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Uncle Justin (my brother) and his girlfriend Senaca flew to Colorado to see our family and Ken’s. They were only here for a few days, so we had to make the most of it!

Aren’t they a beautiful couple?

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After meeting for lunch in Boulder, we then went to Evergreen, CO to do some geocaching around their beautiful lake.

The Lake at Evergreen CO

The Lake at Evergreen CO

It was their first time. I gave them both a nice GPS device so they could hunt down the “catches” (as Justin says). Some were harder than others, but we found all 5 that we searched for!

Senaca and Justin Geocaching

Senaca and Justin Geocaching

As we strolled around the lake, I would snap quick little portraits.

justin & senaca

justin & senaca

Goofy little Princess

Goofy little Princess

No Making Out cache

No Making Out cache

I think they were thinking romantic shots, as I caught this after Justin and Senaca together solved the cache “No Making Out”.

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It was a wonderful day, weather was perfect, scenery beautiful, and a good time with family and friends!

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Just wanted to share a few photos of our weekend geocaching expeditions.

First up is the lake that welcomes you into Rollinsville from the north. There’s a Peak to Peak cache with this roadside view. I’ve taken many photos of this place, this time I am obviously focusing on the clouds and sky.

Rollinsville

Rollinsville

Next on to Nederland. The “Welcome to Nederland” cache compels you to check out the big Steam Crane sitting in town.

Nederland Steam Crane

Nederland Steam Crane

Then onto the welcome sign. Our first micro (about the size of a business card holder) was hidden somewhere in there.

Welcome to Nederland

Welcome to Nederland

Heading down the mountain to Boulder is “Cassie’s Cache”, a dog-lovers cache. Satori loved this stuffed animal dog, and we left a roll of doggie poo bags and a doggie treat. 🙂

Cassie's Cache

Cassie's Cache

The next day we took our truck and tried out some jeep trails behind our house. The views were magnificent.

Mountains between Rollinsville and Winter Park

Mountains between Rollinsville and Winter Park

The other two geocaches we did Wednesday night were also a few miles from our home.

Boogity Boogity Boogity took us awhile, as our iPhone GPS wasn’t being accurate, but luckily I did save the details on my iPhone and found that it was near a latrine, so that helped tremendously.

Diabetes Travel Bug

Diabetes Travel Bug

Mom then saw a pile of rocks that didn’t look natural and that was it. We left this Diabetes Travel bug, a panda figurine, and toy squirt gun.

Then on to Tommyknocker’s Cache! Luckily mom knew what a tommyknocker was and knew exactly where to look. I am glad I brought Dad out, after determining there were no bears or mischievious tommyknockers lurking inside, he quickly grabbed it! Our first cave, how exciting…

Tommyknocker's Cache

Tommyknocker’s Cache

Satori took a toy snake, she loved it so much it slept on her pillow that night. 🙂 We left the usual – a panda and some other toy trinket. I’ll intend to figure out some creative stuff to leave in caches, but I do think those pandas are cute. 🙂

One of the amazing things about geocaching is discovering and learning things you did not know before. Wednesday night (our 3rd day geocaching) was no exception. We piled in the Pilot and took off down our very own road. Just over two miles into the journey, we came to the Ghost Cache 3 – Perigo geocache. It is the third in a series of Ghost Town caches, at an altitude of 9914 feet. On our way we saw many old mining buildings that I never took notice of before.

We are still new at this and were using my iPhone with my newly purchased GroundSpeak Geocaching app on it to narrow in on the cache. It always said that it had a 56 feet accuracy, so we haven’t been able to get an exact location, but that is the other fun of it, who can spot the cache first! Usually they are hidden under rocks, twigs, and camouflaged pretty well.

iPhone GroundSpeak app

iPhone GroundSpeak app

David started pining after a good old mechanical compass which he thought would help him tremendously. After 15 minutes or so, he’s the one that found the cache. And his prize was a compass of all things! We left this $100 Travel Bug we found at the Peak to Peak Travel Bug Hotel the night before. (Too bad the $100 isn’t real!)

Travel Bug

Travel Bug

We also left a panda figurine and sport bubbles. Can’t wait to visit the two other ghost town geocaches!

Return from Ghost Cache 3 - Perigo

Return from Ghost Cache 3 - Perigo

Tonight Dad joined us on a few geocaching treasure hunts around Rollinsville. I gave him my Garmin watch so he could take the lead while I shot some photos.

David pinpointing the spot

David pinpointing the spot

Satori fell in love with her new fairy.

Fairy

Fairy

We left a panda and a few other things.

Geocache Panda

Geocache Panda

Earlier in the day, I took advantage of our local Playfair Toys and got a member’s discount of half off their party favors! I stocked up so that we will always have a little trinket especially for kids in geocaches. But being myself, I will probably be brainstorming some more original and unique geocache treasures…

Geocache toys for kids

Geocache toys for kids

I had been dying to get started on this hobby for over a year, maybe a few years. I decided this summer to start it with Satori. What is Geocaching? From the official Geocaching website:

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.

So today I loaded up my profile I made last year and found a couple that are just a few miles from our house. I told Satori we were going to hunt for treasure! The first one we found very easily, next to the mountain stream running through Rollinsville, a picturesque place with snow-capped mountain views, the occasional train rushing by, and a verdant meadow.

Geocache treasure

Geocache treasure

The next one was supposed to be for kids and super easy, but we did not find it. 🙁 Instead, Satori found a broken bottle, and, thinking that was the treasure, she attempted to dig it out of the ground and cut her finger! We’ll try again later this week. Daddy is home this week, so we’ll wait for him to join us!

Here’s a peek at our geocache we found, a relatively large one, they can be very small and hard to find. Inside was a notebook so we could sign in our names and the date we found it, and say what we took and what we left. We left a piggy-flashlight keychain and took a shiny plastic egg. 🙂

Geocache camo

Geocache camo

Satori is very psyched about our next Geocaching adventure! I hear there is an app for the iPhone, I may get that… Today I used my Garmin Forerunner 305 watch, which I usually use when hiking.