August 27th, 2011
It’s summertime, and the kids are bored—again. There is no money to take them to another amusement park or go on another family vacation. What do you do? Have you ever tried geocaching? Everyone enjoys the thrill of a treasure hunt, and this is a great family activity that requires only a GPS tracking unit, found in most iPhones or Smartphones, and the spirit of adventure. And there is no better time than the warm days of summer.
You may be asking yourself, “What exactly is geocaching? And will my kids really enjoy it?” Geocaching is a real-world adventure that takes you all over the outdoors on a real-life treasure hunt. Over 5 million people have caught the fever worldwide and have set out to find the almost 1.5 million caches hidden throughout the world. No matter where you live or what outdoor activities you enjoy the most, you are sure to find a cache near you. There are caches hidden in the woods, on mountains, in city parks, and even under water.
All you have to do is log into a geocaching game website and set up an account; most memberships are free, and everyone likes free. Then based on your location and the level of difficulty you are seeking, you will be given coordinates to find a cache near you. You can specify the type of adventure you are seeking: hiking through the mountains, scuba diving, or strolling through the city park. Simply plug the coordinates into your GPS tracking system and let the game begin.
Once you find a cache, fill out the logbook with the required information and replace the cache exactly where you found it so that another adventuresome crew can find the “treasure.” If you decide to take whatever is inside the box, just be sure to replace it with something of equal value so that the next treasure seekers have something to discover. You could even adapt the game to your own home environment, especially if you have younger children. Hide your own cache and map out coordinates for your children to follow. Their summer will fly by, and you won’t be hearing “I’m bored” anymore; you will be hearing, “Can we go geocaching?” And the stories they will be able to tell when they go back to school.
The trekking for cache you do now may lead to worldwide adventures later; let your treasure hunt lead you to worlds unknown. And the memories you make as a family will be a treasure to outlast any treasure. Who knew you could have so much fun with your GPS tracking unit.
Article Written by Hilary Mayfield
July 4th, 2011
The summer is typically one of the most enjoyable times of the year. With the kids home from school and a generally more relaxed schedule, it’s the perfect season to enjoy the outdoors and go camping. And while camping is certainly a family-friendly activity, safety is an important aspect of any enjoyable vacation. Whether you choose to camp locally or take a lengthy trip into the mountains, your family can benefit from the peace of mind provided by GPS tracking.
From hiking on rocky mountain trails to cooking over an open fire, spending time in the outdoors presents a variety of challenges. Even the most environmentally-savvy individuals always travel prepared. Before heading out they take care to pack all of the needed gear. They bring their all-weather boots, their waterproof tent, and their trusty backpack. However, no matter how prepared you are, there are always situations which can catch you off guard when you expose yourself to the wild.
Several years ago my husband and I honeymooned in the Colorado Rockies. We stayed in a rustic cabin, which was actually quite romantic. However, a close encounter with a bear who wanted our breakfast significantly cooled the atmosphere. We were totally unprepared, and if the bear hadn’t been startled by my screaming, I may have ended up being his breakfast.
In situations where you are caught off guard in the wild, a GPS tracking device can literally mean the difference between life and death. Let’s say that you decided to take a solo hike to enjoy the morning sunshine, slipped, and broke a leg in the middle of nowhere. If you were carrying a tracking system on your person, it would only be a matter of time before you were found. Additionally, these days, many GPS units have emergency call buttons, which allow you to send out a distress signal in an emergency.
No one likes to think about the dangers of a family vacation. However, careful planning can allow you to rest easy as you venture out into unknown territory. Are you ready to enjoy a relaxing summer filled with action and adventure? A GPS tracking device can keep you safe while you experience the great outdoors. So pack your bags, and hit the trails for an exhilarating camping experience that will leave you both healthy and whole.
June 24th, 2011
New York City parks are getting a summertime facelift this year. Instead of slinging the hotdogs, hamburgers, and ice creams of old, park authorities have asked different kinds of food vendors to line the shady lanes. Numerous restaurants and chefs from all over the city put in bids to sell a number of delectable delights.
If you plan on visiting NYC this year, you can look forward to some promising park food including Korean cuisine, organic ice cream, upscale grilled cheese sandwiches, and various other mouth-watering bites.
While an epicurean’s dream, New York City isn’t the only town offering great park food.
You can pick up beef sandwiches and deep dish pizza in Chicago’s parks, lobster rolls and fried clams near the ocean in New England, and Mexican food in San Francisco.
Does the Midwest boast some perfect park treat? Can you find sinful southern food throughout the South?
Finding out about your favorite sweet summer eats is what we’re after.
Drop us a line about a great outdoor treat in your area, and we’ll feature your selection of choice in our next blog!