Friday, July 10, 2009

geocaching and muggles

because we are the parents of the hippest, coolest 8-year-old on the planet (or at least in denmark), we learned this week about geocaching (from her, of course). and today, we found (through the aid of my beloved iPhone, which husband refers to as the clever phone) our very first treasure. right here in our own neighborhood.

sabin led the way...

clever phone in hand
you use the GPS in your phone 
and a super cool app
(ours is the one made by groundspeak, the geocaching people themselves)
with all the info and clues
 to help you find your way
to the treasure.
the treasure is a container of some sort.

you bring something with you so you can trade
leaving a treasure behind and taking one.
super cool concept.

we left a stone from the black hills
and took a stone.
tho' there were other items.

we also brought a pen so we could write in the logbook.

then we filed a field note.
so other treasure hunters could benefit from our search.

it's a super concept.

i'll bet there's a treasure near you
what are you waiting for?

just don't let the muggles see you looking.
then everyone will want to play.

15 comments:

Eternally Distracted said...

What a cool idea. I have an iphone but had no clue it did that ... Mind you I don't have a supercool 8yr old to explain the concept! I'm off out treasure hunting :0))

spudballoo said...

Oh how brilliant! There are a few around here, I'm not sure my boys are old enough to understand the concept but worth a go. Thx for the tip!

The Fragrant Muse said...

Oh those Apple mavens are clever, very clever indeed. Soon we'll be using our phones for everything but talking to each other.

I like this particular bit of genius because it gets the kids out of the house.

Bee said...

What a fun, techno-savvy update of the treasure hunt -- with a bit of message-in-the-bottle mystery thrown in!

And I love Sabin's outfit as well.

smith kaich jones said...

Welcome! We have geocached with & without kids for the last 2 or 3 years & the kids make it way more fun. After we began doing this, I realized we had inadvertently muggled a cache a couple of years earlier. Uh oh.

:) Debi

Suecae Sounds said...

Very cool. I like it!

Maybe this would be a good enough reason to actually get gps. :)

beth said...

we did this as adults in hawaii and it was sooooo hard and my team gave up and came in last place....

I don't this is a calling of mine :)

Optimistic Pessimist said...

I never heard about this before until you tweeted about it. I'm so going to do this if i ever receive my iPhone!

Char said...

one of my friends does this with her daughter and LOVES it. Another friend urges me to try it...maybe when the niece gets a bit older.

very cool thing though

Vancouver's Enviro Girl said...

Sounds like great fun! We have one near our place, but we haven't gotten my BB GPS to function yet. Again, why I need an iPhone

Extranjera said...

One more reason to really get that iPhone. Although, I think I'm seriously kidding myself if I think I'm ever leaving the house again.

Yup. One of those days. Glad though that you're having fun!

B said...

I need to do this! Another reason to love my iPhone! I'm in love, yes!

Janet said...

i know several people who "hunt." I've never tried, altho i love the idea! way cool.

McGillicutty said...

We've done this even here in deepest darkest GA... the girls LOVE it.... way too cool!!!

Sammi said...

o0o I wish I had a clever phone now.