Geocaching in Nature

Alfred, geocaching master

TGSG Note: I am tickled to have Alfred stop by TGSG to sing the praises of geocaching! See ya outside ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Hi, my name is Alfred and I want to tell you about geocaching.  Geocaching is like a scavenger hunt. You use the geocaching website to find out the nearest geocaches to you.  The website gives you a map, directions to the geocache, a description of the geocache – like if it is a container or a special place, what is in it or what to look for, and a few extra hints.

Then you have to find where it is hidden by using a special map that tells you how close you are to the geocache.  If you have an iPhone, you can get something that tells you where you can go geocaching.  We also use a GPS to go geocaching.  But be careful you may not be able to go straight to the geocache!  The other day when we were camping we were looking for an earthcache, but if we had walked straight like the GPS told us to, we would have fallen off a cliff!!!  We had to be careful and walk slowly on the path around the lake to find a big white wall.  It was a special kind of geocache called an earthcache.  That means that there was no container, but the white wall was huge and made up of chalk called dimeatshes [diatomaceous] earth.  Dimeatshes earth is made up of skeletons of little bugs.

That same day we went to discover another earthcache called Burney Falls waterfall.  The water was cold and Burney Falls had tons of water coming out of cracks from lava.  When the waterfall hit the ground the mist had a lot of colors like green and blue.  I learned a lot about Burney Falls because of geocaching.

Geocaching is like a gift. I think other families should go geocaching so that they kind find a gift like Burney Falls!

Guest blogger bio: Alfred is Head Adventurist for Kid Adventures and really loves geocaching.  He is 8 years old and going on to 4th grade.

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