I've been collecting seashells for as long as I can remember. From east to west, coast to coast, and shore to shore, I always find a treasure to keep, and adore.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Caching With Kim

Hello! I have a special guest today! I'd like you to meet an awesome blogger friend of mine, Kim from Snug Harbor Bay.
Kim is fun, sporty, and a geocacher! I've asked Kim to tell you about her caching experiences here in Florida...particularly Sanibel! You just might discover a new hobby!

I’ve been asked by my dear friend Della from Del’s Shells to do a guest post and explain a little bit about my favorite hobby, Geocaching.  She thought her readers would enjoy hearing about my fun excursions while looking for hidden treasures.

Geocaching is quickly becoming a popular worldwide hobby.  Here’s the basic premise:  Geocachers hide objects, post the GPS co-ordinates on the geocaching website, and then other geocachers go find the object.  It’s kind of like a modern game of hide and go-seek.  Once you find the object, you don’t take it.  You sign the logbook inside, replace the geocache where you found it so others can also find it and then record your find online at the geocaching website.
Here’s the official geocaching website:  http://www.geocaching.com
.    It’s free to sign up!

One of my favorite places to visit is Sanibel Island, Florida.  Every time we vacation there, we make sure to find a couple of geocaches.  All the caches I’m going to show you are hidden on Sanibel Island.

This cache was hidden under some exposed tree roots, near a beach….

This box was hidden on a gazebo, overlooking a nice stream….

 Sanibel has an historic lighthouse and this cache was hidden close to the lighthouse.  The lighthouse is located at the eastern end of the island and it’s an interesting place to discover and explore.

There’s an intriguing story behind this small cemetery and it’s a beautiful setting and its fun to walk around and look at all the headstones that are decorated with seashells.  There’s no cache hidden here, but you do have to get some information off of a particular headstone and mail in the answer in order to get credit for the cache.  This is the cache number GCD6EE (Near the Chapel).  Click on the link to see what a cache page looks like. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=4a626de4-4819-4bc1-9173-e39a242abb0c

This next cache was hidden almost in plain sight on the street, in front of someone’s house.  I’ll bet a geocacher lives there…..

I really enjoyed this next cache.  We had to walk about a mile down a beach in order to find this nicely hidden cache.  We also looked for shells the entire time and then swam our way back afterwards.

 This cache was hidden behind the island grocery store, and very near a small pond.

The location of this cache was outside a mobile home park, and inside the park is a small petting zoo for kids to visit.  Check out that cool tree!

Another thing I really like about geocaching is that it takes me to places I would probably have never found otherwise.  I’ve been going to Sanibel Island for years and never knew about this great lookout tower.  Yep, a cache was hidden there and the view from the top was wonderful!  Imagine looking all over this structure to find a hidden cache.

I’ve tried to show you several different types of hides and different kinds of cache containers.  I can almost guarantee you that no matter where you go or where you live, there is probably a geocache hidden very close by.  Geocaching is really lots of fun and kids in particular enjoy the thrill of the hunt. 

I’d like to thank Della again for letting me share this with you.  If anyone is interested in giving it a try, please feel free to visit my blog for lots more information on the topic.

Happy caching!

Thank you, Kim! That was a terrific post! I really enjoyed your pictures, and the caches that went along with them! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

Wasn't that fun?! Now hurry on over to Snug Harbor Bay, and I'll see ya back here real soon!



Shelly said...

I want to try caching sooo bad!! It looks like a blast!

Kaybe said...

I had the pleasure of hanging out with Kim & her family last year. She has such a passion for living life. Her blog is full of caching, hunting, fishing, hiking & then some. She is just as sweet & fun person in person as she is on her blog posts.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Awww, Thanks Kaybe - you're making me blush! I really think you're my soul sister.

Sher said...

What a great post. Sounds like an adventure. I LOVE that tree! My newest thing is to find odd trees and that is one that I'd definitely photograph.

Love of the Sea said...

What an interesting post. I have never heard of this...and I travel all the time...so I want to look into this and learn more. Sounds like fun. Thank you for sharing this.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

That was so fun to read! Never heard of geocaching before. Hide and seek on Sanibel... anytime!!

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