On a recent trip to the United States I was introduced to Geocaching and was delighted to find that there are several itineraries locally when I googled it on the computer. Having got the hang of it, we too want to create some on the estate.
First, for those of you who have no idea what I am talking about let me explain what it is… Geocaching is a high-tech out door treasure hunt, great for adults and kids alike. All you need is a GPS, paper and pen (like all good scouts!) and some treasures in your pocket. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches; this could be something like a film canister or a small Tupperware box, which is filled with treasures. Yesterday we tried one out and had a lot of fun doing it.
When we eventually found the cache through a series of clues as well as the GPS location, you need to use your nose and initiative as well as this IT stuff, we unearthed a plastic box in a plastic bag hidden under a rock. In the box were a lighter, a coin, a tiny mask and a stuffed animal key ring, a pen as well as a log sheet with details from those who had found things. The idea is that you take out something but put something back in too, then fill out the logbook.The itineraries are generally published on line and so you share your experiences with others… take a look at http://www.geocaching.com to get a better understanding of what it’s all about.
In the meantime here are some photos of Georgia, Giacomo and Olivia… and Massimo of our hunt yesterday and what we found.
We promise that we will have some new itineraries for when you come… with the GPS of course!