Barney goes Geocaching


Earlier this week, when we saw that the weather was beautiful, Bean asked if we could go geocaching. Happy days – I was going to suggest it myself. So off we went, packing our caching kit and snacks as well as sun cream for the adventure ahead.

We decided to pick up a trail we started a couple of weeks ago. Ideally, it would be done in one go, which is how it was designed but with little legs getting tired, we need to split it into several bits. But that’s OK. It’s not a race, after all. We started off going down a track in some trees that it was too muddy to access last time we tried. Lots of searching, but we didn’t find what we were looking for.

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Spot the adventurers

Next we walked across a bridge that we drive under a couple of times a week but have never been to on foot. It was exciting to watch the traffic underneath us and we pretended to be the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We found the cache we were looking for there (but thankfully, managed not to disturb the troll).

Barney came along for the ride

Barney came along for the ride

And then our route took us to a meadow not far from home. We have lived here for over ten years, and never knew this place existed.

“When you go to hide a geocache, think of the reason you are bringing people to that spot. If the only reason is for the geocache, then find a better spot.”

The last of today’s caches definitely fit this criteria. We walked through a small piece of woodland which opened out onto a beautiful meadow with a large oak tree sitting in the middle of it. By the time we got there, we’d been walking for well over an hour and the children were getting hungry. We sat down under the oak for a rest and some sustenance in the shape of Barney Bears.

We ate our picnic under this tree!

We ate our picnic under this tree!

And what was the verdict? Bean tells me that Barney Bear is very refreshing, that the strawberry flavour is very jammy (which is a good thing) and the chocolate ones have a centre that was smooth and tasty.  Overall, they were really very nice and as an added bonus, he liked all the different things that Barney is doing on the packaging.  Plum said “I liked the chocolate and the strawberry. I liked the chocolate the best and I liked biting his arms off!”

Tired children tucking into Barney

Tired children tucking into Barney

Energy restored, we discovered that there was another oak tucked away out of sight, and that was where we needed to be to find our cache, nestled amongst its roots. By now the children were ready to go home, so we replaced the cache and retraced our steps. Plum fairly fell into the car when we got there, she was so tired!

 

Can you spot it?

Can you spot it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you not yet acquainted with *this* little fella, Barny is a delicious sponge bear with a hidden centre that is available in four yummy flavours – chocolate, milk, apple and strawberry. Barny contains no artificial colours or preservatives and is carefully baked with ingredients including wheat flour, milk, eggs and sugar. Individually wrapped for portion control and with a cardboard tray for convenience, Barny is a convenient tasty snack for little adventures! For allergies and ingredients please click here.

 

This post was written for the Mumsnet Little Adventures linkup and we were provided with two packs of Barney for the purpose of this post.

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3 comments on “Barney goes Geocaching

  1. I’m not exactly sure what cache you were looking for, or what you put back. Maybe it was something magical that you can’t talk about. All the same, the walk tired the children and I’m sure it stimulated their minds.
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    • Nestled in the roots that are pictured, is a camouflaged bag with a plastic box inside. Inside the box there was the log for writing our names on, and a yellow ribbon (tie a yellow ribbon ….). We wrote our names, replaced the ribbon and left a travel bug for someone to find and take to another cache. We also left a keyring with our signature barefoot charm on it!

  2. Sounds like a fun and adventurous day! Crazy to think you have lived there for 10 years and didn’t know about the meadow, bet it was a nice surprise x
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