Featured Players: mike ‘n pink

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

The first half of our username comes from Michael’s obvious nickname, Mike. Erica’s half of the username, Pink, comes from her high school mascot being the Pink Panther. Thus, mike ‘n pink!

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

A friend introduced the game to Erica in college, who felt Michael would love it. The concepts of a treasure hunt combined with technology seemed like the perfect combination for fun in our relationship. We lived two hours apart from each other at the time (in Lafayette and in New Orleans) and would both meet up in Baton Rouge on the weekends and spend our time together geocaching.

 

What cache were you after? What did you expect to find?

The first cache we went after was “Heart Check” (GCGP63). Erica had the vaguest idea of what to look for from that first geocache that her friend showed her, but it was brand new to Michael. It took some effort, but once we found it, Michael was hooked.

 

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

A few caches come to mind, but one that stands out is “HTGT: Wildlife 2” (GC5HF85). It’s part of the Houma Geocaching Tour series. We were determined to find the 27 caches we needed to complete the tour in one day. For this cache, we trekked through a swamp wildlife refuge just as it was starting to drizzle. The hike involved crossing a bridge swarming with dozens of wasps (Erica’s great nemesis), dodging falling golden orb spiders that were being knocked from their webs by the rain, and watching our feet to avoid stepping on the hundreds of mating grasshoppers that were all over the path. The drizzle turned into a storm, and the longer we looked, the louder we could hear the grunting sounds of nearby alligators. The hide was a fairly easy one, but nervous about the alligators, it took us much longer to find than it should have, and we had come too far to give up. After making the find, we ran the mile back to our car, completely soaked, covered in mud, but victorious.

 

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have to have with you?

We HAVE to have a pen and our phone—can’t cache without either! Erica keeps an arsenal of pens in the center console of the car just for geocaching and always tries to remember to keep a towel or two in the car in case the search gets dirty. We also try to keep our geocaching bag in our car, which Michael keeps stocked with extra logs and baggies, tradeables, and our first aid kit, among other items.

 

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

Michael’s most memorable sight was at our 600th cache in Alabama, Favorite Places Series: The King’s Chair (GCKRVB). We hiked to the top of a mountain and sat on the very edge of a ledge, our feet dangling over an incredible drop while we looked out at the beautiful view below us.

Erica’s favorite was seeing the Grand Canyon covered in snow. We were the only two people on a particular ledge where there was a mystery cache, and we stood on the edge of the canyon and felt like we were the only people in the world.

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

We just completed a big bucket list item of ours, which was to find all of the caches in the Louisiana Star Geocaching Challenge—which was made extra challenging what with Erica being 8 months pregnant at the time.

We’d really like to visit the Geocaching Headquarters in Seattle and visit the cache on location. And although it’s not a specific cache, our biggest bucket list item is to find a geocache in every state. We’ve got 18 crossed off so far…

 

Any other hobbies?

Michael enjoys playing computer games and building things for fun. Erica loves to read and write.

 

Anything else you would like to say?

We got engaged when Michael created an entire fake geocaching page and surprised Erica by “finding” a ring instead of a cache—we now have a real cache placed at the site in memory of the proposal (GC48G6R). At our wedding, the priest who married us knew of our love for geocaching. He made us a homemade “cache” with the “Love is patient, love is kind” verse on a paper inside in place of a log and presented it to us after his homily. Michael’s groomscake was even designed to look like a giant geocache. Geocaching is a big part of our lives, and we can’t wait until our son Benjamin (who was born this March) is old enough to cache with us!

Featured Players: LAVNVet and LALizzie

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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.

Featured Players: Pat in Louisiana and Squirt in La

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name? 

I just wanted something that identified who I was and where I’m from. Diane just went with her nickname since she is only 4’-11” Squirt works for her.

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

I had an old Eagle Explorer GPSR that I use to map our hunting areas. I read an article somewhere about it and thought I’d give it a try.

What cache were you after?

Palomino Cache (GC7E2)

What did you expect to find?

I had no clue what to expect but I did not expect all the mud and trash 😉

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

It would have to be GC3630 Hawksbill Crag in Arkansas. Well worth the hike to a very scenic overlook out on a rock overhang. We ran into a group of hikers from the LSU Vet. school that were there for the summer.

What is your Geocaching EDC (every day carry)?

Not sure about the question. My EDC knife is an Emerson/Kershaw hybrid my son in law gave me. The other EDC is a Smith & Wesson M&P45c compact semi-automatic.

As for caching EDC I have (3) boxes of assorted items in the back seat 24-7.

What gear do you have to have with you?

Nothing I “have to have” except the GPSR or iPhone and a red pen. (Don’t know why I like to sign the log in red)

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

I guess the scenery around Monument Rocks GC21VQQ in west Kansas was one of the more memorable.

What Cache is on your Bucket List?

Don’t have a particular cache.  Just want to find a cache in the last 6 north east states we have not gotten yet: Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington & Wyoming.

Any other Hobbies? 

Golf but not near as often as I used to. Hunting and chasing Squirt.

Anything else you would like to say?

I started some 16 years ago and it took a few years before Squirt started to get “into it”. We have met a ton of fine people in our travels. I would like to see the newer cachers show a little more patience. And not be so quick to report a cache missing or need archiving just because they couldn’t find it.

That is about it!

Featured Player: GeoBear42

geobear42What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

When I thought about it and realized I would be doing this with grandchildren I called them my cubs so I am GeoBear42 and they are GeoCubs 1,2,3,4,5 & born today number 6.   4, 5 & 6 are not old enough to geocache yet.

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

With 5 grandchildren at my house all summer last year I needed something to keep the older ones busy and quiet during naptime. My sister-in-law and her husband was visiting and told me about Geocaching, so I took the 3 oldest ones and we went looking.

What cache were you after?

We weren’t after any specific cache just looking close to our house.

What did you expect to find?

I wasn’t sure what we would find so at first didn’t know exactly what to look for. The grands were excited just to find anything.  They not always wanted to trade anything.

 

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

I guess when we were looking for a cache in the woods down a small walking road going to Driskill Mountain in Bienville Parish. We walked a long way up and down hills. We passed some muggles coming out so my 8 year old autistic grandson  began to tell them all about what we were doing  and that they were muggles so they could not see what we would find.  They were nice and just laughed and continued on their way. I think they were sweethearts just out for what they thought was a private walk. Long story short when we found the cache I was standing next to it and one of them said “poppy its right there by your foot.”

 

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)?

I have to use my phone the grands know how to use the Garmin GPS better that I do so that what they take turns using.

What gear do you have to have with you?

We carry a small fannie pack with our swag and places for bottled water in it.  The first thing they expect to get when we start out is an ICEE, when we find a cache they want a Jolly Rancher as reward. The dentist will always have our business.

 

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

We found a snake skin hanging on a crooked tree out in the woods.

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

We have yet to find a multi cache. The one closest to our house is missing the first stage.  When summer comes again and school is out we will be able to travel farther to find another one.

 

Any other hobbies?

I like to build gadget caches with the grandchildren, we have 9 out at this time. I also raise chickens for eggs and my grandchildren love helping gather the eggs.

 

Anything else you would like to say?

I wish more people would place GeoCaches and most important maintain them.  We have found many that are wet inside and you cant sign the log.  The grands were disappointed at first but now it the hunt they enjoy and the Jolly Ranchers.

Featured Player: Nugglers

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

We came up with this name after doing some research on geocaching in general before we actually started caching. We figured out the meaning of “muggles” and decided we should come up with something to counter that. So, “Nugglers” is kind of like a word we decided would be like kryptonite to the much loathed MUGGLE!!

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

I actually made an account years ago and only found one cache. I unfortunately did not look into geocaching any further at the time. Then, Kacie (the famous Nuggler 2) and I, were trying to figure out something to do one afternoon, and immediately Geocaching came to mind. The thought of being outside, adventuring and exploring was exactly the medicine the doctor ordered. Well, as you guys can see, the rest is history!

What cache were you after? What did you expect to find?

We actually were not after one cache specifically. We simply opened up the app and found that Cosper’s Little Secret (GC480D9) was right next to our house, so we headed in that direction. I tried to explain the best I could on what we expected to find, but neither of us were really sure. When we arrived, we did not only find an actual cache container, but an awesome pastime that we spend hours and hours…..and HOURS lol of time doing.

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

Well, we each have one. Kacie’s no doubt is a cache called 16.9 (GC3BX2K) that we came across while caching right outside of Seattle a few months back. It’s a mystery cache that we were drawn too because of the John Grisham trackable (I am a trackable junkie)  that was in it at the time. The cache turned out to be cooler than we expected. It was a big box with a lock on it but no key! After reading all the logs and spending a ton of time looking at this box in the middle of the night, Nuggler 2 had that “OMG” moment! The key to the box was actually about thirty feet away, hidden in a buoyant case inside of a PVC pipe. In order to get it out though, we had to pour 16.9 ounces (one bottle of water) in it to get the case to float to the top! It was our first 5 difficulty cache and gave us a overwhelming feeling of accomplishment!

My Big Fish is definitely Strain Allen Cache (GC52X1R) by Darrellba! To this day, I am not really sure why I got so much satisfaction in finding this cache, but I definitely did. We had been out caching for hours and hours and I promised Nuggler 2 that we would be finished after this last “quick” cache. Well that “quick” turned easily into an hour adventure. The batteries in our flashlights were dead, so I was using my phone light, which btw, is absolutely one of the worst lights ever. Nuggler 2 was pouting in the truck because she was tired lol and kept telling me “its not even here,” but I was not taking that as an answer. And the best part of all, is my phone didn’t have any service there, so I was searching for a needle in a haystack. After crawling around on the ground and poking around every tree trunk inch by inch, I heard the most familiar sound to all of us, the beautiful “THUMP” Needless to say, if anyone was nearby, they would of thought I found a buried treasure of some sort, or was some crazed person that got loose from a psych facility!

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have to have with you?

Well, we carry quite a few things in our backpack, which is always in my truck. It has flashlights, Nuggler 2’s cherished headlamp, multiple sharpie pens, a mirror magnet combo, extra cache logs, extra clothes (since we always end up wet or muddy somehow) and our (MY, lol) bag of trackables.

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

So far probably the most memorable thing we have seen is that bottom of the Grand Canyon. We picked up a couple of virtual caches while we were on a road trip this past November and one of them was South Kaibab to Bright Angel (GCFA7D). We hiked down 7 miles, stayed the night in the bottom of the Grand Canyon beside the Colorado River, and then hiked out 10 miles the next day to the top! Most exhausting/rewarding thing that we have accomplished so far in our caching careers!

What cache is on your Bucket List?

There is no doubt that our Bucket List cache is “The Leap” (GC16R4B) in Arizona. We had full intentions of getting it while road tripping this past November, but it rained on the day we had planned to pick it up (the only day it rained on our 11 day road trip :I). There is not a doubt in my mind that we will get it in the next year though. I don’t know that Nuggler 2 will make the giant leap across the gap, but I do know that she will be right by my side navigating the entire way!

Any other hobbies?

Well when we aren’t working, we just like being outside really. We are emergency room nurses, so anything that gets us a little adrenaline rush we are up for….as I am answering these questions while we are working on a 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle while sitting in the house lol!

Anything else you would like to say?

We are getting ready to start travel nursing, so we will be in the Seattle area for the next couple of months. Hopefully, we will get to finish up our D/T challenge while we are there. We would also like to give a thanks to a few cachers in our area for being patient with us when we bombard them with questions about Geocaching, since we are fairly new to it all, comparatively speaking: PrizeSeekers, Darrellba, and Shelleydee34. Also, we want to thank all the cachers who have continued to put out new caches for us to find: Geobear42 and Deannasmith97. If we forgot anyone, thanks to you guys too!!

Featured Player: rub-r-man

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

My family has a tire dealership that has been in business for over 80 years and I related the term “rubber” with my occupation.

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

My brother in law got myself, wife and sister in law interested in 2008. Once we did our first cache we were hooked and began this amazing hobby. Every trip we plan includes geocaching.

 

What cache were you after?

The first cache I tackled was named “Passin Gas“(Lol) GC199MJ and it was located in Schriever, Louisiana.

 

What did you expect to find?

I had no clue what I would find!!! It was an awesome hide and I logged it in “not too stinky!”

 

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

Gosh, there are several that bring back so many good memories, and stories that brought us so many places! But we got more than what we bargained for at this cache. We were caching in Gretna and ended up in a park for a quick P&G. Walked into a wooded area and found the cache near a tree. Tried to open the cache container to sign the log that was stuck, so we began hitting the container on the bark on the tree. Suddenly one of us got stung and noticed thousands of hornets coming out of the ground. We dropped the container and dashed to the geomobile while they were hot on our trail. We began taking off particles of clothes as quickly as we could hoping to get to the truck before the hornets. Inside the vehicle we evaluated all the hornet stings and heard buzzing. OMG! Some were in the truck! Ugh!
Quickly put windows down and prayed they would fly out.

After phoning our daughter for medical advice and debating the ER we ended up at Walgreens searching for meds for the stings but most importantly the one that has now doubled the size of my bottom lip!

Learned our lesson from this hunt to now always travel with a well-equipped medical stash and I now that know I AM NOT allergic to bee stings! But we found the cache.

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)?

We have to travel in the geomobile (truck) for good luck! What gear do you have to have with you? My digging tools, several pens, replacement cache material, walking stick and of course the old faithful iPhone.

 

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

While I was caching in Canada I found a cache on an old train trestle. The view was amazing and the history with the cache from that area was so informative.

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

Well I guess I could say two things. First, I would love to find the first cache ever placed in the country and in Louisiana. Secondly, to find a cache in every state.

 

Any other hobbies?

I am also an avid metal detector.

 

Anything else you would like to say?

Geocaching has brought us to so many places from caching at the happiest place on earth “Disney” to caching after Hurricane Katrina and all the devastation. The most amazing thing besides meeting great people is the history that you find while caching. This hobby is a must for young, old and all generations. In closing it reminds me of a famous quote from Dr. Seuss “Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all!” The cache is the “ball” and every cache and every experience is logged in as a winner! Happy Caching!

Featured Player: shelleydee34 and darrellba

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

We never actually chose our geocaching names. When we created our accounts we created a log in name. We had no idea that would be our geocaching names so that’s just what we stayed with.

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

A distant friend of ours had tried it and posted some pictures on Instagram. It looked interesting and finally after about a year we googled it. We’ve been hooked ever since that day.

What cache were you after?

Monarch on a Mission, GC1C88Y.  This was only about a mile from the house. We did exactly what the description said not to do and parked on the road behind the cemetery. When we pull up there’s this guy out there looking all suspicious and we felt like we were doing something wrong ourselves. We sat there for a minute and finally decided that he was actually looking for the cache. We couldn’t believe there was someone actually caching right where we were. Turns out it was HHRfan, Wendell Eubanks. Since then we’ve met and talked several times. He has helped us on a couple of hard ones with a subtle hint or two and we’ve actually helped him some too.

What did you expect to find?

We had no idea what we were actually looking for. It ended up being inside the cemetery. This was allowed when this one was placed. We all three looked for what seemed like forever and Wendell ended up making the find. That first cache should’ve taught us a lesson on subtle hints in the title or description but we still haven’t learned that lesson. He suggested another cache which was an ammo can. GCMHWD turned out to be our first find together without help.

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

I would say Lady Dolphin, GC2KGKC, which was hidden on a grounded ship. When we finally got a chance to go, the whole ship was missing. Who steals a ship??  Haha.

GC342FW, Dr. Evil Visits El Dorado, was a very fun cache. I won’t give it away but it was an adventure.

 GC1DJT7, Capulin Volcano, took me somewhere I’ve wanted to go since I first passed by it on vacation as a kid. We got to hike around the rim and you can even go down inside of the volcano.

GC1NT1V, Lord Grayson – The Mighty Buck Hunter, was a really fun cache. This was our first cache to get to hike up a mountain to get to. I wanted to bring Shelley here for several reasons. This is in Big Thompson Canyon. In 1976 when I was only 4 years old we got caught in a flood here. It is the largest natural disaster in Colorado’s history. We spent the night on the side of the mountain and had to be flown out by helicopter.

 GCKBGB, Royal Gorge For Free. This was a big DNF after Shelley slipped and almost fell over into the gorge! She was out of sight and I had know idea. She came back screaming and yelling at me like I was trying to kill her. LOL

So, I guess we don’t have one big fish but we have many that we’ll always remember and enjoy.

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)?

We try to carry extra baggies, logs, swag, pens, flashlights, GPS receivers, batteries, trackables, a walking stick and plenty of bug spray.

What gear do you have to have with you?

A designated driver, Shelley, and an ice chest full of beer. LOL. But that’s a given so we always make sure not to forget the GPS receivers, Tom Tom, pens and spray.

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

GC14MKT in Pennsylvania. This was a Spirit Quest cache. The old stone church had a dirt floor and was inside the cemetery. I believe the cache was inside one of the chimneys but could never find it. We were there at night so it was kinda creepy. After searching for awhile we decide to leave. Shelley turns around and finds a Ouija board in the center of the church against the stone wall. How had we not already seen that?? We decide that’s not the best place for a Ouija board and decide to take it. Or maybe Shelley is just cryptic like that? This cache is now disabled because people were  destroying the old church.

What cache is on your Bucket List?

GC1607 Mount Temple.  I’ve wanted to do this one since I found it on the map. Sometimes I’ll waste a lot of time just looking at the map and finding different caches in places we’ve never been. Hopefully we can one day do this one before we get too old!

Any other hobbies?

We like to explore old hidden graveyards and tombstones in the woods. I really love the find a grave app. It is very useful.

We found an old cemetery in Clay and have received permission from the land owner to go next year when hunting season is over to clean it up. It is in really overgrown at the moment and we along with Shelley’s mom are going to take care of it.

Anything else you would like to say?

Geocaching has definitely changed our lives for the better. We get outdoors and explore nature and get to see things that most people know nothing about. It has also taught us a lot of history not only in our area but around the United States.
The friends we have made through geocaching are some of the nicest and friendliest people that you could ever meet.   Some say that they can get burnt out on it from time to time but I really don’t see that happening to us. We are so very honored to have been chosen as the featured geocachers.

Featured Player: nannerman13

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

It was one of my email names based on a nickname I picked up in college. One night I asked for another slice of banana but instead called it nanner like we had  as kids…it stuck and I got a new nickname that night.

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

As it turned out I had set up an account in 2008 because a buddy was getting into it but we never made any plans so I never did anything with it. Fast forward to 2012 and another buddy (Lemoine37) was moving into my house…I had just made it home from the gym when he was getting ready to search for a few in the neighborhood, I was already sweaty so figured, Let’s go! After we had found a few, I remember asking if we could do another one…and I have been asking  that ever since.

What cache were you after? What did you expect to find?

Looks like the first one was Parkview Cache (GC1C3GP) which has since been archived. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but I remember the first cache I found before Levi and with that I was hooked.

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

Levi and I were going to go to an event in Alexandria and since that is my hometown we would crash at my parent’s house. However we decided to do some caching on the way, so we set out to go to Avery Island for the Tabasco caches and then did most of the Cajun Cuisine trail. After running out of trail and doing some caches in Abbeville we stopped for some dinner and cocktails. Usually I’m the one that was pushing to keep going, but this night Levi asked me, ‘If we keep going, what would you want to go after?’ Well I had been working on the Parish challenge, so I blurted out Cameron parish and before I knew it we had paid the bill and we were off. The thing about Cameron parish is that it wasn’t as close as it seemed on the map….it took us so long and with it being so dark there was almost no scenery. It was becoming hard to stay away, but we finally made it. Signed the log and Levi took over at driving.  Plugged in the coordinates to the Garmin and proceeded to get out of there. This car was the closest to a new car I had ever had and I was kinda proud of myself that I had gotten it washed just before our roadtrip….and then I saw the eyes in the road…..cows and they weren’t moving….you just had to drive around them. This happened over and over again…I tried to not think about all the cowpies in the road and eventually we thought we were home free and Levi gave it the gas….and then I saw them cows…but not just cows…Longhorns! I stood up in the passenger seat because as the other cows were unconcerned by us, the longhorn cattle got up and were agitated and yes I imagined my fairly new little car cut open like a tin can. Levi punched it and we were soon past. Eventually I relaxed and slept most of the rest of the way…except in all the excitement we must have hit the Home button rather than programming in my mother’s address…so rather than go there we ended up back in Baton Rouge to my bewilderment….and the 5 am phone call the next morning from my parents. In the morning we pulled ourselves together to make the event, but we were exhausted. There I had someone explain to me what the Delorme challenge was and I realize I had just touched the tip of Cameron parish and was destined to go back and do it all over again.

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday Carry)?

This is always subject to change when I forget to repack my cachebag…a lesson for us all. Never walk away from the car without making sure we have a pen. Usually have a log roller, a multi tool, spare logs of various sizes, sometimes some spare micro and nano containers, usually a trashbag, and if I know that it will be a considerable hike, the camel bag of water.  But sometimes it may just be the iPhone and a pen.

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

That is a hard one…if I’m to be esoteric I would say the memories and friendships from things like the countless cache runs with Lemoine37 to the LGO camping events with the usual suspects to mad dash roadtrips for State Parks with dancelovetigger to trying to find my 1300th & MrsNanner trying to spot it before me to a single CITO event where czamacona and I got to hang out before he moved back to California or the big summer roadtrip to Geowoodstock 14 with MrsNanner, minions, ThingsMismatched, & Squish where Colorado and the mountains stole the show or even the thousands of miles I’ve logged solo seeing Louisiana…it just seems I can’t pick just one .  And that seems like a pretty cool problem to have.

What Cache is on your Bucket List?

When I was still pretty new to geocaching Lemoine37 and I had decided to do a yearlong streak. We were roommates at the time so we could easily remind or sometimes nag the other to go make a find for the day….and that was the motivation we needed, we both completed the year and I took it to 450 days before I ended my streak. So for me Bucket List isn’t about a specific cache but rather what is my next caching goal. I just completed the Louisiana State Parks * Geo Project (GC25HV7) and I have all my requirements for the Parish and DeLorme challenges, I only need to make the trips to the finals for those, so this is a question that has been on my mind…what is the next motivation?? Off the top of my head I would say to tackle the Louisiana Earthcache Challenge (GC60YJ7), finish out my Difficulty/Terrain grid, and hope to get more new states….but it feels a bit strange to be at the end of what I have been calling the Big 3 and it reminds me of the day after 450 when I didn’t go out for a cache….

Any other Hobbies?

Trying to build the LGO community has really gotten me back into hiking and camping which is fitting since I grew up close to Kisatchie National Forest. I like good beer and used to homebrew.  I also play Celtic music on the side and really wish I had found geocaching earlier when I was in a band that was out of state most weekends. Lately I have been thinking about returning to some of the festivals I used to play for fun, music, and geocaching!

Anything else you would like to say?

I’d also like to suggest folks get out and try other cache types…traditionals are fine and if you are working on a streak or caching with kids, they are essential. But so often I hear puzzles aren’t for me or Earthcaches are like going back to school. For me I find that puzzles relax me when I am anxious but can’t hit the road. And Earthcaches might require some reading and not have a container to find, but Earthcaches have been some of the most memorable caches and that bit of geology that I picked up has been a great conversation starter. And I always encourage people to try Virtuals and Webcam caches… they aren’t allowing new ones to be made so each one is a bit of caching history and in some areas these cache types are rare. Get a stamp and try a Letterbox hybrid. Come to an event and ask folks what their favorites are!

Featured Player: dayriesw

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

It is my middle name and last initial for my last name.

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

My best friend had heard about geocaching in 2010 and we tried the first few together. Since then, my parents, sister and my girlfriend are just some of the people I have been fortunate enough to cache with and all of them make it a better experience every time.

 

What cache were you after?  What did you expect to find?

The first cache was a travel bug hotel near the capitol building in Baton Rouge.  After we found it, we walked the nearby area and found two more.  I guess we expected to find some type of treasure chest filled with pirate booty and the ammo can we found was stocked!

 

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

I guess I have two…

The first one happened on vacation in Florida around Thanksgiving with the same friend (orangevulpes) who introduced me to caching.  It had been a couple years since I/we had done some cache and we were in Pensacola with only 2 days before we were to leave.  We decided to try their geotour (I only had about 10-20 finds at this point).  We found less than half of the 20 something caches required the first day so we stayed up plotting the points and figured out the best route for the next day.  We finished just in the nick of time to get the geocoin from the visitor’s center and I was hooked at that point!

The second story was when I was headed to my first large LGO event GC61C31 in 2015.  My family and I passed through Jonesboro while getting a few caches on the way and tried to start a multi GC5KXXF.  We found stage one and it sent us in a direction that would have needed to backtrack to get, so we decided to continue to the event and maybe get it on the way back.  Well, stage 1 was so “interesting” that I could not get it out of my mind and of course continued the rest of the stages when we finished the event on the way home.  It was my first longer (4 stage) multi and still is one of my favorite caches to this point.  The final container and location just made me smile when we found it.

 

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)?  What gear do you have to have with you

Pen, iPhone and a good 4×4.

 

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

California back country via biking with my sister when we were able to walk up to a family of deer or doing the geotour in Montana with my girlfriend where the locals helped us find views and places we would not have seen by ourselves.

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

I would like to cache in all states and few foreign countries and of course do all the geotours that are out there!  But for caches, probably just the last ape cache in Brazil or the multi (about 30 stages) in Central Park New York City.

 

Any other hobbies?

Jeeps and just about anything outdoorsy.

 

Anything else you would like to say?

The geotours I have completed have been the most fun part so far.  It allows you to search out a newer area and more than likely, the caches are well maintained.

Featured Player: Little’n

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

My geonick is actually a nickname one of my uncles gave me when I was a kid.  I was the youngest and smallest of all of my cousins, so he called me Little’n (short for Little One).

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

Ptmvette actually told me about geocaching.  She hadn’t done any caching, but she had heard about it and thought it might be something I would enjoy doing with my boys.  I’ve always loved technology, being outside, traveling, solving puzzles, etc., so of course I was immediately hooked!

 

What cache were you after? What did you expect to find?

My first cache find was “Now We’re Cookin’ Cache” in Ruston (GCN5JT).  It was an ammo box that was hidden in some woods near a popular local park.  I don’t remember what all was in it, but I do remember my son trading swag for a rubber cockroach!  For several days after that, he had a blast hiding that thing where I could “find” it.  ;P

Everyone has a Geocaching “big fish” story about the hunt that was much more than you expected at the start. What is yours?

My “big fish” story is definitely “Bogalusa Boogie (Again)” (GCA0A7).  Ptmvette and I were on a weekend caching trip to work on the Louisiana DeLorme Challenge.  When we got close to the location, the only place to park was next to a power plant that was humming very loudly.  It was also *pouring* sheets of rain with lots of lightning and thunder nearby! And did I mention that a cop car kept driving by the area about every five minutes during the storm?  We just knew he was going to stop and ask us what we were doing.  Ptmvette didn’t want to get out in the storm, but I told her I was going.  At that time it was the only cache in that DeLorme grid, and I was determined that we hadn’t driven six hours one way just to skip it.  Waterproof hiking boots are great unless you have to go through puddles so deep that the water goes over the top and into your boots.  We climbed over and under fallen trees, dealt with bouncing satellite signals, swatted mosquitoes, and finally found the cache about fifty feet away from where the GPS was pointing.  We were completely soaked by the time we got back to the car, but we had found the cache and were laughing about the adventure!

 

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)? What gear do you have to have with you?

My favorite GPSr is a Garmin GPSmap 62s, but I also cache with my iPhone sometimes.  Paperless caching and logging finds while I’m still on site is so much easier than the process was when I first started caching!  I also carry extra log sheets, ink pens, swag, a few small containers, tweezers, magnets, string, wire, a multitool, and something to help me retrieve caches that are out of my reach.  It sounds like a lot, but I’ve learned how to be quite efficient using lock-n-lock containers to organize and store my gear.

 

What is the most memorable thing you’ve seen or found while caching?

I love finding beautiful locations while caching.  Some of the most gorgeous sites I’ve ever seen were while caching in Maui.  We saw black sand beaches, a sunrise over Mount Haleakala, caves, interesting volcanic formations, blowholes, and lots of amazing sea life.  My favorite memory of all, however, was being within a few feet of some sea turtles while snorkeling in Molokini Crater!

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

Mingo.  It would be a real thrill to find the oldest active cache!

 

Any other hobbies?

Travelling, photography, flying kites, metal detecting, and fishing.

 

Anything else you would like to say?

I love puzzle caches.  Some are easier to solve than others, and some take a lot of time and effort, but it’s a very rewarding feeling when you finally figure out the solution and can go find the cache.  If you haven’t tried a puzzle cache, start out with one that has an easy rating and work your way up to the more difficult ones.

Thanks to everyone for placing and maintaining some great caches!