Thursday, August 2, 2012

Gotta find the Cache!

Do you know that you have been within a few feet of a Geocache at least two times in the last year?  Six times within the past three years?  We were too, and never knew it!  What is a Geocache you ask?  It is a really fun, affordable hobby.  Thanks to Becky and Stuart Settle for introducing our family to the Geocache "bug!"
Our first cache find
"Honoring Granny cache"

Ryan found this one!
Geocaching is a fun way to explore places in your city or town that you never knew were there.  Discover history of the area and can explore nature and do some fun hiking.

We carry our Geocaching bag that holds bug spray, a pen for signing the cache logs that are inside each of the caches.  We carry little trinkets for trading (when needed), our journal, a camera, snacks and water.  We turn  on our smartphone GPS, map out our coordinates, check our clues and head out.

We looked for this one for 20 minutes!  Grrr!!  :)

Can you see this one?  It is hiding on the phone pole.

It is like a worldwide scavenger hunt.  So fun!!  If you travel to different areas of the country or world, there are little "travel bugs" that you can deposit in other areas.  The person that starts the travel bug has a destination in mind where they would like the travel bug to travel.  Sometimes they deposit the travel bug on their travels in hopes that it will make it "home."  It is so neat!  We have recently picked up a travel bug who is headed for the Netherlands.  We are going to Myrtle Beach soon and are planning on depositing it there, in hopes that someone will pick it up and send it on its way.  

Fun one in the park

Ryan found this one in a cemetery in Elkton

Once you have found your cache or caches for the day, you document them on the Geocaching website.  You claim that you found that one.  Once we have been caching for a while, we are planning on hiding our own cache.  We are attempting to figure out a place that has meaning and symbolism to us and a good way to hide it and have fun seeing people find it.  "First find" always gets a special prize :).  You gotta try it!
Caching and hiking around Lake Shenandoah

Mike signing the journal on Lydia's back