We searched the Geo-Cache website by zipcode for one in ours. We found one that was by a rope swing, we thought was right up the
1. We took the wrong trail.
2. It was 0.2 miles in a straight line from my car, that mileage estimate does not take into consideration the switchbacks, nor the slope.
3. We did not make a special bathroom break before we left. (We thought this would be quick)
4. We did have snacks and a drink, but we LEFT IT IN THE CAR.
Now I am sure that all of these mistakes would have normally made for one grumpy un-fun trip by all, but as I said we went into this as an experience. We were partially up the mountain trail when we spot a stripped rock.
We did really want to find the Geo-cache, but we were there for the hike. I was VERY unprepared for the challenge.
That was one of the clues on the website. We felt we were close, so we kept going. We really were wishing we had packed a snack. Look at this great picnic spot. That is the Great Salt Lake in the background.
We decided we had been out long enough and we had to go to the bathroom so we decided to
We go pick up E (3rd grade) from her Girl Scout Cookie Booth. We decided not to give up, but that we were not prepared to do the harder one. So I programmed another one into our GPS at a park that I knew well. We begin searching the park (the GPS coordinates tell us exactly were to go). The website told us this was a hard one because it was small. We were searching where we thought it was, it was a very nice day, but getting cooler, and once again we were unprepared E was the only one with a jacket and she had shorts on. The rest of us had no coats. It was getting to cold for us. And we hadn't found it yet. We once again decided to head back. It was dinner time as well.
After dinner we decided we REALLY wanted to find one. So we check the website by zipcode and this time we chose easy level and easy terrain. Basically we just wanted the find by now. We program this one in our GPS and headout. We make it there in 3 minutes, and my GPS leads us right to it. Whoo hooo! The kids are so excited.
They had each brought an item to trade. We signed the log and put it back. What fun we had, and now they can't wait to go out and do more.
Note: This post is definitely not to discourage you from trying this. It was to show you that we had a great time and great attitudes through trying times. I am often known for biting off more than I can chew. I definitely recommend doing this is this spring weather. On the website notice the stars. Notice how difficult the find will be. Looking back, I actually couldn't have planned it any better. It taught us all many lessons; in preparedness, in how to deal with frustration, in when to swallow pride and ask for help, in giving up, but pressing on.
I have some amazing memories from this day, and will always remember it.