Spring is on its way and opportunities to get out and do all sorts of fun things in the warmer temperatures will present themselves before you know it. I have listed 3 things to help get you prepared to take advantage of some of the great activities available. While these activities can be enjoyed year round, I believe they are most enjoyable in the spring and early summer time.
First we will discuss Geocaching and what it is, second we will discuss Orienteering (the use of map and compass to go from place to place), and last but not least we will discuss using a bow and arrow for target practice.
What is geocaching you ask? Geocaching is using a Gps, or Global positioning system, to find little treasure chests that others have hidden. You can register for the geocache website for free then search for geocaches near where you live to get started.
The geocaching.com website has a lot of detailed information on how to get started and I recommend you check it out to learn more about it and you can click here for more information on geocaching.
One of the more fun aspects of geocaching is hiding your own. You can be very creative in your choice of hiding spots and it is fun for the whole family!
Using a map and compass
Another great outdoor adventure is using a map and compass to navigate from point A to point B
The sense of freedom you feel when relying on nothing more than a piece of paper and what is essentially just a magnet to navigate through the forest or brush, and actually getting where you want to go is great!
For basic orienteering (which is the term for navigation with a compass) you will need to pick up a map compass and a Topographical map of the area you want to navigate.
You can pick up a great map compass here. As for the Topographical map, or topo for short, you can get them as a free download from the USGS website.
And remember if you go outdoors to do some orienteering always tell someone where you will be and I would recommend taking along your GPS you got for geocaching, just in case.
Bow and Arrow
Using a bow and arrow can be a great outdoor activity that anyone can learn fairly quickly. You can have a lot of fun going to an indoor archery range and getting some lessons from the professionals that work there. You can also just go out and try to shoot some bales of hay, but for learning quickly I would recommend going to the professional.
After you gain some skill with the bow and arrow you can go to archery shoots. Archery shoots are where an organization set up targets of various difficulties, at different ranges, along a set path you follow. You shoot the target and score it then you move on.
A great thing about the bow and arrow is that you can set up targets in your back yard. The arrows are recoverable and you can shoot as much as you want after your initial purchase
So with spring on the way, you can try some Treasure hunting with geocaching, some orienteering with map and compass or try your hand at the bow and arrow. Better yet why don’t you try all three!
So what fun things are you going to do in the outdoors this spring?