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.