Featured Player: djpizza

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

 

Danny and Teresa Pizzolato are djpizza and we geocache as a team. As I always say, if it wasn’t for Teresa I would only have about six finds. Our geo nickname is actually just my email name that I have used from when I set up my first email account.

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

We tried geocaching after reading an article in the newspaper and doing some research on GPSR.

 

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

The first one was on my way to the trash compactor so I decided to give it a try and found it quickly.

 

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

Our big fish story was on a DNF in East Texas. It turned out to be missing at the time so as we were expanding our search, I tapped on a big stump with my stick and about that time ‘something’ (we still don’t know what is was, maybe a BIG rat or a cougar) blasted out of the stump, bumped into my ankle, shot between my legs, nearly knocking me down then ran towards Teresa. It saw her, made a 90° turn and ran down the ditch at 150 mph. She said I screamed like a girl but I didn’t. We never laughed so hard in our lives.

 

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

We always make sure we have plenty of water with us on our geo runs and of course plenty of extra logs and baggies.

 

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

The most memorable things are the people we have met geocaching. We have met people from all over the world and made some lasting friendships.

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

As far as our bucket list cache, the cache VIEW CARIE’, we had scheduled to be our 5000th find, but that day the elevators were out of order so we couldn’t do it. It has since been archived.

Anything else you would like to say?

Teresa and I have been on this incredible journey called geocaching. We have found over 10,000 caches and have over 350 hides. Geocaching has taken us to some incredible historical sites and to some local places that we didn’t know existed. Until we attended GeoWoodstock VII we didn’t realized just how many people enjoy this hobby. Since achieving our goal of 10K we have shifted our focus to maintaining our hides as we have adopted a lot of local caches in the last few years and are giving back to the community. We still make a few geo runs and attend events but we don’t cache every weekend like we use to. We had our first granddaughter (Doodlebug) this past year and a grandson on the way so we need time to spoil them.