Monday, November 28, 2011

Geocaching: The Real-World Outdoor Treasure Hunting Game

Enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with my lovely family.
So many fun things happened over the weekend but this
 particular post is about our geocaching adventure
with Dad, Mom and the kids.

In case you didn't know,
geocaching is a global game of hide-and-seek
 for global positioning system (GPS) users.
Participants hide geocaches and then others,
 using global positioning satellites, seek out the hidden caches.
In addition, players move traceable items from cache to cache all over the world.


 That's my family on the left, and a flower (which I just happened to think was pretty) on the right.


Mom (above) with her walking stick down by the creek.
This was the day before the adventure, Thanksgiving Day.


This (above) was the trail on which the cache was found.
"Cache" is short for geocache.



Did you know that there are 1,586,594 active geocaches and over 5 million geocachers worldwide.
Those are the official numbers as of right now, as I write this very sentence, 
per the official Geocaching website.


Dads GPS must have sent him to the correct latitude and longitude for the given cache we were hunting because this was where the walking stopped.
Of course, I was too busy taking pictures to pay attention to the GPS,
and lagging behind all the others.
But Hannah and Dad stopped and began looking around...


I am pretty sure it was at this very moment that Dad quickly spotted the treasure.
It was "hidden" in plain sight, in a five gallon bucket,
right there only a few feet away from where we were standing!


And there it is!
Now let's open the treasure chest!


Excitement!!!




Above is the log book, this is where people who have found the lost treasure sign in to say "HI!".


This is Dad signing the log book and the kids checking out all the goodies!


I thought it was appropriate that the first thing we pulled out was this tin box
with a picture of some kids playing in the snow.
The box said "Happy Holidays!".


This cache was a level one, on a scale of one to five.
A level one being the easiest to discover and a level five being the most difficult to discover.


My daughter found this picture frame and set of wax lips. The Comedian.


The box was filled with tons of little nic nacs, but my favorite was this bookmark that read,
 "Believe in Yourself!"


Laural picked out the fireman puppy dog.

Rachel found a Hot Wheels racecar, and Hannah found a small piece of tile
which she said would be added to her rock collection.



The girls also enjoyed playing on the old fallen logs and trees surrounding the treasures location.


We replaced the taken treasures with new ones, much nicer ones in fact,
  rehid the cache and headed out for more holiday shopping! Ugh!!!



What the heck is Geocaching? Find out all you need to know.
Click here for the complete Guide.

2 comments:

  1. omgoodness...these pics make me sad that i wasnt with you guys!! i know you guys had fun! mom is so funny and looks happy, and i saw a smile on daddy!!! i love this kind of stuff with dad. the kids will never forget it, back in our day instead of geocaching it was bmx and mtn bikes and the old yellow suzuki trail bike. im so glad you guys had fun.

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  2. Great loot! We are one of those 5 million cachers...and we love it! Haven't come across any caches that large in quite a while...I'm sure the kiddos had a blast!

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