Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year....

What a glorious day, and its not even a Saturday. After a whole day of stormy weather, today was a gift from Heaven. Today we went GEOCACHING!!! Our first solo attempt!

We had 3 goals punched into the GPS and we started our journey. Mollie couldn't believe her luck that she got a car ride and a walk off the leash. Of course, she kind of over did it again and she paid the price for it all evening. We had to stop a few times to get the snow balls out of her toes. We are looking at making her some snow boots but the prototype I made tonight was a bust, as she wouldn't keep it on, and it fit kinda crappy anyway. I will work on that little problem another day.



We found the first two pretty quickly but the third one had a hint that said under the biggest tree at these certain coordinates. Mollie, the GPS specialist was ahead of us, and she turned right at the biggest tree and followed the path. So, being really experienced geo nuts (not) we followed her along the path. Scott burrowed himself into the brush and kicked all around the biggest tree trunk, while Mollie searched her own path.... following rabbit foot prints. When Scott came up empty handed, we decided that it was really the biggest tree and we moved deeper into the woods... to the other "Biggest Tree" and we all burrowed into the high brush kicking around stumps, overturning fallen limbs and risking possible skunk disturbance. We gave up.... and started to wonder back to the main road, when all of a sudden Terry realized that the GPS is telling us we went in the wrong direction off the main path and the cache was on the other side of the road. So off we went....





And sure enough, Scott found it under the biggest tree on the other side of the road, behind Michelle in the picture.



How funny was that. When we got home, you should have seen the tracking on the Google Earth we had. Like a mouse in a maze!


Our Cache was a "Dora" cache and we took out a
garbage bag holder and put in a Tony the Tiger Watch. It was Michelle's job to get us home taking another route...
It was really fun, and Terry and Scott spent at least another 2 hours on the computer the rest of the afternoon, learning about the GPS, looking for geocache locations in our area and also some in Denbiegh, Ontario area, where he wants to send one of our travel bugs...
New Year's supper was a roast beef and all the fixins' and a cheesecake (no bake) for dessert. Nice way to start 2008.

4 comments:

Jill said...

Yeah! So glad you all had fun!
Next you'll have to look for our caches..."Griff's Gusto" and "Go Leafs Go!", oh and our two newest...perfect walk for Mollie -"Trailing Trees" and "Come Sit With Me"...

Let's try and get together for some caching...that would be fun!

cpm said...

Jill's started a trend! What a great family adventure! and we've had such perfect weather for it!

SAM said...

hmmm geo caching...I have heard of this.....apparently it's a big trend....it's definitely a great way to get outside in the fresh air!!! love your blog!!

ancient one said...

Boy, that sounded like fun, but not in that snow... LOL Loved those pictures!!