Wednesday, July 9, 2014

First Geocache Outing

This afternoon the kids and I went on our first ever Geocache adventure. Funnily enough (is that even a word) I first heard of this through a Boxcar Children book! I thought this would be a fun thing to do since everyone likes a "treasure" hunt.  I have finally gotten around to downloading a geocache app on my phone.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor 'treasure hunting' game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

First Find
There is a beautiful little country church pretty close to our home that is named Prairie Chapel. It has an old cemetery and a bell tower. Our first coordinates led us to the cemetery fence.
(by the way, the oil well in the background is one my husband checks every day)

This cache was called a "micro" meaning the container was very small.
If any locals are seeing my pictures, 
I am sort of giving it away, but I will not say EXACTLY
where the children found it.
We signed the tiny logbook page that was rolled up inside.

The next cache we looked for was supposed to be somewhere here at Prairie Chapel is called "For Whom The Bell Tolls".  The coordinates led us to the middle of the dirt road going by the chapel...we searched in the fence row, and even crawled under a barbed wire fence and an electric fence to search in a field full of Johnson Grass, but we finally had to give up on this one.

Third Location
About a mile and a half away we had our next successful find. This one is named "Well, Horse Apples".
No more clues in case you are in the area, but here are our pictures, which give as good a clue as the coordinates probably.
Julia happened upon this one first.

David opened it to find what was inside...

This larger cache contained a water pistol and some other small items, 
along with the logbook and a pen.
(the deal is, if you take something out of a cache, 
you are supposed to replace it with something.
We just signed the logbook this time.) 

We are calling our first Geocache experience a success! Both the children want to do this again and actually, I do, too.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer Photos

Hello there!

I hope your summer is going Happily...

Our peach trees and almond trees are beginning to bear fruit!

first crop peaches

first crop almonds

My husband planted these trees two years ago 
and the children have worked hard at keeping them watered
through our long hot summers.
The winters and winds are tough on our plantings-
these two trees were the most protected ones
and so are bearing the first fruits.
All of our new trees are doing well but only these two
are bearing this year.