LGO Honorary Member: czamacona

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Tell us a little about who you are and where you live.

My actual name is Courtland Zamacona (I know, not a very creative player name) I’m a born and raised Southern Californian living in Diamond Bar, CA. I starting geocaching in Louisiana when I moved to Denham Springs in April of 2013 up until I moved back to California in May of 2015.

 

Other than geocaching, what draws you to Louisiana?

Originally it was the whole follow your heart (ex-girlfriend) situation. After living there for two years I can honestly say I’d move back for the food, the geocaching and mostly my geocaching friends that I was fortunate to make in my short time in Louisiana. I still tell people here in California how nice the people are in Louisiana and how I still talk to some friends from there more than I talk to some of my California friends.

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

I first opened my account in 2007 after my mother told me about this treasure hunting game she had heard about on the radio here in Los Angeles. I didn’t have a real grasp on how to input coords in to my GPS or what it was I was exactly looking for. So needless to say I ended up not actually finding my first cache until 2011 when my girlfriend at the time and I were looking for something to do on weekends that would get us out of the House. I really liked it and she thought it was stupid. Showed her, I still geocache and now have an amazing girlfriend who enjoys caching with me now!!!

 

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

Not just one cache but a road trip full of caches. When I was moving to Louisiana my mother and I took our time getting to Denham Springs. We took what could have been a 26 hour straight through road trip and turned it into 6 days of sightseeing and an epic road trip. Our first day we started out in Lake Havasu City, AZ and we didn’t even make it out of the state that day.

 

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have to have with you?

At a bare minimum I always have my phone on me and a pen nearby. When I’m out with my truck I have a large ammo can that has more pens, logs, containers, signature items and special handheld TOTT’s.

 

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

America. Granted I’ve only cached in America but a great number of caches I’ve done across the states have taken me to many places that I wouldn’t have thought of or known about. It brings me such joy knowing that I’ve cached among the spacious skies, the amber waves of grain, the purple mountain majesties and of course the fruited plain!

 

What cache is on your Bucket list?

I don’t have a single cache as a bucket list item. I do have overall geocaching goals that I’d like to complete. The top is going to Geocaching HQ and getting an APE cache. I’m currently planning a trip to the Seattle area for Geocoinfest next year so these both will happen. Once I get those I guess I’ll go back to trying to fill in my US map and completing the Louisiana Parish and Delorme challenges (I’m about ½ way done with all three of those).

 

Any other hobbies?

When I’m not geocaching I enjoy going to Disneyland (annual pass holder) and train watching.

 

Anything else you would like to say?

Get out there, let the geocaching map be your guide. You don’t have to stop for every cache but let it guide you to all the historical, geological, the scenic or even the everyday locations. You might be surprised what you find out there! Also, go to the events and meet new people I have to say some fellow geocachers are some of the best people I know! Hi, to all my friends (Frank, Riann, Cindy, Ben, David, Brian and anyone else I may have forgotten) miss you all and we’ll get together again in the future. I guess it comes down to a simple choice, get busy caching or get busy dying!

Featured Player: Cachin’Cissy

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

My nickname growing up was Cissy. When I finally managed to update my account information I went the easy route and Cachin’Cissy was chosen.

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

Back in February 2011, a cousin was visiting from Florida. She pulled into the driveway in a brand new vehicle that we had to check out. Once we moved her laptop, gps, geobag and TOTT items off the front seat we could get a good look. We asked and she explained. My husband (Squib) knew right away that this game was something that I would enjoy. After our visit, Squib went in and made an account for me on the Geocaching web site. At that time, I was still a nervous wreck at the idea of going anywhere alone and getting lost. He was always encouraging me to go. “As long and there are other people here on earth, you will never be alone or lost.” Still today after being married 30 years he also says, ” I never would have married you if I had known you had NO SENSE OF DIRECTION.” With young kids and a grown up job I shelved the whole idea and completely forgot about it. In January 2015, after hearing Aunt and Uncle WilcoxWeedpatch talking about their adventures I ran home and opened the web page, updated my account, took notes and ran out the door. HOOKED!

What cache were you after? What did you expect to find?

I was not after any particular cache. I was after ALL of them. I was like a crazy loon on the hunt. I wanted to cache everyday. On my way to the doctor. On the way to grocery shop, on the way to work. I’m sure you get the picture.

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

There are 2 caches that I am most proud of. The first was GC12BBZ , When Ya Gotta Go, Ya Gotta Go. Then GC5YV6X, Certifiable Deception. These two hides had me stirred up and by golly, I was not leaving until I had the smiley. Mission accomplished.

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have to have with you?

My fanny pack is always ready to grab and strap on. It holds the basic tools needed. I will always have my machete and the grabber tool with the little pincher clamps on the end. I have no idea what it’s called but it has saved me many times. And recently Pretzallady shared a picture of her organized bags. Now I am also loaded and ready to repair and refresh caches along the way.

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

The most memorable thing that I have seen at a cache was a street sign. Squib was chauffeuring me around the state to work on the Parish Challenge back in 2015. In northern Louisiana at GC2WKAH, The Mighty Bulldogs, we found ourselves sitting at the end of a street with my dad’s name. That made my day.

What cache is on your Bucket List?

I do not have a Bucket List for caching. Maybe one day I will actually start writing down the GC codes of those interesting caches shared on the Louisiana Geocaching Facebook page.

Any other hobbies?  Anything else you would like to say?

I just love being outside. And now because of geocaching I am less scared of being lost. Oh, I still get lost, but it’s not so scary.

LGO Honorary Member: txgo4fan

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Tell us a little about who you are and where you live.

My name is Paul Nagel and I currently live in Cypress Texas and back in January of 2013 while living in Natchitoches my wife and oldest daughter were on a Girl Scouts trip to Mississippi when one in the groups introduced geocaching to them. My wife came home and said, “Paul, I think you will like this game.” As a geographer and an outdoor enthusiast, she was correct.

Other than geocaching, what draws you to Louisiana?

I had lived in Natchitoches for eleven years and I still have family that we visit regularly in Many. Besides family, the Oops Louisiana Parish Challenge and Houma Geotour draws us to Louisiana.

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

Back in 2007, I was one of twenty teachers to be trained by Gary Lewis to be a trainer of Earthcaches. I signed up for geocaching and created Louisiana’s first Earthcache down in Lafayette. My friend David Faerber, of the Faerbers tried to get me involved between 2007 and 2013 when my wife and daughter became involved, but I was not interested.

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

In 2013, I was able to take my oldest – Sweet Thing on a trip of a lifetime to Palau, Guam, and Hawai’i. While in Palau I took her to Jelly Fish Lake (Jellyfish Lake – Ongeim’l Tketau – GC11A56). What an experience to step off the dock, climb up the hill and then swim with jellyfish. Sweet Thing liked it so much that we returned for the second time. I was not expecting her to enjoy it so much. I highly recommend going if you can.

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have to have with you?

LOL, trying to be convinced by David to take up geocaching and hearing his stories of printing cache descriptions and heading out with a GPS was not appealing. Of course now with smartphones it is so much easier. So a pen is the most important, followed by a charger.

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

Geocaching has been an amazing adventure. How about in Northeast Louisiana and the Louisiana State Cotton Museum and the cache in an outhouse (GC1CN8D) or Grand Isle State Park (GC25HRR), Port Fourchon (GC3187Y) and the oldest Oak tree in Florida (GCC9CA) or the Florida Keys (GC2C32). Geocaching has been an adventure and always finding something new or unique.

What cache is on your Bucket list?

I would like to find the APE cache in Washington State and visit Ground Speak some day.

Any other hobbies?

LOL, there are hobbies other than caching! I enjoy being outside, so I try to walk or run when I can. I try to find that cache in a park or along a trail to go and find.

Anything else you would like to say? 

I would like to give a shout out to the Faerbers, DJPizza and my wife for encouraging me to go out and experience the adventure.

Featured Player: 96Shadow

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

My bike – motorcycle, is a 1996 Honda VT1100c2 Shadow A. C. E. (American Classic Edition)  I attempted other handles but they were all taken already.

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

I discovered “Where’s George” – a cash bill tracker where you enter the serial number and other information of the cash bills into a database and can get alerts when it is logged again thereby allowing you to see the bill’s travels – from a dollar I had that was stamped WheresGeorge.com. One such bill had an extra stamp on it – geocaching.com. Curiously I checked the site and then went out and found my first cache a few blocks from my home before I even signed up for membership. I was instantly hooked. It has since been archived and I now have my own cache in the general location: https://coord.info/GC6E83R. 

 

What cache were you after? What did you expect to find?

That was https://coord.info/GCHB7B. Had no idea, that’s why I went looking.

 

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

It was recent. Almost has to be because I’m very forgetful.  My parents heard something on the news about the Atchafalaya Basin and Louisiana and Geocaching but they didn’t understand what they were talking about. So I got a call and, as I missed the news, I had no idea what they were talking about. Then I attended the meet event https://coord.info/GC771XA and posed the question to some of the other attendees. No one heard of it. I came home and did an internet search and came up with the story from a Baton Rouge television station. I immediately began preparing for the fun. After some stressful sweating and long hours and hard work and a couple mosquito attacks and lots of back tracking miles on my gas guzzling pick-up and spending 1 night in said truck, I completed the trail – first.

 

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have to have with you?

Hmm, I’m always forgetting something. My phone is about the only thing I always have with me. I have a military belt with pockets that’s loaded with all sorts of tools. I don’t always have it with me on hunts though.

 

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

My memory isn’t any good, I forget just about everything. There is nothing that stands out. I guess https://coord.info/GCE02C would be it. Taking all those elevators and being on top of New Orleans.

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

No particular cache. Want to complete some Trails / Challenges and make it to a Mega Event – GeoWoodStock. 

 

Any other hobbies?

Riding my bike when it’s up and running, gardening, been a very long time since I’ve seen a Where’s George bill or gotten an alert from one, spending way too much time on Facebook or the computer in general, making wine, canoeing, fishing on a rare occasion, tent camping when I can, looking for a beautiful young virgin to be my wife and later, the mother of my children (also known as dreaming / fantasizing), photography, butterflies and birds (watching and helping), some years ago I purchased an observation hive for bees and have yet to get bees for it (someday I hope to), when I can – travel / exploring / taking the back roads. I also like to check out houses and other properties that come up for sale if they are unoccupied. 

 

Anything else you would like to say?

Some caches are so cool and imaginative. I wish I had that kind of talent.
I wish I had better memory ‘cause without a good memory I find myself missing out on conversations of certain shared experiences even if not done at the same time. I’m also hard of hearing – been tested 80% loss in left ear and don’t remember what the number was for right ear.
I don’t like puzzles. I do like gadget caches.
I also like the LGO Facebook page, great bunch of people on there.

PLEASE, don’t just WATCH for but make the effort to LOOK for motorcycles!!! Often times bikes are hidden behind your mirror or C-pillar. 

LGO Honorary Member: Giddy Up GeO

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Tell us a little about who you are and where you live.

I’m an old retired nurse who got a second chance at parenting when we adopted Peamite, who is now 6 years old. We live in the sleepy town of Wiggins, MS.

 

Other than geocaching, what draws you to Louisiana?

Muggle Hubby’s family is from Louisiana and we have lots of friends and family scattered across the state. The food, culture and atmosphere that Louisiana offers turns visits into a feeling of ‘coming back home’. Other than Geocaching? That’s icing on the cake cause Louisiana has some of the best! That alone is enough to draw us there!! 

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

My friend and I had always played in the woods, hiking and metal detecting, looking for Native American artifacts. I read an article years ago about finding geocaches in remote areas, but never knew how to find them. When on a Facebook group about camping, someone mentioned geocaching at one of the State Parks and there was a phone app one could use. I downloaded the app, went solo to find one near me and was hooked from day one! 

 

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

After finding a few regular caches, I stumbled upon a Multi (Wild Ideas- GCJ4V5) in the Desoto Forest at an old CC Camp. It was at the beginning of a hiking trail and I was anxious to find the ‘treasure’ that was hidden in the forest. I imagined it to be just like the stories I’d read after finding as much information as I could in the few caches I had already found. I arrived at the parking area, made my way to GZ, only to spend what seemed like hours trying to find the container. My phone quickly drained it’s battery. So, I leave determined to get a new phone but got a battery pack instead. Few days later, I grab my friend and we head back with new battery pack and another set of eyes. We were so excited! We were going to find hidden treasure. We finally found the container, which had cords for the second stage. I had no clue how to get those in my phone. We ended up hiking the trail and left with our bubble deflated. I spent days trying to work that stupid cords. When I did learn how to get from A to B.. I went back. I spent most of a day along that trail, found the second stage, which was an ammo can. You would have thought it was full of treasure! Miffed that this was the second stage and there was another, I hiked to the third.. and took several minutes looking and found Wild Ideas!! I was chocked full of wild ideas and TREASURE!! I don’t think I have ever left the forest any more excited than that day. I knew then, there’d be more geocaching in my future. 

 

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have to have with you?

I have a clip, that attaches to a ring on my phone case, that holds my small signature stamp, a pen and a dental pick. The dental pick is to help remove those pesty rolled logs in nano’s and bison tubes.
Like everyone else, I carry way to much ‘stuff’ in my geomobile. Besides my cellphone, I have to have my hiking stick when in the woods or forest. It’s found more ammo cans in the woods that I could ever count and is about the most useful TOTT I have. 

 

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

GC5330Y – Ancient Mariner (now archived) Multi water cache that Muggle Hubby and I did when we took our maiden voyage in our new yaks. After finding the first stage in the middle of the bayou… we paddled up a small canal and bam! There’s an ancient ship marooned on land. If I’d have pulled up the satellite imagery, I’d have known.. but it was totally amazing. It’s still one of my top favorite caches!! 

 

What cache is on your Bucket list?

Gosh… that’s a hard one. I have so many still in the bucket but right now it’d have to be GC1AM16 – I10 Interstate Highway Challenge.

 

Any other hobbies?

Peamite and I collect Extagz, another brand of Pathtags, although we like those! 

 

Anything else you would like to say? 

Geocaching, like life, can be an adventure. Just like this crazy life we live in, it’s what you decide to make of it.

Featured Players: Pretzallady and PretzalNugget

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

I work at the local pretzel shop in the Mall and everyone knows me as the Pretzel Lady. It was only fitting that I call my Daughter Aimee who is always with me PretzalNugget.

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

I am a Boy Scout Leader and it was a merit Badge we were working on. I enjoyed it but the boys we had at that time did not. My new younger scouts now love it.

 

What cache were you after? What did you expect to find?

Dead End GCXNN9.  This was my first attempt and I was not sure what to expect. What I found was what looked like a nail head and it was a nano stuck in the top of the pole.

 

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

I hate Multi Caches but I needed to find The Curse of Madame LeVeaux (GC573QV). Pretzalnugget and I found this shortly after I had shoulder surgery, my arm was still in a sling. I had to climb up a little hill that was covered with pine straw, as I was reaching the top I grabbed a tree limb and it snapped and I lost my Balance and fell down, tree limb then fell across my legs. It was a fairly large limb. As I laid there assessing my injuries, it crossed my mind that if I was seriously injured, Pretzalnugget would not be able to help me. Thankfully I was not severely hurt and I did find the final stage. I have to say this was a great cache.

 

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have to have with you?

I never leave home without my caching stuff, i have a tub of spare containers, a tub of swag, and a tool box with logs, pencils pens, zip ties, super glue, bison tubes , nano’s, my multi tool, scissors, and much more. I also carry a full first aid kit.

 

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

As of this week I would have to say the grave of the Revolutionary War Soldier at a Cemetery in Leota, Indiana.

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

Any Cache I have not yet found.

 

Any other hobbies?

Scouting and Camping

 

Anything else you would like to say?

I love going to events and meeting other Geocaches. I had the opportunity to go to GeoWoodstock XV in North Carolina and it was an awesome experience. I enjoy hiding caches as much as I do finding them.

Featured Players: mike ‘n pink

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

The first half of our username comes from Michael’s obvious nickname, Mike. Erica’s half of the username, Pink, comes from her high school mascot being the Pink Panther. Thus, mike ‘n pink!

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

A friend introduced the game to Erica in college, who felt Michael would love it. The concepts of a treasure hunt combined with technology seemed like the perfect combination for fun in our relationship. We lived two hours apart from each other at the time (in Lafayette and in New Orleans) and would both meet up in Baton Rouge on the weekends and spend our time together geocaching.

 

What cache were you after? What did you expect to find?

The first cache we went after was “Heart Check” (GCGP63). Erica had the vaguest idea of what to look for from that first geocache that her friend showed her, but it was brand new to Michael. It took some effort, but once we found it, Michael was hooked.

 

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

A few caches come to mind, but one that stands out is “HTGT: Wildlife 2” (GC5HF85). It’s part of the Houma Geocaching Tour series. We were determined to find the 27 caches we needed to complete the tour in one day. For this cache, we trekked through a swamp wildlife refuge just as it was starting to drizzle. The hike involved crossing a bridge swarming with dozens of wasps (Erica’s great nemesis), dodging falling golden orb spiders that were being knocked from their webs by the rain, and watching our feet to avoid stepping on the hundreds of mating grasshoppers that were all over the path. The drizzle turned into a storm, and the longer we looked, the louder we could hear the grunting sounds of nearby alligators. The hide was a fairly easy one, but nervous about the alligators, it took us much longer to find than it should have, and we had come too far to give up. After making the find, we ran the mile back to our car, completely soaked, covered in mud, but victorious.

 

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have to have with you?

We HAVE to have a pen and our phone—can’t cache without either! Erica keeps an arsenal of pens in the center console of the car just for geocaching and always tries to remember to keep a towel or two in the car in case the search gets dirty. We also try to keep our geocaching bag in our car, which Michael keeps stocked with extra logs and baggies, tradeables, and our first aid kit, among other items.

 

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

Michael’s most memorable sight was at our 600th cache in Alabama, Favorite Places Series: The King’s Chair (GCKRVB). We hiked to the top of a mountain and sat on the very edge of a ledge, our feet dangling over an incredible drop while we looked out at the beautiful view below us.

Erica’s favorite was seeing the Grand Canyon covered in snow. We were the only two people on a particular ledge where there was a mystery cache, and we stood on the edge of the canyon and felt like we were the only people in the world.

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

We just completed a big bucket list item of ours, which was to find all of the caches in the Louisiana Star Geocaching Challenge—which was made extra challenging what with Erica being 8 months pregnant at the time.

We’d really like to visit the Geocaching Headquarters in Seattle and visit the cache on location. And although it’s not a specific cache, our biggest bucket list item is to find a geocache in every state. We’ve got 18 crossed off so far…

 

Any other hobbies?

Michael enjoys playing computer games and building things for fun. Erica loves to read and write.

 

Anything else you would like to say?

We got engaged when Michael created an entire fake geocaching page and surprised Erica by “finding” a ring instead of a cache—we now have a real cache placed at the site in memory of the proposal (GC48G6R). At our wedding, the priest who married us knew of our love for geocaching. He made us a homemade “cache” with the “Love is patient, love is kind” verse on a paper inside in place of a log and presented it to us after his homily. Michael’s groomscake was even designed to look like a giant geocache. Geocaching is a big part of our lives, and we can’t wait until our son Benjamin (who was born this March) is old enough to cache with us!

Featured Players: LAVNVet and LALizzie

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

My geocache name (LAVNVet) comes from my service as a Viet Nam veteran living in Louisiana. My wife’s name (LALizzie) is based on her name along with living in Louisiana. These names are the same as our letterboxes.

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

A close childhood friend (Poet61), who now lives in northern Georgia, introduced me to geocaching. He and I have cached near each other’s homes and at our 50th high school class reunion in Ohio. My wife had heard about geocaching several years before we married, but, had never done any. While we were dating, we added geocaching to our list of great things to do together. Now, Geocaching is a quick activity, a date night, a day trip, or, even a long excursion with many planned stops for caches.

 

What cache were you after? What did you expect to find?

Started off just looking for nearby caches. Then while visiting grandkids found an earthcache and a traditional cache at the Garden of the Gods. Really didn’t have any idea what I would find, but, now we try to go for earthcaches and those that teach lessons.

 

Everyone has a geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

There has been one cache that we started to think didn’t exist and thus a Big Fish story. We searched 5 or more times and had almost concluded that it was missing. Without the help of pretzallady, we would probably still be looking for it.

 

What is Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have with you?

Canvas bag containing flashlight, UV light, extendable mirror, extendable magnet, our letterbox stamps with ink pads, 12” locking clamp, tape measure, 10-in-1 mini multi-tool, pens and pencils, extra logs, extra containers (many types), trackables, batteries and gloves. And, in the back of the truck, a stepladder!

 

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found whilecaching?

While we were both geocaching at Cypremort Point, two couples from Canada in a van stopped and asked if I was geocaching and I responded, “that’s what I was doing”. The couples went on their way, but, joined us a little later to find a cache together. We all took part in helping hoist one of the ladies up a tree to retrieve the cache, which, we then all signed the log together. Have pictures to prove it!

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

We both want to find the earliest Louisiana cache and the cache at the highest point in the state. Farther afield, we would like to find caches in all 50 states with emphasis on earthcaches.

 

Any other hobbies?

Primarily interested in birding and historic areas hence my “Ornithological Lesson” caches and the Solomon Northup Geotrail. Also, since we enjoy earthcaches, I established the Louisiana Earthcache Challenge (GC60YJ7), which has yet to be completed by anyone. As a retired biologist, anything outdoors is of interest to me, which is why my wife and I set up a series of letterbox hybrids with tracks of various animals. Unfortunately, many of those were muggled.

 

Anything else you would like to say?

I am open to other ideas so currently not sure what the next series will be.

Featured Players: Pat in Louisiana and Squirt in La

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name? 

I just wanted something that identified who I was and where I’m from. Diane just went with her nickname since she is only 4’-11” Squirt works for her.

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

I had an old Eagle Explorer GPSR that I use to map our hunting areas. I read an article somewhere about it and thought I’d give it a try.

What cache were you after?

Palomino Cache (GC7E2)

What did you expect to find?

I had no clue what to expect but I did not expect all the mud and trash 😉

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

It would have to be GC3630 Hawksbill Crag in Arkansas. Well worth the hike to a very scenic overlook out on a rock overhang. We ran into a group of hikers from the LSU Vet. school that were there for the summer.

What is your Geocaching EDC (every day carry)?

Not sure about the question. My EDC knife is an Emerson/Kershaw hybrid my son in law gave me. The other EDC is a Smith & Wesson M&P45c compact semi-automatic.

As for caching EDC I have (3) boxes of assorted items in the back seat 24-7.

What gear do you have to have with you?

Nothing I “have to have” except the GPSR or iPhone and a red pen. (Don’t know why I like to sign the log in red)

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

I guess the scenery around Monument Rocks GC21VQQ in west Kansas was one of the more memorable.

What Cache is on your Bucket List?

Don’t have a particular cache.  Just want to find a cache in the last 6 north east states we have not gotten yet: Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington & Wyoming.

Any other Hobbies? 

Golf but not near as often as I used to. Hunting and chasing Squirt.

Anything else you would like to say?

I started some 16 years ago and it took a few years before Squirt started to get “into it”. We have met a ton of fine people in our travels. I would like to see the newer cachers show a little more patience. And not be so quick to report a cache missing or need archiving just because they couldn’t find it.

That is about it!

Featured Player: GeoBear42

geobear42What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

When I thought about it and realized I would be doing this with grandchildren I called them my cubs so I am GeoBear42 and they are GeoCubs 1,2,3,4,5 & born today number 6.   4, 5 & 6 are not old enough to geocache yet.

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

With 5 grandchildren at my house all summer last year I needed something to keep the older ones busy and quiet during naptime. My sister-in-law and her husband was visiting and told me about Geocaching, so I took the 3 oldest ones and we went looking.

What cache were you after?

We weren’t after any specific cache just looking close to our house.

What did you expect to find?

I wasn’t sure what we would find so at first didn’t know exactly what to look for. The grands were excited just to find anything.  They not always wanted to trade anything.

 

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

I guess when we were looking for a cache in the woods down a small walking road going to Driskill Mountain in Bienville Parish. We walked a long way up and down hills. We passed some muggles coming out so my 8 year old autistic grandson  began to tell them all about what we were doing  and that they were muggles so they could not see what we would find.  They were nice and just laughed and continued on their way. I think they were sweethearts just out for what they thought was a private walk. Long story short when we found the cache I was standing next to it and one of them said “poppy its right there by your foot.”

 

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)?

I have to use my phone the grands know how to use the Garmin GPS better that I do so that what they take turns using.

What gear do you have to have with you?

We carry a small fannie pack with our swag and places for bottled water in it.  The first thing they expect to get when we start out is an ICEE, when we find a cache they want a Jolly Rancher as reward. The dentist will always have our business.

 

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

We found a snake skin hanging on a crooked tree out in the woods.

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

We have yet to find a multi cache. The one closest to our house is missing the first stage.  When summer comes again and school is out we will be able to travel farther to find another one.

 

Any other hobbies?

I like to build gadget caches with the grandchildren, we have 9 out at this time. I also raise chickens for eggs and my grandchildren love helping gather the eggs.

 

Anything else you would like to say?

I wish more people would place GeoCaches and most important maintain them.  We have found many that are wet inside and you cant sign the log.  The grands were disappointed at first but now it the hunt they enjoy and the Jolly Ranchers.