Sunday, November 08, 2009

Tupperware in the woods

Today felt like a beautiful September day, so instead of wasting it inside with all the tedious chores stacked up around the house, we dusted off the GPS and had a successful day of geocaching.

If you've never heard of this activity, it involves using a GPS to find hidden "caches". A cache could be as big as an ammo box or as small as an acorn that someone has hidden and left coordinates for on a central website. We download the coordinates to our GPS and search for the cache.  Once we find it, we sign the piece of paper (or notebook) in the cache to confirm our find. Most caches are free, although a few require (inexpensive) membership to the website.  If you have a GPS, the hobby really only costs you gas and the time you'll lose as you push to find just one more.

When we started geocaching, we were amazed to discover that caches are hidden everywhere. There are currently 47 active caches within 5 miles of our house.  Searching for caches makes you look at an area differently, and often takes you to places you've never been.  We've discovered many hidden gems in the cities around us, and always enjoying seeking a cache or 2 when we visit a new place.  I can't wait to search for some the next time we go to Thailand!

This weekend we finished up an awesome series of caches along a trail. These caches were more creative than most, and T loved finding them. Geocaching in the fall is so fun because the bugs are dead so we're not at serious risk of death by blood loss, and the leaves are down so our GPS gets clearer signals in the woods. I wish every weekend were as beautiful as this one!

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