Our New Adventure

I feel like sometimes, as a stay-at-home mom, it's easy to get into a rut and just keep my head down and plow through our day to day activities without much thought.  I don't like watching the news because lately a lot of the things on there are just ugly. I tend to watch the same shows, read the same blogs, and not branch out too much. So once in a while I come across something that is completely brand new to me, that I think is incredibly cool only to find out that it's been around for ages. 

Case in point.

Anyone heard of geocaching before? Probably, right? Well, I just discovered it yesterday. I think I had heard the word once but never looked it up, so when I came across it during some internet surfing yesterday it rang a bell and piqued my interest. Turns out, it's something that's right up my alley and I can't believe I've never heard of it before! 

If you google geocaching it says it is the recreational activity of hunting for and finding a hidden object by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website. If you're a bit outdoorsy like me (or have active, nature loving, adventure seeking little boys, also like me) this sounds like something that could be a great time. 

I kept browsing different pages about geocaching and the more I read the more interested I became. I then came across a page that mentioned an app for geocaching. Basically, it has a map and little green dots to represent different geocaches that have been put in your area. I live in a pretty small town, so I figured that the odds of there being any caches near our house would be slim to none, but I though Hey, what the heck and downloaded it anyways. To my complete shock there are a TON of them near us and most of them were biking distance.

It worked out that Isaac was just going down for a nap when I found this out, so Mac and I hopped on our bikes while dad stayed home and made our way to the closest cache on the map, about a five minute bike ride away from our house. We tramped through the bush and lo and behold, we found it!
Mac and his first cache

Mac was so pumped and I was pretty excited myself. On the log inside the cache, there were entries from 2007!! There's something sort of piratey feeling about following a map and compass and going into the bush to find treasure.  Needless to say, we're hooked. The whole thing took us maybe 15 minutes, but Mac told anyone who would listen about it the rest of the day. For my part, I called my dad and raved about it and how fun it was. So this morning, after being awakened with Mac asking when we could pack up Isaac and find an other treasure, I called my parents and invited them to come with us.  We found an other one, and struck out on our third. I think my parents have the bug now too.
This one was teeny tiny. Can you see it in Mac's hand?

It was so nice to find something new to do that got us outdoors but in a different way than we are used to. I foresee Mac and I going on a lot of adventures this fall. 

Anyone else ever gone geocaching? Had any neat experiences? I'd love to hear about them!

Oh, and a side note: The last geocache that we tried to find but failed was across the street from an old age home, next to a lake. After spending about 20 minutes looking through trees and crawling on the ground, I started to wonder. Maybe it's just my twisted sense of humour, but if I lived in that building and had a balcony facing the lake, I would totally set up really hard caches to find and then sit on my balcony, watch people look for them, and laugh. Just sayin'.


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