I’ve been meaning to post about this for a week now! My, how time flies! So, I’m still participating in the Freelance Writing Jobs/Write Path Weight Loss Challenge, and last Saturday, March 17th, I got to log eight (8) 30-minute intervals of exercise. Yes, you read that correctly– 4 hours! How did that happen? My husband and I took part in the 2007 Texas Geocaching Challenge.
Geocaching has been one of our new favorite hobbies since we started last fall. It’s kind of like a high-tech hide-and-seek, or treasure hunting. People hide containers virtually anywhere, and others find them using GPS receivers and coordinates, and sign the logbooks of the caches. Sometimes there are other little trinkets in the larger containers, but the logbooks are the major component. We’ve logged almost 100, but others have been doing this for years, and have logged thousands! It’s a fun and cheap hobby; the main cost is purchasing the GPS receiver. On weekends we’ll go and find a few on our way out to dinner. It’s simple and fun, and something that my husband and I can do together!
Anyway, the reason we got to log 4 hours of pretty much non-stop exercise was because the Texas Challenge involved 4 hours of searching for multiple geocaches. The quadrant that we were searching was muddy and the water was high, so we used our mountain bikes and rode, and then walked to find each cache. We would ride for a while, and then jump off and trudge through the forest. We logged almost 6 miles of riding, and that wasn’t even counting all the walking! Boy, were we hurting on Sunday morning!
It was great fun, though, even though South Texas got third place (Central got first, and North got second). We made some new friends, and got to hang out with other geocaching friends we’ve known for a while.
It’s a really unique hobby, and highly enjoyable! And you get exercise, too! That’s not bad at all!
Note: There won’t be any photos of me geocaching that weekend. I was pretty grungy by the end of the day! 😉