Friday, 2 August 2013

Summer Bucket List #3: Geocaching

We have fancied geocaching or letter-boxing as it used to be called for a long time but never got round to it. When we were writing the bucket list we just had to add it.

If you want to know more about The Summer Bucket List, please see this post here.

So I downloaded the app and they give you three caches to find for free to see if you like it. The first one looked as if it was basically a really good stone's throw from the back of our house. To be fair it would definitely be an olympic javelin athlete, but still, pretty close to us.
This is the view from the back of our house, only not so close sadly, and the gps was pointing that it was somewhere up there.

 Ali was on a mission and his monocular was in his hand :-)
 We let him guide us
Even when he decided we must walk vertically up to the coast path.
 After much to-ing and fro-ing, where we were very impressed with the accuracy of the app. Of course my brain knows that satellites are clever-y old things made by brain-boxes, but my inner-child was all WOW and OOOH and AHHHH.
We ended up scrambling around the tree trunks and I was heartily glad that no-one came along. In future, I won't mind so much as I have the experience of actually finding it, but at that point I did feel foolish!
There it is, an old 35mm camera film case tucked into the ivy.
Inside was a piece of paper to log your name. Well of course, we didn't have a pen so we couldn't add to it. But still, we were happy we found it.
The best bit was the reason for the clue and the geocache being placed there:
The tree it was in was with it's twin and the trees are Wych Elms and rare in Britain. I would never have known that so it was great to find that out. Some kind soul (or the council) put a bench there so we could sit and enjoy.
Mum came up with a great idea to take the flower and leaves of the trees to see if we could press them.
I have now included the pressings in Project Life. Love that.
 Ali explored and found a cool geronimo moment.
 As we walked along to Langleigh Lane to get home we could smell this glorious honeysuckle before we could see it.
 Ali enjoyed sauntering along with his pokey stick.
The dawgs were pulling as usual.

It was a very satisfying trip and I will definitely be doing it again.
Summer Bucket List #3: Geocaching. Done =)
 Mum and Ali under the rare Wych Elms.
 The cache itself.
 The left hand side of the dividers.
The right hand side of the dividers.
I loved scrapping it and now it is tucked nicely into the project life album.
What's next?


  1. Love this post! Especially like the Ali geronimo moment! :) Fab pics. And well done for ticking off another bucket list item :) x

  2. Jen, you are still my hero, so busy and so organised to do all this and scrap it .. and PL it! Amazeballs.. as seems the new best word.. which incidentally isn't throwing up a wrong spelling on spellcheck!! xx

  3. We haven't done geocaching for ages and it is fun and we didn't have to pay for any of the clues.

    Great photos and your layouts are super. I love those thin alphas you've used on the LO and on the PL.

    I agree with KathiJo above that you are so busy but so well organsied and I want some lessons please:)

  4. Coincidentally, Geoff took Sophia, Maddie and Ella on their first geo-cache hunt just yesterday - they loved it. I loved your blog post, Jen. What is it with boys anbd pokey sticks? LOL
    Sue x

  5. brilliant adventure, and I was almost there with you. Never heard of a whych elm either. Loved the pic of the geronimo moment. I do admire that you do so much and you make it all so much fun (and then you blog about it brilliantly). Dont forget to tell us about the next one.

  6. Well done, Jen. Looks like it was a lot of fun for all of you. xxx

  7. What a fab adventure, what app do you use? Love the pl pages recording it, they look brilliant. It's on George & my to do at some point list! The list isn't written, it's in our head! Glad you both had a good time xx

  8. great fun you all had, and then putting it all together for your project life, lovely pages :)

  9. Jen, you forgot voting on the Italian law lol

  10. Lovely photo and great album pages. It looks like you all had a great adventure.

  11. Wow! This looks great fun. I thought about letter boxing -yes, I AM that old, years ago when the boys were younger but never got round to it. Time seemed to get the better of me! Never mind, I loved reading about your experience, you make it sound such FUN :) well done to Ali for getting you there and finding the prize xx

  12. You certainly had fun and well done not only blogging but doing LO's too!!

  13. What a great post. Sounds like you all had a lot of fun and I love your pages.

  14. Brilliant that you've been able to keep the leaves - just what scrapbooks should be for! this seems to have one of those days which generated lots of memorable events. Love the pokey stick.I want one.

  15. This is fab! We keep meaning to try geocaching too. I love the way you've incorporated it into your different memory stores and I love the Pier papers of course!

  16. Welcome to the world of geocaching! I wish I'd found it when the kids were smaller as the treasure aspect of it would have appealed more. August is a great month to start with all the extra souvenirs too!


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