Geocaching... Mental & Physical Exercise?
Monday, August 08, 2011
Update: Oops, the same picture got uploaded and the one of the other ones disappeared, plus I ended a bit more abruptly than I wanted to.
So in the last month, I've become a bit of a geocaching fanatic. The video below gives you an explanation of what it geocaching is in case you don't know.
And so during this I've found myself doing a little bit of bushwhacking, hiking, climbing, wading & just a bit of driving. The driving is what makes it feel less like exercise, but I've also done a .25 mile on a trail that made it seem like 3 miles. In reality because of the cutbacks it was probably a mile and a quarter. This is certainly not the norm, but it does happen.
You also see things you don't expect. I drove by the following area for 6 years without any idea that it was there. The first two pictures are taken from a trail. One is facing to my left and the other is facing to the right (just meaning to say they are on opposite sides of the trail. From where you park, you have no idea that there is a reservoir on the other side of the top of this trail:
This last one is taken also facing the reservoir (yes the reeds are that high) except I'm taking it about halfway back from where I got the last of three caches I found in the area. The weeds themselves are easily waist, the ground is "marshy" and my legs could definitely feel it.
Plus I've enjoyed doing it with family. In this case it was with my 4 year-old daughter. She loves "geo-crashing", because in some of the bigger caches there are items to trade for. In this case, we also saw some wild turkeys. A mama, a papa and two babies. I didn't get my camera out in time.
It was the wrong spot (it was only about 5 feet to the east) but she's in looking