Friday, December 14, 2012

Geocaching in Ottawa

This will be my last post about Ottawa, I promise. Thanks for being so patient with my random posts from my two trips there but I like to share what we did and I hope that you are somewhat enjoying them too.

I did a post on geocaching back in November and realized later that maybe there were some people out there who didn't know what geocaching was. So in order to clear up some confusion on the subject, I am sharing with you Wikipedia's description of geocaching.

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world.
A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, and waymarking.

Now that I've got that out of the way, let's get back to our latest geocaching adventure. On the Saturday morning of our last trip, we vegged at the hotel for a little bit and then packed up and checked out. Before heading home though, we opted to do a little geocaching. We followed our GPS and ended up on a little side road by the river. Since it was so cold out, we tried to get as close to the cache location as possible in our car.

It was -9 out but felt colder with the windchill. Brrr!!!! So because of this chill, we did as much as we could in the car. We read the hints, the location again, etc.

Once we were feeling a bit more ready, we heading out to brave the cold. I was ready to find this cache! Even though this pictures makes me look slightly strange, it's my "searching" face.

After a few steps (and getting aimed in the right direction) I found the cache. WOOHOO!!!

It was buried with some rocks and camouflaged but I found it. I'm getting good at this. The outside looked like this...

And inside it looked like this!

This cache was located close to the Royal Ontario Mint so that is why the container looks like a giant Toonie and there was so much money inside. We signed our names and put it safely back in its hiding spot.

Oh, and to prove just how close we parked to the cache, I snapped this picture.

It was a cold day but it was beautiful. And we had a lot of fun. It's weird how excited I get about finding a small hidden box.

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