What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?
My nickname growing up was Cissy. When I finally managed to update my account information I went the easy route and Cachin’Cissy was chosen.
Why did you decide to try geocaching?
Back in February 2011, a cousin was visiting from Florida. She pulled into the driveway in a brand new vehicle that we had to check out. Once we moved her laptop, gps, geobag and TOTT items off the front seat we could get a good look. We asked and she explained. My husband (Squib) knew right away that this game was something that I would enjoy. After our visit, Squib went in and made an account for me on the Geocaching web site. At that time, I was still a nervous wreck at the idea of going anywhere alone and getting lost. He was always encouraging me to go. “As long and there are other people here on earth, you will never be alone or lost.” Still today after being married 30 years he also says, ” I never would have married you if I had known you had NO SENSE OF DIRECTION.” With young kids and a grown up job I shelved the whole idea and completely forgot about it. In January 2015, after hearing Aunt and Uncle WilcoxWeedpatch talking about their adventures I ran home and opened the web page, updated my account, took notes and ran out the door. HOOKED!
What cache were you after? What did you expect to find?
I was not after any particular cache. I was after ALL of them. I was like a crazy loon on the hunt. I wanted to cache everyday. On my way to the doctor. On the way to grocery shop, on the way to work. I’m sure you get the picture.
Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?
There are 2 caches that I am most proud of. The first was GC12BBZ , When Ya Gotta Go, Ya Gotta Go. Then GC5YV6X, Certifiable Deception. These two hides had me stirred up and by golly, I was not leaving until I had the smiley. Mission accomplished.
What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have to have with you?
My fanny pack is always ready to grab and strap on. It holds the basic tools needed. I will always have my machete and the grabber tool with the little pincher clamps on the end. I have no idea what it’s called but it has saved me many times. And recently Pretzallady shared a picture of her organized bags. Now I am also loaded and ready to repair and refresh caches along the way.
What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?
The most memorable thing that I have seen at a cache was a street sign. Squib was chauffeuring me around the state to work on the Parish Challenge back in 2015. In northern Louisiana at GC2WKAH, The Mighty Bulldogs, we found ourselves sitting at the end of a street with my dad’s name. That made my day.
What cache is on your Bucket List?
I do not have a Bucket List for caching. Maybe one day I will actually start writing down the GC codes of those interesting caches shared on the Louisiana Geocaching Facebook page.
Any other hobbies? Anything else you would like to say?
I just love being outside. And now because of geocaching I am less scared of being lost. Oh, I still get lost, but it’s not so scary.