I have wanted to give this a go for a while now, since I saw it on the National Trust’s list of 50 things to do. So for our random act of wild (very wild at times!) we downloaded the app, and headed off into the country park next to where we live. Our little lady’s school friend was off school due to polling, so they came too, making a merry gaggle of 5 plus a wobbly dog. (Thursday is Mamma’s day so the twins were in nursery for the day). My map reading is notoriously bad, so I was a little apprehensive we’d actually discover any of these, but I needn’t have worried so much about my orienteering skills, as the app is fantastic, more the undergrowth required to be beaten into submission to get to them! Geocaching is an activity or pastime in which an item, or a container holding a number of items, is hidden at a particular location for GPS users to find by means of coordinates posted on the Internet.
There are different difficulties of routes that are graded on the app, and there are various types of caches, also annotated on the app. We didn’t manage to look for any caches with contents in today, as they didn’t seem to be in the area we had chosen for our 2 hour bimble, but the three girls did seem to get addicted just by finding the log books in the couple we did locate, and I think it’s fair to say we were all hooked (except maybe the dog who was beginning to think we were bonkers, scrambling around in undergrowth in the same spot for ages, and making him walk through grasses taller than him where he totally disappeared!). This image is of one of the caches, and the first one we found…we were amazed at the very real stone at the bottom of the blue barrel is in fact a fake, and hides a cache inside it!! Steep learning curve as to how well these things are hidden. The cache that we found hanging in the tree involved pushing on through long grasses (thigh height that wellies did nothing to prevent a soaking from, that then absorbed slowly down the trouser leg to the socks in the boots!!), followed by trying to wiggle in through brambles! Despite all this discomfort, the girls did remain in high spirits, thoroughly enjoying this adventure 🙂
We returned home after 2 hours of fresh air, time in nature, and outdoor play with a hint of adventure mixed in. What could be more wild than being surrounded by undergrowth taller than you at 8 years old?!
After a change of clothes, lunch, and some maths it was time to head off to our little lady’s extra dance classes in town, in preparation for her exams. We got into town, and with a little time to spare, I turned the geocache app back on, and sure enough there were one or two within our range, so off we headed!! We discovered a small one hidden behind some sort of telecom cabinet….no undergrowth or wet legs involved in this one. To my little lady’s delight it was one with “things” in too, besides the cache log. She spent a few moments investigating, signed the log, but decided not to swap anything, happy she’d made yet another discovery. Tomorrow, we are going to try it all over again where we do forest school, so the mini men can have a go, and then I will let them all fill out their National Trust books with their findings 🙂