Finishing up school a bit early, we ventured to one of our favorite hiking spots on a wet and windy Michaelmas day…

Ah, the treasures that abound as the leaves begin to fly!  Mushrooms and moss.  A bouquet of colorful leaves.  Trees to climb…

Nature.

And in the midst of all of this bounty, we were engaged in yet another type of treasure hunt. Yes…we’re hooked!  If you’ve never done it, you don’t know what you’re missing!

Geocaching…two caches found, and we’ll be looking for a couple more today.  What an outstanding way to utilize our map skills, to develop an understanding of topography and to exercise deductive reasoning…

And…we DON’T EVEN OWN A GPS!!

A GPS system could certainly make the hunt easier, but we’ve discovered just how creative and resourceful we are.  Galahad used a satellite image on Google to locate one cache.  We had looked for more than an hour and were about to give up, when he looked at the image once again.  He matched the satellite image, with the trees that he could see surrounding him, and narrowed the search field a bit.  We focused our efforts in the area he insisted upon, and within 5 minutes discovered this nifty cache:

Look at those smiles!

Such fun, no cost…and the thrill of discovery?  Priceless…

This was our second cache.  A large plastic box.  Much easier to find than this, the first:

Yep.  That tiny…Arthur’s find, and every bit as exciting as Galahad’s.

Well…back to the books.  Work to finish and then…treasure to find!

Blessings,