What a lovely place Rexburg is! The sky is wide open, the stars are bright and bounteous, the fields are beautiful, the fresh air is intoxicating and the people are so darn friendly.
While visiting, Jacob introduced us to geo-caching, an activity we've heard a lot about but never participated in. The kids were hooked instantly. Jacob showed them geocaching.com where they were able to look up some GPS coordinates. He then gave them control of his GPS and set them free in the woods to see if they could find the treasure box.
They searched through fields, woods, over rocks and hills and bushes trying to match their GPS coordinates to the treasure's coordinates.
Finally one is found! It was well hidden under a pile of rocks behind the fence post. This small container has within it a great treasure! In it there is a notepad and pencil with which to sign your name to prove you'd been there. There is also a small collection of trinkets: a playing card, a shell necklace, a whistle and more. The kids trade a trinket they brought for one inside the treasure box. They then return the treasure/geocache to it's rightful position under the rocks and head out for the next cache. By the end of the afternoon we completed three caches and ended up . . .
. . . at this treasure: the banks of the Snake River. A great spot for walking the shoreline, jumping puddles and skipping rocks. Jacob showed us all how it's done and was able to throw a rock all the way across; I don't just mean across the water. I mean ALL the way across to the other TREELINE! The kids were impressed by his incredible arm and wondered if Dad could throw a rock that far. The girls thought he probably could. We miss you Dad and Heath! Hope you had a great hike in the Olympic mountains because we're sure having fun in Idaho!