Tell us a little about who you are and where you live.
My actual name is Courtland Zamacona (I know, not a very creative player name) I’m a born and raised Southern Californian living in Diamond Bar, CA. I starting geocaching in Louisiana when I moved to Denham Springs in April of 2013 up until I moved back to California in May of 2015.
Other than geocaching, what draws you to Louisiana?
Originally it was the whole follow your heart (ex-girlfriend) situation. After living there for two years I can honestly say I’d move back for the food, the geocaching and mostly my geocaching friends that I was fortunate to make in my short time in Louisiana. I still tell people here in California how nice the people are in Louisiana and how I still talk to some friends from there more than I talk to some of my California friends.
Why did you decide to try geocaching?
I first opened my account in 2007 after my mother told me about this treasure hunting game she had heard about on the radio here in Los Angeles. I didn’t have a real grasp on how to input coords in to my GPS or what it was I was exactly looking for. So needless to say I ended up not actually finding my first cache until 2011 when my girlfriend at the time and I were looking for something to do on weekends that would get us out of the House. I really liked it and she thought it was stupid. Showed her, I still geocache and now have an amazing girlfriend who enjoys caching with me now!!!
Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?
Not just one cache but a road trip full of caches. When I was moving to Louisiana my mother and I took our time getting to Denham Springs. We took what could have been a 26 hour straight through road trip and turned it into 6 days of sightseeing and an epic road trip. Our first day we started out in Lake Havasu City, AZ and we didn’t even make it out of the state that day.
What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have to have with you?
At a bare minimum I always have my phone on me and a pen nearby. When I’m out with my truck I have a large ammo can that has more pens, logs, containers, signature items and special handheld TOTT’s.
What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?
America. Granted I’ve only cached in America but a great number of caches I’ve done across the states have taken me to many places that I wouldn’t have thought of or known about. It brings me such joy knowing that I’ve cached among the spacious skies, the amber waves of grain, the purple mountain majesties and of course the fruited plain!
What cache is on your Bucket list?
I don’t have a single cache as a bucket list item. I do have overall geocaching goals that I’d like to complete. The top is going to Geocaching HQ and getting an APE cache. I’m currently planning a trip to the Seattle area for Geocoinfest next year so these both will happen. Once I get those I guess I’ll go back to trying to fill in my US map and completing the Louisiana Parish and Delorme challenges (I’m about ½ way done with all three of those).
Any other hobbies?
When I’m not geocaching I enjoy going to Disneyland (annual pass holder) and train watching.
Anything else you would like to say?
Get out there, let the geocaching map be your guide. You don’t have to stop for every cache but let it guide you to all the historical, geological, the scenic or even the everyday locations. You might be surprised what you find out there! Also, go to the events and meet new people I have to say some fellow geocachers are some of the best people I know! Hi, to all my friends (Frank, Riann, Cindy, Ben, David, Brian and anyone else I may have forgotten) miss you all and we’ll get together again in the future. I guess it comes down to a simple choice, get busy caching or get busy dying!