Sunday, March 14, 2010


Today, I woke up with the crazy idea--to take the kids and ourselves on our very first geocaching trip.  If you are unfamiliar with geocaching,  geocaching is described as:

"...a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment."

I downloaded a geocaching app on my phone last night, and after our time change this morning, we were ready to go!  There were several within a mile of our home- but, since we can't cut straight thru--they were within 2 miles.  Anyway, the whole way I was hoping that we would be able to find the cache and that it had not been compromised....and also, that there would be something that would excited our 2 children, who had brought their own things to leave behind. 

After a long walk, on one of our first beautiful days-- we arrived at the coordinates.  We looked and looked around--not knowing exactly what we were looking for.  Then, "daddy," spotted the cache-- and we looked inside.  Jaxen found a very cool Sheriff's badge and a pencil sharpener.  Alexis found a fairy and a pencil sharpener.  To a 3 year old and a 4 year old, these were treasures beyond measure.  They left the treasures that they brought--and we headed back home. 

The kids loved the treasure hunt, and are looking forward to our next one.  I think Daddy had a good time too-- what guy doesn't like to go on a treasure hunt?  Of course, after the long walk and all of the adventure--the kids and daddy were wiped out!  They fell asleep together, on the chair in the living room.  :)

If you are interested in trying geocaching on your own, go to for more information and to find caches in your area.  And, if you have a smartphone, no need for a gps, just use your phone!

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