There are millions of caches all over the world and nifty apps that run on a phone to help you find them. While there are a number of competing websites with cache location databases, Geocaching.com seems to have the most caches, so I've been using their website and iPhone app.
I figured this would be a fun activity, but it's surpassed my best expectations in every way.
The Kids Love It!
The geocaches we've been hunting for have small toys that you can trade for your own toys of equal or greater value. As far as the kids are concerned this is the greatest thing in the world! They are actually hunting for treasure. And they're willing to do some serious hiking to get to the nearest cache.
|The Russell Kids|
I have a whole new respect for my niece Emily. She is one tough girl. Unless there's a dog. If there's a dog she's going to use you as a human shield, but otherwise she's very tough.
|Emily and Allison catching up to the pack|
Our Neighborhood Rocks in a Whole New Way!
We've discovered a lot of really pretty forests right in our neighborhood. I used to think of our town in terms of roads and buildings, but that's all changed. Now whenever I go somewhere I'm looking for the space where there aren't roads. It turns out there are lots of these areas, they all seem to have geocaches, and the scenery is beautiful.
|We took the long way around this river. It was awesome.|
|This isn't a special lens. The Earth just falls away on either side of this path.|
And Sometimes You Find a Swing!
We stumbled across a rope swing last weekend. It was just hanging from a tree on our way to a cache. So we took turns swinging and it was a blast!
|Sam rockin the rope swing|
|John attempting to look as cool as Sam on the rope swing.|