Summertime tour lures techies with geocaching

Country Drive celebrates summer by adding a new level of technology to the old-fashioned goodness being served during its Summertime tour, set for Friday and Saturday.

Country Drive celebrates summer by adding a new level of technology to the old-fashioned goodness being served during its Summertime tour, set for Friday and Saturday.

Techies who like to keep one hand on a GPS receiver are being lured out to the 15 participating farms and businesses, where they can use their devices to track down an assortment of hidden treasures. For those who prefer a less technical approach, maps of the tour will still lead to lush gardens and berry orchards, unique jewelry, housewares, antiques and plenty of really good food.

Since its inception in 2005, Country Drive has expanded to four tours a year, taking people into the country to explore farms, museums and small businesses that thrive in an atmosphere far removed from malls and concrete. Organizers suggest that, rather than trying to visit all 15 sites, participants should plan their visits around one of the clusters or follow a theme. Sites are located near Lacombe, Blackfalds, Sylvan Lake, Red Deer, Innisfail, Olds, Bowden and Didsbury. Details can be found online at countrydrive.ca or by calling 1-800-215-8946.