If you have read any of my posts, you can see that I like to keep my kids busy. Our family enjoys "doing" instead of "having" and sometimes "doing" can get expensive. A few years ago, a friend introduced me to Geocaching and we fell in love. We are really bad at it, but the cool thing is that is doesn't matter. Geocaching is free (after the one time fee for the app), it's outdoors, fitness driven (hiking), educational and can be done anywhere!
But what is it? Geocaching it a world wide scavenger hunt. You download the app (10.99 one time fee but, man, it was totally worth it) Where ever you are, literally, anywhere in the world, you hit you app and click FIND NEARBY GEOCACHES. The only thing you need is your phone (for the app) and a pen!
There will be a list of your nearest geocaches. It's pretty self explanatory. Each cache shows you the difficulty level, the distance, the terrain and the size of the object that you are looking for. The size can be pretty tough. As stated before, we are REALLY bad at this. We have found little tiny magnetic boxes on the back of street signs and 35mm film conatiners. We tend to have an easier time finding the larger objects.
Once you make your choice, the next screen gives you pretty much everything you need to know to find this geocache. I like to check the recent logs just to see when the last time someone found the geocache. You have to keep in mind that these caches are man made and they are sometimes out in the open. You have to use stealth when you are searching. Not everyone is as cool and awesome as we are, some people think it is funny to throw away or destroy geocaches that they find.
Description is always helpful. As you will see you will get coordinates, but I like the general hints and clues that you get in the description (remember we aren't very good and need all the help we can get) Same with the photos. These are pics uploaded by peeps that have found the item. One, you can usually tell what exactly you are looking for, and two, people usually take the pic right where they found it!
This screen is the next step! You actually get a compass to use to take you within about 16 feet of the cache. This is where the educational aspect comes in to play. I pretty much give my munchkins the phone and they follow directions using a compass, use clues in the description to help them try to figure out the location and problem solve. It also helps that they are all over the world. Every new place we go, every city, every state, where ever we go, we can go on a scavenger hunt.
It doesn't matter if you actually find the geocache, or if you forget your pen. They whole point of this is activity in our house is to spend time together. We get to hike and work together and go places we may not have went before. Its a mini adventure every time we go out.
After 7 years of teaching full time, I was able to quit teaching and work full time from home! I love that I can spend so much time with my family. No more missed life events, even the little ones. Pink Zebra has changed my life. Now, I help others create their own strong economy allowing them to work from home, pay off debt and follow their dreams.
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