So GeoCaching went well. I’ve hidden one cache, set loose 2 travel bugs, and have found 4 caches so far, 3 in California on a trip we recently made.
One travel bug is supposed make it back from Carlsbad, Ca to Mechanicsville, Va. The other will hopefully find its way to the Jonas Brothers for my daughter.
My travelbugs came in today. If you’re not familiar with geocaching, Travelbugs (the picture above) are like dogtags that you hide in a cache. Actually, you keep one and hide one. The purpose of these Travelbugs is to see how far you can get them to travel.
We bought two, so we’re going to hide a cache in California when we go at the end of this month with the goal for it to get back to its home cache I’ll hide here in Mechanicsville. Hopefully, it will travel most of the United States, or maybe even the world.
We want the other one to somehow get into the hands of Kasey Kahne, my oldest daughter’s favorite driver. Hopefully, someone will find it and with 6 degrees of separation, we’ll get a picture with him and the Travelbugs.
The kids really get into this treasure hunt and is a great way to bond with my girls. Plus, it gets them outside and they get to see parts of the county, so far, that they haven’t seen yet.
Tonight, I took my girls for their first geocaching hunt. I’d been wanting to go, but it just so happened that my wife needed my GPS unit for long trips last week, so I could never use it for an outing. Finally, we had the chance.
It was great to do with my two girls, 4 and 8. It was short, they got to see a unique feature in our county, and we got ice cream afterward. Plus, finding it quickly made them even more interesting in finding more “treasure.”
So even though there’s a great website for geocaching, I decided to buy the Geocaching for Dummies book. It’s more detailed than the site and talks about different ways to geocache. It also talks about competitions and hiding geocaches.
So, I wasn’t very prolific in my writing last month. Writing about uncluttering my house isn’t very exciting. Mostly, it was getting ready for our yard sale next week. We’ll see how that goes. It seems like an overwhelming amount of work.
Anyway, this month is hobby month. I’m doing geocaching. To ready myself, I bought an early Father’s Day Gift, a Magellen Nuvi. Not only is it good with directions, but it’s an MP3 player and holds picture. I can also use it for finding coordinates like: N 37° 38.669 W 077° 19.812.
There’s a lot to learn: Travel Bugs, coins, benchmarks and then there is hiding your own. I joined geocaching.com, so hopefully the site will make it easy to understand and succeed with.
So, if you geocache and are in the Richmond area, let me know.