Yesterday I took our three oldest kiddos to our local cemetery for a little treasure hunt. And, no, we weren't digging up any graves, we were looking for our first geocache!
I've been looking for ways to add a little fun into our homeschooling, and when geocaching popped into my head the other week I couldn't wait to take the kids. I finally downloaded the app, and when I saw there were a handful hidden at a nearby cemetery I was thrilled about the perfect timing.
I can't say that we frequent graveyards often (other than a recent trip my husband and I made to New Orleans), in fact my kids have never been. The kids were surprised when I parked, and Eleanor seemed a little apprehensive at first, but they were quickly arguing over who got to hold the phone to track down the cache.
I don't think geocaches are usually allowed in cemeteries, but the ones we found were all at historical markers. Double-mama points for adding a little local history on our Halloween outing, although I'm sure the kids won't remember a thing about the annoyingly long signs I was reading.
Skyler's probably the one who got the most out of the trip. He was really into finding the caches (although disappointed none of them had trinkets to trade this time), and really wants to hide his own asap. Poor Liam got upset that his brother kept finding them first and was dragging his feet by the time we left (we did make sure he was able to find one on his own). Eleanor expressed a little worry about the cemetery being creepy, but was soon distracted by the hunt (and quite a few butterflies). I definitely think there'll be more geocaching in our future. Probably not in any more cemeteries though.
New to geocaching, too? Check out this great article: Geocaching 101.