Can technology and the outdoors go hand-in-hand?
Yes. You do not have to give up all the fun gadgets when you hit the road for adventure.
Take a hike with your family
Hiking is a great way to get outdoors and still incorporate technology. Today’s hiking GPS devices are available in a range of prices. Having a GPS on a hike not only offers a level of safety for your family but also can be used a learning tool. Teaching your children now to navigate using a compass and Cardinal directions are important skills especially if they are ‘really into’ hiking. Take time to teach them about waypoints and how to use the GPS to navigate back to a save location. Such skills will be invaluable if they ever happen to become lost or need to reach out for assistance when in the woods.
Take a road trip
Head out on that family road but don’t forget your camera. Taking photos and videos is a great way to save those special moments. Teaching your children how to photograph and video are great skills they can use in school and in life. Show them how to best ‘frame the shot’. Allow them to experiment with different filters and lenses. When you get home, print their photos for display. You may even consider making an Adventure Journal so your family can look back and relive the trip.
Geocaching is a fun scavenger hunt for the whole family. For those less familiar – you being by downloading coordinates to you hiking GPS, follow those coordinates to the real-world location, and then search until you locate the hidden object. Caches can range in size from a pill container to an ammo can. They can be hidden in a tree, in a log, in a hole, or just camouflaged on the ground. Make a game and see who can find the most caches or who finds the cache fastest. Be sure to carry a pencil so you can sign the log. For more information on Geocaching, check out www.geocaching.com.