Saturday, November 29, 2008


Here are some of the snacks we take.
Suggestions are welcome!

Sturdier Snacks:

granola bars
fruit snacks
fruit - cherries, grapes, bananas (although they tend to stink up the car), apples, etc.
almonds - we bought a big bag at Costco, yummy!
homemade cookies - Tupperware = no crushed cookies
grape tomatoes
pretzels (less crushable than chips)
beef jerky
Cheetos (it can't all be healthy, right?)

For the cooler:

Tortilla Wraps - won't smash like bread
deli meats
mayo, mustard (there are travel sizes of these that you can refill)
spinach (we use instead of lettuce, it really doesn't taste spinach-y!)
tuna & sunflower seeds (really good mixed together in a sandwich)

Hint: instead of having a big bag of melting ice in the cooler, freeze some water bottles, and as they thaw, you will also have drinking water.

Sugar-free juice powder packs to add to water bottles - that way you have the option of having only water if you want.

If you really feel the need to have soda, (pop, as I grew up saying it,) Walmart has $.67 2-liters. They go well with a $5 pizza from Little Caesar's! Which reminds me, don't forget -

paper plates
plastic cups

Everything is easier in the cooler, whether it needs to be chilled, or not. It keeps everything consolidated in one place, and prevents things from getting smashed. In theory, it will even keep your van/car cleaner since you're more likely to get only one or two things out at a time rather than having a bag full of stuff floating around. (In theory.)

Cache Supplies

We have put together a Sterilite bin with all of our cache supplies so we can grab it whenever we are ready to go caching. I chose the Sterilite because it has nice handles and is clear.

Here is a list of our must-haves:

GPS (of course)
cache printouts from (be sure to decode the hint before printing.)
map printouts - either your own from Google maps, or from GSAK, which I'll explain later.
If you are taking a laptop, print your cache printouts to PDF for when you aren't able to be online on the road.
trades - both micro and traditional sizes (see post about cache types)
charged batteries (we have a 15-minute battery charger that plugs into the lighter adapter)
USB cable (if you need to upload pictures from your camera, when you fill up your memory with video and/or pictures, or forgot to unload the camera before leaving home!)
USB connector for your GPS (for those with USB transfer capability)

band-aids & Neosporin - I just recently got the portable Neosporin spray.

snacks - thus our ID, granolabars!
water bottles

(I'll put a separate post for goodies to take.)

Bothell Caches

Mountlake Terrace Caches

Brier Caches

Edmonds Caches

Lynnwood Caches

Mill Creek Caches

Sunday, November 23, 2008

GPS Help

We own a Magellan Explorist 210 and a Magellan Explorist 300.

The 300 was our first GPS. The story behind us buying the 210 is pretty funny. The 300 turned up missing one day. After searching everywhere, we finally came to the conclusion that it must have fallen into the garbage next to the desk and was long gone. We immediately went out and bought the 210.

Improvements from the 300 to the 210 were that the 210 can be USB'd to the computer to transfer coordinates rather than entering them manually. (You'd think that the higher the model number, the better features, I guess not.)

Long story short, a few months later (I know, shh!) I went to change the vacuum bag, and VOILA, there it was, inside the zippered part of the vacuum where the bag goes. Thank you to our 2 year old daughter for the great hiding spot!


I am here to assist anyone with their Explorist GPS. Let me know what you need and I'll do my best to help!


Unschooling is absolutely a good thing. Each family has to do what is comfortable, but we have been unschooling for 8 years now. Our oldest son who is 20 has a secure job, and our oldest daughter just turned 18 and will have her Associates Degree next May by using the Running Start system with our local community college. (Free college tuition for Freshman/Sophomore college courses to be completed during a student's Junior/Senior high school age. Google it.) She will be ready to enter a 4-year University, if she chooses to, as a Junior next fall. We have 3 younger kids - 12, 10, and 4 - who are coming up in the ranks. They all learned (and are still learning) the 3 R's - Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic without any curriculum or home "school" time. I could go on and on, but a few examples of ways we learn are the same as any human learns. We live. We go places. We watch great programs on TV. We visit the library. Existing creates the environment our kids need to learn.

Scary at times? When we first started, yes. Now we've seen that it is successful, and our children *do* learn what they need to know in life through their own will and desire. And what a way to grow up! Can you imagine never being harped on about getting school work done? And never seeing a bad grade? I can't imagine doing it any other way.

Geocaching Homeschoolers

We started Geocaching in September of '06.

Our ID: granolabars