Hidden Treasures, a guest post by Kathleen
A couple of years ago my husband came home from work with an idea the whole family could do together: Geocaching. This would mean we would have to go on hikes, up hills, and into the woods. Considering the fact that we are not a woodsy type family and we don’t like to go camping at all he was surprised when we agreed to give it a try.
Our first geocache was on our son’s sixth birthday. It did indeed take us into the woods and we were climbing over tree branches, going here, there, and everywhere. We went around trees laughing and talking the entire time until we found the geocache: The Hidden Treasure! We were so excited when we finally made it and got to open the treasure to see what goodies might be found. We also brought along our own treasures incase there was something we saw and liked so we could exchange. Geocaching became a family Saturday event for a couple of years. We truly looked forward to doing it.
There was one geocache that we did where we found a travel bug. A travel bug is a toy or object with a metal tag attached that you can use to track it’s progress across the world on Geocaching . You are allowed to remove it as long as you put it into another geocache in a different area.This particular one was a rubber bat on a string. We had a great idea! We were going on vacation that Summer to Branson,Missouri and we knew there was a geocache there as well as caves that we could take a tour of. Our great idea was to take the bat with us to the caves and then find the geocache and put it in that one. We were so excited about this adventure! We had a lot of fun taking that cave tour and we had just as much fun doing that geocache in Branson and giving Batty its new home. We also liked the Hidden Treasure that was in that geocache!
We did this for a couple of years and had fun doing it as a family. We had many, many laughs while on our outings and we were able to get some exercise in as well. The real Hidden Treasure was the time we got to spend as a family.
To learn more about Geocaching
Attached picture is of our family at Marvel Cave in Branson, Missouri. Our daughter is holding the travel bug “Batty” Batty was last seen in a geocache in Ohio.
Kathleen Smith is a mother of 3 and lives in Upstate New York. Kathleen is the author of Marriages & Miscarriages: One Woman’s Personal Experience available in paperback as well as on most ebook readers (http://bit.ly/mamkindle). She has a desire to share her story in hopes that it will help others understand what feelings one has when going through miscarriages. You can learn more about Kathleen and her book at kathleensmith.org or follow her on twitter @srkbear