Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Fun

I have come to realize that unless something is planned, nothing seems to happen.
It gives meaning to the adage,"If you fail to plan, to plan to fail"
We have been studying geography this year and this activity seemed to fit right in with our lessons, I love that!

Aaron got a GPS a couple of years ago and loves to use it on car trips, bike rides, and around the house. We decided to try Geocache with it.

I chose one that was close to home in a cemetery with clear boundaries. I thought I knew where the cemetery was located and that proved to be one of the most difficult aspects of of the cache. The Tom Tom did not have the cemetery listed by name and we were not very familiar with the coordinates, as well as not having an address.

Once we arrived it looked like there were 3 caches in the cemetery but Erik found the only one we could locate.

We read about the history of the cemetery and located the first people who were buried there, as well as the grave of the local fallen soldier Aaron Aamot. Aaron's mother was the woman who led our tour of Pioneer Park in Ferndale last spring.

We tried to find the other cache that looked like it was located outside the cemetery but after a bit of a stroll we  realized that we were way off base.
Reviews that I read about Geocaching with a Tom Tom relate it to driving a nail with a monkey wrench, not pretty but it gets the job done. I think that pretty well sums up our experience.


Crystal in Lynden said...

We love geocaching but it's been a while since we've been out. Sounds like your day was a nice one.

amy said...

Carolynn, What a fun Sunday activity! We have done it twice. Both times we were on vacation. The first time was a flop the second was a whole lot of fun. I have read that there are a few around Lake Padden. That might be fun to do some spring day together!