• 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…

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    Logging A Milestone Find: 100 Geocaches

    We reached a geocaching milestone this weekend. 100 finds! This is what 100 finds looks like: Even Hope the Geo-Wonder-Dog was smiling. We reached our milestone at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area on (Canadian) Thanksgiving Monday. How cool is that? It’s a beautiful spot for a significant find.   How perfect is it that name of the cache is “She Was Stunning”? Yes – the views were stunning, the trail was stunning and finding 100 caches was stunning. There were a LOT of people around, which isn’t really ideal for looking for secret, hidden containers using a GPS. In fact, I’ve never seen the trails so busy.  And I’m guessing most…

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    Geocaching. You know you’re into it when…..

    We started geocaching earlier this year.  It didn’t take long for us to discover that this is a great outdoor pursuit that our family can enjoy together, just about everywhere we go. Six months later, this little hobby seems to have turned into a bit of an obsession.  The other day, Alex looked me straight in the eye and said… “I think we’re geogeeks”. I’m not sure if he was looking for validation or intervention.   So I went with validation.  And I added some reassurance that I’m right there with him for the georide. If you’re into geocaching, you may have a raging case of geogeekism just like us. Here are…

  • Activities,  Places and Spaces

    Rocking Rockwood and Power-Camping

    You’ve heard of power-shopping. Let me introduce you to the concept of power-camping…. Two nights.  One full day. A trailer. A dog. Our kid and her friend.That one day included:  geocaching (twice!) swimming canoeing (twice!) fishing hiking, and… a campfire (both nights, actually) complete with roasted hot dogs, polish sausage and smores.   And that, my friends, is power camping.Where the heck can you accomplish such a feat? We totally rocked it at Rockwood Conservation Area – an awesome spot 20 minutes outside of Guelph, Ontario that is part of the Grand River Conservation Authority. Since Rockwood is practically in my backyard, I’ve been there more times than I can count. But I…

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    Show me the Cache!

    Geocaching is addictive.  Just ask my friend Jennifer over at McDougall Photography – The Blog.  Jennifer is a fellow blogger, and works with me at my day job.  She is also a great friend.  We bonded over steak sandwiches about a year ago, became cubicle neighbours a few months ago and have since discovered that we have similar taste in books, humour and a few other random things. Jennifer has also proven to have a taste for adventure and spontaneity.  Which, in my books, rates even higher on the friendship checklist than a love for a good steak sandwich with a side of fries.  Those quality also rate high as prerequisites for being a…

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    Treasure hunts and secret stairways

    The Littlest Labuz hates hiking.  At least she did until today.  Today, she discovered that a little walk in the woods, or along a riverbank can yield some really cool new discoveries. We went Geocaching today, for the first time ever.  What the heck is Geocaching? It’s a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. You head outside to try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices. When you find the treasure you sign a log-book in the container and leave a little token behind.  It takes hiking, or just a nice walk to a new level. Alex and I have always enjoyed hiking and have been secretly disappointed that Em doesn’t share our…