First GeoCaching Experience. Totally Awesome.

So, I was chillin’ on Facebook Monday morning (Memorial Day), when I saw that a local friend of mine posted that she and her family were going GeoCaching for the first time that day. I SO wanted to try it too — after having learned a bit about it while reading up on Letterboxing over a year ago. The weather was perfect for it … and we had no plans of any other kind for the day … so I just downloaded a GPS app for my iPhone, plugged in some coordinates, and headed out to discover hidden treasures throughout Bangor.

I was so surprised by how easy it was to get started. I just searched for local caches on … downloaded a $2.99 iPhone application … grabbed some bottled water and my family … and travelled 3 miles to our first cache site.
We spent an hour searching at our first site … and though we were glad to have discovered a new park that we had never even known about in our 12+ years of living in the Bangor area … we never did find the cache! Since then, we have learned a few hints about its locale, and will return to find it before any “muggles” discover the booty!

Our second geocache search (and ultimately our last for the day) was a success! Our GPS brought us to within a 100 foot radius of the stash (located in one of our favorite Bangor parks) and within about 20 min, Halis discovered the stash tucked away in a log. It was super exiting for all of us!

We each took something from the stash, and replaced it with loads of cool goodies for the next person to find. (If you want to GeoCache in Cascade Park, you will find some fun toys, Charlie Brown pinback buttons, bookmarks, etc!).

I SO look forward to finding every stash in our city … and discovering so many little nooks that we never knew about prior to GeoCaching (which seems to be one of the greatest benefits to this “sport”). What a great way to enjoy the outdoors, do some exploring, role play the whole pirate/Indiana Jones thing a bit, and get some fun booty … not to mention spend some quality time with your family.

Geocaching is simply awesome. Try it! Maybe we will see you “on the trail”!



Jodi Renshaw

About Jodi Renshaw

Jodi is a homeschooling Mom, a photographer, a wife, and a proud resident of the city of Bangor. She spends part of her time working at a locally-owned shop in the downtown area, part of her time homeschooling her favorite young man, and most of her time behind a camera lens. She often writes about adoption, family life, homeschooling, and community.