Monday, April 23, 2012

Geocaching's Great Family Fun!!

Yesterday, for the first time in a long time, we went geocaching, and it was awesome!!!

Now, if you don't know what geocaching is, you're really missing out on some good family fun.  

Basically, Geocaching is an outdoor, world wide treasure hunt that uses gps enabled devices.  To find a cache, you simply go to this sitesearch for one that is close to you, note and record the GPS coordinates, and then go and try to find it.  

It's pretty simple and a lot of fun.

photo take from SUNY Cortland website
Since, yesterday, was the first time we've all been able to go out together as a family to do some searching for caches in a long time Mama Bear and I decided to try some place we hadn't been to since our college days,  Hoxie Gorge

Despite the chilly damp weather it turned out to be a great day for a walk in the woods, and we really enjoyed the Nature Trail, leading us to the first cache of the day.

I mean it was awesome.  

We were even amazed to see two painted trilliums just inches apart from one another.  

Mama Bear and I tried to point out these beauties to Pizzly, but he didn't seem to be too interested in flowers.  He was much more interested in running like mad.

I can't blame him.

I mean really, who wants to stop and smell the flowers when there is an unknown trail to follow?

But, soon enough it was time for a breather, and time to start looking for a hidden cache?

This was the view we had while we searched.

We felt miles and miles away from civilization.  

It was great.

Then we found the cache, and Pizzly noticed that there was a wicked cool rock on the path, so while he was looking at the rock with Mama Bear I signed the cache log and traded some swag.

Pizzly ended up scoring a snazzy, new to him matchbox car in the trade. We ended up leaving a tiny sized cash register for it.

I think it was a fair trade.  

Well, after we found the cache we decided that we were having too much fun to head back to the car, so we followed the trail further.

This photo really doesn't do it justice
Boy were we glad that we did.

Otherwise, we would have missed the water falls that we had a chance to walk directly over the top of.

I'll be honest.  It was a little nerve racking having the Pizzmeister so high and so close to the falls, but we all passed over them safe and sound thanks to the hand rails that SUNY Cortland was nice enough to install.

Well, after all that excitement, we found ourselves to be quite hungry.

Luckily, we managed to find a perfect place to stop and eat lunch.

A hikers cabin!  

How neat is that?!  

We could all sit down together and listen to the birds singing while we ate, and we didn't even have to worry about getting our buns moist.  

This all is why I enjoy geocaching so much.  It gets us out of the house and exploring while creating so many fond memories.

P.s.  Here are a few more photos of our geacaching trip

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