Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Geocaching With the Guys
I have been so busy that I don't know where to begin writing about what...
This photo, above, is an old baking pan filled with broken pieces (shards) of old crocks, ceramic statues and melted glass that I found while I was GEOCACHING with the Prospector, my boys and the Bean (my grandson) this week. What is GEOCACHING? Will, let me tell you. It's the most fun that you can have without doing something illegal. Let me start by giving you a definition, compliments of the online site called geocaching.com....
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.
My oldest son gave me a Geocache GPS for my birthday. He must think that I'm still spry enough to go out there and be physical, because that's just exactly what this is all about..., and you don't have to go very far in any direction to find these geocaches. THEY ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. There are 20 to 25 of them within a two mile radius of our house. and hundreds in our county.
My husband started reading the box that the GPS came in and he got all excited about the whole thing. When the Prospector gets excited about something, he becomes a man on a mission. We went online and found the official site for Geocaching and learned all about it. There is so much to learn and do it's a bit overwhelming but the bottom line is that we have a new hobby and we're having a tremendous amount of fun doing it.
The Bean and his Daddy came up on Monday for a few days and we took them out to do some TREASURE HUNTING. The Bean had a great time except that he wanted to keep the containers and all the little trinkets that we found. There was an a lot of explaining to do to convince this 4 year old that he had to leave the treasure where it was after we found it and signed the list inside and that if we took something( only one thing ) we had to replace it with something else..., and that we could leave something without taking anything. He finally got the idea and after Noni promised to make him a treasure box of his own, he really enjoyed the hunt.
The reason that you see NO pictures of our adventure is because I, the camera queen, forgot to pack my camera, when we left the house. I couldn't believe I did it. No one could. I felt like I left part of my brain at home on the buffet. But I recovered quickly and decided to find other things..., like the shards of old pottery and the beautiful blue jay feathers. The Bean and I found all kinds of special "treasures" that we could take home with us.
We went to 4 sites and found 2 caches. They were all fairly easy to reach and only one, on the Mokelumne River, required a short hike to find the spot where the cache was.
My oldest son came up New Years Day and Saturday we went out to treasure hunt some more. This could get addictive. We drove to 3 sites and found 2 caches. Not bad. It's very inexpensive entertainment.
When the Bean arrived last Monday, he decided that his room needed to be "Decorated". So he cut, "drawed", taped his artwork on the windows and walls. He taped ribbon up to make it look "real pretty" and when he got through..., it did.
Then, even though I had given him his own desk to work at, he decided that my computer desk would be his too. I think it was the chair, which he loved spinning around on. He loves to spin and when he got done he was cross-eyed with excitement. He said the room was very "handsome" and that he was going to stay for 4, no.., 6 days.
It rained a lot while they were here. So we just kind of played in between the downpours. The Bean and Carl, the pupster, got along really good. I think Carl enjoyed having someone his size to play with. Carl was Bean's constant companion. Carl kind of herded the Bean everywhere outside. The goat boys, on the other hand, didn't know what to think of this short, fast moving little person and you can see it in their faces. Click on the pictures for a close up.
The pictures on the bottom left are near the chicken house. The Bean is finding chicken feathers. Tomorrow I will tell you why...