We had a little difficulty getting ourselves ready to go (probably because of those manic Mondays), but once we set out for the park the kids seemed to enjoy the weather. Upon reaching the Grandview Park overlook, we were introduced to GPS devices. 1 point if you know what GPS stands for!
The kids were very interested in using them, and as we split up into groups we decided it would be easiest to let everyone have a turn trying to lead us to an object. This is called Geocaching; using GPS to locate pre-placed items with locations previously plugged into the GPS. Most of the kids knew what it was in theory, but in practice was a different story. Luckily for us, our brilliant Venture Outdoors activity leaders were on the ball with a few techniques to practice reading and using the GPS.
Groups scattered throughout most of the park area looking for one of several points. When we came back together, it turned out that only one or two groups had been able to find the hidden caches. While the kids were sort of bummed out about not finding a cache, they still seemed to relish the time spent outdoors and were already asking when we could use do the activity again. All in all, it was another fun, crazy day that saw the kids enjoying the awesome park that we are so fortunate to be close to. Thanks for another great activity, Venture Outdoors!
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."