Day 1 of Vacation: Any seasoned mom knows how rough the first transitional days are from school routine to summer vacation. Wisely, this mom vacated the premises for much of the day, leaving the wailing and gnashing of teeth for Jeff to deal with. Any seasoned dad knows better than to keep three kids cooped up in the house on a summer day, so he decided to attempt geocaching with the kids. Despite enjoying a wonderful adventure of an entirely different kind (namely, meeting a man who is hiking across the country!), no geocaches were found on the first attempt.
Jeff, of course, was more determined than ever to find the caches. So on Day 2 of summer vacation, the 5 of us set out together to Unlock the Mysteries Hidden on the nearby Rail Trail:
After we typed in the coordinates into the GPS and set off, we carefully tracked our progress until we knew we were exactly at the coordinates where the first cache was hidden. Looking high and low, after just a few minutes, we heard Aidan say, "Hey, I think I found something!" Out came this ammo can, filled with treasure!
After signing the log at this cache, we learned that it had been found most recently on St. Patrick's Day by another family in our community.
These are some of the tokens left behind from others who have found the cache. Essentially, the tokens are a physical marker of your finding the cache (in addition to signing the log book). Individuals or families create original tokens and write their name and where they are from on the token before leaving it in the cache. I am really excited for our family to design and create our own - we'll definitely revisit these first two caches to add our tokens to the mix.
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! (Pax's choice from the Treasure Chest)