X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot

“Who likes to look for treasures?” I ask a room full of three to five-year-old children in a preschool classroom. Not surprisingly, each little arm shoots up. I explain to the children that treasures can be every day objects with unusual traits: a stick with a hole in...
There’s Gold In There Hills…

There’s Gold In There Hills…

Gold Fever: Panning for Gold “Playfulness is a prospector’s greatest strength when trying to unlock the mysteries on the next bend of the river.” –C.J. Stevens Can you really catch a fever from gold? Or get a bite from a gold bug? Well, give yourself one day spent on...
Rocks, Gems and Minerals – Oh My!

Rocks, Gems and Minerals – Oh My!

Do your coat pockets weigh ten pounds because you can’t bear to leave any newfound rock specimens behind? Perhaps you have an entire drawer filled with rocks from different places you’ve traveled or a collection of crystals and mica that has grown since you were old...
Geocaching 101

Geocaching 101

With clues, a trail to follow, a creed, and even some Harry Potter terminology, geocaching is the latest treasure hunting craze. Geocaching started in 2000 as an offshoot of letterboxing, which we will discuss further on in this chapter. This hobby is truly taking the...