Tuesday, September 05, 2006
We Made It Back
We made it back from the beach today. Normally it would be very difficult to pry ourselves away. However, we woke up this morning to thunder, lightning and rain so there would be no final walk in the sand.
When we arrived home, we decided to end our vacation with a little treasure hunt. There is a cache located in one of our town’s oldest cemetaries. Carmi had studied up over the weekend on using the GPS device so we found this stash with relative ease.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
A New Hobby
We have discovered a new family hobby and it’s called Geocaching.
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System 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 monetary value.
Armed with a small GPS receiver that Carmi bought off of the bulletin board at work, we went on our very first treasure hunt this evening. There is a cache hidden in the woods at one of the parks in town. We had been looking for a while and had decided to head back to the car when, with sunlight fading fast, I noticed an odd-looking ‘log’ buried under leaves. I touched the ‘log’ with the tip of my shoe and could tell that this was no ordinary woodsy item.
Carmi and Eliana came over and we picked up what turned out to be a camoflouged container of some sort. Eliana couldn’t wait to open it up and when she did, she discovered several little trinkets inside including a little blue, stuffed Neopet from McDonalds which she confiscated. Following the rules of geocaching, Carmi replaced the item we took with another equally valueless item.
I think we’re hooked.
You can find out all you want to know about it at the official Geocaching website.