I must be living under a Rock =)

Seriously ~ why am I always the last one to  learn about cool things?

just call me the Pokey Little Puppy ~ ok ~

alrightygoodthen =)

Do you all know what Geocaching is??   =)

See I knew it.

I AM the last one again!!

I felt the same way when I discovered blogging last winter!

Alrightygoodthen

moving on

to give credit where credit is due folks

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JayFhgHu_BY/TB7Y0Y3MxvI/AAAAAAAABVE/fE-KNZ56CG4/s1600/IMG_1989.JPG

Tammy ~ From Tammy’s Two Cents ~

we are good friends you see ~

so I am hoping she doesn’t mind

I just STOLE this picture off her blog!!  =)

Tammy ~ is introducing me to All kinds of Crazy Fun

Fun that I had NO IDEA existed!

Tammy you are Wonderful ~ see ~ don’t ever doubt it!!  =)

How did I live my life without you!??

OK ~ to the point here folks is this ~

Tammy not only introduced me to blogging

but she introduced me to Geocaching!!

She told me about all the fun her family was having with it …

so I asked the blond question…(since I am blond I can say that)

“what IS geocaching” ??

and she didn’t even laugh at me!  you are swell Tammy!

So for Father’s Day ~  we went and bought a Geocaching GPS …

One that  Tammy told me about!!

apparently ~ I would jump off a bridge if she told me too!!

Hubby was not expecting it…

I took a leap of faith buying it because  he LOVES playing with his kids…

Really he is an AMAZING daddy ~ AMAZING!

I am BLESSED beyond measure!!  *swoon swoon*

anyway … he was surprised and maybe a little skeptical …

But he embraced it … and he jumped right in !

Tammy =)  told us about a Geocache within walking distance to our house

SO … naturally we did that one first!

that dog even got to come  for this one =)

Daddy showed Abby how to follow the GPS

and we were off!

how sweet is that!  =)

*sigh*

it didn’t take us long to find it…

the clues were right up our alley!!   literally ~ ha ha

*ahem*  =)

WAIT  ~ how rude of me ~

maybe you all don’t know about Geocaching

maybe I am not alone!  =)

Geocaching is a fun hiking adventure game ~a treasure seeking game

After you buy a hand held GPS

you go onto the geocaching website

www.geocaching.com

On the website you find locations to go and hunt for goecaches

here they explain it better than I do…

“Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.”

Geocaching is SO much fun!!

and my kids who don’t like to hike~ (the  little whiners!)

they don’t even really like to go walking on trails

***giving Sammy a bit of credit here … with his low vision … and low muscle tone… tall grass, branches and bushes  hit him in the face A Lot!!  and he trips on roots more than the average bear  =(   but he endured it… and tackled his fear…

HE  even ENJOYed it!!

They both really really liked it!!

We are officially addicted!  =)

and then

the little boy learned to use this high techy device ~

he had to hold it a little close to his face

but he could read it ~ blessing!!

We successfully found a 2nd treasure  =)

and then a 3rd !!

Oh ~ right ~ you can’t “take” the geocache

you open it up

and sign the log book

with your clever geocaching name

This one was the RedCap goblin  =)

the “clue” (story)  was a bit disturbing

so we didn’t exactly share it with the kids completely!

You CAN exchange treasures within the cache

of equal value… McDonalds toy for McDonalds toy…

we were not totally prepared but we dug through the JUNK drawer

and since one of our planned Geocaches was a goblin theme

and we happen to have these cute little ghosts from Halloween

we exchanged a ghost for this plastic craft heart

Our friends from Tammy’s Two Cents actually found this one too

they told us later that they left behind a match box car

this one had about 10 “treasures” to exchange with… =)

I think the kids liked it since …

they begged…

“please Please can we do one more??  Please Daddy?!!”

Our Geomate Jr Geocaching GPS  tells you where the next 20 are…

so we found the nearest one

and ventured out without looking it up on the geocache website

we blindly followed the GPS

into the deep dark forest

and found ourselves on a path of BONES


what on earth have we gotten ourselves into??

seriously a SEA of Bones… YIKES!

it was a little disturbing

creepy

weird

the hip bone is connected to the thigh bone

the thigh bone is connected to the knee bone

the knee bone is connected to the shin bone ??

*shudder*

In all Fairness ~ I was creeped out by this one ~

but the cache was fine

and I am not sure the bones were connected to the cache??

We still need to go to the web and read the story (clue)

(remember we did this one by coordinates ONLY)

The cache did have a creep looking Fast food chain toy

(hello? McDonalds, Burger King?  I am not impressed)

We had 2 of the CUTE not scary ghosts …

so we exchanged a ghost for fake gold coins…

given the creepyness of the bones we felt it was appropriate!

oh ~ You need to put the cache back in the same spot you found it!!

so the clues work for the next geocaching explorer!  =)

We high tailed it out of creepy bone land…

but we were not discouraged…

Geocaching is SO Much FUN!!  =)

We were wet by the end of the 4th cache…

soggy feet and all

we went home with smiles on our faces!!

I really should have dressed a little nicer

and put on makeup …to explore in the deep dark forest

since I was bound to end up in ONE picture!  =)

keepin it real folks

There I am in all my glory

*cough*

on a lazy wet Sunday afternoon!

ok ok maybe not lazy!

My official Opinion about Geocaching is:

This Exciting Treasure Seeking Crazy Fun

is  NOT for the Birds folks!!

just leave them to worm collecting!!

(photo taken in my back yard last night..hello birdie!)

If you have never gone Geocaching ~ I highly recommend it!!

We are 41, 39, 9 and 8 ~ and we LOVE it!!  =)

We bought the GeoMateJr. hand held Goecaching GPS

From Target!!

Apisphere Geomate Jr. Geocaching Handheld GPS - Green

it is super doooper easy to use !

Right now Target and REI carry it!  =)

Just in case you are inspired by my post

and want to run out and buy one…

because maybe I taught you something exciting…

indirectly through Tammy!!  =)

How did I ever live without Tammy, Bloggging and Geocaching??  =)

We are going to base the rest our summer around Geocaching ~

we love it that much!

Oh ~ I mean we are going to incorporate it into the rest of our summer fun!

Cannon Beach

Eastern Washington

The peninsula

and …

We are hoping to visit the Red Wood Forest this summer ~  =)

Tent Camping and all!

So this will be the perfect addition to our Northern California adventure!

Our log book signature is the Treasure Seekers ~

original I know…

we have brilliant kids =)

OK ~

I have to ask ~

I need to know ~

How Many of You already know about Geocaching???

How many of you HAVE geocached before??!!

I am going back under my rock now!    =)

23 Responses | Add your Own

  • 1 naomig yazmış:

    Geocaching is pretty cool. I did know about it, and we’ve done a little bit of it. We usually do our own thing in the woods though. Some of our overlanding/offroading magazines hide certificates for free car parts, etc., so those are usually the one’s that we look for. 🙂

  • 2 abby yazmış:

    I have heard the word but I’ve never know what it actually was. That sounds like a lot of fun!! What a great Fathers day gift and a great way to spend fathers day!

  • 3 blueviolet yazmış:

    I’ve never done it myself but my daughter has done it several times, and she would attest to the fact that yes, it is addictive!

  • 4 Jules yazmış:

    I have never heard of this before. It sounds like a lot of fun! Your kids are at the perfect age for this…

  • 5 Julianne yazmış:

    We teachers LOVE geocaching!! I always tell my kids about it and their families, educational and exciting 🙂

  • 6 Dina @ 4 Lettre Words yazmış:

    I was just telling my hubby about it! I know Sam would love, love, love it.

    Great finds!

  • 7 Darcie yazmış:

    That is seriously TOO cool! I had not heard of it, so now I guess I am the last one to have heard of it…thanks for sharing.

  • 8 Mrs. Dunbar yazmış:

    I’ve never heard of it before but it sounds like a lot of fun. I have learned so many cool things through blogging.

  • 9 Lily yazmış:

    I have never heard of that either, but it sounds like so much fun!! Maybe that can be the boys bday gift this year =)

  • 10 Tammy yazmış:

    You are a goof you know!!!

    Glad you liked it, I would of been hiding under a rock myself if you hated it!

  • 11 Amanda @ Serenity Now yazmış:

    How much fun is that???!!! 🙂

  • 12 Lori yazmış:

    Creepy bones! Looks like you had a great time, though. My daughter took a homeschool geocaching class in the spring and renamed it “geohunting.” 🙂 Enjoy your new hobby!

  • 13 He & Me + 3 yazmış:

    I knew about it but have yet to try it. My friend Step does it all the time. They love it. Looks like you all will be going Geocaching a lot now. FUN

  • 14 Cindy yazmış:

    your not alone, I don’t know what geocaching is either. Although I have a friend who does it all the time. I think this is something that me and my hubby would most likely really enjoy! Looks like you all had a blast of fun on your little adventure.

    I wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a wonderful comment. I really hope you will stop in again. 🙂

    Have a wonderful rest of the week and wonderful weekend.
    Hugs,
    Cindy

  • 15 Sarah - Citified Country Girl yazmış:

    How fun!! I’ve never heard of this. I hope your family has a great time with the new gadget. 🙂

  • 16 KK yazmış:

    Yeah….I actually know about it! The dude who bought our trail-a-bike (a long time ago) was doing it with his kid. Now you just need an ipod and you’ll be complete for this “techie” moment. Love ya-K

  • 17 Lindsay yazmış:

    HI Jenn
    I have heard about geocaching before but it was lovely to see your pictures and actually see you all doing it. It looks like so much fun.
    Lindsay
    x

  • 18 Lindsay yazmış:

    HI Jenn
    I have heard about geocaching before but it was lovely to see your pictures and actually see you all doing it. It looks like so much fun. I would love to go geocaching one day.
    Lindsay
    x

  • 19 Jen Gacek yazmış:

    i have heard of geocaching but I have never done it. everyone that does it says it’s a lot of fun. definitely something to do once the kids are a bit older!

  • 20 Mikki yazmış:

    How fun!! I’ve heard about geocaching but we’ve never done it. Looks like you had a GREAT time!!

  • 21 Pennie yazmış:

    Aaron’s been geocaching with his dad and grandpa and cousin since he was about 8 or 9 (so for about 5 or 6 years now) and we do it when we go camping, now, once in a while…you can go on-line and print out geocaching sites for ANYWHERE! Our hometown has an annual geocaching event every year and the twin cities has one during their winter carnival. it’s a big deal.

  • 22 Steph yazmış:

    My family found out about this great activity about 5 mon ago. My kids and I love it, my husband, not so much. We have a geomate jr, and I stole my husbands Garmin that he uses while hunting. BTW you were “featured” on the geomate jr page on facebook 😉 , congrats and happy caching!

  • 23 Apt. Dweller yazmış:

    I have been geocaching for about a year and really enjoy it. At 63 yrs. old its still fun getting out and bushwaking for the find. Great fun.

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