Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or 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 and "treasure," usually toys or trinkets of little value. Today, well over 440,000 geocaches are registered on various websites devoted to the sport. Geocaches are currently placed in 222 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica. (Thank you, Wikipedia)
I had seen this on another blog, and thought it looked like a cool hobby to get into, family friendly too! We found a good deal on a GPS unit (Art's been wanting one for months anyway, for when he drives up North) and today the kids and I tried it out.
It was a lot of fun! We went into the Westminster Ponds with Shelleen Blokker and Cody and Brett, and hunted down our first Geocache.
There is a website (geochaching.com) where you can search for geocaches near you. You then download the coordinates to your GPS and go treasure hunting! The site also tells you what is in the caches, so you can bring along appropriate items to trade. Some are so small there is only a log to sign, but this one had a bunch of kid-friendly items.
It was a lot of fun, but next time I will definitely leave Natalie behind, she did not enjoy it. We had to go about 100meters off the path through dense brush, which Tim and Cody thought was GREAT! Natalie....not so much. Anyway, it was a great hiking day, we found the cache, and got some nice fall photo shots of the kids in the woods.
Cody found the Geocache!
And some neat shots of the kids: