Saturday, May 8, 2010

Treasure Hunting

Sara is gone to the Republican Convention this weekend, leaving me and the kids to get into all sorts of trouble.

I discovered recently that my sister, Julie, is into geocaching. For those of you unfamiliar with the “sport,” you go to, or another similar site and load locations into your Global Positioning System (GPS) (if you struggle with the word ‘geocaching,’ you may call it ‘Treasure Hunting’). I was shocked how many there are in our area. I’ve since learned that Southern Utah is a hot spot for this.


Once you’ve loaded a few coordinates on your GPS, you go hunting!


Sometimes, it is just a matter of getting out of the car or taking a walk on a nice path.

Flower Path

And then there are the places that you probably shouldn’t take your kids to.

Rock View

  View of St George It's Hidden Where

But, with Mom out of town, my voice of caution was also unavailable for the day…

Emma Climbing

Abigail in Wedge We found it

Okay, so it is not as dangerous as it looks. Like the kids, I enjoy pretending I am Indiana Jones searching for the Holy Grail—okay, perhaps that’s just me.

Often times, the hunt will take you to beautiful locations. 

Climb Rock 2 

Abigail Shocked

A Cave

Gabe Climbing

Once you arrive at your location, you have to search for a container. Usually, it is small—the size of a film canister or a tube of toothpaste. But, some of the treasures are larger and allow you to trade your toys or trinkets.


Occasionally, you will leave empty-handed. But, just looking is fun, and you can always go back to the same location for a second chance.

If you haven’t tried this sport, I highly recommend it. Especially if you have children. Don’t have a GPS? Borrow mine. Or, if you’re spoiled enough to have a smart phone, you probably have a better GPS than most.

We miss Mom, but we are surviving.

If you’re reading this Sara, I want you to know that everyone is okay. Don’t worry about us. The local sheriff assured me they would find Abigail before nightfall…





Abigail Lost



Republican convention? Really!?! Sara's such a party animal.

Geocaching sounds way fun. Great pictures.


I'm a Republican Party animal!


No wonder Spencer likes you so much, Sara!


Did you see Nick and Alison at the convention? You are all such good citizens.

I love the post by Mark. And I love that he took the kids adventuring while you were away.

I haven't checked your blog in forever - I will probably comment further on down again.

Nate and Jacque Holt

we have to go do the Geocaching for Young Womens sometime next month, and I have no idea what to do, you'll have to help me out! looks way fun!
your kids are growing up SO fast!


Oh, and Mark, geocashing is NOT a sport. Let's just clear that up right now.