The Adventures of Shrek+Fiona!

     Posted by Lori on August 7, 2011

The title of this blog post makes me smile.  It is the start of a new adventure for Paul+Lori AKA Shrek+Fiona.  This past week I bought Paul a magazine full of apps, information and reviews for over 500 iphone apps.  I just knew that he would get great enjoyment out of this magazine.  I also knew that I would enjoy many texts from him full of information about the new things he would read about.

I have received many texts full of information about his new findings, but there was one that Paul was so interested in and excited about that he would not text me, he had to show me when I got home.

Geocaching - have you ever heard of it before?  Have you ever done it?  Would you?  (Click the word geocaching - it will take you to the website).  Well, he nor I had ever heard of this, and I had to sit down with a cup of coffee and listen to him.  I didn’t quite understand it at first, but as he explained and I looked at the website and read - I got it.  If you know me, I am a person who loves to take off with no set destination, no time limits, I just like to hit the road and see what we can find that’s new and different.  Paul, on the other hand, he is a planner, he likes to know where he is going, what time we are leaving, when we will be back, etc.  As he was reading the information to me about this geocaching, I am thinking that this just might be something fun that we can do together, it will suit both of our traveling likes/dislikes and we would make a great team.  I am a great navigator, Paul is a great hunter - can it get any better than this?

Oh yes, it can, it most absolutely can - because - it will be SO perfect for *Smashing!* and Paul - I mean Shrek, *grin* - he agrees with me - he also thinks it will be cool to have a record of our geocaching adventures.  Today, we went on our first adventure, and I wanted to share it with you.  We had so much fun, we met some great people along the way, and we had such a fabulous day of being the team of *Shrek+Fiona.*

We left home, but we had to make sure that our very first geocache find was right here in Miami.  We both were so surprised how many are right here in Miami.  I will not share the location of the geocache, but I will show you pictures in the general area, and things we found throughout our day.

As with all of my blog posts, you can click on any picture to see it larger.

I always am so proud to walk through the Memory Garden - it is so beautiful and every year it’s such a pleasure to see.  The flowers right now are absolutely beautiful.

Here it is, our first find - it’s a log - of everyone who has found it - and Shrek+Fiona are now on the list.  It was in such a cool spot - my Dad would be smiling.

We drove out of Miami, gave each other a *high five* for finding our first geocache right here in Miami - and turned left and headed down the highway to see what was waiting for us next.  As we were traveling to our next destination - we found out this bit of information.  It was so cool to hear Paul be happy about this - woohoo - he’s becoming a country boy at heart.  He said he wants to go to this and that Mark Chestnut is one of his favorites.  Well, this is so awesome, we can geocache and go to a outdoor music concert - all which means spending the day together - can’t wait!

We stopped and had a little snack, decided which way we would turn next, and when we were close to our next destination, we chose a new geocache to find.  We parked fairly close to where we thought it was - turned the iphone app to compass - and I began to navigate.  Not that far - maybe 500+ feet, and I said - okay Shrek, we are close.  He found it, in a matter of a little more than a minute - there he was - big smile on his face - and he brought it to show me.  And it was in an official geocache container - this is cool you know!  I couldn’t help but notice a gentlemen who was close to where we parked.  He was watching us very closely as we were searching around the area for our geocache find.  He, of course, likely had no idea what we were doing and probably thought we had lost our minds.  Haha!  It made me laugh thinking about him wondering what the heck we were doing.  He watched us for a long long time.  I then signed our names, took this photo, and off we went.

Along the way, we came across this fabulous fruit and vegetable store - filled with many other goodies.  I got us some of that fabulous home grown garlic.

Look at the cool birdhouses and birdfeeders - and they also had an amazing assortment of birdseed.  15% off - an added bonus.

I found these two little gems there - 95 cents each - not sure what I am going to do with them - but I told Shrek that it will be fabulous when I figure it out.

Oh yes, I was drooling, look at the delicious fresh veggies.

The carrots - even the color says they are delicious.

Corn on the cob and tiny new potatoes - it doesn’t get any better than this.  I took a big bag of those little gems - they are just the best - they will be for Sunday’s supper.

Except for this jackpot - Oh Wow - look at all those red beauties!  I can taste those toasted tomatoe sandwiches now.  After spending quite awhile in this store, and coming out with a couple of bags of fresh veggie goodness, we were on our way to search out another geocache.

We chose a new one, a three part one - and all these cattails were along the path we had to walk down as we started to search for this next geocache.

Shrek, he tried to navigate this time, but in the end, he handed it to me.  Haha!  I love being the navigator!  I got him to the spot, and within seconds, he found it - with the instructions on how to get to part 2.

We walked a long way, probably over a mile in total, but I didn’t have my knee brace with me, and it was an uneven walk - not bad - just not safe for my knee - so we decided to turn around and go back.  Maybe another time we can find out what it at station 2 and 3 of this geocache.  This picture was taken at the start/end of this geocache search.

We stopped for a little something for supper, and then headed on our way home.  On the way home, the opposite side of the sign we had seen at the beginning of our journey showed us this announcement.  Paul knew who this band was, I didn’t, but he said Chantel would like them and likely be going.  Cool - something for the younger crowd, something for the older crowd - I like it.

Beautiful view of this golden field on the way home.

As we pulled into Miami, we wanted to find our fourth and final geocache for the day.  While navigating, I found these gorgeous flowers - just love them.

And this was a large geocache - filled with some goodies to look at.  Signed our *Shrek+Fiona* signature and left them a bonus little cow.  This was a fun hide to find.

I love this shot that I took by the railway track - I think my photographer teacher would be proud.

And, we were back at home.  I forgot to tell you about the ham and bacon piroshki we bought at the fruit and veggie store we stopped at.  I had to try one while I was putting things away - and oh yes, they are divine! 

Juicy red raspberries - my favorite - and they are now safe in my freezer for a cold winter day when I have a craving.

During our journey, we found a store that carried Jeanne’s Cakes.  I have heard a lot about these cakes, and we bought one to try.

After putting everything away, we enjoyed a piece of this red velvet Jeanne cake - it was quite good - I would buy one again.  A perfect ending to our day.  Paul has set up our logs on the computer - and we have officially reported our day as *Shrek+Fiona* and have joined the world of geocaching.  I can’t wait to start my Smash folio about our geocaching adventures.

It’s fun to seek out things and see if you can find them, it’s fun to go new and different places, meet new people and see things you wouldn’t normally see, and most important - it’s fun to spend the day with someone you love.

If you would like us to visit you area and geocache, we’d love to come, and I’d love to blog about it.  It’s fun to share the new and different things we find with everyone who reads the blog.  Please leave a message here, so send us an email at - subject - Shrek+Fiona.

Till our next adventure ….

9 Comments so far

  1. LisaT August 7, 2011 11:18 am

    Not having an iPhone I’d never heard of this.  It sounds like you both had a great adventure!!

  2. Peggy August 7, 2011 12:01 pm

    Glad you had such fun geocaching!
    If you have a GPS and no iphone, you can still geocache.
    Great fun for the whole family.

  3. Laura August 7, 2011 12:48 pm

    I’ve heard about it but never done it…after reading your blog post I totally want to…my boys would love it!!
    Sounds like a wonderful day for the 2 of you!! Can’t wait to see your Smashing journal!

  4. Lorna August 7, 2011 1:58 pm

    Now that sounds like a fun way to spend the day! Glad Shrek and Fiona had such a great time!

  5. eva August 7, 2011 3:07 pm

    Cool, Fiona, very cool!  Love your photo-journalistic style ;)

  6. cindye August 7, 2011 4:38 pm

    Geocaching is popular around here. We have 2 hidden at the park and they are talking of adding a third for a night time hunt. :)
    Feel like heading to NS?  lol :):)  Have fun!

  7. Nola August 7, 2011 4:54 pm

    Very cool!  Looks like tons of fun!  I have grown up with Jeannie’s cakes they were the birthday cake of choice when I was a kid but never had Red Velvet Jeannie’s cake definitely have to try that!

  8. AmberD August 10, 2011 8:51 am

    This was so cool to read and I love that you took pics along the way! This looked like so much fun - enjoy your next adventure Shrek & Fiona!!!!

  9. Norine B August 18, 2011 3:46 pm

    We love geocaching but only ever seem to do it in the summer, around the cottage with kids who are guesting here.  I wish we’d discovered it when our kids were younger, but I’d love to think it’s an activity DH and I could do as we travel the world!!  Glad you had fun!!

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