Monday, March 12, 2007

Geocaching or Hunting for Treasure!

So, yes, I am a geek. A few months ago I finally got my stuff together to go geo-caching. For the uninitiated, geocaching is like a scavenger hunt with people you don't know. Basically, someone takes a waterproof container, puts some stuff it in (usually a logbook, pencil, and some tchotchkies) and hides it. They then post the coordinates on the Internet. Then you, with your trusty GPS, download the coordinates and attempt to find it. When you do, you sign the log book and trade an item they have for one that you leave.

Anyway, I had wanted to do this for a while, and Christmas 2005 got a GPS. I was so excited. About 8 months later I actually opened the box, reread my Geocaching for Dummies, and was ready to go. I did my first few forays with some girlfriends when we were away for the weekend without kids and hubbies. They were totally just humoring me, but I was hooked. I really like it! Using the GPS is cool, searching and finding is cool, sort of being in touch with a bunch of people you don't even know is kind of cool.

Now I've gotten the kids into it. They call it "Hunting for Treasure", and we save up happy meal toys and other trinkets for them to trade. The best part, as we have found, is not just the hiding and seeking, but the places that we've found on the way. Lots of new playgrounds and parks, some cool amphitheaters near us, and lots of other stuff. Just yesterday, while on two failed treasure hunts, we found a nature conservatory pond. Right around it was the weirdest sound -- i was convinced it was wild turkeys. Nope..it was dozens and dozens of these really freaky frogs, who would only start squawking when you were really quiet. The kids loved, it and we thought it was pretty neat too. As my DH said, sometimes you find a treasure different from the one you are looking for!

For more info on geocaching, visit www.geocaching.com. I highly recommend it as a great way to get outside and enjoy time with your family!

4 comments:

Josh said...

So, are you going to get Steph a cool GPS or what!??!!

I just want to make sure it does driving directions for her as well :)

Mordermi said...

lol...Justin wants one of those kind too...

Stephanie said...

hoping to get some geocaching stuff off freecycle, but no GPS. What's up with that! If you want to make your own cache it includes waterproof containers! I'll let you know..

3XMom said...

oh yay! We have a few caches in mind we want to plant...