Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Thrill Of The Hunt

So, we're either really big nerds or cheap. Well, it doesn't matter to me. You can call us both, I don't mind.

We headed out last week on one of the nicer days we've been given so far this spring. Have I mentioned that it's been cold, windy or rainy most every day for weeks? We're taking advantage of any days that the sun even peeks out and the wind isn't blowing us away!

Any way, Reed took the afternoon off last Friday for a little family field trip. Well, it wasn't really a field trip but we called it that any way. Remember last fall when I mentioned our new family activity we tried, geocaching? Well, we're at it again! Except now we are better equipped since Reed used his birthday money and Amazon gift card to buy the Magellan Explorist GC.

We used my in-laws Nuvi GPS last time, which worked but we agreed that our own GPS specifically for geocaching may be a little more accurate. We found out that this Magellan is VERY useful when geocaching and the accuracy is pretty much spot-on or within a couple feet, rather than somewhere within 20 feet accuracy with the Nuvi.

Yes, the little Explorist is a bit of an investment. However, if you are intending to make geocaching a family hobby then it's worth it and really that is about the only cost in geocaching.

Once again, the kids loved hunting and exploring to find the hidden item.

It's even better now that they can take turns holding the GPS that has an arrow that lights up different colors if you are going in the correct or incorrect direction, along with counting down the feet to your destination.

Look high, look low, you never know where someone else hid the cache.

As I predicted, it's baby friendly too!

I was quite excited when we checked out the geocaching website and found that within an hour drive of our home there were well over HUNDREDS of hidden caches waiting for us to find! The kids are even looking forward to putting out a few of our own for others to find as well.

It may be a little nerdy to find this much excitement in geocaching, but we are all over it. If we can get outdoors, enjoy nature and some family time, it's right up our alley.

Go check out geocaching.com and see how many caches are hidden in your area!

1 comment:

  1. Hello Sarah,

    Always wanted to try Geocaching. Maybe this year. The trill of the hunt should attract my boys ears. Thanks for the link. I will check it out. MCHCE Conference? Hope to see you again--maybe even the littlest one.
    God's blessings,


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