Finally the rains have stopped. Well, almost. I am certainly getting spring fever though. I can’t wait to start finding new places we’ve never been. With the kids still in school, the multi-day trips away from home are still limited. May is a great time, though, to start gearing up with day hikes and weekend trips.
Isn’t that just what you were thinking about doing too? Hey, wouldn’t it be fun to do some day trips together? Oh…you live in a different time zone you say? This may be challenging, but I do have a plan. In each of our cities lie dozens of geocaches. Sometime in the month of May each of us could take a treasure hunting trip to find a geocache, write it up on our blogs, then post the link to this central location using the MckLinky feature below. Voila! You can be a part of our adventure and we can be part of yours. If you don’t have a blog you can also use the reply box to write about your adventure and it will be posted to this site as well. I will keep this page up with its own easy-to-find tab on the top of my homepage for the entire month of May. Keep checking in and join the discussion with fellow adventurers!
Why bother geocaching rather than just find a daytrip? Usually, its not an either / or situation. Even if I was heading to the zoo anyway, I could find several geocaches that I never knew were there while on my visit. The kids get out of the house, get excited about hunting for treasure, and learn the pleasure of adding something of their own to the cache stash. The grown ups get to play with cool gadgets while teaching navigational skills (hopefully to the kids, not to each other).
New to geocaching? It’s easy to get started. Geocaches are little treasures that are hidden in containers, big or small, and described on www.geocaching.com for you to find using GPS coordinates. Simply set up a free account on www.geocaching.com. Once logged in you can put in your zip code and up pops a list of nearby geocaches. Pick any that sound good (you may want to refer to the difficulty column when deciding your pick) and further information about that geocache will appear. If you hit the “view map” button you will see a map of your area with each of the geocache locations pinpointed. You can also select one from this map. Clicking on the geocache picture will open up a small dialogue box with the details of that geocache.
Does this sound confusing? It’s a pretty easy site to navigate around. You can read more details about how to get started in my earlier geocaching post. As the month progresses I will post more details about geocaching including geocaching products, iphone apps, and travel bugs. You will also hear more from supporters at Trailmix.net and GoExploreNature.com. Mostly, though, I’d like to hear from you. Post any questions or suggested topics you’d like more information on in the comments section. After you have tried an adventure or two, share how it went. Come back and post as often as you want.
Now what are you waiting for? Go grab your calendar, we have a playdate to plan!
photo credit: geocats.blogspot.com and www.bbc.co.uk