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Google Street View Trekker Will Capture Beautiful Brown County Views This October

September 29, 2016

The Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau will be receiving the Google Street View Trekker beginning on October 3 just in time to capture Brown County’s famous fall foliage. For the month of October, the Brown County CVB in partnership with Google will acquire footage of the county through a series of hikes made by volunteers. From well-known trails and historic hot spots to some of Brown County’s more hidden gems, the Trekker will document it all.

After applying for the Google Street View Trekker, the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau was selected by Google to host the Trekker for the month of October. Working alongside Google, the CVB has learned the ins and outs of the device and is ready to receive the Trekker next week.

The Trekker is used in conjunction with Google Maps, collecting 360 degree images that are used in its Street View feature. A backpack topped with a camera-filled globe, the Trekker has 15 lenses that snap pictures every two and half seconds. A more mobile version of the camera-clad Google cars that capture footage from major highways and roads, the Google Street View Trekker is designed to hit more of the scenic routes, providing an inside glimpse into trails and back country terrain.

Brown County will use its time with the Trekker to highlight its natural beauty and rolling hills. With a schedule that includes Brown County State Park hiking and mountain biking trails, Yellowwood State Forest trails, part of the Tecumseh Trail, T.C. Steele State Historic Site trails, and Brown County’s historic covered bridges, the Trekker will be put to work. There also are plans to capture less-traveled parts of the county, such as Nebo Ridge, Hitz-Rhodehamel Nature Preserve, and Browning Mountain. The back waters of Brown County will even be covered when the Trekker goes for a boat ride!

And with plenty of support from eager volunteers, no one individual will have to pack the 40 to 60 pound Trekker for too many miles.

“We can’t believe the overwhelming amount of interest we’ve had in the Trekker,” said Jane Ellis, Executive Director of the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We’re really looking forward to receiving it. This is such a great opportunity to show off what an amazing place Brown County is.”

With a long list of sites to cover and a slew of enthusiastic hikers, Brown County has big plans for the Google Street View Trekker. Not only is Brown County going to be a prime spot to admire the leaves this fall, but now the spectacular colors will be available year round on Google Maps thanks to the Trekker.

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