Today we had a forty degree day and it got me thinking about my favorite summer pastime, geocaching.
I started to look at last years adventures and too my surprise I found we only went 6 days but did manage 17 finds. The picture to the left was our final find of the year with Noah and Roman at the final resting place of Les Paul.
Patti and I have 83 finds so far, our goal this year is 110. Geocaching is a great way to spend time with family and friends. You get to enjoy the Wisconsin outdoors, explore places you may never have heard of or knew of. Get to see some amazing places. One of our favorite caches are the Spirit Quest cache. The caches are never located by any tombstones, respect is one of the requirements but while there we usually walk around in the cemetery, reading at some of the older tombstones and admiring many of the elaborate ones we see. You take a little time thinking about the past lives, what it must have been like for that person while here on planet earth. For short time they are once again a part of life
Geocaching is a great way to get some good exercise and the adventures are endless. Looking forward to 2013.
This comes from an email from the website http://www.geocaching.com
The basics of geocaching are inspiring in their simplicity. A geocacher hides a geocache and challenges others to find it. That’s it. And it’s easy to unlock the joy of geocaching when you discover clever hides and share the adventure with good friends. Becoming a great geocacher is all about remembering the little things. If you follow these five quick steps every time you geocache, you’ll be ready for geocaching stardom.
1) Bring a Pen – There are few rules in the game. But one rule is that you need to sign the logbook. Always pack a pen to make sure you’re ready to sign your Geocaching username, the date, and leave a note.
2) Leave No Trace – Be kind to the geocaching game board (which is the entire world). Make sure to Cache In Trash Out (CITO) when you geocache. Pick up litter along the way and leave geocaching locations free of trash.
3) Write a Great “Found it” or “Didn’t find it” Log – When you find a geocache, or even when you don’t find a geocache, make sure to share the spirit of adventure. Write a log detailing the geocaching journey for the geocache owner and for other geocachers.
4) Put the Geocache Back Where and How You Found it – It’s tempting. You ask yourself, “Wouldn’t the geocache be better hidden if it were just over there?” Resist the temptation. The geocache owner placed the geocache at a specific location for a reason and will need to find the geocache when it needs maintenance or when other geocachers need help finding the geocache.
5) Move Trackables Along – If you remove a Trackable, like a Travel Bug ®, from a geocache make sure to post a “retrieved” log and move the Trackable along to another geocache as soon as possible.