Pokemon NO!

This really isn’t a blog opposing Pokemon Go!  Let’s get that straight from the off.  I am a closet gamer.  I love the concept of playing computer games I just never have the time to play them.  I’d love to play Pokemon Go! but it’s not something I want to do alone.  The Robot only just turning one and Dave who isn’t a gamer whatsoever both have no interest in the game.  Given this and the fact that I already spend far too much time on my phone as it is and we go outside a lot anyway it’s just not going to happen.  Even if there are Pokemon to collect, which is slightly cool.

Roll on to last week and if you read my Happy Days Post you’ll know I went geocaching with my Mum.   I’ve known about geocaching since the early 2000’s when I was at University, so the concept isn’t new to me.  I have just never played it before.   I got so excited when we found our first geocache that I decided this was the game for me!

a plastic box is hidden under a log says official geochache on it

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.  You navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.  You get to find actual STUFF!   I signed up to Geocaching.com and downloaded the app and started trying to get Dave enthused…

We went for a bike ride on Saturday, before we set off I checked where we were going and whether there was a geocache on-route.  There were several but for the time being I chose one that looked fairly simple to find.  The hint from the app implied it was on the back of notice board.  I looked for a good minute and a little perplexed, I started pulling at the bolts, to my surprise the first one came off.  The geocache log book was hidden inside a rusty bolt.  Pretty AMAZING!  We logged that we’d been there and carried on cycling.

Dave did admit that it was a good hiding place and a little part of me hoped he was hooked on the hunt.   Sunday came and we decided to take a walk along the canal to Lancaster.  Only a 9 mile walk!  I checked out the app again to see how many geocaches were on route.  4 we could access, Dave agreed we could look for them.

Our first one was meant to be hidden under a log by the canal, could we find it, no we couldn’t!  It doesn’t mean it’s not there. The geochache community logs their finds on the app and someone had been there a few days before and had found it.  It’s not far from home so I’ll go look again another time.

The second attempt was more successful, the instructions and hints took us straight to it.  It was a geocache planted by 2 children and all the contents of it were children’s toys.  Super cute.  I may go back one day and leave something of the Robots for them.  We logged our presence and carried on our way.  Here we are just after our find, I am not sure whether the boys have my enthusiasm yet…

Dave carrying the robot in a backpack he is infront of a wall and trees

By the time we walked to the third one, a couple of miles, we had a sleepy one on our hands.   This geocache has been logged Did Not Find by several people over several months so we didn’t look hard and couldn’t find anything either!  The Robot fast asleep:

Robot asleep in his back carrier

The fourth and (almost) final search of the day and I do believe Dave has got a little hooked by my new hobby…  We read the geocache hints and started looking for it.  I think Dave is more logical than me because he went straight to it and declared “Found It!” in rather an excited way.  It was another container geocache and I saw this as my first opportunity to swap something.  I bought a little pin badge with us on the walk just incase and swapped it for green peg.  Highly exciting I know!   Hopefully I will find some real treasure soon!  Here we are just after the find, I am not sure the Robot knows what is going on, he really is worried about something:

A picture of karen dave and the robot. he looks worried and upset!!

We made it into Lancaster and treated ourselves to a pub lunch to award our successes and failures.  We caught the train home again and as we walked out of the station I mentioned to Dave, “there is another geocache on the way home…”

Five minutes late and another declaration of “found it!” from Dave we had found our third geocache of the day.   I think he’s hooked, I just need to keep letting him find them!

I am using the basic free version of the geocache app and I am writing this because of my new found joy on the subject and was not compensated in anyway!





  1. It’s funny I’ve been meaning to do it for years now too and haven’t got around to it but have discovered there are some nearby so might try to get out and try it with the kids before the holidays end! Thanks for reminding me (it’s also on my ’40 before 40′ list). Sounds like Dave is totally on board with it – I’d say letting him find them every time will definitely help! Glad you enjoyed it even if LR didn’t seem that enthusiastic 🙂 #ablogginggoodtime
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  2. Haha, you’ve definitely converted him by the sounds of it! (I’m not so sure about the Robot, judging by his faces in the photos!) My husband has always talked about geocaching – he’s keen to do it with our son when he’s a little bit older. It sounds like it’s lots of fun – and a bit addictive! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    1. isntitpretty

      Hopefully something we will all continue to do. The hunt and finds are good for kids too as the swaps in the tubs are often kid friendly. We found a dinosaur the other day which I let the Robot hold and he dropped it and lost it. Bummer!

    1. isntitpretty

      8! What a lot to look for on a first trip. It is a bit disheartening when you only find a couple. They are so clever at hiding them aren’t they. I totally want to hide my own but I want to get to a certain amount of finds before I hide my own. 50 maybe!

  3. I havent joined the Pokemon Go bandwagon yet but I already have the app in my phone.

    We love geocaching and we have one near the park here! We always check it and I am so happy when there are news finders!

    Thsi trip looks awesome and geocahing is really fun especially when shared with your fam! #countrykids
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    1. isntitpretty

      Such a lovely comment. I am glad to hear its working for you, I just told a previous commenter that I am planning on hiding our own cache when we get to a certain amount of finds to spur us on to collect things. I’m building up my stash already!

  4. Geocaching is so perfect for your active countryside family. I’m not surprised you all loved it, it’s like your usual trekking or cycling adventure with a little extra to focus on too and I should imagine the challenge is on between you and Dave when out to actually find the box! I think Robot will come to love hunting and checking out the boxes in time too. I wonder where your next search will take you?

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  5. I’m trying to get back into Geocaching after dabbling it in the early days and finding a local one with my daughter, which got her quite enthused. It’s nice that it can be combined with a trip to popular green places or a walk as that’s where they’re often squirrelled away. I just need to get organised. I have also played with Pokemon Go but I’ve not had time for gaming for a long time I can’t see that changing now. Still, I’ve seen teenagers in the great outdoors visiting places with friends to grab some Pokemon so there’s probably some value to it! #countrykids
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