I need another project like I need a hole in my head, but Blake Ewing, who is basically Tulsa’s answer to Joe Edwards, is pushing to revitalize the Route 66 corridor through Tulsa and help businesses capitalize on their Mother Road connection. He’s trying to find ways to get Route 66 travelers to come through town on the old road instead of bypassing Tulsa on I-44.
It’s a small contribution, but I’m planning to use one of my hobbies — geocaching — to support that effort. There are plenty of caches in Tulsa, but very few along the Route 66 corridor. Ron and I scouted several good possibilities this afternoon, but I’d really like to get the businesses along 66 into the spirit of the thing.
With that in mind, I am officially requesting assistance with this project: If you own a business on Route 66 in Tulsa, and you would be willing to host a geocache on your property, please post a comment and let me know how to reach you.
For those unfamiliar with geocaching, it’s basically a sort of treasure-hunting game in which participants use GPS devices to locate hidden “caches,” which are waterproof containers that are placed outdoors, camouflaged to match their surroundings, and contain a log for finders to sign. Larger caches also include small souvenirs, toys, or trinkets for trading.
The advantage of hosting a cache, of course, is that it brings additional traffic onto your property, which is why I’d like to place as many as possible outside businesses along Route 66 here in Tulsa.
If you’re interested, all you need to do is comment on this post, telling me the name and address of your business and the best way to reach you, and I’ll do the rest. (To reduce the risk of your cache being found and vandalized by “muggles,” or non-geocachers, your comment will not appear on this post; instead, I will contact you privately to arrange for placement of your cache.)
If a Route 66 business owner outside of the Tulsa area would like help placing a cache, I can do that, too, but someone who lives in your area will have to be responsible for registering and maintaining it.