It’s a lazy Saturday…one of my favorite kinds. We slept in, ate a little lunch, and then headed out to St. Pete beach to spend the day Brandie, Laurence, Ryla, and Layne. We stopped off at the beach and hunted down a cache. It was hidden right off of the board walk in a tree, it really was a great spot. After that we headed over to the condo. The boys swam in the pool for a couple of hours while we lounged, ate guacamole, and drank cocktails. We walked down to the little beach, the kids played in the sand and climbed on the rocks, and then we headed back to the condo for dinner. They had previously stopped off at Mazzaro’s for dinner items, so we ate and drank like Italian kings. We loved getting to spend the day with them…. Wish we could do it more often! Thanks for dinner B – we love you!
Category Archives: Geocaching
Happy New Years!!!! It is another beautiful day here in paradise and look at what I started my year off with….gotta love waking up next to this sweet face. 🙂
Still trying to recover from this flu, so Andy kept everyone close to home today. He spent most of his day helping and cleaning around the house and for that I am so grateful. I made black-eyed pea soup for lunch and for our family outing we piled into the car for a little geocaching. I got to ride along and they did all of the hunting :). We found three caches today, two logs and one trinket exchange. Davy found his first cache today at the Keystone church, it was buried in a little hole in one of the benches at the outside sanctuary. He was so excited. Caiden found the last one in the brick path next to the fountain over at Highland Park. Fun times…
For Davy’s birthday we gave him his first geocaching kit. Now you may be asking what is geocaching, it is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices (such as your iphone). Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. There are almost 2 million hidden geocaches worldwide. They are everywhere and most people don’t even know it.
Immediately Davy was like let’s go find one, so Andy pulled up the map to see where the nearest one was, and don’t you know there are several near our home with the first being only .5 mile away. We had to go and see if it was there! Brandie, Laurence, Ryla, and Layne decided to join us on our adventure. Here is the provided clue to find the cache:
Just in time to commemorate the last Halloween you may ever spend on this earth! Are you brave enough for the most terrifying, dangerous cache you have ever encountered? Will you emerge from the experience alive? Or will your blood be a feast for the Dark One supped from a drinking gourd that was once your skull? (Note to parents: This is a safe, kid friendly cache. None of the above is true. Except for the part about your skull being used as a drinking gourd. That actually will happen.)
This cache was placed both to drop a cache in a big, tempting empty spot on the map and to commemorate having to get blood drawn here more times than I’d like. Originally it was going to be a micro, but I was inspired by the RainBowGirlz’ cool theme cache Creatures of the Night (GCT81E). There’s room for smaller and mid-sized trading items, and please try to keep your trades in line with the Halloween/horror theme of the cache. There’s a Dracula figurine for the FTF prize.
Additional Hints (Decrypt) – onfrbsgurovtgerr
(letter above equals below, and vice versa)
It took Andy all of 3 seconds to say, “Oh, it’s over by the doctors office!”. Sure enough, the compass lead us there. The compass will bring you within 10 ft of the cache and then you are on your own to hunt it down. We wandered behind the doctor’s office and into the woods. The decrypt says, “base of the big tree”. It took us about 10 minutes to find it, Davy was so excited. The trinkets were small; Matty took a Halloween bookmark, Ryla took a small cow, and we replaced with a hairy spider. What surprised us was the signed log. There were two other families that we knew who had signed it before us. It is fun to think about all of the families that do this together. Can’t wait to see all of the fun places that we will adventure too…. www.geocaching.com
Davy reaching in to pull it out.