Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Just for YOU, LAURA! (Geocaching, what is it?)
My sweet friend Laura is always like "WHAT IS THIS YOUR DOING!" when I post about Geocaching.
So today we spent the day caching Laura! Enjoy this post. :)
You go to www.Geocaching.com and get an account. Once you have an account you can search for caches in your area and see the coordinates. The cache can be a tiny piece of paper rolled into a little container or a box full of tiny trinkets and toys.
The first cache we went on was to a local rodeo/cowboy place in our area. I looked up caches in my area and wrote down the coordinates. The man called this one "Cowboy's need cache too" because he said his son had worked at a local restuarant and the cowboys NEVER tipped well. Hee hee. The clue was in the title as it often is. the cache meant cash, hence the tips his son never had. :)
You put the numbers into the GPS system, these are bogus numbers of course.
And then you click GO!
And drive to the point of destination. The GPS can get you RIGHT on the cache or very close to it. It just depends.
Here is a photo of the place it was at.
It was hidden in the light post near an ATM, cowboys need cache you know! LOL!
The box was a magnetic key holder with a little paper inside. You take it out and sign it. These are called micro caches.
After signing you put it all back the way you found it and log it on the site as found and when you found it.
Then it was on to cache #2 of the day.
My GPS has a little checkered flag to mark the spot, sort of like the traditional X the pirates would use. *LAUGH* I am too corny, I know.
This one was called BarFoot Twins. The road we found it on was Barfoot Road. When I saw the trees I knew we had found our twins. ;)
Then you search! The boys were into the many rocks (crystals) all over and the mating love bugs on the golden rod so I found this one. ;) Let those boys enjoy a new place. :)
I found it! Sometimes they are hidden under leaf clutter or sticks. This one was a lock box with treats inside.
Of course when you find the treasure the boys come running to look inside after my hard work. *wink*
This is what it looks like when you open the box.
I put these in...
And since this wasn't a good cache for the kids, meaning no treats they liked, I did take the highlighter. I needed a pink one for Eli's blood sugar charts anyway.
Sign and date the log.
Put it all back together and put it the way you found it.
Be sure to take cute photos of your kids!
This last one is called Reflections.
Can you tell why? Well, cause there is a little cache hidden here!
It was hidden in an old fim canister.
Here is my Mattmos putting it back the way it was after I signed the log. The kids and I stayed in the car because it was a quick park and cache. And the massive mosquitoes were out and swarming in this area. My hubby enjoys the neat ones like this anyway. Let him have it. :)
Okay Mrs. Laura, now you know about Geocaching! I bet your hubby would love it and he drives all over so he could get them all the time!