Sunday, May 19, 2013
A good day for hike.
This was a great weekend! My oldest daughter and my only grandson came to visit! The weather was beautiful and we were able to enjoy a great weekend outside! We woke up yesterday and set off to do a few geocaches. I have to say that my oldest daughter is a geocacher aficionado. Or at least she was a few years ago. We all loved to geocached and ended up in some pretty interesting places as a result. I'm not entirely sure why stopped doing it. But that doesn't matter, the bug has bitten again. It is always amazing to me that no matter how long you've lived somewhere, there is always someplace that you haven't visited. For instance, one of the geocaches we did was in a local town. A place I've been to countless times. But the geocache took us to a part of the town we never would have seen - totally inaccessible by car. The other geocache was relatively closeby but again, had we not been searching for the little cache, we never would have looked twice at this long ago cemetery and we certainly never would have noticed the mammoth tulip tree!
On the surface, geocaching probably seems like an odd activity to most: people looking for a little box - sometimes smaller than a matchbox. But it is so much fun and combines so many things - hiking (you can do geocaches that take as much as energy and fortitude as a marathon), using your brain (sure, the gps guides you to the general direction of the cache but you have to use common sense and reasoning to locate it), and if you want, family time. These things are so much fun to do with family members.
It is amazing the stuff you can talk about when you are traipsing through the woods or down a sidewalk or through a cemetery. And the value of simply being with someone is priceless. I feel as if I know my kids so much better after doing this type of thing. I am so incredibly thankful that many of my kids like to geocache and to hike. I've always hoped that I've passed along my love of nature to my kids and I think I have.