Geocaching

Monday, October 29, 2007
A few months ago, I read about geocaching here. Becky's boys looked like they were having a lot of fun and it seemed like something my boys would enjoy. I mentioned it to Dave (hubby, geologist, hike-loving kinda guy) and thought he would be all over it. I was wrong. He was not at all interested. Then a few months later Harry was looking at a book from the library about Myan treasures. He said, "I wish we could find treasures." I told him he could. I said, "ask Daddy to get a GPS and take you geocaching." Well, Dave became interested, researched it all and finally broke down and bought the GPS. The boys and Kate had gone to find a few "treasures" but Scout and I were still muggles (non-geocachers). Last weekend our WHOLE family went looking for two caches'. I found one and Will found the other. Even though I am not an outdoorsy, hike-loving kinda gal, I have to admit, it was fun!

26 comments:

  1. I was just looking into this last week. I remembered reading it on Becky's blog too. Southern Living magazine did a write-up on it this month. Bryce is dying to go (as I knew he would). Not so sure about Richard (or me for that matter). The other thing is, there really aren't alot of "hikes" around here. Glad you had fun.

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  2. Looks like a fun family outing! Glad you had fun too! Its nice to find fun things to do outdoors this time of year. Have a blessed week!

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  3. I've never heard of such a thing, but did some investigating. I think DH and the boy would love this, and DH recently got a GPS. Sounds like a great adventure! Not sure how much there is around here, since Maine is so wooded and spread out. Time for more research!

    Looks like so much fun!

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  4. I am SO glad you had me come look - HOW FUN!!! It is great family time, isn't it!?!? AND I am proud - even you found one - way to go Mom!!! Now you'll have to keep us posted - there is a geocaching website where you can go and log all of your finds - the boys love to do that when we get home each time!! SO FUN!!!

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  5. That sounds pretty fun and I'm not one bit outdoorsy, either.

    Kim, you look gorgeous even when you're out hiking in the woods. How do I look with green eyes (from envy)???? :o)

    Have a great day!
    Lisa

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  6. Lisa,

    You are my new best friend! Thank you. I musy admit though.... I photograph better than I look in real life---trust me on that!

    Your green eyes are very pretty (and kind)! LOL!

    Kim

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  7. What a fun adventure for the whole family. Two treasures in one day.... Woohoo!

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  9. Looks like lots of fun! Isabella and Bob would have enjoyed every moment of this.

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  10. I better research this too. It looks like something my boys would enjoy doing! Have a great week!

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  11. What a fun idea! I've never heard of it either.

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  12. What a fun thing to do! Looks like you all had a great time.

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  13. Thanks for posting about this. I've wondered how you get started in it. My family would love this! Will & Harry got great prizes!

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  14. Very neat....
    Looks like a lot of fun..
    Love the pictures...
    Have a Wonderful Day...
    Kim

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  15. Kim,

    I read what you posted on Danielle's site. I am really speechless and deeply honored that you would do that. Thank you so much. That was beyond kind and generous of you, my friend. I also read what you posted on my Osborn Odds 'N Ends blog. I didn't know you grew up in Bucks County, although I did remember reading you have relatives in PA. Small world...

    Would you mind emailing me your contact info to me at LDO68@earthlink.net? I promise to keep the stalking to a minimum. :o)

    Thank you so much for everything.

    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  16. What is it? I don't really understand but am curious! The pictures look like a lot of fun.

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  17. My bf Cara's kids did this for a couple years . . . and still occassionally do. It was a great "with dad" activity. Did you know that you can also "plant" caches that other people find? My friend's oldest son started doing this once he'd been hunting for awhile. He loved being in charge of a cache and making sure it met all the rules and then watching who found it.

    I am super impressed you participated too!! (And with a pretty necklace on.)

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  18. What a blast! Exploring at its best.

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  20. I am totally clueless to what this is all about. I remember Becky telling us about it last year.....but yeah...outdoors, hiking, mud, bugs.....way out of my element! lol You go girl! ;)

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  21. So fun. My husband just bought a GPS so we will have to try out Geocaching with it. We did it with our friends about a year ago and the kids loved it. People even put them in their yards and watch as different people try & find the treasure. Not sure if I would want people in my yard but the idea is kind of cool. So glad you guys had a good time.

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  23. So I'm not sure what exactly this geocaching is. You're out looking for boxes? In the woods. Ok. Well, I'm sure the boys had fun. You and Kate are troopers for going along.

    I have to say I genuinely appreciate the fact that you aren't one of those woodsy people. I can think of lots of other things I'd rather do. But I am glad you had fun.

    Glad we could talk today while we drove around in minivans dropping off and picking up children. :)
    I hope you're feeling better.

    I will call you tomorrow. Before the witching hour. J got the apartment, so we won't need to search tomorrow. I will have time to chat.

    I really think you should get a short clip of Kate saying here, dickers, hi, and mommy. Her sweet little voice melts my heart.

    xoxo,

    Danielle

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  24. Go to geocaching.com Explanations and other links are there. Or of course, google geocaching. Caches can be in National Parks, State Parks, City Parks, City Intersections, parking lots, and virtually anyplace accessible to the public. If you're an urbanite, geocaches are there, too. They are more of a "find the landmark" thing, based of course on latitude and longitude. On a recent trip to a large city, we found two caches which were both landmarks - one a memorial and one a sculpture. We had the lat and long and whoa....at the intersection of Main and Elm (at the lat and long given) was a sculpture to look at, appreciate, and learn from. The woods ones are more fun...a treasure hunt using technology (good for dads) and take something-leave something(good for kids), and hiking...good for togetherness and health.
    I guess this is my cameo appearance. THE Dave.

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  25. Geocaching is great fun. My wife and I started a few months ago. It gets us outdoors more often, we have been to places that we have never been before and we have met a great bunch of other people - Geocachers. Get involved, you'll like it. :)

    If you would like to find out more about Geocaching check out this great resource called Geocaching Online It has a regularly updated blog and hundreds of links to how-to's, information and more.

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  26. What a great sport! We've been doing it for a while now. We even logged a couple when we were in China for Hope's adoption. WELCOME to the non-muggle community. :)

    Beth

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