Featured Player: Nugglers

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

We came up with this name after doing some research on geocaching in general before we actually started caching. We figured out the meaning of “muggles” and decided we should come up with something to counter that. So, “Nugglers” is kind of like a word we decided would be like kryptonite to the much loathed MUGGLE!!

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

I actually made an account years ago and only found one cache. I unfortunately did not look into geocaching any further at the time. Then, Kacie (the famous Nuggler 2) and I, were trying to figure out something to do one afternoon, and immediately Geocaching came to mind. The thought of being outside, adventuring and exploring was exactly the medicine the doctor ordered. Well, as you guys can see, the rest is history!

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

We actually were not after one cache specifically. We simply opened up the app and found that Cosper’s Little Secret (GC480D9) was right next to our house, so we headed in that direction. I tried to explain the best I could on what we expected to find, but neither of us were really sure. When we arrived, we did not only find an actual cache container, but an awesome pastime that we spend hours and hours…..and HOURS lol of time doing.

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

Well, we each have one. Kacie’s no doubt is a cache called 16.9 (GC3BX2K) that we came across while caching right outside of Seattle a few months back. It’s a mystery cache that we were drawn too because of the John Grisham trackable (I am a trackable junkie)  that was in it at the time. The cache turned out to be cooler than we expected. It was a big box with a lock on it but no key! After reading all the logs and spending a ton of time looking at this box in the middle of the night, Nuggler 2 had that “OMG” moment! The key to the box was actually about thirty feet away, hidden in a buoyant case inside of a PVC pipe. In order to get it out though, we had to pour 16.9 ounces (one bottle of water) in it to get the case to float to the top! It was our first 5 difficulty cache and gave us a overwhelming feeling of accomplishment!

My Big Fish is definitely Strain Allen Cache (GC52X1R) by Darrellba! To this day, I am not really sure why I got so much satisfaction in finding this cache, but I definitely did. We had been out caching for hours and hours and I promised Nuggler 2 that we would be finished after this last “quick” cache. Well that “quick” turned easily into an hour adventure. The batteries in our flashlights were dead, so I was using my phone light, which btw, is absolutely one of the worst lights ever. Nuggler 2 was pouting in the truck because she was tired lol and kept telling me “its not even here,” but I was not taking that as an answer. And the best part of all, is my phone didn’t have any service there, so I was searching for a needle in a haystack. After crawling around on the ground and poking around every tree trunk inch by inch, I heard the most familiar sound to all of us, the beautiful “THUMP” Needless to say, if anyone was nearby, they would of thought I found a buried treasure of some sort, or was some crazed person that got loose from a psych facility!

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

Well, we carry quite a few things in our backpack, which is always in my truck. It has flashlights, Nuggler 2’s cherished headlamp, multiple sharpie pens, a mirror magnet combo, extra cache logs, extra clothes (since we always end up wet or muddy somehow) and our (MY, lol) bag of trackables.

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

So far probably the most memorable thing we have seen is that bottom of the Grand Canyon. We picked up a couple of virtual caches while we were on a road trip this past November and one of them was South Kaibab to Bright Angel (GCFA7D). We hiked down 7 miles, stayed the night in the bottom of the Grand Canyon beside the Colorado River, and then hiked out 10 miles the next day to the top! Most exhausting/rewarding thing that we have accomplished so far in our caching careers!

What cache is on your Bucket List?

There is no doubt that our Bucket List cache is “The Leap” (GC16R4B) in Arizona. We had full intentions of getting it while road tripping this past November, but it rained on the day we had planned to pick it up (the only day it rained on our 11 day road trip :I). There is not a doubt in my mind that we will get it in the next year though. I don’t know that Nuggler 2 will make the giant leap across the gap, but I do know that she will be right by my side navigating the entire way!

Any other hobbies?

Well when we aren’t working, we just like being outside really. We are emergency room nurses, so anything that gets us a little adrenaline rush we are up for….as I am answering these questions while we are working on a 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle while sitting in the house lol!

Anything else you would like to say?

We are getting ready to start travel nursing, so we will be in the Seattle area for the next couple of months. Hopefully, we will get to finish up our D/T challenge while we are there. We would also like to give a thanks to a few cachers in our area for being patient with us when we bombard them with questions about Geocaching, since we are fairly new to it all, comparatively speaking: PrizeSeekers, Darrellba, and Shelleydee34. Also, we want to thank all the cachers who have continued to put out new caches for us to find: Geobear42 and Deannasmith97. If we forgot anyone, thanks to you guys too!!