While we were away we decided to try out geocaching. I signed up on Geocaching.com, downloaded their app to my phone, and we set off to hunt for hidden treasures. Are you familiar with geocaching? Basically, you use a GPS-enabled device (in my case my phone) and have it lead you to specific coordinates where you then search to find a hidden cache of "treasures." Sometimes this is just a log book in a small box or other container, where you note your name and when you found it. Other times it could be a large cache with small items included. You can sometimes trade out an item in the cache for one of equal value that you brought with you. Or you may even find a travelling item that you can take with you and bring closer to its intended destination.
Geocaching may become my new addiction. The thrill of the chase is great as you watch the arrow on the GPS map move you closer to your target. But then you still have a wide area through which to comb. Sadly, although we attempted a few caches, even one labelled specifically for beginners, we were not successful in finding any. But that hasn't dampened our enthusiasm. I think the thing to do is to have someone who's already found a particular cache to come along with me as I search for it. They can give me tips and then, if need be, actually show me where the darn thing is. I am hoping that once I see a couple of caches in the wild I'll have a better idea of what I'm looking for and how to find it. I've already tapped a friend who started earlier in the summer and she's agreed to help me out. Awesome!
Of course, with the less than ideal weather we've been experiencing this August (what is up, Mother Nature?!) we've had a few days on the couch with movies and games as well. If we can't get out and make our own adventures it can be fun to live vicariously through adventures on the screen. This afternoon is one of those couch times, and we'll be introducing Boo to National Treasure. I haven't seen it in years, but we think it'll be right up his alley. And since it's playing now on Netflix we have easy access.
Here are some other adventure-filled suggestions from Netflix Canada, to entertain your troops your next rainy afternoon.
2. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
3. Tad: The Lost Explorer
4. The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure
5. National Treasure
6. Labou and the Quest for the Lost Treasure
And your little ones: