Featured Player: rub-r-man

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

My family has a tire dealership that has been in business for over 80 years and I related the term “rubber” with my occupation.

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

My brother in law got myself, wife and sister in law interested in 2008. Once we did our first cache we were hooked and began this amazing hobby. Every trip we plan includes geocaching.

 

What cache were you after?

The first cache I tackled was named “Passin Gas“(Lol) GC199MJ and it was located in Schriever, Louisiana.

 

What did you expect to find?

I had no clue what I would find!!! It was an awesome hide and I logged it in “not too stinky!”

 

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

Gosh, there are several that bring back so many good memories, and stories that brought us so many places! But we got more than what we bargained for at this cache. We were caching in Gretna and ended up in a park for a quick P&G. Walked into a wooded area and found the cache near a tree. Tried to open the cache container to sign the log that was stuck, so we began hitting the container on the bark on the tree. Suddenly one of us got stung and noticed thousands of hornets coming out of the ground. We dropped the container and dashed to the geomobile while they were hot on our trail. We began taking off particles of clothes as quickly as we could hoping to get to the truck before the hornets. Inside the vehicle we evaluated all the hornet stings and heard buzzing. OMG! Some were in the truck! Ugh!
Quickly put windows down and prayed they would fly out.

After phoning our daughter for medical advice and debating the ER we ended up at Walgreens searching for meds for the stings but most importantly the one that has now doubled the size of my bottom lip!

Learned our lesson from this hunt to now always travel with a well-equipped medical stash and I now that know I AM NOT allergic to bee stings! But we found the cache.

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)?

We have to travel in the geomobile (truck) for good luck! What gear do you have to have with you? My digging tools, several pens, replacement cache material, walking stick and of course the old faithful iPhone.

 

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

While I was caching in Canada I found a cache on an old train trestle. The view was amazing and the history with the cache from that area was so informative.

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

Well I guess I could say two things. First, I would love to find the first cache ever placed in the country and in Louisiana. Secondly, to find a cache in every state.

 

Any other hobbies?

I am also an avid metal detector.

 

Anything else you would like to say?

Geocaching has brought us to so many places from caching at the happiest place on earth “Disney” to caching after Hurricane Katrina and all the devastation. The most amazing thing besides meeting great people is the history that you find while caching. This hobby is a must for young, old and all generations. In closing it reminds me of a famous quote from Dr. Seuss “Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all!” The cache is the “ball” and every cache and every experience is logged in as a winner! Happy Caching!