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8. June 2014 10:50
by jennifer
5 Comments

Push Away the Screen: Geocaching with the #TampaTrio

8. June 2014 10:50 by jennifer | 5 Comments

Our family has been active geocachers since 2012. We love it!! Sometimes we find the cache, sometimes we don't but regardless we ALWAYS have fun!

But what exactly is geocaching? From geocaching.com

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

In the past I've always used the FREE app, but this summer the #TampaTrio and I have decided that we want to geocache at least once a week, so I upgraded to the Premier membership.  Premium Member Only caches are exclusively placed by Geocaching Premium Members and are only visible on our apps and website to Geocaching Premium Members. This makes you a VIP in the caching world. Geocaching Premium Members experience geocaching at its fullest and finest, with access to thousands of additional caches on Geocaching.com.

I don't know if it was upgrading my membership, or my amazing Windows Phone, but when we went caching on Friday a whole new world opened for us!

We went out for lunch and chatted about where we wanted to go caching. We all decided on Lake Park because we had to be down in that area for our produce co-op.

Pulling up the caches showed me that there were a LOT to be found!

We drove down to the park, and quickly noticed that there was one right across the street from the parking lot!

We quickly found that one, and then headed down the road to locate another one. I should have realized that something might be amiss when the road was covered in water, but we went for it anyway. And....the location was covered with water, so cache #2 was a bust.

We walked back to the car, and pulled up the app again! There promised to be a cache near the archery field so we headed off that way.

We parked got out of the car, and started hunting. Only to have 2 archers show up, so we decided to call it quits b/c the cache said it was located near the archery stuff, and no way was I taking any chances with Ronin.

Looking back at the app we saw that there was a cache about 1/2 mile from the first parking lot, so we decided to go for that one! It was called "Owls Roost" and it looked to be easily accessible off a dirt trail, so off we went!

Along the path, the Tampa Trio had fun practicing some of their CrossFit skills. Ronin did some hanging knee raises and Ella worked on her kipping and got a toes to bar!

 

It was a nice hike. When we arrived at the location, there had recently been a prescribed burn, so the woods were all charred.

It took us a L.O.N.G. time to find this cache. I walked away, giving up in defeat, and then looked down at my kids, and said, OK, WE ARE GIVING THIS ONE LAST TRY!! I was really thinking that perhaps the cache got burnt up in the fire, but we had to give it one last go. And you know what??

Yup! WE FOUND IT!!

We signed the log book, added a trinket (a video game token) and put the cache back where we found it! Success!

Nothing quite like a happy #TampaTrio.

But we weren't done yet. But before we could continue searching we had to go pick up our produce and go to Sam's Club. With our car full of groceries, we knew we'd have to make the last cache a FAST one. This cache promised NO bushwacking, and we figured it'd be an easy in, easy out.

And it was!!

Again, we signed the log book, and left a video game token (that's what we always leave!!)

It was a great day!

A quick search of caches near our home yielded this information!

WOW!! Lots of great treasure to be found!!

Have you ever gone geocaching?

Comments (5) -

Tara Funair

We have never gone geocaching but have always wanted to. What a great adventure and with Ronin being a scout, how awesome !

jennifer

YES, Tara!!! Geocaching helped Ronin to earn his belt loop and pins in Map and Compass!! Smile

Nicole D.

I've always wanted to try this!

Dina

I have always wanted to GeoCache, and this just confirmed this would be a great family activity!  I live in the Pacific NW and know there are plenty of caches to be found.  We need some trinkets to have on hand to leave.
Thank you for your page, I love it, and can't wait to keep reading!  
Have a great day!

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