Tell us a little about who you are and where you live.
Retired in 2009, after over 45 years with same Company; widowed, Accountant by education, NOT an outdoor person at all until…..now….Live in El Dorado, AR 17 miles N of the Louisiana line.
Other than geocaching, what draws you to Louisiana?
Over many years, Monroe/WMonroe – S’port/Bossier have been shopping & eating havens for my area; also had a place on Lake Claiborne for years due to husband’s love of fishing; grew up going to Sugar Bowl/ Mardi Gras; traveled to New Orleans many times for work.
Why did you decide to try geocaching?
Wanted to do something out of the box after retirement…In 2009, 1 daughter who works for Arkansas Game & Fish Commission gave me a weekend of Becoming an Outdoor Woman. Among their programs that weekend was Geocaching, which I selected. Pursued nothing. The next year, went back, selected it again, Pursued nothing. In April 2012 read quip about an Eat & Greet locally; attended & a cacher from Houston who was visiting her cacher family showed me how to find one very close to our event location. But it was not until July that I started in earnest. Bronco’s Girl & Bronco46 took me under their wings to start this adventure. I’ve learned a lot from locals allenearl58, arkfiremedic & gmcsac for becoming a better cacher.
Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?
I have no Big Fish story. At the beginning, my mentors were both still working, so then especially & even now do a lot of “by myself” caching. With age in mind & being female, I try not to get myself into unsafe or questionable situations so I really try to review the cache description info and the location area before potentially getting myself into this “big fish” area. In fact my daughter, who unknowingly started me on this road (as mentioned above), has actually warned me…no hospital or police calls.
What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have to have with you?
EDC, you would not believe. I have 2 vehicles sorta dedicated to caching opportunities—one, the go anywhere vehicle and the other is a step-up in comfort if having a navigator along. I have duplicated supplies so I’m not at a loss no matter which one I’m driving. My Sunday car is just that….no supplies at all. But like probably everyone, I definitely carry logs, baggies, replacement containers, tape, extra pens; then comes the TOTT and swag.
What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?
Memorable – I don’t know – memorable is a relative term…each cacher has his own definition.
Many stand out for historic implications————–many stand out for just neat things to see nearby————–many stand out for container uniqueness or creativity—————–many may not stand out other than serving their purpose for offering that PNG we all need. I’ve seen battlefields, monuments, sunsets (no sunrises), museums, things that used to be, specialty artifacts, religious icons & architecture, trails (not hikes) through parks, gardens, countryside.
What cache is on your Bucket list?
Being a single female, of a certain age, I haven’t felt the need for a Bucket List. So far, I’m able to rise each day & take advantage of any opportunities, caching or otherwise, that comes across my path. That fills my Bucket.
Any other hobbies?
No real hobbies requiring talent….that’s what got me here. I am a voracious reader but that still didn’t get me out of the box. I do have 5 books going at once, audio in each of the cars; 1 at the TV and 1 at bed so that hobby is taken care of pretty completely.
I am a Master Gardener but with a brown thumb (took the training after retirement just because I then had the time). I serve on the Arkansas Geocaching Association Board as well several Boards around the area, take care of my Church library, go to College lectures, Art Center plays & South Arkansas Symphony performances. Cook when I have to and only for myself, have a housekeeper for my peace of mind, cars always filled with gas in case a caching trip comes up.
Anything else you would like to say?
I try to promote Geocaching being a great family activity that provides excitement of the find, still using technology (GPS, phone apps), geography, exercise, critical thinking in some cases, family entertainment & togetherness, critical with kids today. The virtuals & earthcaches are great teaching or learning tools. The historical aspect, cemeteries, churches, monuments, museums …there’s nothing better for teaching children and lots of adults too. Hey, we Seniors still need something to keep ourselves going full speed ahead, maybe not the body so much as the mind.
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