We're going on a treasure hunt or geocaching as it is more commonly known.

Monday, 26 August 2013

We're going on a treasure hunt or geocaching as it is more commonly known.


This week I am linking up to "What's the story?" with this picture. My husband and big man looking for treasure! Well looking for a geocache. We first went geocaching a few years back with some friends and it is a great way of making an afternoon stroll more interesting with the kids. It has really taken off recently and there are loads of them around, to start with you need the app. This tells you the geocaches near you and then acts as a map and compass so that you can get close. You also need this:


All geocaches have a piece of paper to record the date and who found it so you will need to take a pen or pencil with you. So why do you need a couple of whistles, bat ring,  lizard and plastic frog? Well one man's party bag rubbish is another man's treasure. Some geocaches (the ones my boys love the best) are filled with treasure. The idea is that you can swop a piece.

So off we set to our local park where 2 geocaches were near by.


We got close


We read a clue and Mummy found it! I was chuffed as it was the first one I had done by myself. Tucked in a hole in a tree. It was just a pot covered in duct tape (to make it waterproof) with a list inside. We wrote down that we had found it and headed across the park to find another.

This one was tricky. I had to read some of the comments from other people to help me locate it, but we eventually found it. We recorded that we had found it and agreed on one more before heading home.


The last one was tricky. My husband and big man were bent over looking under a tree stump. But this was treasure worth finding! Yes we had found a clip lock treasure chest filled with bounty!


So we swopped our treasure. Big man had a nice "new" skull, middle man a jewel (aka a glass bead used in flower vases) and baby man with a gold coin that he could put in his pocket. Tired and hungry we headed home, and just got distracted by a few puddles.



Have you been geocaching before? Have you made your own? I am so pleased there are so many round us now, I can see this being a regular outing.
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23 comments:

afra willmore said...

Sounds like lots of fun!

Erica Price said...

I keep meaning to do it. We did try it once before as part of an event, but we would like to go exploring on our own. We've been so busy this holiday we haven't had time. Looks like you had a fab time. I like the party bag toys tip.

Swallow Barn said...

sounds good fun!

Louise Fairweather said...

It is fab Nikki - I would have done more if the boys weren't getting tired!

Louise Fairweather said...

We hadn't done it for a while and so many more have popped up. Great fun x

Louise Fairweather said...

It is!

Charly Dove said...

I love that first photo, still making me chuckle! A superb memento for the finding the treasure chest! It looks like you had the best time, we must give geocaching a go - sounds right up our street! Great to understand how to get involved. Thank you for sharing with #whatsthestory

3yearsandhome said...

This is such an amazing idea. We used it for a treasure hunt for a car launch at work last year and it went down a storm. Can't wait to give it a go with my boys.

Louise Fairweather said...

Yes I'm glad we had friends to show us what to do.

Louise Fairweather said...

Good outdoor fun x

The Reading Residence said...

Love that photo! Our kids are still a little young for this, but I'm sure it'll be something we'll be into in a big way soon :-)

nurturemybaby said...

Brilliant. I used to be into Geocaching a few years ago.

On Saturday we did our first one in ages seeing as I have got a new phone which does make it a bit easier than using our ropey old GPS. We only had time to do one but it was a multi cache where you work out the co-ordinate s by solving a puzzle. It was great, L was asleep on Daddy's back so missed the fun, but it's quite the achievement when you eventually track t down!

And great tip about taking a pen. I totally forgot! Nothing more annoying that finding a cache and realising you ave no pen!

Coombe Mill said...

I think Geocaching is such a great activity, it does't cost anything (apart from your pre-loved items) and is a fab way to get the family outdoors to have an adventure. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

Hazel - Yellowfields Camping said...

We've just done our first geocaching adventure too! I'm already addicted! Who wouldn't enjoy a giant world wide treasure hunt?

Michelle Ashmore said...

I've just downloaded the app and hope to get out and about with my girls soon, I think they'll love it :)

Louise Fairweather said...

:-) Hubbie wasnt as keen lol

Louise Fairweather said...

Having two phones on different mix helps too!

Louise Fairweather said...

exactly!

Louise Fairweather said...

I hope they do - I think its great fun

Louise Fairweather said...

And you can do it anywhere. Might even have to set our own one up x

Jaime Oliver said...

I am planning on our first mission next weekend!! i have wanted to do it for a while and it just looks so fantastic :-)

Thanks for linking up with #ActiveFamily x

Pinkoddy said...

I really want to do this and haven't got round to it yet. Fancy the Gromit Unleashed at Bristol but quickly running out of time.

Leila - Mud Mud Marvellous Mud said...

Sounds like your boys love it. We have tried it once so far but failed miserably! Luckily Little Man is too little to notice and had fun anyway :-)