Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cache-ing on the Prairie

I am so happy to post about SPRING!

No more lamenting about our long, and cold, and snowy Illinois winter.

Spring is here and the last few days have been gorgeous!!!!

So, before the bugs come and eat us alive, we got to do some geocaching.

If you are new to my blog, welcome (where have you been?)!!!!  And if you are a friend, you have often read about our adventures in geocaching.

A few years ago, before we became empty nesters .... we (my husband Jeff and I) knew that we wanted to find some more things we could do together.  We both like to walk and enjoy the outdoors and we both like a little adventure.  Shortly after our proclamation, we read an article about geocaching and decided we could combine the two activities and there was a name for it!
Geocaching: is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world.
It was a perfect weekend to go for a walk or two.  And we discovered that our very own city is celebrating 100 years.  And with that celebration, a special geocache series was set up around historical sites in our town.  Twelve caches were hidden with a series of clues.  This weekend we discovered 10 of them.  If you find all twelve and submit the answers to the clues and are one of the first 250 participants, you receive a special coin commemorating the anniversary.
The coin is not really our goal.... it's the hunt of the find and the 'fun' we have doing this activity together.

Can you find the 'cache' in the above tree????  This park is less than 2 miles from our home.  I do have to give Illinois credit.... despite the high taxes (and other issues) they do have some very beautiful and well maintained parks.

Here is a closer view. 
The very clever person who put this cache and clues together did a great job of camouflage. 
From a distance you would have thought that it was part of the tree trunk.  Upon closer inspection you might have thought it was a wasp nest or something similar.  And then when you get even closer, you really see the art of glued pine cones and bark around a tube that is holding a container with SWAG in it and a log book.  We were about the 80th person to sign this particular log book.
And then, we moved on to the next set of coordinates and another puzzle to figure out.
All in all on Sunday, we found 10 caches around our city.  All were as clever or more than the previous.  It got us out of the house.  We enjoyed some beautiful weather and we had to work as a team figuring out which way was north!!!! 
Kudos to our city, turning 100 ... and having some awesome people out there somewhere.... who like to set up some pretty great puzzles!!!!

What did you do over the weekend??

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