It's Thanksgiving here in Canada, so Hubby and I ventured down to visit the fam. We first went to my Aunt and Uncle's house in small-town Ontario on Saturday night, and then yesterday we visited with Hubby's family in Hometown.
Yesterday afternoon we went out walking at my happy place with Ma and Pa in law, Cousin J and her adorable dog, and Uncle D and Aunt K and their two girls. (I call them "girls" because in my head they're still 2 and 5 years old. Never mind the fact that it's been 11 years since I met them.)
|My Happy Place.|
Have you heard of this, this geocaching?
Here's what I understand:
People all over the world log onto GeoCaching.com and then they go on a treasure hunt. The "treasures" are hidden in public places by other people and then marked by map coordinates. Then hunters use their smartphones and GPS devices to locate the treasures (also known as "caches" to people who actually know what they're talking about). When you find a cache, you sign your name, take a picture, and then log it on the website.
It's all very exciting.
So we started off on the treasure hunt that Uncle D had planned out for us. I was totally on board. I love walking, I love nature, and I love doing fun things with our family.
I also love treasure.
So when Uncle D announced that we'd arrived at the GPS coordinates for the first cache, we went eagerly searching through the woods. This went on for at least 5 minutes before we gave up. Sorry, folks, but there was no damn treasure there. Geocachers are LIARS.
Despite our initial failure, we carried onward and upward. We found the second, third, fourth, AND fifth caches. SUCCESS!
Although, it's possible that by the time we got to the fourth cache, I was losing interest. I was far more fascinated by Hubby's poking stick.
|This is Hubby's poking stick. Notice its length, making surprise distance poking possible.|
|This is Hubby's poking face. He needs to concentrate very carefully.|
|This is Pa in Law, after having been mysteriously poked.|
I might have also been distracted by tiny hungry birds.
|That's a tiny hungry bird on Hubby's hand. Eating birdseed that Hubby |
When Uncle D asked me to dig out the fourth little treasure box, I was mostly just annoyed that it wasn't the My Little Pony theme I had been promised, and that the congratulations letter was way too long.
So it turns out that I'm not a good geocacher. In any case, I've learned that geocaching is more about the experience of the hunting, rather than the finding of the treasure. Just like life.
(Although I may or may not have subsequently downloaded the geocaching app and learned that there are half a dozen
treasures caches RIGHT NEAR MY HOUSE. Maybe.)