Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Mike, Ellie and Pat leading the way on the first leg of...

Larry taking a break to check out his Garmin...

One of the many pretty wildflowers along our way...

Mike pointing to the geocache, Pat actually located it first...

Wonder if she's braggin???? LOL

Ellie giving Larry a few pointers...

Larry gave Onyx a ride around the campground today, she LOVES it!

Jack's sticky buns, yummy....

Jack's enjoying his smore, Barb's ducking the campfire smoke!

Dick was the official marshmallow roaster, Larry's got his saved on his...

I'm warming my hands, I'm not sad, it just looks that way!

There's a full moon out with a bit of cloud cover over...


The past few days have been beautiful! It is currently 73 degrees, which is just perfect as far as I am concerned. Today we are just taking it easy. Well, I'm just taking it easy. Larry took our toilet off and took it apart to replace and tighten a few parts. We weren't holding water. but all is well now. Thank goodness, a toilet seems to be an important part of our home! LOL

Yesterday we met friends Mike, Pat and Ellie to go on our first geocaching adventure. I bought Larry a portable Garmin GPS some time ago and this was our first attempt to use it. Ellie owned this model in the past so she was a big help with tutoring Larry on it's many features. We have the larger Garmin in our truck, but this is a handheld version used mostly for hiking/geocaching. There is a private geocache that has been placed in the area by the Broken Arrow campground owners . The cache is located about a mile from the campground with some fairly easy (according to Geri) hiking involved.

For those of you unfamiliar with that terminology, Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container (usually a Tupperware or ammo box) containing a logbook and "treasure," usually toys or trinkets of little value. Geocachers are free to take objects from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value, so there is treasure for the next person to find.

Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica. There are over 820,000 active geocaches in the world right now! Wow, who would have ever guessed that this would become so popular! We're really looking forward to playing this 'game' ourselves.

With a last minute consult to make sure we had the right directions to find the trail and get close to the cache, the 5 of us set off up the hill behind the campground. Fairly easy hiking, (well, maybe for horses) but on foot, this was a pretty challenging hike! But we all managed to get to the top of the ridge and started down. Wow, that was even steeper. Going nearly straight down a horse trail, we were all thinking about the climb back up. Finally, we got to the bottom of the hill where the trail met a larger, much better trail. We eventually found the cache! Pat actually located it first, so she got to open it, log in and take out the card placed inside for FREE ice cream! Ellie brought a coin to place inside but we were half-way down the mountain before she remembered. So she decided to bring it back to camp and present it to Geri, with instructions that "she is to hike (NO HORSE) to the top of this mountain and put it in the can soon"! That made it all worthwhile for me, LOL!

The return trip was just as challenging as we thought it would be, but everyone made it back in one piece. As you know, Larry has recently had knee replacement surgery, plus we just arrived at this altitude (around 5,000 ft), just a few days ago, so we were really feeling the effects of this hike! Larry commented that he should have had 2 new lungs put in while having his knees done! Late last night I noticed that my muscles were really feeling taught and sore. I didn't sleep well but today after taking a few muscle relaxers and icing them, I am doing much better. Think our next hike will be a considerably milder one!

Yesterday Jack brought over some still warm, delicious sticky buns. Boy can that man cook! Yummy...and that evening we all set out by the campfire enjoying smores and each others company. Wow, it doesn't get much better than this. We're slowly getting settled in but enjoying every minute of it. Larry will be setting up the boat later this afternoon and we'll be on our favorite lake one day this week. And taking some day trip drives as well. We've just been waiting for all the 'tourists' to get gone from their 4th of July long holiday! Ha ha, you know what I mean. Actually, we've met some very nice folks here in the campground the past few days. Seems like people who love the outdoors are all nice, doesn't it? It's just a wonderful life!



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