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Mom and I went geocaching again last week. Geocaching is like treasure hunting. Mom holds the phone that shows the GPS and compass. Then we walk and walk and walk and walk.


Then she decides the phone is upside down, so she turns it around and we start over. We walk and walk and walk and walk some more – the other way.

walking 2

The phone tells her when we’re getting close, and then we start searching and scanning till we find the treasure.

in a tree

Sometimes, Mom says, “No acorns.”


and “Don’t eat the pine cone.”

pine cone

and “Yikes! Hornets!”


Geocaching is fun!

geo green

Mom does treasure hunting when she wants to submit a story, too. She has too many stories to count inside her computer and some more inside her head (that’s what’s up in there…). She is sure that one of them is a treasure and will be Book #2. Whenever she reads about a publisher or an agent that seems to be looking for the type of story Mom writes, she starts treasure hunting. She opens up story after story, revises them a little, talks to herself about them, and decides whether she’s headed in the right direction, or needs to turn around and start over.


Comments on: "GeoDog" (58)

  1. That’s an interesting tree. I’m glad you found the cache.

  2. mollieandalfie said:

    That would so be my Mom, having the phone upside down bawahwhhahwhhaa xxooxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  3. That’s an interesting way to use the phone, I will try that too. Butt maybe you have to walk backwards then?

  4. Sounds like me with a roadmap…a tad dangerous while driving heheeh I am sure mum has her stories right side up Cupcake πŸ˜‰ hugs Fozziemum x

    • Thanks, F. We’d never get ANYWHERE with a roadmap! Even when Mom drives the car, sometimes she doesn’t do what the GPS guy says.

      Love and licks,

      • Cupcake…the gps thingy in my phone I ignore….I am spatially and logistically challenged and you would thnk I would learn to listen…hheeh
        HUgs Fozziemum x

  5. Hi Cupcake! You had fun geocaching huh? Bravo! My Mom says she thinks writing is a lot like a treasure hunt too…..we hope your Mom strikes gold with her next book. By the way, I think your collar is quite fetching – but then you ALWAYS look fetching!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  6. Was there a cookie inside? That would be a REAL treasure!

  7. Mom wants to try that with us!

    Does your Mom participate in NaNoWriMo?

    Monty and Harlow

  8. The few times typist has tried to geocatch it has ended in disaster!

  9. Woot! You’re getting to be a really great geodog Cupcake and I’m so proud of you…Don’t tell anyone but my momz gets us lost all the time…but I don’t care cause it just means longer walks for me

  10. I love your stories, Cupcake! And I know that there is treasure in your Mom’s stories, too!

  11. I hope you both found some treasures on your walk, walk, walk. That little thing you found in the tree doesn’t look like much of a treasure. Did it wiggle or squeak? Did you get to eat it? Was it worth it all?

  12. Funny how that works. Walking, walking, walking. Then turn around and walk some more. BAM! TREASURE! Write, write, write. Then turn around and revise and BAM! Book #2. You’re almost there. πŸ˜‰

  13. Nice work – pups make the perfect geocaching partner. You guys are always ready for a hunt!

  14. Maybe, on a beautiful day, you and your mom will catch a Woozle during geocaching. Sometimes I almost do this when writing:

    • Hunting for Woozles is tricky business, apparently, K. First there’s one, then two, then three, and then FOUR! That will mix you up when you’re trying to write and send you around in circles! Yikes.

      Love and licks,

  15. Good job Cupcake! We tried Geocaching but the muggles got it first! Wooo!

  16. Geocaching — a treasure hunt. In this case a search for story ideas. How creative your mom is! And I want to see book #2, because I love, love, “Keep Your Ear on the Ball.”

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  18. Cupcake, you and Mom are having WAY too much fun!! Woo Hoo!

  19. We LOVE eating pine cones…good ruffage!! BOL, your mom is so funny with her phone upside down…she reminds us of our mom BOL
    Wally & Sammy

  20. Cupcake, you did a fine job on the geocoaching and you’re looking as marvellous as ever. We would be running around in circles, if Granny had to lead us from a phone or map…MOL. Have fun. Pawkiss πŸ™‚

  21. What fun! Cupcake, you sure are a helpful geocacher. We went geocaching last weekend (without a scaredy pig) and it was so neat. Can’t wait to do it again.

  22. snoopys@snoopysdogblog said:

    I love the analogy!!

    It’s lucky Mom has her little treasure cupcake to keep her on the right track! πŸ™‚

    Hope you’re having a fun day πŸ™‚

    Your pal Snoopy πŸ™‚

  23. HORNETS AND PINECONES! So much to watch out for!!!!

  24. Love the comparison of geocaching to finding the perfect story! Definitely comparable – especially when you are looking for those dastardly micro-caches.

  25. Cupcake,

    We must try this. It looks like fun and maybe a good way to get our blog writing juices flowing.

    -Bella and DiDi

  26. Cupcake is such a clever dog πŸ™‚

  27. Hmm, wonder if there are any of those cache thingies in our area. We’ll have to look!

  28. That looks like so much fun and you see so much. πŸ™‚

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