Finding Adventure in Different Ways
We all find “adventure” in different ways, right? Finding it as a family can be difficult, as the possibility of finding something that appeals to everyone’s tastes often decreases the more people that are involved.
Fall Family Geocaching
There is one kind of adventure, one hobby, though, that can often meet a variety of needs. It has met our family’s diverse fun needs well over the years, and is an especially enjoyable thing to do in the Fall. It is the hobby of geocaching.
Any Time of The Year
Geocaching can be done at any time of year, in both urban and rural settings, and even virtually or in real life. Fall is a time of year when people tend to stow their summer gear. It is a time that lends itself well to the activity and outdoorsy-ness of geocaching. It is a hobby that requires only a GPS or a smart phone, some trinkets, and whatever amount of time you and your family are willing to give it.
My family, for instance, has winterized our boat and camper mourned the annual loss of waterskiing and camping season, and is enjoying the leaves on the trees changing color. What better way to enjoy Fall than to find geocaches amongst the fall foliage?
The Utah Geocaches
A search of Geocaching.com shows that, of the over 2,200,000 geocaches hidden worldwide, there are over 350 within five miles of my house in Utah. We settled on a bookswap cache located along the beautiful Jordan River trail, a trail that stretches for 40 miles along the Wasatch Front.
A bookswap cache is simply a semi-large container filled with paperback books that people can trade. To find one, one searches on Geocaching.com or on a geocaching smart phone app (I use c:geo) by a keyword like “book,” and then either downloads the coordinates provided (e.g. N 38° 52.456 W 009° 12.287) to their GPS, or pulls them up into their app, which then acts like a compass, guiding one to within 10 feet or so of the cache.
You then consult whatever hints or logs are provided, or skills of cunning, detail-orientation, and patience they possess to find the actual cache. This one was found on a beautiful Fall afternoon, and will provide me and my kids with reading material to enjoy with hot mugs of cocoa in the evening.
Caches can be as small as a fake nut (we have found those), and as large as a five-gallon bucket (those as well). The larger ones are obviously easier to find (usually), and better to seek if you have small children with you. The smaller ones may be harder to find but tend to provide a greater sense of accomplishment to older kids.
Whatever adventure you find for your family, and whatever time of year you seek it, may you always find joy in your quest.
Jamie Moesser has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public administration, and enjoyed a 10-year career writing grants and fundraising for non-profit organizations before becoming a mother. She now enjoys blogging at HobbyMamas.com, MomItForward.com, and AdventureMom.tv, as well as putting on science fairs and Fall carnivals at her sons’ school, reading, writing fiction, scrapbooking, and a plethora of other hobbies, including waterskiing, r/c car racing, and dirt biking.