A couple of times this week there were a few hours of actual sunshine. On Tuesday, Georgie spent the entirety of breakfast excitedly announcing “it’s sunny!” or “it’s not raining!” Needless to say, I grabbed the opportunity to get out for some fresh air for a few hours with the kids. I’ve been meaning to give geocaching a try, and this seemed like the time to do it.
After breakfast, we gathered together a few essentials for geocaching; a biro, my iPhone with the geocaching app installed, a Barny snack to keep my little girl going, and a few items to possibly leave in exchange for any “treasure” we might find along the way.
In last weeks Country Kids post I asked if anyone had any tips for geocaching with kids, and I am very grateful to Alex who commented saying make sure you take treasures with you, in case you find anything that your children would love to keep. Geocaching rules say that in order to take an item from a cache, you should leave one behind in its place. We took a few coins of króna (left over from my parents recent trip to Iceland), a whoopee cushion & a mini pack of playing cards.
The first cache we found was a small tub and inside were a variety of items, including some collectible Disney cards. Georgie was amazed to find such amazing “treasure” inside the “treasure chest” she’d pulled out from behind a tree stump. If we hadn’t had something to leave behind, then Georgie would have been very disappointed to leave her chosen card behind.
We found another cache on the way back to Mum & Dad’s house, this time a small film canister with a magnet strapped onto it – with just enough room inside for the log. Georgie was a little sad at the lack of treasure inside, but still very excited to have found the secret little pot. I signed the log and headed back home, with a tired but happy toddler.
Yesterday was another surprisingly sunny morning (could an end to this dreadful weather be in sight after all?), and so I asked Georgie if she wanted to go treasure hunting again. She couldn’t wait to get started! We packed up our geocaching kit into her little bag, as she wanted to carry it this time, and headed off.
Georgie felt the need to take a magnifying glass with her on our outing, and was walking along with it pressed to her face – much to the amusement of everyone who saw her pass by! We walked about two miles in total yesterday, which I thought was pretty impressive for a two year old. There was plenty of stopping to look at things, splash in puddles, and of course to investigate the two caches we found.
Again, we found a “treasure chest” full of interesting items to admire & choose from, and a smaller film canister cache too. Georgie was delighted with the sea shell she chose to take home from the first cache, happily substituting the whoopee cushion in its place.
For the second cache I came prepared, and produced a little bag of chocolate buttons in place of finding something to take home. This was a stroke of genius, even if I do say so myself – she was very pleased with her yummy reward! She didn’t even mind when she took a bad tumble and face-planted into a huge puddle on the way back home.
Georgie is really proud of her treasures, and has been showing them off to her grandparents, and Daddy via FaceTime. I think we can call our geocaching adventures a great success, and I think it’s been a really fun way to make walks more interesting for Georgie too. The iPhone app will be fab for finding caches wherever we go.
We were sent some new Barny flavours to try out and fuel some winter adventures, and so each time we headed out I took one with us – little legs need “teddy bear cakes” to keep going while out on long walks, don’t you know!? Georgie really enjoyed both the strawberry and apple cakes, and happily munched them while wandering along the muddy lanes.
Since we discovered the chocolate & vanilla flavours of these little snacks during the previous Barny challenge we took part in we have bought more once or twice for fuelling our little girl whilst out & about. They are really great for throwing into your bag for days out, as they are individually packaged, with a small cardboard sleeve that prevents them being squished.
It was lovely to see signs of spring on the way while we were out this week; the snowdrops are showing up all over the place, and it looks like there might be some early daffodils coming up soon too. In the meantime, we’ll continue to get out and about as much as we can in between storms, and as geocaching has been such a success, I’m sure we’ll be out “treasure hunting” again soon.