Thursday, August 1, 2013


Hi guys, Bloodhounded here!
I'm subbing in for BigAl who had surgery yesterday on his heart. And we all wish him a speedy recovery, but I could see why he needs a heart operation.  Any man who can take the time, out of today's busy schedule, to take a couple of great kids geocaching, teach them and just have fun must have something wrong with them? I know what it is! It's overflowing with the love for life! Better get that fixed.....or you won't fit in. Get well soon......

Grab a cup of coffee, or tea, sit back and tell us "I Love Geocaching".

A few weeks ago a friend of mine contacted me with a question. He works as a Teacher at the Scranton School for the Deaf and he was looking for something for the kids to do during their summer break. He had heard me talk many times on Facebook about Geocaching, so he thought this might be something the kids would like to do. What he wanted to know was if I would take him out caching along with a few of the students so they all could get a feel for it. Well I was elated. I love taking folks out and teaching, or getting them hooked, on Geocaching.

We set a date and met at a nearby parking lot. We would be searching out two of my caches. When they arrived the boys got out of the van and came over to my car. The first thing they noticed was that I had one of the boys' names on my car window. It was Carl #1. Well one of the boys' names was Carl. Long story short of why it was there. My son, Carl, went to a camp and the students had written his name all over the car. This was the last window I had to clean. Carl, now learning about caching, thought that was really neat that I had his name on my car. I was then introduced to Auden and felt I had two new friends. I love Geocaching and making friends.

On to caching. Well I first showed them some of the stuff in my Geobag. You know the usual stuff like SWAG, Geocoins, and a TB.

We talked while my friend signed to the two students what we would be doing. This was going to be a very interesting caching trip since the two young boys are hearing impaired, and I don't know a lot of sign language. Matter of fact I don't remember much of what I use to know.

We headed out for the first cache, which was Anniversary Cache. As we approached GZ the boys started looking around for the cache. My friend Doug spotted it right away. He then waited for the boys to find it. He told them it could be under a rock, in something, or on top of something. They began searching harder. It didn't take them long to find the cache. They were excited to have found it.

What was really great was that they found their first Pathtag, and their first TB. I told Doug that they could keep the Pathtag and he said they would keep it for the entire group. I then explained about the TB and that it needs to move from cache to cache. He said they will move it along soon. They put the cache back where they had found it and it was off to the next cache.

The next cache was Symbol Of Peace. This one is a multi-cache and a little harder. The boys set off with the GPS and were heading in the correct direction. Once they got around GZ they began looking for the cache. We had to tell them that they were looking for Part 1 of the cache, which then would lead to Part 2. They kept looking all around the ground so Doug explained to them that they needed to divide the area in to small sections and look from the ground all the way up into the trees. It took a little while, but then they found it.

We then showed them that the co-ordinates to Part 2 are on the tail of the bird. Very cool. We entered the co-ordinates into the GPS and headed off to Part 2. Along the way we encountered many animal tracks, which were fun to look at.

Well it didn't take them long to find Part 2. They were excited about finding it too. They opened the container and went through it. What a fun time they had.

Well they had found two caches and had a great time. I think these guys are hooked for good. They can't wait to go out on their next excursion looking for caches.

So how about you? Have you taken anyone out for their first caching trip. I'd love to hear about it. By the way, say hello to the Scrantonbigbears. They are awesome and I look forward to seeing them on the trails in the future.



Oh man, you know I love this post! Nothing is more rewarding that taking a couple of kids geocaching for the first time. The look on their faces tell the whole story! Nice job BigAl!

Ann said...

Lovely story. And well done to the boys, here come more cachers by the looks of it. :-)

Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

I took a friend of mine out the other day who had not walked anywhere for years and due to the weight she had put on was becoming disabled. A first short easy cache and I think she hooked, hopefully it might get her active again. Good post BigAl.

Erika Jean said...

So nice of you to show them the game! Sounds like they had a good time.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

BigAl, you totally warmed my heart with this story. I love the looks on the boys faces. You certainly made a wonderful memory for them.

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