Skip to main content

Geocaching: Potential Family Hobby

Say the words "treasure hunt" and my kids are locked in. They are at the perfect age (five and eight) for geocaching. If you had asked me a year ago if I was going to take my kids geocaching this weekend I would have looked at you like you were making up a word. I honestly hadn't heard of it. But thanks to the world of Twitter, I stumbled on this fun activity for all ages. Equipment needed: a GPS and a spirit of adventure.

If you are like I was and you're learning a new word today, congratulations! Here's the scoop: Geocaching is an international treasure hunt that uses coordinates (latitude and longitude) to hide and find "caches." A cache can range in size from micro (think the size of your pinkie finger nail) to large (bigger than a shoe box) and anything in between. A cache consists of a log to be signed and dated when you find it (the smallest caches are logs only) and some kind of item for trade. The idea is "take something, leave something."

Even with my limited knowledge I was able to set up an account at Geocaching.com and get started. You'll need an account to have access to the coordinates for caches hidden in your area. I was shocked to find that even at my local parks where we walk and play regularly there were caches hidden! This is not a new game, people have been playing for years and you'll discover this when you read the log at a found cache. The ones we found were over 5 years old.



We started by looking up 4 caches on the website. I wrote down coordinates, the name of the cache, and the clue. In hindsight it would have been smart to write down the cache size also... I would do that if I were you. Then we dressed for adventure! Kids packed water bottles and snacks along with items they were willing to trade if the opportunity presented itself. Besides the GPS, it is recommended that you bring along a pencil (and paper) just in case there is not one at the cache you find.

In our first geocache adventure our success rate was 50% - we found two of the four and it really was fun for all of us! Our favorite was the "Reynolds Landing Pen and Pencil Exchange." We will definitely be treasure hunting again and hope to find more friends to play along. Our next challenge will be to hide our own treasure!

Do you geocache? Tell us about it.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Frisco's Wassail Days

Friends, 
I'm so excited to bring you the details of this family event in Frisco, Colorado! Nothing says Christmas like getting up into the beautiful Rocky Mountains and celebrating the holidays nestled in a cozy town with your closest friends and family. Fresh snow. Lighted trees. Sleigh rides. Visits with Santa.
And it all starts with the Santa Dash for Cash - a 1K "fun run" in which all participants must wear Santa gear! The run is TOMORROW and when you register at www.wassaildays.com you will receive a Frisco Santa shirt, a Santa hat and at the end of the run you will receive a stocking full of goodies including Wassail Cash (the official currency of Wassail Days that can be used at local restaurants and retailers) and a FREE pass for a ½ hour of tubing at the Frisco Adventure Park Tubing Hill. What a deal!!

Wassail Days is going on all week long (Dec 3-11). Start a new tradition with this annual event that has something for everyone in your family! (And, if you can&#…

Mom Spot: Living Green Tip

I have one word for today:

compost
Anyone can do it, anywhere, any time of the year. Countertop composting may be your best option if you live in  a small place. But believe me, you want to get this stuff out of the house as soon as possible. Seriously.
That's why what you really need to know about is what goes in there and where to put it. I've read books on the subject (yes, actual entire books) and here's what it boils down to: Get yourself a good collection bin for inside and a realistic spot to put it outside (I use an old plastic ice cream container by my sink and then a standard bin with lid in my garden.)Stick with vegetable and fruit debris primarily along with egg shells and coffee grounds.Although coffee grounds can go directly to the dirt, all else needs time to decompose. Give it no more than 3 days inside and then get it where it needs to go!So where should it go? In a bin, in a ditch, or on a pile. You choose. (If you live in an apartment, don't think this i…

Psalm 16

This Psalm has been blessing me. I pray it will bless you too. Thanks to BibleGateway.com for making it so easy to share these beautiful words with you.16 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.” 3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight. 4 The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names on my lips. 5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. 7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my