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Geocaching Love

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

So I have falling in love with Geocaching. I took, oh, one cache to be addicted. Have you tried it yet?

Last week I one-day shipped my husband a Garmin Oregon 450t Hiking GPS handheld to go on our weekend hiking/camping trip. It goes along with the website and helps you find geocaches. It is great fun! Basically it is like a adult treasure hunt with fancy technology.

Admittedly it took two days to get to our first cache site but we hiked the entire two days to get to it. I'm finding out that hiking is great fun and it is a great workout. Somehow I gained four pounds over the three-day weekend of hiking/camping but it was still much more fun than just sitting in the gym the entire day. We managed to hike a lot and find one cache which was a difficult one.

Then, last night even though we were tired we wanted to get out on the trails again near our house and look for some more geocaches. We looked for two of them but one found one that was stuck in the cliff side near our house. Even though we were tired, we managed to get out there and actually walk/hike to get to these caches.

Geocaching is so much fun! You can get a GPS system from three different companies, print out the cache information from your printer or use your iphone (if you have one). It is a great way to get a workout in but not have to go to the gym. I'm thinking kids would love it too!

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ERPARA 7/12/2011 4:29PM

    We love geocaching! Haven't done it as much lately, but it's always an adventure :)
Have you hid any caches yourself yet?

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SUGIRL06 7/5/2011 1:40PM

    A friend of mine is obsessed with it. She loves doing it in the winter because its a reason to get outside and soak in the little sunlight we get! Glad you enjoyed it!

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MOONMANSON 6/28/2011 11:19AM

    I've looked into it. Too bad I'm horrible with directions!

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JUNEBUG150 6/28/2011 10:29AM

    We have been doing something very similar for over 5 years only we called it letterboxing and they actually have a site called "". Only we don't use a GPS system, just the directions from the site and the kids love it. We've seen a lot of great parks and trails that we didn't even know existed and have learned a lot of history as well, so it becomes an educational thing too. Love it!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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NATPLUMMER 6/28/2011 10:21AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun.

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SNAPDRAGON1231 6/28/2011 10:09AM

  I got a geocaching app for mu iPad but sadly, lost the signal when I get to where the caches are. Have you tries letter boxing? It is the low tech version. Is the web site You get clues to boxes and then your off!!!!

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Can't believe I hiked in the Allegheny!

Monday, June 27, 2011

My husband and I are finally back from our short 6th Anniversary trip to the Allegheny National Forest to do some hiking/camping. It is amazing to think that I went hiking, when a few years ago before finding a new lifestyle I would never had adventured out to go hiking. I have found a new love for adventure and also geocaching! My first geocache was this weekend with my husband's Garmin Oregon 450t which I had overnighted the day before we left - oops! Thankful we had it though - hooray for Garmin! I can't wait to share everything with you all. I posted a few photos already on my website for everyone to see and am in the process of getting everything organized and in order to start writing about the entire experience.

BTW, we ate 100% vegan food and actually got the DH brother to eat healthy vegan food the entire time too! He said that he loved everything and he seemed to have a good amount more energy when we left than when he got there. Hooray for health food and exercise!!!

I hope to have more information up on my site soon:

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SUGIRL06 7/5/2011 1:39PM

    Sounds awesome! I will check your other site later!

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NATPLUMMER 6/27/2011 3:07PM

    Wow!! It looks beautiful!!! My parents were originally from Pennsylvania but I doubt they did any hiking at Allegheny National Forest. They weren't very outdoorsy.

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Do you geocache?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Good morning everyone! My husband and my sixth anniversary is in about a week and I have been so late in coming up with something special to do/get for this celebration in our marriage. We love our new lifestyle and are eager to continue to learn new and fun ways to be active and healthy. I was reading this wonderful website the other day whose life has been turned around also. She and her husband love to keep active, actually their lifestyle sounded a lot like ours. This couple loves to geocache. I've heard of geocaching once before but not until now was I really interested. But, my husband and I love hiking so I'm thinking it might be time to start geocaching for fun. I'm actually looking at the Garmin Hiking GPS systems that attach to a bike. I'm uncertain of it though since Garmin's can be a bit pricey (we already have the forerunner 450CX or whatever the #'s are and a car GPS) so I'm familiar with the price and but know about the quality.

My question: Does anyone have one of these systems? What about geocaching? I'd love to know more information.

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SUGIRL06 6/25/2011 9:31PM

    I know people that geocache and love it. I've never done it. Do either of you have a smart phone? You could use that. Sorry I don't have more info!

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NATPLUMMER 6/14/2011 10:31AM

    Sorry, I can't help you out. I just had to google it. Sounds fun.

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20 milles to get cookies

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Okay, so I'm here to lose those last ten pounds and also get healthier.
Question is: Is it okay to bike ride 20 miles to buy two vegan cookies?

emoticonMy husband and I got our backpacks all ready after lunch for a nice afternoon bike ride together. We decided that we were going to take along some books and water and bike to our favorite vegan restaurant. Then we got on our way, road about 10 miles to get there. We were so thirsty that we purchased two cookies and no drinks. Our intention was to grab two vegan lattes, two cookies and then be on our way. So, essentially we biked for three hours just to get two cookies. So funny when I think about it.

Have any of you done this?

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SUGIRL06 6/25/2011 9:35PM

    I like having a destination when I bike ride. Usually its ice cream. For the past 2 weeks, we've biked to get breakfast with a friend from another town but that is because we have to train for a 60 mile race! I am really liking it though and think we should keep it up even after the race! I would totally bike 20 miles for a cookie :)

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LITTLEFIREFLY 6/13/2011 1:39PM

  I think that biking 20 miles warrents vegan cookies since you were both good and treated yourself without over induldging! Good luck with the last ten!

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LIFEASMRSA 6/12/2011 2:11AM

    I sure have never biked 20miles LOL but I'm glad you had fun doing it and got a good workout in!

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NATPLUMMER 6/11/2011 8:02PM

    emoticon emoticon I think it all evens out. :-)

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

I found this lovely quote today and just had to share it. There are times when I feel like I am not doing enough and that I need to find myself doing more for the better of myself. Motivation is one thing that really holds me back though. So, this really spoke to me:

Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. ~Arnold H. Glasow

Food Photos:
Beach Picnic

Beefless Stir-fry on a bed of mixed lettuce

BBQ'd chickenless salad

Homemade red beet cake

Zuchinni Scramble Breakfast

New To-GO Ware Tiffin Picnic

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LIFEASMRSA 6/10/2011 11:00AM

    mmmmmmmm you food looks so good!!! :) what does red beet cake taste like?? i'm so curious!

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NATPLUMMER 6/9/2011 10:10PM

    Great quote. The food looks fabulous :-)

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K80VEG 6/9/2011 5:19PM

    OMG You are making me soooooo hungry!!! That all looks delish. Good job!!

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MACMOM 6/9/2011 2:51PM

    That beet cake looked soooo yummy

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