What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?
My geocache name (LAVNVet) comes from my service as a Viet Nam veteran living in Louisiana. My wife’s name (LALizzie) is based on her name along with living in Louisiana. These names are the same as our letterboxes.
Why did you decide to try geocaching?
A close childhood friend (Poet61), who now lives in northern Georgia, introduced me to geocaching. He and I have cached near each other’s homes and at our 50th high school class reunion in Ohio. My wife had heard about geocaching several years before we married, but, had never done any. While we were dating, we added geocaching to our list of great things to do together. Now, Geocaching is a quick activity, a date night, a day trip, or, even a long excursion with many planned stops for caches.
What cache were you after? What did you expect to find?
Started off just looking for nearby caches. Then while visiting grandkids found an earthcache and a traditional cache at the Garden of the Gods. Really didn’t have any idea what I would find, but, now we try to go for earthcaches and those that teach lessons.
Everyone has a geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?
There has been one cache that we started to think didn’t exist and thus a Big Fish story. We searched 5 or more times and had almost concluded that it was missing. Without the help of pretzallady, we would probably still be looking for it.
What is Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have with you?
Canvas bag containing flashlight, UV light, extendable mirror, extendable magnet, our letterbox stamps with ink pads, 12” locking clamp, tape measure, 10-in-1 mini multi-tool, pens and pencils, extra logs, extra containers (many types), trackables, batteries and gloves. And, in the back of the truck, a stepladder!
What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found whilecaching?
While we were both geocaching at Cypremort Point, two couples from Canada in a van stopped and asked if I was geocaching and I responded, “that’s what I was doing”. The couples went on their way, but, joined us a little later to find a cache together. We all took part in helping hoist one of the ladies up a tree to retrieve the cache, which, we then all signed the log together. Have pictures to prove it!
What cache is on your Bucket List?
We both want to find the earliest Louisiana cache and the cache at the highest point in the state. Farther afield, we would like to find caches in all 50 states with emphasis on earthcaches.
Any other hobbies?
Primarily interested in birding and historic areas hence my “Ornithological Lesson” caches and the Solomon Northup Geotrail. Also, since we enjoy earthcaches, I established the Louisiana Earthcache Challenge (GC60YJ7), which has yet to be completed by anyone. As a retired biologist, anything outdoors is of interest to me, which is why my wife and I set up a series of letterbox hybrids with tracks of various animals. Unfortunately, many of those were muggled.
Anything else you would like to say?
I am open to other ideas so currently not sure what the next series will be.