Treasure Hunters

Has anybody ever heard of Geocaching? Basically it's a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants worldwide. I've never heard of it before but SIL#1 from CA LOVES to do this and takes her daughter and nephews with her to go treasure hunting. Sounded like fun to me and #1 Son and Baby Girl thought they could being pirates. She downloaded a few places in the Key Largo area and since they are rated as to difficulty, she chose those rated 1 or 1.5. However she also chose one that recommended that those with small children or disabilities shouldnt do this one, this bit of information not being revealed until later. Our adventure begins.......

Two vans load up with 5 adults and 6 kids aged 12, 11,8, 5 and 2 (small children if you ask me). I follow my SIL who is driving with her hand sticking out the window (you get a better reading from the GPS that way). We pull into an area that is near an underpass. With the clues provided, this is where they had to go.....

YIKES!!!! Baby Girl had to be held back against her will, but I let #1 Son go off with his 11 and 12 y/o cousins, his uncle(my bil) and his crazy aunt (my SIL). She didn't realize that this was going to be as bad as it was (the drop off was abt 15 feet above the water), but the kids found the geocache in between the rafters and they were THRILLED!! Until we realized it was another clue to the final destination. So we all pile back into the van to the next area. After driving in circles for a bit, we found the area it needed to be in. We get out and start walking thru this......

This was the best part of the trail. It got WAY worse the further we got in. Some of the kids were getting bored with it all, but #1 Son and his uncle were leading the way. We FINALLY found it, abt 10 feet from the road. We just took the long way around. This is what we found.

A big Planter's peanuts jar with all kinds of stuff in it. You take one out and add something else in. Plus there is usually a notepad to log in your info like the date you were there and your name (they are the CaliCachers with addl help from FL and NY). This game is DEFINITELY not for monetary value. It's one of those "it's-not-the-destination-it's-the-journey" games.

At that point we were all sweaty and hungry so we went off to lunch at Arby's, the bribe made to get the 11 & 12 y/os to come along. It was actually pretty cool and #1 Son wants to do it again, but between buying the GPS (starting at $100) and joining the website (there is a yearly fee but not sure what it is), we will have to wait a bit. I was just happy that nobody had any major damage done (like poison oak or deep cuts) since the wedding was less than 24 hours away.

Next up, the happy couple.......

Comments

Jane said…
We've done that, and DH and DS spent all one weekend driving around the mountains doing a multiple clue one. It's nice to have a destination included with your hike.
Stacy said…
Sounds like you had a good time down there.

We geocache from time to time. You're right; it's all about the find, not what's actually IN the find. :) The geocaching site doesn't cost money unless you get an 'expanded' membership. You can certainly do it for free, after the cost of the GPS.
Diane said…
What a cool game. I've never heard of it before.
stitcherw said…
Geocacheing looks like it could be fun, but only parts of it. I think there would be some areas I'd want to pass on (like the underpass). Glad it sounds like most of the group had fun. My DB and his family got into this a little when they were in Ohio. I don't think they've had time to do any since they moved to Mich. a little bit ago.
Sue

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