Thursday 2 May 2013

Our First Time Geocaching..........

Happy May, everyone, I think Spring is definitely here in the U.K. I even sat in the garden, yesterday afternoon, soaking up the sun, reading some magazines, that I haven't had chance to look at. It is so nice to be able to get outdoors in the fresh air, it makes you feel so much better.

On Sunday, it was a dry, sunny afternoon but with a definite chill in the air but we decided to wrap up and go on our first Geocaching expedition.

If you don't know what it is, it is basically a treasure hunt using your GPS on your phone, you will be surprised how many  caches are hidden, locally to you, we even had one a few metres from our house. If you go on the Geocaching website, you can find all the details on there.

Inside the hidden canister there maybe just a log book, to write down, who you are and when you found it, sometimes there could be 'treasure'  that you can take but must replace with something else.

Our first destination, we decided to go along the local canal, armed with the GPS and compass on my phone, we trekked along the tow path until we reached where the map said the cache was hidden.

We were searching for ages and just couldn't find it, there were clues, like 'By Ivy and Ivy's friend', 'above ground level'. We were walking up and down looking for Holly but couldn't find any, we kept searching within the 5m the compass was showing but to no avail.

There were a few passer-bys (Muggles) so we stopped what we were doing and tried to look inconspicuous, as though we doing our shoe laces, reading text messages, etc.

We were just about give up, when Dan spotted it, we were so excited, as you can see in the above photo!!!!!!! Inside was a log book and 'treasure', Paige chose a ring and replaced it with a phone charm and Dan took a marble and put in a toy motorcycle.

After all that excitement, we decided to stop off at a canal side pub for a quick drink, while we were sat there , we started looking for other local ones. As I said, there is one right by our house, in a wooded area, so as we cut through the wood, we had a look for that one, too. The clue was a 35mm film cannister, 'In the Wood', we all took a tree each and started searching.

I found this one very quickly, but whoever put it there, had put a lot of time and effort into it. The cannister was hidden in a piece of old tree trunk, that was cut in half, secured with a wooden peg with the inside carved out to house the film cannister. Genius!!!

This was just a log book, so Paige wrote our names down, we were 35th on the list. We really enjoyed our afternoon of Geocaching, it's good fun for everyone and very family friendly. It's a great way to exercise too, I'd rather do this than running or going to the gym.

One last thing I wanted to share with you, I have just joined a Pretty Postcard Circle with a lovely bunch of ladies. Each week, I send a postcard and receive one, this is my first postcard that arrived, yesterday.

Enjoy the rest of the week.


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So FUN!! LOVING the photos!!

Ros Crawford said...

Sounds fun and I love the photos ... cute postcard too!

Carole said...

We did Geocaching for a while and found it thoroughly addictive. It also meant we explored our local area much more than we would have done.

Unknown said...

How fun.. When we go camping up in Utah they have Geocaching there as well. We found a box full of goodies but we just left it because we had nothing to put back in. I enjoyed your photos.


JulieJ said...

I've not tried geocaching . Looks like it might be fun.

Lynnda said...

WOOhoo... glad you are enjoying your super nice spring weather!!! Lovely photos... hugs...x

thesnailgarden said...

Hi Deb, we enjoy Geocaching too. I especially love the fact that it takes you to places you would otherwise have missed, even locally we have discovered lots of interesting places we never knew about. Happy caching, Pj x

Hazels Crochet said...

Geocaching is so much fun, I can't wait until the weather gets better to do more....but its fun 'treasure hunting!'

Unknown said...

It's major fun to go on such a trip and by the look of it that's just what it was! Lovely photos! Ira x

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