Monthly Archives: May 2007

Geocaching! Outside!

When I was little, our neighbors across the street invited us to play almost every day. My brother and I, of course, loved going over to play because they had all the best toys, like a Nintendo, every G.I. Joe figure and vehicle, and all kids of stuff. Of course we wanted to play inside every day we were there, because we didn’t have such fun, expensive toys (which certainly benefited us in other ways). However, my friend’s mom also made sure that we played outside every once in a while. This was only bearable because they had plenty of expensive outdoor toys, too, like a slip ‘n slide, a playhouse, and tons of sports equipment.

Since that lesson of playing outside, I’ve since moved to Los Alamos and been through all of Boy Scouting. I really do enjoy the outdoors, but it’s something that I haven’t done much since I was much younger. My friend Aaron and I used to go all over the canyons, and he and I even hiked across the canyon on our last day of Middle School, which took us about four or five hours to travel less than half a mile on a map, but it was a lot of fun.

So why all this talk about getting outside, especially since it’s obviously written on a computer, indoors?

I went outside again!

Some of our friends invited us to go Geocaching a couple of weeks ago, and we’re hooked. Part of the motivation is that we want to get out and walk around more to shed off some extra weight of being indoors practically since Emmy was born, and part of it is that we’re just ready to get back outside. I’m really exaggerating, though, because we definitely get outside, just not as much as we would like to. Geocaching helps us do that because it makes it fun to go outside. Basically, you look on geocaching.com for a cache that’s in a place you’d like to visit, whether it’s in the middle of town or in the middle of nowhere. Then you punch in the coordinates to your GPS receiver (that’s all the equipment you need, really) and follow the little pointy arrow to the cache on your GPSr. It’s not always that easy, but that’s the fun of it. You get to go treasure hunting, see some places you haven’t been before, and share it with the geocaching community.

For us, geocaching has been a lot of fun and an entertaining way to see new places. We’ve only done a few caches so far, but we’re very excited to take our friends and relatives with us this summer. It’s great because the only thing we had to buy was a GPS receiver, which you can get for less than $100. It’s definitely something that’s fun for us gadget geeks, but it’s also great for families or just about anyone else.

Drop in Gas Prices!

Did you notice how yesterday’s “gas out” brought gas prices down?

Me either. That’s because it doesn’t work that way. Although I did my part not buying gas yesterday, it was only because I didn’t need it. What I should really do is drive my car less, to decrease overall demand (even by just a tiny bit). Next time we have a gas out, let’s make it a bike to work day or something.

Email Blog Posts through Google Reader

Google keeps adding new features to their products (I hear some new notifications are on their way for Calendar), but Google Reader, one of my favorites, now lets you email posts to others via Gmail. Integrating features throughout their products will undoubtedly help them in the long run, and making features like this easily accessible is key as well. Just for fun, I think maybe I’ll email this post to my whole contact list just to try it out again.

PBS Documentary: The Mormons

I was very interested by the PBS documentary that aired last night, entitled “The Mormons”. I was very impressed with how professional the whole thing was. It was certainly interesting to see the many perspectives on some interesting points of Mormon History. PBS also hosts a companion website to “The Mormons”, which I found to be a great resource to learn a little more about those being interviewed as well as a very well-done list of FAQs of Mormonism. You can even view part one online.

My wife and I both noticed that a lot of time was devoted to polygamy and the Mountain Meadows Massacre, but I think that may have been because they are both topics that are not well understood by the general public. I must admit that I only learned about Mountain Meadows a year ago, and I would certainly say that it is a topic that isn’t understood by the general population of the Mormon Church, either.

While I don’t necessarily agree with everything that was presented in the documentary, overall I was extremely impressed. I’m definitely looking forward to part two tonight.