Learning how to go Geocaching

 We took another class today with the Missouri Conservation Department.

 
  Geocaching!! 

A “what is it and how do you do it” class! 

 
 My dear friend Theresa and her son Evan attended the class as did my neighbor! It was fun to take the class with friends. 😊

We watched a PowerPoint as the kids shifted in their seats waiting for the action to start!

  

Overview

  • Use a GPS devise or an app on your smartphone to find a previously hidden container (cache) with a small token (toy or something similar) in it.
  • The device or app will point you in the direction to go… When you arrive in the correct vicinity, you search for a container until you find it.
  • Exchange the token for something you brought, sign the paper inside and rehide.
  • You can log your findings at https://www.geocaching.com

Finally, after listening to the presenter, she gave us a GPS… And the kids had to share! 😳

The geocaches were basically tupperwares with some trinkets in them. They were fairly easy to find among trees and bushes and it was fun to learn how to use the GPS. 
  
Ordinarily you would have a something small like a toy to put in the container  as an exchange for what you take but since this was a class we didn’t have to. 

Eli wanted to put something in the container…

… so he gave a dandelion πŸŒΌπŸ’œ

 

Although they were pumped about finding the various hidden caches… The greatest find was a fat toad that Eli caught!  

I was super happy to hang out with a friend I’ve had since 7th grade!! πŸ’œ  
  After the class, we decided to try our hand at real geocaching. 

Theresa’s done it many times before so she helped me download the app, join and log in, and find a nearby geocache… which we did at a park down the road!

We weren’t at the park long when Andre found part of a wasp hive lying in the mud!

And it was in the shape of a heart!! ❀️❀️

 

 Once we got started with the GPS- it was fun and easy to follow the arrow on my phone! 

The kids wanted to go the hard way and bushwhacked their way through the trees!

Eli and Evan were very busy fighting off Zombies with their sticks!
  

Theresa and I were following along the gravel path and letting the kids go their own adventurous way. 

Then, I hear Andre hollering for me…

 He was pretending that he couldn’t get down LOL! 

Not long after that, he found the first geocache! Yay!!! 😊

  

The app showed us that there was another cache a couple hundred yards away… So unto that one we went!

Edison found it!
  

They looked through the jar as if it contained gold and silver! 

  

A few of their treasures – an egg, a sticker, and a poker chip! 

A child’s delight!! LOL!
 

And then the thrill wore off and they were hot and thirsty! β˜€οΈ

They had drunk all the water before we even started on the hike! I need to figure out a way for each kid to conveniently carry their own water bottle! πŸ’¦

*for more information or to sign up for free to find geocaches near you go to

https://www.geocaching.com

Wild Family Facebook page 🌸

Advertisements

13 Comments

  1. This is great! We love geocaching. We’ve been on geocaching since 2004. While we’ve only found 152 in those 14 years we’ve had a lot of fun doing it. It’s a great way to get outside and go exploring. We’ve found some pretty neat places!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Since 2004? That’s a wonderfully long time πŸ™‚ I haven’t even been doing it for 24 hours and I’m hooked LOL! We now have 3 under our belts… But you still have us beat πŸ™‚ It certainly is fun and my daughter is very serious about signing the log and dating it and adding the time! I can’t wait to add our own geocache and then follow who finds it!

      Like

  2. Love it!!! For the water bottles, how about a running waist clip or handheld? There are some great ones that the kids could keep easily. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sounds so fun! Maybe my family and I will try geocaching too!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Welcome to the hobby! I’ve been caching since 2010 and am closing in on find #2000 sometime this summer. The best part about geocaching is finding all the new and exciting places right in your backyard that you never knew were there. Enjoy the hunt!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. We love geocaching here in the uk too!!!
    Fab way to get the kids to walk a distance without really thinking about it! Like a treasure hunt!xx

    Liked by 1 person

Trackbacks

  1. Sunday Share 21 | All In A Dad's Work

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: