Saturday, June 06, 2009

Show & Tell #36

This week's Show & Tell is about Geocaching. In case you don't want to click over, essentially Geocaching is a combination of hiking and treasure hunting. I especially love the hiking aspect, and it is something that my friend Ana and I can do with my son Michael. He likes the treasure hunting aspect of it. Yesterday was a great day for it. We went out and hiked along a local pond. We had information on where a Cache had been hidden and we were using Ana's GPS to find it. It was an enjoyable hike, the weather being somewhat cool (sweatshirt weather--my favorite type!). Being spring still, it was wonderful to see all the blossoms, the new life--baby ducks, geese, swans. We saw all sorts of wildlife, including a woodchuck, some chipmunks and squirrels.

I really enjoy nature trails and hiking, and I really needed the exercise, too!

Things we also saw along our hike (all pictures taken by my phone):

A ruined house in the midst of the woods. Wow, if I had been a child living around here, I would have been at this ruin every day! It was way cool!

Geese with their babies.

Oh, and Michael found his first Geocache!

We opened the container, looked at the swag (various little trinkets, etc.). If you want something from the container, you have to swap items. Even if you do not swap items, you do enter your name into a log book which is in the container and then you put the container back.

Later, we went to the local ice cream parlor and Michael had ice cream and we hid our own cache somewhere near the ice cream place.

I really had fun and look forward to doing more Geocaching with my son and friend.

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Lollipop Goldstein said...

This is so cool! I've never heard of it before. Is there a main website where people list their cache? How do you find out if there is one in your area? I really want to do this.

Cara said...

I've never heard of it before either, although - admittedly - I'm not much of a hiker.

I DO love the give/take concept. Really a great learning experience to go with your exercise!

Mrs. Gamgee said...

I've heard of this before, but it seems like it's just catching on in my area. My bookstore has been getting a fair number of requests for books on geocaching. Some of my friends in urban areas go geocaching on their lunch breaks. Very Cool!

areyoukiddingme said...

That sounds like fun!

Fertilized said...

We love love love Caching too!

Lavender Luz said...

Sounds like a great afternoon! Love that stone house.

I've heard of it but now I want to DO it.

Malky B. said...

love the baby geese!

Kristin said...

That sounds like so much FUN! I'm going to have to see if they do that around here.

The Steadfast Warrior said...

I know people who've done geocaching. I am so thinking about joining the fun. Looks like you guys had a blast

Parenthood For Me said...

What a great thing to do. Oh I am such a sucker for baby ducks and goslings! Thanks for the photos.

JuliaS said...

This has always sounded so fun to me!

Looks like you had a good time. :0)

Cassandra said...

I also like the give/take idea. And the combination of technology and outdoor exercise.

Ana said...

YES IT IS FUN!! and I had a blast with you and michael even though i'm sorry he didn't want "mom" written in the log. he's getting too big! Oh and for all of you who asked. the website is you need a recreational GPS (not the driving kind) to play but they are cheap ($100 at wal mart and you can get an Etrex... I have the legend model) it's great fun and a fantastic way to get some exercise! now I just have to remember to get my GPS back from April's house :)