My rather abstract attempt at keeping up with Finding Myself Young‘s 52 Weeks of Memories photography challenge. This week’s prompt is together and I’m sharing one of our favourite ways to spend time together as a family.
I must confess after celebrating a rather lazy and social media free long weekend with my little family, I wanted more, more, more. I had full intentions of returning online Monday to share my exciting news about taking the blog on the road later this year, starting with a mystery event in Melbourne but online just couldn’t compete with fun quality time with the family.
Looking for fun ways to incorporate family time with keeping my fitness goals on track, I charged both my JAWBONE UP (fitness band) and Geocaching GPS device then headed out with the family with a view to finally hitting the big 100 for our Geocaching finds here in Perth.
Before heading offline, I posted a glimpse of our Geocaching adventures on Facebook and was surprised to learn that not everyone was aware of Geocaching?!
If I had to describe my favourite family fun time hobby to you in a nutshell, I suppose…. it’s a bit like a modern-day treasure hunt using your iPhone app or a GPS. You follow clues, mainly map co-ordinates and find caches. Caches come in all shapes and sizes with varying degrees of difficulty depending on the terrain and sometimes the cache itself.
Once we found the location, it was a matter of finding a tin hidden under a rock.
Some caches even have little treasures or trinkets inside that you can swap and others just have a log book for you to record your name. Once you’ve found the cache, you generally sign the mini log book with your Geocaching handle and then log your finds online.
You can download the free getting started app through iTunes or head to geocaching.com for a more detailed explanation and to search for caches hidden in your local area. I was rather surprised when we first started at just how many there are.
For us, it’s a great way to have some family fun with the opportunity to discover some new and interesting locations while out and about searching for caches.
We’ve become a tad obsessed with one particular cacher here in Perth. They go by the handle ‘bling’ and seem to have taken hiding caches to the next level. Two in particular spring to mind (Polevault and Scarborough High Rise), both took three attempts/visits before we actually found the caches. You never really know what to expect with a ‘bling’ cache, just when you think you have their style sussed they spring something a little different on you.
We’ve also come across some interesting wildlife along the way. On one particular adventure we encountered a swarm of bees and a black snake. Needless to say, after the black snake, slithered directly under the pipe my eldest daughter was standing on at the time, we went home empty handed and didn’t attempt to head bush with Geocaching for a little while.
I was amazed at how calm my daughter remained. Her two sisters were actually at ground level with the snake about 5 meters away and I clearly remember how calmly she spoke to her sisters “you might want to hop up on the pipe girls and then make your way back up to mum, as I have a black snake under me”.
My brave daughter then waited till her sisters were out of harms way before making her move. I was absolutely no help. At all. I didn’t even manage to get a photo once we were all back on the bridge.
The following photos are of Floreat Beach, more of the sunset and the walk we did after finding the cache but mainly due to the unwritten code amongst cachers that you don’t give too many clues or photos away, so not to spoil the fun for everyone else.
All Floreat Beach photos have been resized but are otherwise unedited and were taken using the Sony Xperia phone that I’m road testing at the moment.
I must confess, I thoroughly enjoyed my social media free extra long weekend and getting back into Geocaching with the family. When I finally resurfaced online, Instagram and Facebook were both out for the count. Clearly a sign that I was meant to have even more time off.
What have you been up to this week? Have you tried Geocaching and what’s been your most interesting find or cache location?
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Geocaching photos of my girls were taken during an organised event for Outdoor October, as part of a media campaign for Yanchep National Park. Those particular photos are thanks to Miranda Holker/Swan River Trust on behalf of Department of Parks and Wildlife, all other photos are my own.