Something I’ve wanted to have a go at for a while now is Geocaching. You might have seen it pop up on twitter or Instagram, but it isn’t something I’ve known a great deal about.
Essentially people like cache in locations and using a GPS enabled device (ie: a smart phone) you hunt the caches out. We had decided we would head a to a local park with a football and Daniel’s balance bike but as the weather was a bit damp we decided we would head to Reddish Vale, where I thought we would benefit from the shelter of the trees.
So I downloaded the geocache app on my phone and we headed off to Reddish Vale on Friday last week. Both Daniel and Emma have colds at the moment and Daniel needed a LOT of encouragement to walk but with s stick collecting, jumping in puddles, slug spotting and balancing on a fallen tree branch he managed to walk about a mile and a half.
I haven’t been to Reddish Vale for a really long time, and we didn’t really explore too much. We walked about 3.3 miles in total and we spotted some lovely wildlife. We saw a rabbit hopping about and Damian and I spotted a young fox dart across the path. Damian then spotted it again about five minutes later running away with something rabbit like in its jaws!
We looked for two geocaches but only found one. One of them I think must have been moved as there have been comments on it saying it was rather water logged when previous people had found it and that it needed replacing. The one we found took a bit of finding as it was located between two paths and we weren’t too sure of the best route in to it, as it was hidden in amongst a lot of trees.
When I mentioned to Damian about geocaching he was a bit unsure but he soon joined in the excitement of hunting out the one we did find and it is something we will be doing again. The geocaching got a bit too much for Emma and she soon fell fast asleep. I had thought about taking the pushchair today but had we done so we woudln’t have been able to get into the areas where the geocaches were hidden so I am glad we took to Ergo today.
It will be a perfect activity as the children get older too to go hunting and even perhaps leaving out own caches for other people to find and enjoy.
Do you take part in geocaching? You can read more here about geocaching.