Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving and IL Geocaching

We took Geocaching to Illinois!  The Skokie Sculpture Park runs along a main street near Mimi and Bampa's house, so we headed out one afternoon for an outing.  It was chilly, but it was sunny and a great way to get some fresh air and let Jackson fun off some energy!  The above picture is one that Josh and Jackson found, but it was frozen!  I think this problem was solved by taking a picture of the found cache, and then Josh emailed it to the cache owner as proof we really did find it since we couldn't sign the log.
Best seat in the house, I think!
Jackson did awesome and found a cache all by himself in this neat tree!
Three of my boys :)

Josh said there were a few subtle differences in the caches between Illinois and Virginia.  The terminology used by cachers varied, and the swag in the caches wasn't quite as fabulous in IL.  Josh set off to do a couple of urban caches one afternoon hoping to log his first First to Find (FTF).  He wasn't able to find either one.  One was in an area he couldn't hang out in due to too many muggles (in this case tons of high schoolers just having gotten out of school), so someone else found it after him.  The other one still hadn't been found by the time we got back from going out to dinner.  I went over with him to search the area, but we didn't have any luck either.  We went and picked up milkshakes, and then we went back home.  Josh spent some time thinking and studying arial photos, and he thought he had an idea of where else to look.  We headed BACK out, and I thought surely we wouldn't have any trouble getting the FTF since it was 10:30 on a Tuesday.  There was another cacher there searching the area!!! Josh got out and introduced himself.  They searched together for a good while, and they both concluded it wasn't to be found.  The guy Josh met is a pretty seasoned cacher, so knowing he hadn't had luck made us feel more confident that we weren't missing something...  We have never run into anyone else while we've done our outings here!  CRAZY!
Uncle Larry and Graham
We got THE BEST stash of library books this time!  Mimi and Jackson enjoying one of many stories.
Bampa got uot this cool version of shuffleboard to play with Jackson!
He loved it!
The Grands (parents and children)
Aunt, Uncle and Nephews
The Smiths
The "Big" Kids :)

We had a great Thanksgiving day.  Josh cooked a DELICIOUS turkey, and we had so many yummy side dishes!  Uncle Larry and Aunt Michelle weren't in town for a super long visit, but we are so glad we got to celebrate Thanksgiving WITH them :)

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