Thursday, January 14, 2010

Disc Day

Today was the first day of my weekend and it was warm enough to enjoy being outside.  We decided to try out a disc golf course that we just heard about in Ocala.  We made a full day of it by stopping to look for a geocache along the way.  If you are not familiar with geocaching, check out the geocaching webpage.  In a nutshell, geocaching is a treasure hunt with a GPS device.  I visited the geocaching webpage and found caches that were hidden along our planned route.  I uploaded some of those locations to my GPS device and when we got close, we parked and looked for the cache.  It took us to a beautiful spot that we drive by often, but have never stopped to enjoy.

The cache was well hidden, there were several obviously good hiding spots that we checked, but they were distracting us from the real spot.  I finally spotted the container just as we were discussing giving up.  We didn't have any prizes to leave in the container, so we didn't take the prizes that were there.  We did sign our names on the visitor's log and returned the container to its hiding spot.

We also stopped in Gainesville, along the way, to look at a few sporting goods stores that sell discs.  We each picked out a couple of new discs to add to our collection.

Once we got close to where the disc golf course was supposed to be, we had to use every bit of extra navigational power we had to find the course.  The directions that I had copied down last night from information online was night quite good enough.  Between the GPS and the internet and navigational capabilities on our phones, we did end up finding the course.  It sounds ridiculous, doesn't it?  The park ranger needed every piece of technology in her possession to find a park.  Oh well, we enjoyed it.  The course was different and more challenging.  There were hills and changes in elevation, things that we missed from disc golf courses up north.  It really was a beautiful course.  I can't wait to see it in other seasons.

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