Sunday, March 23, 2008

Geocaching Saturday, 3/23/08

Spent several hours Friday out back with a shovel moving dirt, cleaning up tree remains, etc. in the back yard, so I was pretty pooped (and back was a bit sore) by the evening. Made Saturday an easy workout day as Mrs. Beagle and I decided to head outside for an attempt at 'geocaching.'
What is geocaching, you might ask? Great question, I just learned the answer today myself. According to the Geocaching FAQ: "Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache."
What that means is, we basically took our little GPS system (typically used on bike to keep me from getting lost or stolen) out into the local park and searched for hidden boxes that others had left. The sun was out, the wind was mild, and the balmy 28°F made for a nice refreshing jaunt. Of the four caches we looked for, we managed to find three of them in our two hours outside, as well as doing quite a bit of ice skating on the trails.

Of the three caches we found, we especially liked the Christmas tree cache (easy to spot once you got close)
and the 'Council of Trees' cache, which was hidden at the base of one of a group of gnarley old trees about 100 yards off the forest path.

Our trek through the woods led us back near the car after about two hours, by which point we were ready to head home, scrape the mud off, and get warmed up in a hot shower. A nice way to get outside and off the beaten path a bit on a sunny day off when it was still a bit too cold and icy to get on the bike and go a reasonable distance.

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