Last year our oldest grandchildren went on a homeschool field trip and learned all about geocaching. They fell in love with this sport/hobby and really wanted their family to get involved.
Geocaching, according to the official website,” 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.”
Our grandchildren got a handheld GPS device for Christmas and they brought it to our home last week so we could go geocaching.
It turns out there are 7 geocaches listed in our area. So we packed in the car and drove to the first site. Paul, our son, carried the GPS device and all of us followed close behind. We headed to the local lake and the instructions told us which direction to walk and how far we had to go-so we took off.
We had no idea the first part of this quest would be the easiest trek of the day. The paved walk was very misleading for the remainder of this quest. The instructions said we were looking for a small tube with the coordinates for the final cache inside.
Caleb found the tube velcroed to the under side of a wooden bench on the walking trail.
Paul recorded the coordinates we would need to continue on our quest. Lauren replaced the tube so it would be available for the next geocacher.
Now that we had the coordinates we headed for the real adventure of trying to find the cache. We walked around the lake and headed into the woods.
This proved to be a very difficult trek.
The woods were thick and the coordinates led us to the foot of this:
A swampy area that was impassable without rubber boots and, of course, none of us had them. So our first try at geocaching was a bust.
Not to be discouraged we retraced our steps-not an easy thing to do. The sticker bushes and downed trees made these woods very difficult to navigate. However, we survived and returned to the car to record our failure to find the geocache and headed to the next site.
Our adventures will continue soon. Read about our second adventure here.