GeoWoodstock XII in beautiful St. Charles Missouri.
GeoWoodstock is a great deal of fun for all ages, but it is an all day geocaching event, so it can test the patience of the youngest geocachers.
In our case this was the first time we were going to be spending an entire day at a GeoWoodstock without any scheduled nap times for our two toddlers. Short attention spans can make for bored cranky kids, and long frustrating days for parents.
So, as you can imagine, we were thrilled to discover that the GeoWoodstock organizers had thought of the children, and placed 12 kid-appropriate geocaches around the park for the young ones to do. So for two hours we managed to combine all of our goals (geocaching, kid distraction, exercise, family time etc.)
The caching was done mostly by Zeke and Yours Truly, but the first few caches we were accompanied by my wife, and Abigail (her short legs make a walk in the woods an epic adventure all unto itself).
I want to sent a special thank you to +Dane Morgan, who I know did a lot of the work on placing these hides (Dane: please extend my thanks to anyone who helped you). It made a special day even better for both kids and parents alike.
FYI, if you are wondering how the kids did all day - they did amazing. Despite spending 11 hours in the park, plus an early wake up, they had a great time, and (for toddlers) were very well behaved all day. The true testament is that after one of the longest, most active days they've experienced so far, and a day that completely exhausted us adults, they still didn't want to leave the park. That, my friends, is a sign that today was a good day for everyone.