Spring thaw in 10, 9, 8, 7…
Spring thaw commencing in 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5…..
It is inevitable that this winter will be ending soon. For people like me that prefer to hibernate like a caveman, this is the best time of year. We are just waking from our woozy slumber. We have lost the winter flab and coat. We start to venture out, one less jacket, maybe no snow shoes or no galoshes today. The first peek of greenery (or brownery) gets us to envision the first shucking of shoes and socks.
This weekend in Wisconsin saw the temps rise above the 20’s for the first time since December. After just two days, there is brownery abound!
So, as spring approaches faster and faster, it is time for planning.
What are the goals for this year? What are the plan’s for next week, and the week after?
All great questions in their own right. The hope is to get out and “DO” for the most part. I have talked in the past of our adventure days where we “treasure hunt”. Treasure hunting being Geocaching. This is an outstanding way to fill a weekend. Although driving gets to be a bore, unless you make that fun too. I tend to let the older kid be the navigator.
So, what is Geocaching? Geocaching is defined best from Wikipedia;
Geocachingis an outdoor sporting activity 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 where the geocacher enters the date they found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (tupperware or similar) or ammo boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. Geocaching is often described as a “game of high-tech hide and seek,” sharing many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting,letterboxing, and waymarking.
Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica. After 10 years of activity there are over 1.2 million active geocaches published on various websites devoted to the activity.
We take our IPhones, with a Geocaching app on it and search for caches. Now you are saying to yourself, “seems lame!” when in fact it is not. Imagine, as I have you do all the time, that you are a primal tribesman. Looking for that elusive truffle, or tuber. Remember, primal life is not all about the kill. A lot of primal life was taken up with gathering, searching. Image the first person to dig up that horseradish root, or carrot, or anything else found in the wild. Someone found it, devised a use for it and shared. Geocaching is great for us because it involves all of these elements. Walking, bending, crawling, reaching, climbing, scaling and many more depending how big and involved you get into it.
I hope to bring pictures of all of our hunts and finds.
We also plan to spend a lot of our time in parks, state and play parks. These are great places to stay busy. We enjoy a place in central Wisconsin called Devils lake.
Devils lake is a bowl carved out by a glacier. On either side of the lake are large peaks (this is Wisconsin so please, large peaks to us are large peaks) great for climbing, hiking and touristy stuff. Along the shore are great beaches for swimming and the fishing is wonderful.
Last year we ended up spending a few weekends there partying, kayaking, swimming and the most popular, hiking.
I think I am painting a pretty good picture here right. I tend to hide exercising in plain sight. That’s right, all of these things are great ways to be active. As our primal forefathers would do, we trek about for hours at a time. One of our first trips out last year I had planned for five different state parks, a ferry ride and a possible if time allowed. Well, we weren’t concerned for time and I will say we were out for more than 8 hours. The one year old was safely packed in a rear carrier for most of the walks so the three of us were properly tired out.
What will you do to conquer spring this year?
I can say one thing is for sure. Spring will be very busy. Besides the typical home renovation, car detailing, this will be one of the busiest springs on record. I use Google earth to first find destinations then the internet to study up on them.
It is amazing at what is right outside your front door!