As a follow up to my previous post on “Enjoy where you live” which we could even change to “Enjoy where you are” I wanted to write this. I have two ideas on ways to explore an area. I enjoy exploring places that I go and an easy way to do it is to use one of these two methods below.
The first idea that I have is Letterboxing. According to Letterboxing.org: Letterboxing is an intriguing “treasure hunt” style outdoor activity. Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly-accessible places (like parks) and post clues to finding the box online on one of several Web sites. However, clues to finding some of the most highly-sought boxes are passed around by word of mouth. There are about 50,000 letterboxes hidden in North America alone. Individual letterboxes usually contain a log book, an often hand-carved rubber stamp and may contain an ink pad. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox’s stamp on their personal log book, and leave an imprint of their personal stamp on the letterbox’s logbook .
Things that are needed for this past time: Trail name, rubber stamp (you can make this yourself), pen or pencil, sketchbook, ink pad, compass (optional), and clues.
I have never actually done this before, so I am unable to explain much about it
The second idea that I have is geocaching. According to geocaching.com there are 3 steps involved. (1) create an account (this is free) (2) find a cache (use either gps or smartphone) (3) they want you to share your experience under your account online.
When a cache is found there is a log book and prizes. If children are involved the prizes are fun because they can choose something and leave something for the next person. Sign the log book and then make sure to hide it for the next person. The photo is when we were on one of our caches and our children were smaller.
uses and purpose
There are two advantages that I see to using either method that I mentioned. The first is the entertainment value that this activity can bring. When I geocache with my family we enjoy spending time with each other and create good memories in the process. There is not much cost involved and children enjoy looking for actual treasure. I also like to use geocaching as a way to get to know an area. People will place a cache in all kinds of places and the places are often better than finding the cache. I think it helps to do caches because a whole new wold opens up as new places are discovered. If we discover new places our appreciation for an area grows. I hope this helps you see what is just beyond the bend!!