geocaching. It seemed right up our ally: An outdoor scavenger hunt for hidden treasures. Seemed like a fun way to get some fresh air and challenge our problem-solving and orienteering skills.
We gave it a good run, but it proved more frustrating than enjoyable. The thrill of the hunt turned quickly to frustration and disenchantment the more caches we failed to find (which far outnumbered the one we actually did manage to locate!).
So, at least we tried, but it turns out geocaching is not for us.
Charlotte's Treasure Trees and was intrigued. What a neat concept: Years ago, more than 100 of our more impressive trees were tagged by the Charlotte city arborist to foster interest in some of our greatest natural assets. The official Treasure Tree program, as it was known, ended in the early 2000s, but a renewed effort is underway to resurrect the original mission to invigorate locals' respect for trees.
To see 10 Treasure Trees over the course of a 2 mile excursion close to the heart of uptown, check out this Myers Park Treasure Tree Tour via Google Maps. Click on the location icon for a brief description of each of the featured trees. This Charlotte Five article gives you descriptions and locations in narrative form if that's easier for you to navigate.
This route is great for walking (strollers, too) or riding bikes. Kids will especially enjoy the scavenger hunt aspect of the outing.
If you're looking for an excuse to get outside and are eager for a bit of a challenge, this Queen City treasure hunt is for you.