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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.

We’ve been pressing flowers for a few letters so last week I decided to purchase an official Flower Press. It is a Microwave Flower Press and is just 5″ square but it suits our needs just fine. 🙂

Flower Press

Flower Press

This beautiful purple flower that I found growing in our driveway is now pressed and on its way across the United States!

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Daddy went to Mexico City last week and brought this doll back for Satori. I wanted to call her Juanita, but she ended up with the name Dizelle. That’s how Satori spelled it anyway (DIZ).

Mexican doll

Mexican doll

We heard how daddy worked in the tallest building of Latin America, built to withstand earthquakes. I enjoyed hearing about the cultural differences David experienced, seeing how I spent a semester studying in Monterrey, Mexico.

Here’s a few more views of Dizelle. Satori loves her! But she is probably a little more fragile than her American Girl dolls, so we tell her to be careful with Diz.

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Mexico is our most likely international trip Satori and I will be taking soon, so we will be doing a unit study on Mexico this month! Mama and Satori should brush up on our Spanish now…

Okay, this post is literally about our backyard, a few hundred steps out our door! I had heard from a neighbor that the road we live on has a rare orchid. So Satori and I went hunting for it in our backyard and found this, which I’m 99% sure is a Spotted Coral Root Orchid. I doubt this is the rare orchid she was referring to though.

I first saw this tiny plant, Corallorhiza maculata, (it is only a foot tall) a few weeks ago and it wasn’t hard to find him again. He was in our shady forest probably at 9000 feet altitude.

Spotted Coralroot Orchid

Spotted Coralroot Orchid

Corallorhiza maculata, is so named because the Greek word “korallion” means “coral” and “rhiza” means “root” which refer to the coral-like appearance of the lower stem rhizomes. “Maculata” from the Latin word “maculates” means “spotted”, which you can see on its flowers. The Spotted Coral Root Orchid is pretty cool because it does not photosynthesize, but takes advantage of mycorrhizal fungi. It parasitizes the fungi. You can see it has no leaves and no photosynthetic green tissues.

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I have read the book The Orchid Thief and the related movie, but we’re no orchid thieves! We just took our picture and left him alone. 🙂

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Now I’ll be on the lookout for more Colorado orchids on our hikes, now that I’ve researched them, I know what to look for. Here’s an excellent document regarding Colorado Orchids:

North American Native Orchid Journal – Vol 13, 2007 – “The Native Orchids of Colorado”

And here’s some amazing Spotted Coralroot Orchid specimens taken by a talented photographer who probably took a tripod with him, a 12″ reflector disc. I *did* think of it, but I guess I was too lazy this morning to do all that. 😉