Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Caching in on a Great Time!


Want to go on a treasure hunt?
We went on our very first one on Saturday and had a great time. What's not to enjoy? You get fresh air, a walk in the sun, and a prize at the end. Perfect!
Have you heard of geocaching?
All you need is a GPS, the coordinates of a treasure from a free membership at geocaching.com, and time to go hunting.
There are millions of treasures hidden all over the world, probably a few in your very own neighborhood. When we entered our zipcode at the geocaching site, a half dozen caches popped up within a couple of miles of our house!
The first one was near Tanner's home away from home, within walking distance of our neighborhood.

It took us a little while to get the hang of walking out the directions, but we soon found our way to the center of the coordinates. The tricky part is to find the cache. Even when you're smack on top of the invisible X that marks the spot, sometimes it's hard to see.


Who would've expected to find it in an old newspaper stand? But there it was!

There's a log book to sign...


And a prize! Woo hoo! We've got a choice: Happy meal toys, a video, or an old lawn sprinkler head!

If you take one, you leave one. We left a key chain from Discovery Place in Charlotte.

It was so much fun that we went on another hunt after school on Monday.
The cache was titled Too Many Signs, and the coordinates led us to a parking lot. Now, where were too many signs?
This looked likely.

But where was the cache?
We looked behind the signs and around the pole...

Eew. NOT under the dirty Kleenex.


Aha!


Could this be it?


It is!

Now that's a tiny log book!

As it so often is, the journey was the best part.
You bump into other treasures along the way.
Things like nail studded seed pods,


A hillside transformed by kudzu into an army of ghosts,


flowers in a weed patch,


freckled mushrooms,


silver and rust stripes in sandstone,


first signs of fall on the pavement,


and an owl face hooting from a tree.


All this hunting reminds me again why I love writing this blog and hanging out with you guys so very much. As we frisk our lives for the presence of God, we find it! And not only that, we bump into all sorts of treasures along the way.
I count you amongst my cache of treasures!

Have a wonder-full day, y'all!
Love, Becky

PS. Enjoy this clip about geocaching from the movie Splinterheads.

9 comments:

Mompriest said...

Looks like fun. I know a number of people who geocache, but I never have....

Alise said...

It's been a while since we've been out geocaching. This is definitely going to make me round up the kids on the next nice day and take a trip!

And you're definitely a treasure to me!

lotusgirl said...

I learned about geocaching when I was reading a friend's ms and one of the main characters was into it. Then I saw it on the list of classes when I was signing my son up for scout camp. It sounds fun.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

what fun! I know people who adore this hobby.

Abigail said...

I love geocatching! I've only done it once, but it was really fun! Thank you for visiting my blog! I love yours!

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

Very COol Becky !
thx for sharing ~ always wondered what that was about ... and didn't pursue finding out :)
so glad you had enough fun to do it again too !!

Ronnie said...

I've heard about this wonderful idea. Thanks for YOUR experience! I want to do this. :D

Laura said...

This looks like SO much fun -- almost a good reason to get a GPS! If I had one...! My boys would have loved doing this when they were younger. (In fact, even now..)

I love your point about finding treasures along the way. Definitely how I feel about life in general. You always made me smile, Becky!

writerjenn said...

My husband loves geocaching. He travels with me to many author events so he can cache while I do my writer thing.
We go together sometimes, too--I've been caching in places as diverse as Central Park and a forest in Iceland!