Our family has a new favorite hobby:
If you have never heard of it or have never tried it, the best place to start is at www.geocaching.com .
In a nutshell, there are small geocaching boxes hidden all over the United States. You can put in your address under the "Hide and Seek Cache". A map (that can be downloaded to your phone) will show where you can find the boxes. And then the hunt begins!
The boxes are typically filled with trinkets, a log book and pencil. Rule has it that if you take a trinket, you need to put one in. (Our kids each take a few things with them in case they want to trade out for what they find.) You can purchase geocache travel bugs and coins that are trackable. It is a really neat activity to watch your "bug" travel from box to box. (The person who moves it, registers the movement on line.)
I really should have Ethan writing this post--he is much more in the know about this. He's even made his own box that is hidden not too far from our house.
It does make for a very fun, free family outing especially on a beautiful fall day.
You never know where the map will lead you.
Just beware...you may run into some wild animals during your search!
*taken on Tim's phone yesterday while searching for a geocache box.
(Don't forget to collect the colored letters and begin to arrange them to spell out our new fundraising item. See post below for details.)