What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?
My geonick is actually a nickname one of my uncles gave me when I was a kid. I was the youngest and smallest of all of my cousins, so he called me Little’n (short for Little One).
Why did you decide to try geocaching?
Ptmvette actually told me about geocaching. She hadn’t done any caching, but she had heard about it and thought it might be something I would enjoy doing with my boys. I’ve always loved technology, being outside, traveling, solving puzzles, etc., so of course I was immediately hooked!
What cache were you after? What did you expect to find?
My first cache find was “Now We’re Cookin’ Cache” in Ruston (GCN5JT). It was an ammo box that was hidden in some woods near a popular local park. I don’t remember what all was in it, but I do remember my son trading swag for a rubber cockroach! For several days after that, he had a blast hiding that thing where I could “find” it. ;P
Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?
My “big fish” story is definitely “Bogalusa Boogie (Again)” (GCA0A7). Ptmvette and I were on a weekend caching trip to work on the Louisiana DeLorme Challenge. When we got close to the location, the only place to park was next to a power plant that was humming very loudly. It was also *pouring* sheets of rain with lots of lightning and thunder nearby! And did I mention that a cop car kept driving by the area about every five minutes during the storm? We just knew he was going to stop and ask us what we were doing. Ptmvette didn’t want to get out in the storm, but I told her I was going. At that time it was the only cache in that DeLorme grid, and I was determined that we hadn’t driven six hours one way just to skip it. Waterproof hiking boots are great unless you have to go through puddles so deep that the water goes over the top and into your boots. We climbed over and under fallen trees, dealt with bouncing satellite signals, swatted mosquitoes, and finally found the cache about fifty feet away from where the GPS was pointing. We were completely soaked by the time we got back to the car, but we had found the cache and were laughing about the adventure!
What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have to have with you?
My favorite GPSr is a Garmin GPSmap 62s, but I also cache with my iPhone sometimes. Paperless caching and logging finds while I’m still on site is so much easier than the process was when I first started caching! I also carry extra log sheets, ink pens, swag, a few small containers, tweezers, magnets, string, wire, a multitool, and something to help me retrieve caches that are out of my reach. It sounds like a lot, but I’ve learned how to be quite efficient using lock-n-lock containers to organize and store my gear.
What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?
I love finding beautiful locations while caching. Some of the most gorgeous sites I’ve ever seen were while caching in Maui. We saw black sand beaches, a sunrise over Mount Haleakala, caves, interesting volcanic formations, blowholes, and lots of amazing sea life. My favorite memory of all, however, was being within a few feet of some sea turtles while snorkeling in Molokini Crater!
What cache is on your Bucket List?
Mingo. It would be a real thrill to find the oldest active cache!
Any other hobbies?
Travelling, photography, flying kites, metal detecting, and fishing.
Anything else you would like to say?
I love puzzle caches. Some are easier to solve than others, and some take a lot of time and effort, but it’s a very rewarding feeling when you finally figure out the solution and can go find the cache. If you haven’t tried a puzzle cache, start out with one that has an easy rating and work your way up to the more difficult ones.
Thanks to everyone for placing and maintaining some great caches!