Geocaching

There are moments in a geek’s life that make you think there may be a god after all. Last week my wife told me all her friends were talking about this geocaching thing, and would this not be a nice way of convincing the kids to get some fresh air…?

It took me less than five minutes to order a GPS, the Garmin eTrex Vista HCx.

It runs on standard AA batteries, can do car navigation, and has a special geocaching mode. I loaded it with the maps that came with my Garmin c510, and I have to say it’s a very nice device.

Today we packed the kids into the car and started for our very first cache, Bosenberg. The area was quite muddy due to the rain we had in the last week, but after we talked the kids into “treasure hunting” for more than a week, we had to go.

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We were rewarded with an easy to find cache, a great view over the area, and smiling kids that managed to find the cache themselves. They were a bit disappointed about the content, but it’s the search that matters, right..? ;)

Now I just need to clean the car…

13 thoughts on “Geocaching

  1. Congratulations on finding your first cache – and welcome to the addiction! My wife and I have been geocaching for less than a year and we’ve found over 200 caches. We just got back from the trail this afternoon after placing our 6th hide.

    To keep the kids interested, look for large containers, not micros. That’s where the treasure is. If interested, we have a blog all about our geocaching adventures.

    Cache on!

    The Northwoods Geocats

  2. Congratulations on finding your first cache – and welcome to the addiction! My wife and I have been geocaching for less than a year and we’ve found over 200 caches. We just got back from the trail this afternoon after placing our 6th hide.

    To keep the kids interested, look for large containers, not micros. That’s where the treasure is. If interested, we have a blog all about our geocaching adventures.

    Cache on!

    The Northwoods Geocats

  3. Wow, this sounds like a lot of fun. Haven’t heard of this before, living in South Africa can be a tad primitive sometimes, but am going to find out if there are any local geocaching going on. Sounds like a great way to get the kids outdoors!

  4. Wow, this sounds like a lot of fun. Haven’t heard of this before, living in South Africa can be a tad primitive sometimes, but am going to find out if there are any local geocaching going on. Sounds like a great way to get the kids outdoors!

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