Caching In …
We’ve been Geocaching for a month now. I’d heard about it a few times, without ever knowing what it was really about, but last month, read a blog post from a home educating Mama in America about it, and it led me to find out more. We signed up and found our first caches the same day!
We’ve now found 16 caches. When we go out caching, I usually have two, or more likely all three, of the children with me. This means it takes longer to do a series of caches than the estimates – three year old little legs don’t travel as quickly as full grown cachers on a mission! We enjoy it though, and if we have to split a “45 minute” route up into three session of two or three hours each, then that’s fine by us 🙂
So for those that don’t know, Geocaching is a game that takes place all over the world. Containers of various types and sizes are hidden all over the place – all over the place – and are logged on the official website by means of their GPS location. They contain a log book, so finders can note that they found it. Sometimes they contain something you can take – a keyring, rubber or similar. Nothing valuable – it’s all for fun. If you take one of these, you have to leave something else in return. Sometimes they will contain a travelling item – a trackable tag that has a mission. You take these with you and leave them in another cache, one that helps complete the mission.
Many of the hidden caches take you on a nice walk in the countryside, though by no means all of them. We’ve been on some lovely walks with the children whilst looking for caches and we stop often to look at something interesting they have spotted.
We’ve taken a photo at each cache we have found – almost. There was one cache that we have been trying to find for a month, and when we finally found it, we were so excited that we forgot to take a photo. We’ll go back and fix that soon. Here are the photos of the first fifteen caches we found.