Friday, April 15, 2011
Geocaching in the City
We spent the afternoon geocaching in town yesterday, since it had rained and we weren't so much in the mood to get muddy. We found some caches, and didn't find others. We haven't tried ones in the city before, so the experience was new.
What I loved about it was that it forced you to find little bits of nature hiding out in the dirty ol' city. Things you wouldn't expect to find unless you looked closely and paid attention to detail.
Like this mourning dove sitting on her nest inside some bushes right on Main Street:
Or this turtle taking a break from his swimming at a pond just down the street from our house.
I thought this giant hollow tree was something of a hidden gem in the city - I had no idea it was there, right behind Office Depot.
Of course there were the usual animals too: some ducks to chase
And some geese to be wary of.
It was so nice to discover these little pieces of nature.
But geocaching in the city is tough. There are people everywhere. Stealth is practically impossible. It's not like going out for a long hike with no one around, when you can search to your heart's content without having to worry about whether people are watching and wondering what the heck you're doing. It's a whole different game doing it this way.
Are there any other geocachers out there? We're new to it, but so far it's really turning out to be a blast, and a fun way to spend time together as a family!