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!

Featured Player: the alston’s

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

Our last name is Alston. We started geocaching over 8 years ago now as a family when our boys were little. I’m not good with original handles and I wasn’t sure if we were going to like it or not. So The Alston’s became our geocaching name.

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

I was friends with a lady from Ireland on FB who I met playing one of the many mundane FB games. She told me about it and it sounded interesting so we decided to try.

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

We really didn’t expect to find anything! We didn’t have a handheld gps (again, we weren’t sure if we were going to like it or not and money was tight so we couldn’t afford to waste the $80 a handheld would cost). We were using a Tomtom gps from our vehicle that we were given a a Christmas gift. Back then those weren’t suited very well for driving much less geocaching so when we actually found the cache we were amazed! And HOOKED! In our very first cache We also found a geocoin called DB Coopers geocoin that we set free in northern Louisiana and about 2 years ago found again in San Antonio Texas which was really cool.

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

We were doing the LA Delorme challenge and we’re trying to find a cache in one of those remote sections that didn’t have many caches to begin with. We were far from home and it was getting dark so we had to hurry. A big thunderstorm was also rolling in. One of those that the big lightning precedes the storm? We sent the boys back to the car because the lightning was so bad and they were scared (they were like 8 & 9 at the time) but my husband and I were determined to get this cache. As we were running around frantically looking for the cache a close lightning strike hit and scared us so bad! But we kept on going till we finally found it and ran back to the car where the boys were crying and scared. We didn’t realize how close that lightning strike really was until we got back to the car and found that my long hair was sticking all out on end. Looking back now it was pretty stupid to take such a risk but that’s how hooked we were to caching at the time.

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

Water, iPhone, bug spray, tweezers and a walking stick.

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

Meeting new people who share the same love for caching.

What cache is on your Bucket List?

There’s too many to list but we would love to cache in states further away from home.

Any other hobbies?

Camping and playing music together. My husband plays bass and piano, our oldest plays guitar and our youngest the drums. I can’t play anything but I love to sing. We are active on our praise & worship team at church and our boys have a traveling praise & worship band. My most favorite times are when we are at home just playing around & singing together.

Featured Player: ptmvette

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?
My geonick is ptmvette which is my initials “ptm” and my cache mobile when I started caching–a Corvette, “vette”.

 
Why did you decide to try geocaching?

I was surfing the Web in 2006 and found geocaching and read about it. I thought it was the perfect hobby for my best friend, Annette, and her two young boys. I told her about it, and they started caching. Since I was the one who suggested they geocache, they took me with them right after they started; and that was all it took to hook me also. Annette, “Little’n”, and I have cached together ever since we both started in 2006.

 

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

Since I had been caching with Little’n before I had a geocaching account, I knew what to look for. My first cache was Rocking on the Red (GCPV76).

 

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

Little’n and I were doing the Louisiana DeLorme Challenge (GCWXQW) and needed a cache in a particular “grid”, and Bogalusa Boogie (GCA0A7)was the only one that would “fit” (2007). We are from North Louisiana so we were on a DeLorme caching trip to Central and South Louisiana. When we got to the parking spot for Bogalusa Boogie, it was pouring down rain; and water was standing about 6 inches deep. To our left was a power station and out in front of us was a forest of huge trees with many of them fallen because of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I was just sitting there wondering what we could do, never dreaming of getting out in the pouring rain where there was already deep water, an electric power station within 50 yards, and huge fallen trees. Little’n said, “Come on.” I looked at her like she was crazy, and she said we hadn’t come this far to not get this cache. I guess we are both crazy because we went after the cache. There was no trail; and we climbed over and under huge trees following our GPSrs, all the while getting soaked. We got to what we thought was ground zero, and we couldn’t find the cache. We had to expand our search, but we found it. We still laugh about that cache—fun memories.

 

What is your Geocaching EDC (Everyday carry)?

What gear do you have to have with you? I always have a pen and my smartphone with me. Before we had smartphones I kept my Garmin GPSr in the car with me at all times just in case a new cache published during the day. I also keep a box of swag, fresh paper logs, and a few cache containers in my car.

 

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

One of the coolest caches I have ever found is an earthcache, “Snorkeling in a Volcano (Molokini) (GC1QAVZ)”, off the coast of Maui (Hawaii). I took a tour boat, the QuickSilver, to the Molokini Crater to snorkel. Wow! What an experience! I saw so many beautiful tropical fish, huge sea turtles, a small shark, an eel, sea urchins, coral, etc. It was an unforgettable experience—and I’ve been back to snorkel in this crater twice since I first “found” the cache in 2009.

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

I would love to find “Mingo” (GC30) because it is the oldest active cache. I would love to find this cache this year if I can talk Little’n into going with me.

 

Any other hobbies?

I love to travel—and geocache when I travel; and I love photography. My three hobbies of geocaching, traveling, and photography go hand in hand; and I love doing them all. I love being outdoors and discovering nature. Colorado is my favorite place to travel, cache, and take photos because I love the mountains, streams, waterfalls, and wildlife.

 

Anything else you would like to say?

I LOVE geocaching, and I have seen so many things that I would never have seen or even known was there if it weren’t for geocaching. Thanks, geocaching community, for creating and maintaining such a fun hobby/game.

Waypoints: Kisatchie and Little Pierre Bayou Falls

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Little Bayou Pierre Cascade: N 31° 23.717’ W 093° 03.810’

NATCHITOCHES PARISH

WHAT’S HERE:

Waterfalls in Louisiana. Yes we have some but they’re not the Oregon Trail – shampoo commercial – variety.

Most web searches for ‘waterfalls in Louisiana’ will yield the ones we know already from our geocaching exploits around LaSalle Parish: St Mary Falls and Rock Falls. According to our geo-friends who have explored that area, the Sicily Island Hills State WMA, there is a third waterfall, somewhere near GC5ZKXZ.

Frustratingly, those same web-searches typically yield some ‘hey this is in your state’ aggregate blog pages that always, always start with Clark Creek Falls, which is actually in Mississippi.

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Little Bayou Pierre Cascade, viewed from La-118, looking SW

Buried deep in the search results though, one author listed Little Bayou Pierre Cascade.  Visible from a bridge crossing the bayou on La-118, there isn’t much in the way of water or fall, but it’s there.  Without actually measuring, it appears to be a 3-foot drop in elevation. That aforementioned author labels it a Class II rapid.

On the other side of the bridge, off to the NE there is a public swimming hole.

Tripgoers to this site should keep in mind, La Hwy 118 is one of a handful of paved highways that don’t terminate on both ends at another highway. The western end is an intersection with La Hwy 117. State maintenance ends at the Mink community, just about exactly where this waterfall is.

So don’t continue east past the falls on Kisatchie-Mora Rd. unless you want a rough ride through the country.  You may get a damaged tire like we did.

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The Longleaf Vista area of Kisatchie National Forest is geologically the same limestone foundation that make up the highlands of Sicily Island Hills.  Therefore it’s not surprising that there should be waterfalls in Natchitoches Parish as well.  We know of three, including Little Bayou Pierre’s.

Kisatchie Campground Fall: N 31° 26.674’ W 093° 05.589’

Hidden deep in Kisatchie’s Red Dirt WMA is Kisatchie Bayou Campground, on Kisatchie Bayou, a meandering stream coming out of its limestone hills, which flows north to join the Cane River near Natchez, La.  For most of the year the stream is sparse, carrying what rain water the hills take in.  Visitors to the area, following several days of storms (as we did) will find the bayou a veritable torrent.

This will reveal a set or two of rapids unseen at most other times.  This one, near the very end of the Caroline Dormon Trail and the campground there, becomes a drop of about 15-24 inches, scored diagonally across the entire bayou from SW to NE.

While there, and taking the opportunity to dip our feet and pull out rounded stones from the bayou bed, our team met a duo of downbound kayakers who verified the existence of a third fall further upriver.  The directions they gave us indicated there is a Forest Service road off of La-118 (why is it always that one?) that should take one straight to it.

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Map courtesy Google / Geocaching

Turns out, that’s exactly the case. Even Google Maps identifies it as ‘Kisatchie Fall’ but only on one Zoom Level. FS-361, the kayakers indicated, doesn’t have a sign, but map-heads should be able to locate it.

Kisatchie Fall: N 31° 24.403’ W 093° 07.925’

It may be our next geo-trip.  After all, this forest road entrance puts curious cachers very close to GC13AY9.

That’s six waterfalls in Louisiana we can verify. If you know of any more, let us know.

 

This Tag is growing. See our overview of geoLa Waypoints here.

Featured Player: djpizza

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

 

Danny and Teresa Pizzolato are djpizza and we geocache as a team. As I always say, if it wasn’t for Teresa I would only have about six finds. Our geo nickname is actually just my email name that I have used from when I set up my first email account.

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

We tried geocaching after reading an article in the newspaper and doing some research on GPSR.

 

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

The first one was on my way to the trash compactor so I decided to give it a try and found it quickly.

 

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

Our big fish story was on a DNF in East Texas. It turned out to be missing at the time so as we were expanding our search, I tapped on a big stump with my stick and about that time ‘something’ (we still don’t know what is was, maybe a BIG rat or a cougar) blasted out of the stump, bumped into my ankle, shot between my legs, nearly knocking me down then ran towards Teresa. It saw her, made a 90° turn and ran down the ditch at 150 mph. She said I screamed like a girl but I didn’t. We never laughed so hard in our lives.

 

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

We always make sure we have plenty of water with us on our geo runs and of course plenty of extra logs and baggies.

 

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

The most memorable things are the people we have met geocaching. We have met people from all over the world and made some lasting friendships.

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

As far as our bucket list cache, the cache VIEW CARIE’, we had scheduled to be our 5000th find, but that day the elevators were out of order so we couldn’t do it. It has since been archived.

Anything else you would like to say?

Teresa and I have been on this incredible journey called geocaching. We have found over 10,000 caches and have over 350 hides. Geocaching has taken us to some incredible historical sites and to some local places that we didn’t know existed. Until we attended GeoWoodstock VII we didn’t realized just how many people enjoy this hobby. Since achieving our goal of 10K we have shifted our focus to maintaining our hides as we have adopted a lot of local caches in the last few years and are giving back to the community. We still make a few geo runs and attend events but we don’t cache every weekend like we use to. We had our first granddaughter (Doodlebug) this past year and a grandson on the way so we need time to spoil them.