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Many of my friends wish they could tag along on my adventures around the world….
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’.
Small and large ‘treasure boxes’ called CACHES or GEOCACHES
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!
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…).
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!
Hi ho, the bells all toll, the episode is DONE…
It’s been a long time and a LOT of hard work, but our NEXT episode was completed yesterday!
It’s a fun episode about finding an old bone (Katie actually trips over it) and us solving the mystery of WHO’s bone it is. SOCOM finds me in the middle of Kentucky and delivers my first clue and then the ADVENTURE begins.
Our family loves the taste of Skyline Chili, a chili restaurant that is VERY popular in the Cincinnati area, there are probably as many Skyline Chili restaurants as McDonalds, if not more. The people here LOVE their Skyline Chili. I have to admit it has a great taste, however, being from the south, we like our chili a bit thicker than they like it up here, so my dad created this recipe that our family can’t get enough of.
Skyline Chili served southern style
2 cans Skyline Chili
1 lb ground beef – browned
1 can of Old El Paso Vegetarian refried beans
1 bag of Fritos
1 pound of shredded cheddar cheese
Combine the Skyline Chili, browned ground beef, and refried beans in a pot. Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to simmer for 30 minutes.
Put a generous handful of Fritos in a bowl, top with the chili mix, and a handful of cheddar cheese.
Top with a dollop of sour cream
What’s your favorite chili recipe?
Wow, I just saw the Kentucky episode that we shot at the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum, it’s great. We had such a good time working with Buddy Davis on this episode and you can tell. Make sure you tune in this weekend on the NRB network, DIRECTV channel 378 at 11am EST on Saturday. I think this is our best show yet. We are trying something new with this episode, you’ll have to tell us what you think. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
I’m off on another adventure,