Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Treasure Hunting!!

Garmin gpsmap 60cxRecently, I made an expensive purchase. It's something I've wanted for quite some time but kept putting off due to the high cost. Well, now that I've got it, I'm not sorry what so ever. This little gadget is a GPS or Global Positioning System.

Hmmmm, you're wondering? Why on earth would she want something like that?

To go treasure hunting of course! Or more accurately Geocaching.

"Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to locate the geocache."

Basically, you plug in the co-ordinates for a cache into your GPS and then go find it. The GPS unit has a compass on it that points you in the direction you need to go. Mine tells you how far you need to go and how long it will take you. Once you find the treasure, you sign the log book and then trade a small trinket in the box for one you've brought with you.

Check out the Geocaching website and click on "Hide & Seek a Cache". Do a search in your area to see how many there are. Lots probably. I was shocked to see that I walked by a number of them every day. Little treasure boxes hidden all over the world.

So far I've taken the kids on 6 searches and they love it. Not only are they getting outside for some exercise but they are also getting away from the TV, computer and video games. See their smiling faces!

This is one of the trails we found a cache on.

We even took the dog. No amount of coaxing would get him to go near the water! He's such a baby.

Nick, of course, had to practically get in. If the water hadn't been so cold, he probably would have.

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