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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Family Treasure Hunt

Have you done this before!?!  Geocaching.  I had read several blog posts about this and decided my family had to go!  After a long day at work, my husband took some convincing, but I am a smooth salesperson and he couldn't refuse!

There are over a million different geocaches or "treasures" hidden all over the world.  Once you sign up on their website, you can see just how many are near you.  

Then download the app and use your GPS to find the hidden gems.  Sometimes there are even photos or hints to help you out.  If you want to keep your geocache, you need to replace the item or items with a treasure of your own.  Surprisingly, there were a bunch, just minutes from my house!

Our first adventure led us to a nearby park. 
We searched...and searched, then gave up. Uhg!

On to the next crusade.  This one was dangerous as it was on the side of a busy road.   We searched...and searched.  Suddenly!  Evie was sure she found the geocache and wanted to show me...snail shells.  Drat!

Maybe we were not meant to be treasure hunters, but we forged ahead to yet another geocache.  The destination had a brutal terrain.
Once again, we searched...and searched, for at least half an hour.  Still!  Nothing!  It was getting dark, but I was undaunted and wanted to look for just one more.  

My husband was so not impressed with my geocaching idea at this point and insisted we go home. But, I explained, "Lucky for you, this last one is on our way home."  It was...sort of.  He stayed in the car with the baby.

I was excited because our final treasure hunt was a special geocache, just for kids.  We searched...and searched, and finally....under the dog poop collector...success!   My 7-year-old was the one to find it.  You would think she would be jumping for joy.  Not exactly.

 "I found it!  It's all MIIIIINE!" 

The above photo was taken after I threatened eternal room doomation to my daughter and yanked the jar out of her tightly gripped fingers.

Ah the joys of family togetherness.

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Convince my husband to go geocaching again.

This was, unfortunately, NOT a paid review for geocaching.  But, because I know you are all dying to go now, here is their link.  



our stash

This is a late addition to my post:  We did replace the geocache with some very cool Happy Meal toys. 

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39 Comments:

At August 6, 2011 at 7:30 AM , Blogger claudia b said...

i've always wanted to do this but now, maybe not :D

 
At August 6, 2011 at 7:48 AM , Blogger sarajo said...

lol! OMG, so my mother-in-law is way into geocaching. We went on a few hunts with her or my sister-in-law. And every time we go, something bad happens to me. I like the idea, but hate it. I refuse to go now. And we haven't gone in a very long time.

Glad you guys had some fun. It's a great way to go and explore new parts of your area. Or just be together as a family. Good luck on your next hunt! Oh, and it's super fun to see who has been there. I think you can look up user handles and see where they are from. It's kind of cool!

 
At August 6, 2011 at 8:06 AM , OpenID yummychunklet said...

What a great idea! Glad you stuck with it.

 
At August 6, 2011 at 8:10 AM , Anonymous Christine Beaulieu said...

Glad you got to walk away with something for your troubles! Yeah after 2 fails I'm sure my family would've been done! Fun to do something new though!

 
At August 6, 2011 at 8:22 AM , Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I'm so embarrassed. I confess we got Pierce a geomate jr. for his birthday LAST October and haven't used it once yet! And it does look like so much fun - I know he'd enjoy it.

Love the stash!

 
At August 6, 2011 at 8:23 AM , Blogger m&msmommy said...

Perhaps I live under a rock, but I've NEVER heard of this! What a fun idea! :) I'm not sure my hubby would love it either, but I know my 5 year old son would! :)


What very special treasures you found! ;)

 
At August 6, 2011 at 9:00 AM , Blogger Mom of 12 said...

We just finished the Geocaching Merit Badge for my son. Look for the one by NatetheScout. It's at a nearby park and it's a fun and easy find. Look for Grandma's Fruit Basket (or something similar) it's fun too but take something to trade. We love geocaching!
Sandy

 
At August 6, 2011 at 9:17 AM , Anonymous Mommy Inconsistent said...

I have never heard of this before. Not sure if it's done in Canada but I'll be checking. Our family plays what we call "Treasure". It's been happening since Easter and is basically an easter egg hunt but with toys and it's a game that unfortunately never tires with my oldest so he'd be sure to love geocaching! Dare I introduce it?

 
At August 6, 2011 at 9:19 AM , Blogger Shelley said...

Oh I was so in love with idea. We did this last summer and I could never find anything. I would try even the ones marked easy and never find a thing!! The kids would be like no more!! Finally the hubs came with us and he find one on his first try! I was none to happy and he teased me about for awhile :) But him and my daughter found one in a park by our house. It is fun when you find something. The app on the iPhone is fun to use with too.

 
At August 6, 2011 at 11:26 AM , Blogger Jen said...

Ok, I've never heard of this either! But I really love the picture of your husband holding the baby sideways in his arms...LOL!

 
At August 6, 2011 at 11:32 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

I've never heard of this and I want in!

 
At August 6, 2011 at 12:38 PM , Blogger Sandy -- As Told By Mommy said...

We had friends that used to geocache, sounds hard though lol :-)

 
At August 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM , Blogger KERRY said...

Perhaps I've been living under that rock too!! I had never heard of this...wonder if they do it here in Australia? Sounds right up our alley, lol. Until we don't find anything then it would be game over :)

 
At August 6, 2011 at 2:10 PM , Blogger GrumpyJaxMomOf3 said...

WOW I have never even heard of this before!!

 
At August 6, 2011 at 2:39 PM , Blogger Brandi said...

I have heard of this, but have never done it. Maybe next year when Marlee is a bit older we will go. :)

 
At August 6, 2011 at 7:18 PM , Blogger Mikailah said...

Fun! :)

 
At August 6, 2011 at 8:55 PM , Blogger RoryBore said...

sounds like great fun!
we'd have to bring our tent, and snacks....because mine wouldn't leave until they found the treasure.

 
At August 6, 2011 at 9:09 PM , Blogger Amy said...

Ok.. here is my question... once you find something what's there for the next person that comes??

I have been wanting to do this..... I am always up for a good treasure hunt.

 
At August 6, 2011 at 11:32 PM , Blogger Melanie said...

Cute. I love it. My kinda adventure. My dad sets up geocashing "whatever you call thems" for people in his church...they do an annual contest. But...he makes them hike up a mountain to find them. He he...he LOVES to make it really hard. :) Sadly I live in another state and have never gotten to do his set ups (or whatever you would call it),. Huh! Anyway...sounds fun!

 
At August 6, 2011 at 11:55 PM , Blogger Laura@livingabigstory said...

See I just got stuck on the whole GPS thing .... I decided today that it's not a luxury - it's a NECESSITY! So do you think you could help me to get Doc to feel guilty enough about Thurs that he'll get me a GPS?

 
At August 7, 2011 at 12:19 AM , Blogger Kim @ Mamas Monologues said...

I've never heard of this before, but it looks like fun!

 
At August 7, 2011 at 8:27 AM , Blogger Natalie said...

I have also never heard of this...I thought you might be looking for some type of animal LOL! Glad you ended up finding some treasure!

 
At August 7, 2011 at 9:42 AM , OpenID laci512 said...

I have never heard of this. Glad you all were able to find something. I often make treasure hunts for the kids and leave clues all over the house. They enjoy that so much!

 
At August 7, 2011 at 5:08 PM , Blogger blueviolet said...

My daughter has done it several times with varying success rates. I've yet to try it myself!

 
At August 7, 2011 at 5:49 PM , Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

I've heard about this. I'm not sure if I'd have the patience to search. I'd give up halfway through and go out for a milkshake.

Yay for finding stuff though! If people were burying money, I'd be all about that.

 
At August 7, 2011 at 6:33 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

Oh my gosh! I would sooooo love to do this! We don't own a GPS though. I know a lot of my friends on Facebook have done it before. So, did you guys leave something in it's place?

 
At August 7, 2011 at 7:22 PM , Blogger Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said...

Our city just hosted a geocaching search for local teens a few weeks ago! I've never heard so much about this until now. If I mentioned this to my hubs I'm sure he'd be so ready to go! I'm gonna check it out for sure!

 
At August 7, 2011 at 8:03 PM , Blogger Hopes said...

I think we have something similar in our neck of the woods called Letterboxing. I think my older boys would love it! We are just waiting for the baby to get more sure-footed and then we will be off! SO COOL! Like a pirates treasure hunt..at least that is what I will tell my boys to get them interested, and keep them interested!

 
At August 7, 2011 at 9:36 PM , Blogger mom2kiddos said...

I have never heard of this. Looks like great fun. I wonder if Malaysia's in the map of geocaching too. I doubt it but I'll go check it out. Thanks for sharing.

 
At August 7, 2011 at 10:19 PM , Blogger Bees With Honey said...

I have heard of this before. MY sister-in-law has done this several times and loves it. What a great idea to do with kids, even if you're hubby wasn't thrilled with the idea.

The kids looked like they had a great time!
Will check out the site. I'm curious.

 
At August 7, 2011 at 10:51 PM , Blogger I Am Not Superwoman said...

I have a few friends that have done this. We *thought* about doing it but that is as far as we got. Love the 3rd pic of your husband holding son sideways...LOL...

 
At August 7, 2011 at 10:57 PM , Blogger Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

I've heard so many great things about this as a family. The deal is that you then leave something behind, right? How fun!

 
At August 8, 2011 at 11:28 AM , Blogger Jess said...

I've heard about this and been wanting to try it out. Sounds like so much fun!!

 
At August 8, 2011 at 1:05 PM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love that you finally found a great sash!

 
At August 8, 2011 at 2:38 PM , Blogger Johanson Family said...

I have always wanted to check into this to see what its all about. I think I might be a little let down b/c I'm a snob I'm learning that all I got was a lil' trinket.. but its the idea of the hunt, right? and more for the kids. I want to find a full on treasure chest full of awesome jewelry or something! Wouldn't that be neat!! Or MONEY!! haha!! Very fun idea..

 
At August 8, 2011 at 6:56 PM , Blogger Toesthattwinkle! said...

sounds like a lot of fun!

 
At August 8, 2011 at 7:50 PM , Blogger A Randomlicious Blog for the Soul said...

I LOVE THIS! I can't wait to see if they have this by us....I wish I knew how to pronounce it though. I feel like I'm saying it wrong.

Your kids have so much fun!!

 
At August 8, 2011 at 9:57 PM , Blogger Ashley - My Front Porch Swing said...

This does look like fun!! We haven't tried it, but it looks like quite the adventure!

 
At August 9, 2011 at 7:49 PM , Blogger Mo 'Betta said...

I have a friend who does this...I thought it was a local thing, obviously not!

 

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