AND TO LOOK AT ALL OF OUR TEST ANY INDICATION, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AETN.ORG/EXPLORIN AETN.ORG/EXPLORINGARKANSAS. AND WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME FOR ANOTHER EXCITING ADVENTURE AND WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME FOR ANOTHER EXCITING ADVENTURE ON "EXPLORING ARKANSAS." ♪

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