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Mini-Challenge #1: Geocaching

iPhone has a new Geocaching application. I installed it late last night, and was surprised to discover the Scarecrow Lady (from last month’s Picture of the Day blogs) had hidden treasure!

This morning, as soon the kids were awake, we searched their room for trinkets that we could exchange for the booty. Pearl didn’t want to part with anything, but Natalie chose two Build-A-Bear bows (elastic bows meant to slide over bear ears).

We piled into the car and made our way to the local landmark. Per instructions, we were not to disturb the scarecrow, her clothing, or her rocks. The small cache could be found “touching the base of her rock pile”. Could, but wasn’t. We failed.

At home, I signed in to Geocaching.com to log our unsuccessful visit to the Valencia Lady. Noticing the prior two visitors were also unsuccessful, I emailed the last “hunter” who had found the cache. Let’s call him Buffalo Chip. Mr. Chip explained that I should contact the cache owner if I thought the site had been disturbed. I hadn’t realized caches had owners! This is a fascinating group.

I’d be willing to try this again. Coincidentally, there is a cache hidden at the exit of the Glider Rides, scene of my 44th birthday!

1st Mini-Challenge: Visit Geocaching.com, enter your zip code, discover an easily identifiable location (notice I have not used GPS yet), and attempt to find a cache.

Share your adventure, and I will link all of the blogs into one post on Friday, July 17th.

Have you GeoCaught?
Will you try treasure hunting?
Do you have a trinket to exchange for booty?

Special thanks to Jim for inspiring me to try geocaching.


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Picture of the Day ~ Week 3

Continuing on my quest to take at least one picture daily, may I present…

Picture of the Day ~ Week 3 

Glider Ride

Overlooking the Colorado River. ~ June 13, 2009

What a way to start! Saturday was my 44th birthday, and Tom surprised me with a glider ride.

Rabbit Chase

Pearl chases a cottontail. ~ June 14, 2009


Our 17 year old cat. ~ June 15, 2009

Our sweet cat became ill 2 weeks ago with an abscess on his left cheek. I’m sorry to report he isn’t doing very well.

On our rock wall. ~ June 16, 2009

Tom ran out of the house in his stocking feet to capture this photo.
Scarecrow Lady

At the corner of Valencia & Hwy 95. ~ June 17, 2009

She has been in this position for over 11 years, and has a different outfit to compliment each holiday, season, or special local event.
Cookie Reflection

Pearl admires the bakery’s thumbprint cookies. ~ June 18, 2009

LOL! How many of these do you think I bought?

Mediterranean Gecko on our back porch. ~ June 18, 2009

We have a pair that hunt insects nightly. Doesn’t his tail look new?

Desert Tortoise

Look who came out to eat this morning? ~ June 19, 2009
Mmmmm…. wilted lettuce and fresh broccoli.
What’s the craziest birthday surprise you’ve ever gotten?
How would you dress the scarecrow lady?
How many cookies DID I have to buy for Pearl?

Thanks for reading!


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