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Funny Fridays with Sam: A Geography joke with Debbie Strayer

 
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Does Geography Matter?

Dad always says, “The world is a beautiful place- go see it!”earth from space

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Geocaching: What Do I Need to Get Started? (part 2/5)

Part 2: Getting Started. I’ll cover topics such as:

  • What you need to get started
  • Where to find the GPS coordinates for the CACHES? and maybe even
  • provide some links (by state) for more fun.

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Okay, so you THINK you might be interested in Geocaching but need more information.  That’s what this post is for.  Let’s begin quickly, someone else is out there finding your treasure!

Geocaching ammo box

There’s treasure in the box!

So, what DO you need to get started?

Here’s the list (in no particular order):

Willing spirit to go outside.  I know that seems like a big deal, but my parents tell me that getting away from the technology is a good thing; so, let’s go breathe some fresh air.

Transportation.  Although Geocaching is fun to walk to, there probably aren’t more than a few in your neighborhood.  But the good news is: there probably ARE some caches located everywhere you currently go.  The grocery store, the local park, the library and even parking lots have some (Please be careful in parking lots; I almost got run over by a car in a parking lot and it was NO fun!)

A GPS.  Yes, you really do need one, but many things count as a GPS.  Mom might have one in her car already.  Mom’s phone (if it’s smart) may be able to download a GPS app (more about that later), or you may want to splurge and buy a hand-held GPS.  I own a Garmin GPS and  I think they are the best on the market.

A Geocaching.com account.  Geocaching.com is the largest geocaching website with over 7 million logs being submitted each month and over 1.4 million caches listed around the world.  Geocaching.com offers lots of information about geocaching, the rules, as well as geocaching supplies. The good news is that the account is free and Mom and Dad will like that!

This video will describe what to do when you get to Geocaching.com!

What is Geocaching?

Closed shoes.  Going outside is fun but tracking through the woods in flip-flops is NOT.

Mom and Dad.  This is NOT something you want to try on your own, or go on your own.  You’ll need supervision and if you bring Mom and Dad it’s more fun anyway.

So, gather your items: shoes, Mom and Dad, a GPS, a car, and go get that Geocaching account.

 

Geocaching with Sam: Can you find it?

Geocaching is fun!  Finding treasure is funnier!  and sometimes the clues are… (well, you decide)

Here was the clue to this cache:

If you can’t find this one, Geocaching might not be for you!

So, let’s take a look: can you find it?

Yup, sometimes they are just that easy!

Go geocaching!

Sam

 

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“The boys were thrilled by Samuel’s “cool” gadget watch…”- Mom

Lisa Marie Fletcher and Titus 2 blog review

I recently was offered the opportunity to review some videos for a fun new family movie series called Samuel L. Collins and the Search for Biblical Truths.


This month, I’m sharing our review of their first movie – Samuel L Collins in Singapore. Next month, we’ll check out the adventure in Bali.

Samuel L. Collins and the Search for Biblical Truths - Singapore episode

Samuel L. Collins and the Search for Biblical Truths – Singapore episode

Samuel L Collins’ series is designed for families (especially boys, I think), obviously modelled off the idea of Indiana Jones and the idea of making learning Bible Truths into an adventure quest.

When the box arrived with our videos, I showed them to the boys and thought that we would wait to watch them on the weekend. The kids, apparently, had other ideas and before I knew it – the 4 of us were snuggled on the couch eagerly starting the video.

In this first video, Samuel is a secret agent and his family are called to Singapore, where Samuel finds some money dropped by a lady walking down the street and then is sent on a mission to learn more about integrity and treasures.

What I really liked about this movie is that although the title would lead you to believe that Samuel is the only one on the adventure – it actually is a whole family activity. His sister, Katie, is an active part of the search and helps Samuel complete his challenges. I like that it takes something as simple as a Bible verse and makes it exciting and special. The special digital effects were really well-done.

The boys were thrilled by Samuel’s “cool” gadget watch, and as the story progressed, were eager to participate in the challenges of deciphering codes. Samuel has to use his GPS to find the geobox, an activity that we love doing too – geocaching (aka “Treasure Hunting”).

It was a nice treat to have a live-action movie for Christian values that my kids would sit through and enjoy! We are going to watch it a few more times this week, I’m sure!

Wow!  Thanks Mrs. Fletcher for the awesome review!

Gotta run,

Sam

 

Geocaching in Virginia: What’s in the ammo box?

GEOCAHCING is like having a birthday!

Every time we go geocaching, I’m excitedly thinking, “What’s in the box?  What’s in the box?”

It reminds me of Blue’s Clues:

Blue's clues

Who remembers Blue’s Clue?

Present time, present time. Open it up and see what’s inside…

Well, on my last Geocaching adventure I found some neat stuff. Let’s see what’s inside…

See I told you it was neat!

Signing off,

Sam

 

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Geocaching: What is it? (part 1/5)- repost

Many of my friends wish they could tag along on my adventures around the world….

Samuel L. Collins fiilms in Bali

Hey, wait for me???

and I must admit it’s amazing to travel to the places I’ve been, but Geocaching is a great adventure of it’s own.  And it happens in every corner of the world, so even if the nearest State Park is the farthest from home you’ll ever get, you too CAN have your own FAMILY ADVENTURE….

So, in honor of SUMMER and VACATIONS, I’m going to write a series of blog posts that describe the “how-to’s” and “Joys” of GEOCACHING…

Geocaching: What is it? (part 1)

So, what is this family-fun activity?  It’s part ‘treasure-hunting’ part ‘scavenger hunting’ and part ‘hiking’.

Family geocaching

Doesn’t geocaching look fun?

Small and large ‘treasure boxes’ called CACHES or GEOCACHES

Here's what Geocaching containers look like...

Geocaching containers come in a variety of sizes and shapes

are hidden ALL over the world.  Yes, that’s right ALL over the world (over 100 countries including America), which means that no matter where YOU live- there’s probably a CACHE near you. 🙂

How many ‘treasure boxes’ are located around the world?  Around 2 MILLION.  Wow, that’s quite a LOT of treasure to go find!

Old fashion map with Treasure Box

Not like the pirates….

But the difference is we’re not PIRATES…. and we use modern technology!

How do we find the Treasure?

Modern technology has allowed us to move beyond paper and pen (thank goodness) and today’s Treasures are monitored by latitude and longitude in the world of Geopositioning technology (think Satellites in outer space beaming around information…).

Couple looking at Geocaching GPS

Hey, this way to the TREASURE BOX!

Each GPS (just like the one your mom uses in the car to find the grocery store) is a latitude/longitude mapping program that allows us to move from one location (home) to the next (the TREASURE box or cache)!

If we put in our home coordinates, we can use this technology to find ALL the CACHES in our area!  It really is that simple.  The GPS guides us to the CACHE and we scoop up all the loot!  Well, not really, but we’ll cover geocaching rules later.

So, are you interested?  I sure hope so.  Come back next Tuesday and we’ll cover Part 2: Getting Started.  I’ll cover topics such as:

* What you need to get started

* Where to find the GPS coordinates for the CACHES? and

* provide some links (by state) for more fun.

See you next week!

Signing off,

Sam