• Activities,  Opinions

    The other side of the story

    Let’s be real for a moment.  As much as we like to get outside and do stuff, there are times Emma just doesn’t want to.  So what is an outdoor parent to do? In our text-book, listen-to-the-experts parenting moments, we make our ideas to hit the trail, paddle the canoe or search for geocaches sound like irresistible adventures filled with scavenger hunts and the wonders of the world around us. In our luke-warm parenting moments, we bribe her to go just a little bit longer on a trail. Heck. We’ve bribed her just to get to the trail-head. In our less-than-stellar parenting moments, we just yell at her and “make”…

  • Places and Spaces

    Getting Outside, Locally: Four Ways To Find A Nature Fix Close To Your Urban Home

    We all know that getting outside in nature is a curing prescription for all kinds of ailments. The great thing about this prescription is that it is often free and easy to obtain. But if you don’t live in an area that is traditionally thought to be an outdoor adventure lovers’ playground, it’s easy to get trapped into thinking you have to drive at least a few hours to find the right spot, making it easy to put off taking a good healthy dose of “outside”.  It’s also easy to think that provincial and national parks are the only way to experience the outdoors. As awesome as our recognized, government-run…

  • Activities

    A little Hike, A Few Geocaches and Some History

    Our paddles and camping gear have been cleaned and officially put away until next year. So now, our outdoor adventures focus more on local trails. We’re really fortunate to live close to lots of beautiful trails, steeped in local history. We of often head to one of the Guelph Hiking Trail Club–maintained trails to enjoy an hour or two outside, close to home. We’re also fortunate that these trails have a lot of geocaches hidden along the path! This weekend, we returned to a section of the Radial Line Trail. We’ve hiked here once before, but decided to return to find some new geocaches that had been placed along the trail…

  • Activities

    Girl Greatness Goes Geocaching

    It was Earth Day last week, which was the perfect reason to help Emma’s Brownie Unit get outside to learn a bit about geocaching and do some Spring trail cleaning. (Ok. I don’t really need an actual reason to do anything related to geocaching or getting out on a trail. But hey – Earth Day? Spending time outside with Em and a bunch of  her 7 – 8 year-old friends? If I actually needed a reason – those are really good ones.) Getting ready for the Brownie Geo-adventure took a bit of pre-planning.  A couple of weeks before our geo-date the Brownies handmade “hat crafts” to place in the geocaches.…

  • Activities

    Walking on water – the advantage of winter geocaching

    Winter geocaching is cool. Literally.  To really enjoy it you need to bundle up in multiple layers and be prepared to face snow, ice, wind  and  – if you’re lucky – the harsh glare of the sun reflecting off the snow as you hike along searching for treasure. It’s also cool in the “Whoa – awesome experience” kind of way.  Because winter geocaching is one of the only ways you get the opportunity to walk on water. Heading across the frozen lake.  But first, we had to check out the skating rink.  One frosty day in January, we checked out Puslinch Lake to solve an earth cache and nab a…

  • Activities,  Outdoor Lifestyle

    Gifts for the Geocacher on your list

    I have a few friends who are new to the game of geocaching, which means I also have a few friends who have family members looking for gift ideas.  So here you go,  friends and family of the geocache-obesessed….  The First-Ever Sometimes Eventful  Christmas Gift Guide for Geocachers. The ultimate gift:  A GPS!  Our first GPS, the Garmin eTrex, in a case. I’m going to spare you a bunch of techie-geek-out details.  Instead, I’m just going to give you a recommendation. We started with a Garmin eTrex, and found it to be a very handy little device.  If you’re buying for a new geocacher, this is a great unit.   Once we…