Friday, May 2, 2014

Having Fun Geocaching


Son Nick and me geocaching in the woods at the local library. The idea is simple: A container is hidden, they note the coordinates with a GPS unit. The finder locates the container with only the use of a GPS receiver. The rules for the finder are simple: "Take some stuff, leave some stuff." There is always a logbook, sometimes a pencil, and various prize items including videos and trinkets.
To give you an idea of what a "cache" can look like, here is one that we found hanging in a tree. Inside the cache is a "log book", and we sign and return the geocache to its original location. 
We record our find on Geocaching.com.
I found this peace sign in a cache, Joe took my picture, and then I placed the button back in the cache. At its simplest level, you need the free Basic Membership, then you visit the "Hide & Seek a Cache" page. Enter your postal code and click "search." Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location. Share your geocaching stories and photos online. I use the GPS on my iPhone.
Here I am signing the log book in the cache.
This is a cache we found hidden in a split rock off a trail near our camp. Often it will contain DVD's that can be exchanged. There were a variety of items in this large cache, including bug repellent. 
 You never know what you will see (or find) while geocaching. 

We were out on a Friday evening walk and located a cache at one of the local colleges named "Secret Snacks".  Inside the cache were a few recipes that you could take if you left one. I took the recipe for Pumpkin Pie Bites and left a recipe for my Filled Strawberries. These are so good!

Recipe:

1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup pecans
1-1/2 cups pitted Mejool dates
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/8 teaspoon salt

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix all of the ingrendients in a food processor until well combined. If too thick, you can add a little water. Form into 1 " balls and placing on the prepared sheet as you work until all of the "dough" is used up. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and enjoy! 

Perhaps you would like to geocaching a try.
xo
Debbie
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

THello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

7 comments:

  1. We enjoy doing it as well and I too use my iPhone and J uses a hand-held device. There are many times when I can't get cell phone signal so we are thankful to also have the hand-held. It looks like spring has definitely arrived in your area.

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  2. Love Geocaching. We took my sons to Hawaii last year and we geocached on Kauai. We found some interesting things. I haven't done it for awhile. We should do a little around here in the Gold country. Great idea swapping recipes....xo

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  3. Geocaching sounds like a fun idea, Debbie. Those pumpkin pie bites look so good and I know whomever will love your filled strawberries. Happy weekend to you, my friend! xo

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  4. Never heard of it, sounds like fun!

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  5. That sounds like so much fun, Debbie! The pumpkin pie bites sound delicious and what a great snack while geocaching.

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