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April 2008



Brain Dump Mondays: Geocaching and First Hike

We had our first hike of the year this past Saturday! If you remember, last year I started a hiking group amongst some friends. If anyone lives in the LA area and wants to hike with us, contact me! We did the Mishe Mokwa Trail which was actually kind of challenging for me since I haven’t been doing anything strenuous for MONTHS now. It did feel good to be active again and outside on such a nice day! The only bad thing is that we dropped my GPS and cracked it! That means we can’t go geocaching anymore. I only got to go once so I’m kind of sad.

If you don’t know or have never heard of geocaching, it’s actually a sort of nerdy thing to do. There are several geocaching websites online. Here is a great tutorial. Basically, people hide containers filled with random items and they post up the coordinates of the cache online. You enter in the coordinates and proceed to find the cache and take an item from the cache while replacing it with a “treasure” of your own. There’s all different types of caches. One interesting version is a destination cache. This is where a cache is hidden in one location but is supposed to end up in another location. So each time you find the cache, you are supposed to hide it somewhere closer to its destination until it ends up where it’s supposed to be. Cool huh?

Anyways, geocaching is a lot of fun. I’m one of those dorks that love treasure hunts and stuff though. Here’s a picture of my cousins and boyrobot finding a cache in Little Tokyo (yes, they are pretty much hidden anywhere and everywhere!)

This one was found under the sign. You’d never have guessed it was there just walking by!

I’m going to have to find another cheapo GPS now so I can do more of these!


Comment from yoshi
Posted: April 14, 2008 at 9:42 am

wow, I totally want to do geocaching. I’ll have to look around and see what they got going on around here. and see which one of my friends around here does it!

Comment from Emily
Posted: April 14, 2008 at 10:32 am

I really want to start geocaching. When you get your new GPS will you post about it? I have no idea which kind to get. The weather is finally turning into spring here in Seattle and I really want to get outdoors with a destination instead of just wandering aimlessly which I am apt to do. And also I’m a bit nerdy too. So geocaching seems a perfect fit.

Comment from girlrobot
Posted: April 14, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Sure…the one I had was the cheapest one on the market. I got it on a hot deal and it was only $50 bucks. It was the Magellan explorist 100. I think any model by Magellan or Garmin is supposed to be good.

Comment from Emily
Posted: April 15, 2008 at 8:19 am

Thank you! p.s. Starch on starch breakfasts are because I don’t eat any breakfast protein. So while others are having eggs, bacon, potatoes and biscuits I’m all about the potatoes and biscuits. Nummy. :)

Comment from che
Posted: April 17, 2008 at 7:37 am

my friend told me about geocaching before… i was like, what the heck is that… sounds interesting!