Golden’s 1st Official Walk

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Golden experienced his 1st official walk at the Forest Hill Nature Area.

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Such a curious puppy!  He behaved better than we had expected, though.

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“Are you thirsty?”

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Christian and Rebecca located a geocache along the way.

[Daddy found coordinates ahead of time from Geocaching.com.]

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We had forgotten to bring a trinket to trade, so Rebecca only perused the contents of the box and replaced it.

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For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.  Romans 1:20

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5.19.09

Our 1st Geocaching Adventure

While on vacation this week, our family set out on our 1st geocaching adventure. Fellow homeschoolers from SHS (my favorite Yahoo group) have mentioned the sport of geocaching for several years.  We finally tried it!

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For those readers who have never heard of this sport, I believe Wikipedia‘s definition is most enlightening:
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or 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 and “treasure,” usually toys or trinkets of little value.

www.Geocaching.com is a site where people can post the coordinates of a cache they’ve hidden.  I signed up for a free membership there, and DH programmed several cache coordinates into his GPS.

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The first cache we located was down in a ravine.

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We searched for caches along the Clear Lake Scenic Drive, near Atlanta, Michigan.

We enjoyed the peaceful forest.

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Can you see the blue cache hidden under the sticks?

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The blue object.

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DH spotted some fresh elk tracks.

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And I noticed this deer.  Partially hidden in the right side of the photograph.

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Of the 4 caches sought, we successfully located 3.  Not bad for our first attempt!