Hello again! This week's Fun Monday topic has come from Ann over in county Cork, Ireland. She wants to know what website we have found that has changed our lives. At first I thought this would be kind fo tricky, but then it hit me...D'UH! This is easy!!!
The first one is pretty damn obvious to anyone who knows me. It's Geocaching dot Com I know I sound like a broken record, but I have met the nicest folks and seen some of the coolest places since the fam and I started geocaching. In fact, I met my bestest friend through caching. I'm not going to get into what geocaching involves, but to keep it short and simple, it's sort of like a high tech scavenger hunt using a handheld GPS. People hide things (caches), post the coords on gc.com, then everyone gets to go look for them. I know it sounds lame, but trust me, it is so addicting and so much fun! It's a cheap way to get the kids off the couch and away from the TV. Well, cheap once you buy a GPS and a tank of gas! It's also a great way to get away from the normal tourist spots when you're on vacation, and see some "real" places that only locals know about.
In Florida, some State Parks are embracing geocaching by coming up with a neat idea. They have a "passport" that kids can pick up at participating parks. Once they have the passport, they need to locate the various caches located in different parks. Some are along long trails and some are short. Once they find the cache, they find a stamp inside that they use to stamp their passport with. I forget right now what they get for filling out the whole passport, but isn't that a great idea? Get the kids outside, teach them how to use a GPS and a compass, teach them a few things about nature and they have fun doing it! If you've never heard of it, check it out. I guarantee you'll be amazed to see how many caches are hidden close to you home.
BTW, this is a worldwide game. There are caches hidden literally all over the world...from the rainforests of Brazil to Iraq to Antarctica! It's crazy!! In case anyone's interested, my geo-name is "Gladeslvr & Crew". You can log on and checkout our profile and see all the caches we've found. There are even some pictures there.
OK, the second website that has made a difference in my life has been...drumroll, please...myspace. "MYSPACE!!!???" you say? Yes. I posted not long ago about my experience with myspace. Scroll down and read it. For some reason, a few of my long lost friends have myspace accounts and I have reconnected with them through finding their accounts. I have nothing bad to say about myspace. Nope, not me. I love it and am actually thankful for it.
Thanks, Ann, for this week's topic. I am looking forward to reading everyone else's and hopefully finding new inspiration!