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Treasure Hunting

November 26, 2008

I started my holiday vacation today with a treasure hunt. 

 My cousins go Geocaching and today they took PJ and I along to learn a bit about the hobby.  I had read something about it somewhere so I had some idea but here is the official description from the website:

http://www.geocaching.com/

“Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.”

It was fun, we found 4 of the 5 cache that we were looking for, it got dark and we didn’t have a light with us.  I got to go to some places in the area that I had never been before.

The Parkers

The Parkers

We went found one down near the Rio Grande, here is the description of where the cache was hidden.
Visit the area where El Paso was born.The historical birth of modern El Paso dates back to 1536 when the first Europeans set foot in the Pass of the North. In 1598, Spanish explorer Juan de Oñáte camped on the banks of the Río Grande and crossed a site west of the present downtown area which he called “El Paso Del Río del Norte”, meaning the cropping of the river. This was the first use of the name “El Paso”. The Spanish ruled this area for nearly 300 years. México took over El Paso in 1821 and in 1827 Juan María Ponce de León built the first house on the north bank of the Rio Grande. Thirty years later, El Paso acquired its first post office and stage line.
We found one in the desert in west El Paso, where our starting point was in a really nice park that I’d never seen before, we walked out into the desert and found it under a cactus. 
Bonnie and PJ find one!
Bonnie and PJ find one! 

After our walk in the desert we met up with Robert and Joe Robert who had spent some time in the park getting their slide on,  Joe Robert had to show Mom how good he was on the slide.

 

 

 

Bonnie and Joe Robert
Bonnie and Joe Robert

After our in the dark aborted hunt we went to one of my favorite eateries, The Riviera, which has great Mexican food.   PJ was a good boy and waited in his crate while we ate dinner, he was rewarded with dog cookies so he was happy. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. November 27, 2008 4:46 pm

    Geocaching sounds like fun. It also sounds like something William Gibson would’ve thought up five or six years before it started happening!

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