Yesterday afternoon after we had recovered from our 18 mile run we decided to do one of of favorite activities, GEOCACHING!
If you have never heard of Geocaching, it is basically a scavenger hunting game that uses GPS, coordinates, and clues to help you locate hidden boxes with ‘treasures’ and logbooks inside them. There are tons of geocaches all over the world and it’s kind of like a secret society of people that go around placing them and finding them. We were really into geocaching last year but life got busy and we stopped doing it. We thought that yesterday would be the perfect day to try it again, so we called up Kevin’s sister and her fiance and they met us in a little part of town called Occoquan.
Kevin had looked up a multi-cache ahead of time, which are our favorite kind of geocache. They involve several steps where you travel all around to find answers to questions that eventually help you fill in the blanks in a set of GPS coordinates where the final cache is located. These types of caches can take a few hours. We were so excited!
It was about 90 degrees when we started on our way. Of course Kevin and I weren’t very smart and wore jeans so we were HOT the whole time! But we wanted to wear our recovery socks and it’s not a very good look with shorts 🙂
We walked all over Occoquan to answer the geocache questions by searching for numbers on historic buildings and signs. We also had to count numbers of fence posts, picnic tables, and wooden steps in order to get all the numbers we needed.
Once we had all the coordinate blanks filled in we plugged it into the boys’ geocaching GPS app on their cell phones, and it directed us to this forest that we had to drive to!
Even though the GPS directed us to the general area, we still didn’t know exactly where the geocache was located. They are usually small boxes that are camouflaged or hidden. We hiked up super steep hills, crossed streams and tried to get around tree branches and spiderwebs. At one point Kevin was trying to cross a stream by walking across a log, and he slipped and fell really hard. It was scary, but he was fine!
The clue said that the geocache would be found inside the crater of an uprooted tree, so we searched everyone we found in the area.
We found a lot of interesting things along the way, including an old abandoned car, an animal skull, and someone’s lost doll!
Finally, while searching another tree trunk, Kara found the geocache!
It was an old ammo can filled with things that had been left by other people. Inside there was a disposable camera so you can take a picture of yourself when you find it, and a geocache coin, that you can take and put in another cache. When you take one you are supposed to track it on the website so you can see all the places it’s traveled to. We are going to take it to Myrtle Beach next week and find a cache to put it in 🙂
Every geocache has a log book that you sign when you find it. This one went all the way back to 2002 when it was started. We signed our names after the last people who found it, back in April.
Then we put it back and covered the box back up for the next people who are trying to solve the mystery and find it!
The whole multi-cache adventure took almost 2 hours! It was definitely hard work and by the time we were finished we were tired, sweaty, and in need of some refreshments. So we went to Mom’s Bakery in Occoquan for something yummy.
The bakery has TONS of cookies, cakes, pies, and other sweet treats. All homemade and delicious!
But since it was hot outside and we felt a little dehydrated from running that morning, we went straight to the gelato and sorbet area!
We both decided to try to peach sorbet. It was perfect – sweet, cold, and refreshing. Exactly what we wanted!
Later that night we actually went on another quick geocaching adventure. This one was only one step. It was called “Don’t Want to Grow Up” and we found it behind our local Toys R Us. We love geocaching because it’s a free, fun activity to do with other people. It’s also really satisfying when you finally find one! The boys have big plans for an undergound geocaching adventure today, so we will see how that goes.
Here is my weekly run-down:
- Monday: 5 mile run (47:18/9:27 pace) + Body Pump class (1 hour)
- Tuesday: 7 mile tempo run- 1 mile warm up, 5 miles @ 8:10 average pace, 1 mile cool down (Splits were 7:57, 8:02, 8:06, 8:11, 8:34 – big hill again!)
- Wednesday: Spin class (1 hour)
- Thursday: 4 mile run (38:12/9:33 pace)
- Friday: Body Pump class (1 hour)
- Saturday: 18 mile run (2:54:12/9:40 pace) + 2 hours of GEOCACHING!
- Sunday: Rest!