Where are you from? Where do you live?
We are from Louisiana. We live in the A.P. in the village of Moreauville.
What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?
Being that our Smith clan is rather large, we had to find a way to distinguish ourselves. In the clan, my parents are called the Smith Sr’s, my brother’s family are the Smith Jr’s, and they called us- my wife, my 3 children and myself- the LilSmiths. Since we geocached as a family, our name was a no brainer.
Why did you decide to try geocaching?
My parents, the WilcoxWeedPatch, better known as Granny and Grandpa to us, pretty much forced us to go with them one day! We’ve been hooked ever since!
What cache were you after? What did you expect to find?
The first cache that we went to find was Bamboo-zle (GC1KQ88) in Mansura, Louisiana. We had no idea what we would find. But we bushwhacked our way through the bamboo like we were the first explorers to visit the area! After a couple of minutes of frantic searching, we finally found the treasure! A plastic container!
Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?
Once upon a time we were on our way home from dropping our oldest daughter, Alyssa, off at college in Shreveport. We were on Interstate 49 around the Natchitoches area and our youngest daughter, Emily, decided we should cache on the way home. So my wife, the official navigator and head which-wayer, got out her trusty iPhone and searched for nearby caches. She found one that was only 7 miles off of the interstate. We took the next exit and our adventure began! After 50 miles of piney woods and dirt roads, countless turn arounds and even a house that had a man standing near a shed with faceless dolls hanging on it. We had to pass this house twice because we were on the wrong road, again, and on the way back out the man started walking towards the truck and Emily started screaming “He is coming after us! Go! Go!” So, of course, I slowed down and Emily started screaming louder! We eventually made it to the right dirt road and made the find! But the adventure was not over! We had to find out way back to the interstate! The head which-wayer said “Take a right on this road and it should get us there.” It was a nice two-lane paved road, that turned into a single lane paved road, that turned into a gravel road, that turned into a dirt road, that turned into a very rough, narrow trail. It finally brought us back to civilization and a desperately needed gas station!
What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have to have with you?
The swag bag stays loaded in the truck at all times. It is full of replacement logs, caches, and the tools needed to repair or retrieve caches, along with the usual swag.
What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?
Besides faceless dolls, caching has taken us to so many places that we would have never known existed. The abandoned pool on Camp Claiborne, countless old cemeteries, a beautiful dam and an old rest stop area at Iron Creek in Arkansas, and so many more wonderful places. Some of our best finds are a spoon from the Civil War era and an ax that I am still using today.
What cache is on your Bucket List?
There is a cache in Lafayette that we have dnf’ed numerous times that is at the top of our list. The oldest cache in Louisiana, any cache in Ireland, and we want to finish the alien head near Roswell, New Mexico.
Any other hobbies?
Reading, listening to the blues, impromptu road trips, and visiting our children.
Anything else you would like to say?
Who would have thought that looking for a plastic container in the woods would be such a rewarding past time? We have met a lot of amazing people and been to so many wonderful places! We can’t wait for all the adventures yet to come.