geocaching expedition #1

Posted on July 8th, 2013 by mountain girl  |  11 Comments »

We went geocaching for the first time today!

In case you haven’t heard of it, geocaching is like going on a treasure hunt. The geocache is a container filled with odds and ends which you find either with a GPS device or by following a map. Once you find the cache, you open it, see what’s inside, sign and date the log, and replace the cache where you found it.

I checked the national geocache registry to find a cache hidden near us. Lo and behold, there was one at our local park! It had been hidden in 2006, and the last time someone found it was yesterday.

So off we set on our hunt…

We checked the landmarks on the geocache map and started looking.

There it is–in plain sight, but camouflaged.

Zia pulled it out.

Yay!

Even Cash felt our victory, though he was probably bewildered by us adding the prefix “geo” to his name so many times.

It was a beat-up canister covered with camo duct tape.

There was an odd assortment of things inside: a green tea drink packet, a receipt, a hair clip, 2 marbles, a crumpled business card.

We signed the log.

The rules are that if you take something, you need to replace it with something of equal or greater value.Ā  Zia took a marble and put in a pink seal eraser, then put it back where we found it.

See it?

Here we are–the successful hunters with our trophy.Ā  More hunts to come–I think we’ve caught the geocaching bug!

11 Responses to “geocaching expedition #1”

  1. Kerri says on :

    I have wanted to do this as a hobby with the grandbabies! Fun fun.

  2. mountain girl says on :

    Definitely fun. Thanks for your comment, Nana Kerri!

  3. Lyssa says on :

    Geocaching is very fun! A friendly word of caution: there is another, very similar hobby called “letterboxing”, and letterboxes are often mistaken for geocaches. If you find a hidden container with a logbook and a rubber stamp in it, and the word “letterbox” somewhere on the book or box, then please don’t take the stamp : )

    My husband and I have been letterboxing for years, and we love it! Geocaching is what all our friends do, though, so I completely understand the awesome draw ; ) Have fun treasure hunting!

  4. mountain girl says on :

    Actually, I have heard of letterboxing but didn’t know what it was! Funny how you find out about all these “underground” activities that have been going on unnoticed by the general public. šŸ™‚

  5. Mom & Dad says on :

    hi honeeee……………..dad and I LOVED the video – it made us miss u guys soooooo much šŸ™‚ we luv u/mom

  6. mountain girl says on :

    šŸ™‚ We love you!

  7. Mimi says on :

    It’s all NEW to Papa and me……definitely gonna check the geocache registry in our area….lol Geo – Cash was having a good time in his stroller while the video rolled! That was great!

  8. mountain girl says on :

    Haha…thought you’d notice his antics!

  9. Hannah says on :

    Looks like a blast! Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! I hope to see you again today! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/07/eco-kids-tuesday.html

  10. GRANNY says on :

    THANKS FOR SHARING ZIAS BIRTHDAY. THE CAKE AND CUPCAKES LOOK VERY YUMMY.BOTH ZIA AND CASH ARE JUST GROWING SOOO FAST. THEY ARE BOTH SO PRETTY AND HANDSOME. LOOKING FORWARD TO CALEB BEING HOME SOON. LOVE TO U ALL. GRANNY

  11. Poco Mountain Girl » Blog Archive » geocache expedition #2 says on :

    […] headed out looking for another geocache last week.Ā  It was Caleb’s first, so he was pretty excited.Ā  We used a geocache map that […]

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