Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Geocashing Adventure

Today I decided to switch things up a bit for our school day . . . we went geocaching.

I know many of you are wondering, What is Geocaching . . .

Geocaching /ˈˌkæʃɪŋ/ is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world.
A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook (with a pen or pencil). The geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little financial value, although sometimes they are sentimental. Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarkingtrigpointingorienteeringtreasure-huntingletterboxing, and waymarking.

So, we all headed off in search of "treasure". We had to use our heads and a GPS, follow the compass and be "geography" savy. The first snag we ran into - the little Magellan GPS units weren't allowing us to key in the coordinates we were looking for. We struggle with that a while and then decided to use my iphone. While the boys were searching, I finally figured out how to add coordinates! Yay Me!

The first location we found ZILCH . . . well, unless you want to include those little round burr things that stick to your shoe strings, socks and fuzzy puppy.

The boys weren't discouraged at not finding anything. I put the second set of coordinates in my iphone and the boys took off like rockets. I stayed close, but wanted to give them a little space and freedom to "find treasure". The went into some trees ~ I could hear them talking to one another. I also could hear them say . . . I am going to go tell mommy how far we are. I sat a listened, smiling at the thoughtfulness of my youngest. When he came out from the trees I was surprised to see it was my two youngest coming to report. EJ was protecting Cody from getting lost. I smiled as they ran back into the trees. The next thing I heard was . . . Ryan, are you lost? We are right here, where are you? 

Needless to say, they did not find their "treasure" nor did they get lost. I was prepared to head into the trees at the slightest sound of fright in their voices.

We headed to our third attempt. Cody took the lead on this one and immediately headed toward the treasures location. In fact, he was pretty right on! I was thrilled for them!!! 

Beckett and I followed along for this one. We received plenty of exercise, let me tell you! 

Anyway, the boys searched and search trying to find the location of this treasure. I tried to remind them to search high and low, side to side and around every tree. The cache had a few clues that I quickly passed onto the boys. It wasn't long until I heard . . . I FOUND IT!!! Yes indeed, Cameron found the treasure. He noted the spot it was found and brought the cache treasure into the open so everyone could see it.

The boys emerged from the trees, ready to open their treasure.

Beckett was excited to see what was in it too!

A paper tablet, pencil, coin, stamper and hotdog trinket.

 Time to put it all back for the next explorers.

Our Happy Explorers!

As we were walking back to the car I hear . . .

"Can we do another one now?"

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