Sunday, June 10, 2012

Geocaching?



If you have, isn't is a blast!

If not, what are you waiting for?  Get out there!

My husband and I went on our first ever geocaching adventure yesterday...and we are officially hooked!  I can see us geocaching in wheelchairs 40 years from now!!

I've known about this outdoor hobby for a while now, and I've been extremely interested in giving it a try for about a year.

So Friday night I mentioned it to Mr. Making It and we spent about an hour researching it online {cause we're kinda geeky like that}.  We created a profile, downloaded a free app, and made plans to head out early Saturday morning {yes...I said early and Saturday morning in the same sentence...during Summer vacation at that!!} to track down 1 or 2 caches in our area.

Let's back up just a bit...

Here are a few articles on the history of geocaching...just in case you have no idea at all of what I'm talking about...

The History of Geocaching

A Short History of Geocaching

Geocaching


Basically, it's a fun, cheap techie scavenger hunt for family and friends to do while spending time together and seeing the great, beautiful outdoors and getting in some exercise at the same time!


The most popular website for geocacing is Geocaching.com, where you can set up a profile, find where caches are hidden, record those you've found, shop, find information on everything this is to know and geocaching, and participate in forums.  We're doing the free option right now, but we will likely go for the paid version very soon because we're already seen that the extra features included with this option would be worth the money.

Alright, back to Saturday morning...

We live about 100' from a state park, and WHAT DO YOU KNOW...there were 2 caches listed there...as well as about 30 more within just a few miles of our house.  Jackpot!!!

We've hiked the trails by the waterfalls in the state park before, but had absolutely no clue what we were walking right by!

I have quite a few pictures that I just can't help but share because our little back yard state park is really a beautiful place to come and enjoy nature.  I did arrange them in collages to make it seem like fewer pictures though. ;-)


Before I show you those, I am planning to do some educaching with my students in the fall and I'll share more about that with you at a later date.  I am SO excited it!!


OK, here are some pictures of the beautiful scenery on a gorgeous day at the state park...





Here are collages of the caches we found.  I was like a kid on Christmas morning!  I literally squealed when we found the 1st one!!!



And...just a few pictures of us...


I just can't put into words how much we both enjoyed the day!

If you're looking for something new to try this summer, I highly recommend checking the links out above to see if you think this might be the perfect outdoor hobby for you!


If you have been geocaching, leave me a comment and let me know how many caches you've found!


Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},



7 comments:

  1. my friend geocaches all the time...my hubs tried for a while too

    ♥ Jen
    The Teacher's Cauldron

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  2. I've been doing it for a few years now. I'm up to at least 275 caches. And I've found caches in at least a dozen states. It's a great activity providing for physical and mental exercise.

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  3. I'm so intrigued By your geocaching adventure. Im headed to Tennessee in July and am definitely going to look into how to use my gps device. I received 5 devices for my classroom and haven't used them yet, but am looking forward to discovering great ideas this summer. So glad I happened upon your blog via twitter. I am your newest follower.
    Http://ericashep.blogspot.com

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  4. You folks are so adventurous! I learned of geocaching when watching an episode of Law and Order last year! I'm sorry, but I keep my feet on the pavement, thank you. I hope you enjoy yourselves!

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  5. I'm going to be meeting up with one of my former students to tutor/mentor him and I was having trouble coming up with things to do that a 12 year old boy wouldn't find boring-this is PERFECT!!!! I'm so excited about running this by him later this week!


    And I can't wait to see your educaching plans-I've never been able to come up with a good way to incorporate geocaching!

    Laura
    Will Grade For Coffee

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  6. Hello, new follower here from the BSN Summer Fun Blog Hop! I have never heard of geocaching, but am definitely going to have to look into it! I would love a follow back at http://endlessdaysofbooks.blogspot.com/

    Thanks!
    Candace

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  7. my husband and I have been geocaching for a few years now and we LOVE it! :) We have found many, and recently hid our first cache. Did you know that there are several websites and facebook pages about geocaching in education? Enjoy!

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