We usually spend a couple of days in Hampshire visiting my family during the Christmas holidays. While we’re there, I always like to have a couple of hours out and about, exploring somewhere nearby. This time, we decided to have a walk around Buriton village and see if we could find some geocaches.
Sophie is quite a good little walker although, like most children, sometimes she needs an incentive to get out for a walk and to help encourage her on. Geocaching is always a good way to make a walk more fun. Sophie enjoys going hunting for “treasure”, especially if there might be some caches with things to swap inside.
We parked up by Buriton village pond and stopped to feed the ducks there before starting our walk. Thomas loves seeing the ducks. He grins and signs “duck” quite enthusiastically whenever he sees them now. It reminds me so much of his biggest sister. I think “duck” was one of Jessica’s first words both with speaking and signing.
Once the ducks had been fed, we put Thomas in his carrier on my back, and headed off to start our geocache hunt. The carrier is definitely a necessity for most of our geocaching adventures. They nearly always involve going down very muddy footpaths that aren’t buggy friendly.
Sophie couldn’t resist the big puddle near the duck pond. Having Daddy join in too with splashing in the puddle was great fun.
We headed down the lane and followed the footpath up some steps at the side of the road where we soon found the first geocache. There were some swappable items inside which made Sophie very happy. Having made her swap, we continued up the steps, through a gate and started to make our way across a field with sheep grazing nearby.
Halfway down the sheep field, it dawned on me that we were getting further and further away from the next geocache rather than nearer. Oops! We turned back and headed back along the footpath, this time going on the right direction!
It was very muddy underfoot as we headed towards the next geocache and quite slippery in places. The tree where the next geocache was hidden was on a slope. Daddy helped Sophie carefully make her way down and around the tree where she soon spotted it. This one was a smaller cache with no room for swappables.
There was one more geocache a short distance further down the footpath that I thought we might find (the next one after it being quite a bit further on) but Sophie had had enough and was keen to head back to the car and go visit family.
We stopped at a bridge on the way back for a quick game of Poohsticks. Unfortunately the stream was moving a little too slowly for it to be a very successful game!
It was nice to have that bit of time outside, before spending the rest of the day with family. Trying to catch up with everyone in a large family like mine can feel quite hectic at times, as much as I love it. Having outdoor time like this and space for just us always helps recharge our batteries again so we’re more able to enjoy the busier moments.