NOTE TO READERS: We are now on Twitter as @cachemaniacs. There’s a Twitter button over on the sidebar.
Be sure to check out our new search functions in the sidebar. We’ve also added a Geocaching Storefront to the sidebar with links to our favorite geocaching products.
Also in the page bar at the top of the blog are five pages of background and instruction on geocaching. The titles are self-explanatory. These short pages are more than enough to get you started.
Cheers … Boris and Natasha
Hi and welcome to the geocaching and exploring blog of Alpha6 and KidsRN. Those are our geocaching handles. We also use them for other activities such as letterboxing and orienteering that require you to have cool names. We’re also known in some of those circles as the Cachemanian Devils but we affectionately refer to each other as Boris and Natasha, usually with “dahlink” at the end.
Natasha is relentless in her quest for geocaches. Here, she gives it her all in the Black Hills. Mt. Rushmore is in the upper left hand corner.
Our vision for Off The Beaten Path is a family friendly blog that promotes interest in outdoor activities, curiosity about the world around us and lifelong learning. Our vehicle for that is geocaching and related activities, plus all that goes with them.
You would be hard-pressed to find another activity which is more fun, positive, educational and family friendly than geocaching and its siblings. My 85 year old mother and our two year old grandson have both been out with us. Some of the best times I ever had as a Dad were with my youngest son hunting down geocaches in the wilds of Montana and Wyoming. When I was teaching school, I used it in my math classes to teach all kinds of NCTM objectives before taking the students out to the park to do the real thing. One thing you can be sure of – geocaching will develop skills and take you places you would have never known about otherwise. The only adverse effect we’ve encountered is G.A.S. – Geocaching Addiction Syndrome. Once it gets in your blood, it’s hard to walk away.
Our adventures have taken us to ghost towns, caves, mountain tops, waterfalls and more out of the way places than we can recall. It’s been a hoot. We’ve geocached in 38 states and have a plan in place to finish all 50 by the end of
2012 2013 2014 (or thereabouts).
You never know what you might find here. We love forts, battlefields, ghost towns, one of a kind diners, cheeseburgers, skin-on French fries, anything to do with National Parks and anything else that’s off the beaten path. The tougher, longer, higher, creepier or more calorie-laden it is, the better we like it. Of course, we do normal stuff, too. We’ll mix things up to keep it interesting.
Mission accomplished safe and sound. No humans were injured in the production of this blog.
This is an open blog for families, adventurers, explorers, vagabonds and anybody else who might share our passions. There’s no arm chair traveling here. We’ve been to all the places we blog about and most of the pictures are ours.
See you in the blogosphere. …Boris and Natasha