Sunday, July 05, 2009

Treasure Hunt

First of all, I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! I meant to post something patriotic yesterday, but the time got away from me:( Me bad. Oh well. I'll post our Independence Day activities these evening. . . and some of my thoughts on freedom. For now, I'll just say I LOVE THE U.S.A!

So Friday, Joey had the day off-yea! We decided to start our holiday weekend off with a new family activity-geocaching. Click the word to find out more about it if you aren't familiar. Joey received a GPS as a birthday gift this year and has been wanting to do this geocaching thing for awhile. I honestly had never heard of it(has anyone else?) But it sounded fun-I've always thought treasure hunts were exciting and I knew the kids would love it. Here are pics from our first geocache hunt we did early Friday morning before the heat kicked in-dang its been hot in Dallas! Highs have been around 103. Don't be jealous.

This particular geocache was placed in a vineyard near our home. It is inside this new Croatian Village development going up nearby and its gorgeous. The architecture, lake, vineyards, bridges, everything is beautiful. I got some perdy pictures of the kids and their daddy.
Lets go!

View from the vineyard

There was a clue online that said, "Inside the troll's attic." The kids guessed it would be inside this little building. . .

They were right. Inside the roof was the treasure!
Daddy and his girls
Here I am filling out the log. Once you find it, you write down your name/group name and the date you found it.
Most geocaches have little trinkets inside. You take whats inside and you replace it with a few of your own for the next person/group that hunts. Its such a fun idea!

This is what we found. Keychain with keys(to who knows what:), spongebob, rubberband bracelet and one of those little pill things that you put in water and it turns into a foam animal.
We left a couple of shrinky dinks the kids made and a little pocket knife thingy from when Joey worked for VoiceStream(which later became T-Mobile, which by the way is the BEST cell phone company:)
While we were there we saw a couple of bunnies. . .
And some grapes growing on the vine. So cool! Then we pressed the grapes, made wine and partied..hahaha.

This will definitely be something we do again and again. Its the perfect little family activity. I'd recommend it!


jOeY said...

That was fun! I can't wait to do it again

P.S. Your grape comment was pretty funny. LOL

ACDC2005 said...

I have been wanting to do this too for a while! Maybe when Dustin gets back from his deployment. Looks like you guys had fun. I'm glad the kids got to learn the art of wine making as well, because that is important.

P.S. I am not jealous of the Dallas heat. LOL

Tara D. said...

That is so freakin' cool! I'd never heard of this before. A real treasure hunt without having to do all the work; love it!!!

mamapickle said...

That's sounds so fun! We should def. try it sometime. and how fun to see the grapevines growing. My neighbor planted a bunch in her yard and they are all growing up her fence. Such a great idea! I am thinking I should do the same.

hoLLy said...

tara, the next time you come, we'll have to do one!

Rick said...

Heard of it but never knew anyone who actually did it, sounds like fun. It was 107 in Kingsville Friday, way too hot for geocaching, it was difficult enough just breathing. We really need to move..

The Daily Stroll said...

That sounds like fun! Jonah would love it! We will have to try it sometime. I didn't realize the grapes were already growing at the vinyard. We'll have to go up there sometime and check it out.