Thursday, April 15, 2010

Walking in Circles: With a GPS!

Ever hear of Geo-Caching?

It's another fun thing you can do while walking in circles. It's basically like a little treasure hunt. Using coordinates that are downloaded into a little GPS unit, you can go out searching for little Caches that other people have hidden. Once you find one, after being sure no "Muggles" are watching, you remove it, sign the date and your name, and put it back exactly where it was so others can have fun with it, too.

Last week a few of us went out for a walk and spent about an hour geo-caching around town. I can honestly say we were "walking in circles" a number of times because the GPS readings often fluctuate depending on terrain and structures. It's over here! No wait, now it says it is in this area. Oh, no...it's THIS way! Here it is!!

This is our little GPS:



Found it! Hidden on a tree branch.



Geo-caching is fun for everyone!



What is this? Be sure to look carefully!



Ooooh, how tricky!



Sometimes they are VERY tiny.



And hidden is crazy places!



Think it's just a rock wall? Look close:



One more FIND for the day!



Okay, I'm going to admit that Geo-Caching around town isn't hugely aerobic because of all the stopping and looking and signing. But who cares? It's fun, it gets us outdoors, and yes, sometimes you DO have to walk a ways to find the Cache. Hooray!

Now go on outside and take a walk. Today! You won't regret it. :)

PS: Interested in learning how to make a great Stovetop Granola? Just follow the link over to my home blog and give it a try!

4 comments:

Kathy Haynie said...

This looks so fun. Have you gone geocaching around Oregon City, too? So glad to see the babies got into the act...lucky you, I figured you'd get to see Olivia before me!

Thanks for the link to the granola recipe. I've added a link in the Skinny recipe index.

Cindy said...

This does look like a lot of fun. I love the pictures filled with sunshine. Spring is here!

Katie said...

It was fun to go treasure-hunting with you guys! After I told Bryan about it later he was sad he didn't get to come and he's been mentioning it ever since. Perhaps if there's a free morning while we're in Oregon or something...

emmalou said...

Ooh... this would be lots of fun around OC! Katie, if you guys do it here can I come?

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