Monday, January 21, 2013

Weekend Field Trip

 It was a mild, yet overcast weekend.
We've been wanting to get back into letterboxing.

Somewhat like our promise to visit state parks,
we hope to add this activity to our monthly schedule.
It allows us to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors
and spend quality time as a family 
with absolutely no distractions,
while getting some exercise and fresh air.

 We took off mid-morning on the Fort Frasier Trail
which starts in Bartow and ends up in Lakeland,
some 8 miles long.
We managed to rack up some mileage,
but Lil' Guy wasn't up to completing the whole trek.

This time 'round, Big K wanted to try using the GPS, 
which is known as geo-caching.
It's a high-tech version of letterboxing.

 If you visit this site, it will guide you through the process.
You need a GPS and a good sense of direction.
Coordinates are given for each hunt.

Along the trail, we found scenes like this.

This was one of the sites where the GPS took us.
On this plot used to stand a soft drink distributer.
Can you imagine how much you could get 
for returning all those bottles?

 We didn't find the container supposedly located here.
In fact, we didn't find any of them on our list.
We'll probably just go back to the standard letterboxing
and leave the GPS at home.
We've had lots of success with following the clues that way 
to locate the buried treasure.

 We enjoyed the rest of the ride 
and all of Mother Nature's gifts.

We even spotted a wild orange during our travels.

Along this trail, signs explain the roots of the area.
We always welcome an opportunity to learn something new!

Even though the goal of finding buried treasure 
wasn't achieved,
we had a great time together.
We're looking forward to our next venture.
We hope you'll give letterboxing or geo-caching a try
if weather permits, 
or start planning now for a Spring treasure hunt!

monday's homestead barn hop

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
We are so grateful to Dr. King
and his many words of wisdom.
God bless and keep him.

"Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve.
You don't have to have a college degree to serve. 
You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. 
A soul generated by love."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.