Geocaching Class

In trying to make the most of our MOBOT membership, I signed us up for a geocashing class at Shaw Nature Reserve.

It was a class for beginners. Or should I say, Beginners. My boys were the oldest boys there.

The class itself was fine. The instructor was nice and very informative and the GPS units were provided, even though you can use your phone, so it was nice to get some experience with those. My only complaint was that they need to do a better job staggering people because the caches are found along a loop. There were 3 parties. One went one way, the second went the other. It was awkward so I said that we'd hang out at the playground for a bit (though it was really too hot for that). Even with holding back, we still caught up to the group ahead of us and continued to do so with each stop.

At any rate, Shaw Nature Reserve is beautiful and it's impossible to have a bad time there.

They've had their outdoor classroom for a while, which is really neat. There's a large net that the kids can climb on, huge hollowed tree trunks for the kids to climb through and so much more.

What I don't remember is the Woodland Trail. It's a trail that winds around the pond and features all kinds of neat things like an elf house, a critter house, a cool fallen tree bridge and a lot more. This is the trail we followed to find the caches so the experience itself was neat.

[caption id="attachment_3940" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Queen Anne's Lace[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3941" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Violet[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3938" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Pond[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3937" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Coneflower[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3936" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Compass Flowers[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3935" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Chicory[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3933" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Fun bridge[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3934" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Bunny![/caption]

We decided we want to do more geocaching so I created an account at I was surprised to learn that caches really are hidden everywhere, not just remote locations and hiking trails. It will be a neat way to kill a few minutes here and there when we're out and about and have some time to kill.




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