LGO Honorary Member: plsellers

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Tell us a little about who you are and where you live.

Retired in 2009, after over 45 years with same Company; widowed, Accountant by education, NOT an outdoor person at all until…..now….Live in El Dorado, AR 17 miles N of the Louisiana line.

 

Other than geocaching, what draws you to Louisiana?

Over many years, Monroe/WMonroe – S’port/Bossier have been shopping & eating havens for my area; also had a place on Lake Claiborne for years due to  husband’s love of fishing; grew up going to Sugar Bowl/ Mardi Gras; traveled to New Orleans many times for work.

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

Wanted to do something out of the box after retirement…In 2009, 1 daughter who works for Arkansas Game & Fish Commission gave me a weekend of Becoming an Outdoor Woman. Among their programs that weekend was Geocaching, which I selected. Pursued nothing. The next year, went back, selected it again, Pursued nothing. In April 2012 read quip about an Eat & Greet locally; attended & a cacher from Houston who was visiting her cacher family showed me how to find one very close to our event location. But it was not until July that I started in earnest.  Bronco’s Girl & Bronco46 took me under their wings to start this adventure.  I’ve learned a lot from locals allenearl58, arkfiremedic & gmcsac for becoming a better cacher.

 

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

I have no Big Fish story.  At the beginning, my mentors were both still working, so then especially & even now do a lot of “by myself” caching.  With age in mind & being female, I try not to get myself into unsafe or questionable situations so I really try to review the cache description info and the location area before potentially getting myself into this “big fish” area.  In fact my daughter, who unknowingly started me on this road (as mentioned above), has actually warned me…no hospital or police calls.

 

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

EDC, you would not believe.  I have 2 vehicles sorta dedicated to caching opportunities—one, the go anywhere vehicle and the other is a step-up in comfort if having a navigator along. I have duplicated supplies so I’m not at a loss no matter which one I’m driving.  My Sunday car is just that….no supplies at all.  But like probably everyone, I definitely carry logs, baggies, replacement containers, tape, extra pens; then comes the TOTT and swag.

 

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

Memorable – I don’t know – memorable is a relative term…each cacher has his own definition.

   Many stand out for historic implications————–many stand out for just neat things to see nearby————–many stand out for container uniqueness or creativity—————–many may not stand out other than serving their purpose for offering that PNG we all need.    I’ve seen battlefields, monuments, sunsets (no sunrises), museums, things that used to be, specialty artifacts, religious icons & architecture, trails (not hikes) through parks, gardens, countryside.

 

What cache is on your Bucket list?

Being a single female, of a certain age, I haven’t felt the need for a Bucket List.  So far, I’m able to rise each day & take advantage of any opportunities, caching or otherwise,  that comes across my path. That fills my Bucket.

 

Any other hobbies?

No real hobbies requiring talent….that’s what got me here.  I am a voracious reader but that still didn’t get me out of the box.  I do have 5 books going at once, audio in each of the cars; 1 at the TV and 1 at bed so that hobby is taken care of pretty completely.

    I am a Master Gardener but with a brown thumb (took the training after retirement just because I then had the time).  I serve on the Arkansas Geocaching Association Board as well several Boards around the area, take care of my Church library, go to College lectures, Art Center plays & South Arkansas Symphony performances. Cook when I have to and only for myself, have a housekeeper for my peace of mind, cars always filled with gas in case a caching trip comes up.

 

Anything else you would like to say?

I try to promote Geocaching being a great family activity that provides excitement of the find, still using technology (GPS, phone apps), geography, exercise, critical thinking in some cases, family entertainment & togetherness, critical with kids today. The virtuals & earthcaches are great teaching or learning tools.  The historical aspect, cemeteries, churches, monuments, museums …there’s nothing better for teaching children and lots of adults too.   Hey, we Seniors still need something to keep ourselves going full speed ahead, maybe not the body so much as the mind.

Arkgeocaching.org is our Arkansas Association.  Cachers in contiguous States are welcome to become members of our Association, even can become voting members.

Featured Player: Cachin’Cissy

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

My nickname growing up was Cissy. When I finally managed to update my account information I went the easy route and Cachin’Cissy was chosen.

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

Back in February 2011, a cousin was visiting from Florida. She pulled into the driveway in a brand new vehicle that we had to check out. Once we moved her laptop, gps, geobag and TOTT items off the front seat we could get a good look. We asked and she explained. My husband (Squib) knew right away that this game was something that I would enjoy. After our visit, Squib went in and made an account for me on the Geocaching web site. At that time, I was still a nervous wreck at the idea of going anywhere alone and getting lost. He was always encouraging me to go. “As long and there are other people here on earth, you will never be alone or lost.” Still today after being married 30 years he also says, ” I never would have married you if I had known you had NO SENSE OF DIRECTION.” With young kids and a grown up job I shelved the whole idea and completely forgot about it. In January 2015, after hearing Aunt and Uncle WilcoxWeedpatch talking about their adventures I ran home and opened the web page, updated my account, took notes and ran out the door. HOOKED!

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

I was not after any particular cache. I was after ALL of them. I was like a crazy loon on the hunt. I wanted to cache everyday. On my way to the doctor. On the way to grocery shop, on the way to work. I’m sure you get the picture.

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

There are 2 caches that I am most proud of. The first was GC12BBZ , When Ya Gotta Go, Ya Gotta Go. Then GC5YV6X, Certifiable Deception. These two hides had me stirred up and by golly, I was not leaving until I had the smiley. Mission accomplished.

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

My fanny pack is always ready to grab and strap on. It holds the basic tools needed. I will always have my machete and the grabber tool with the little pincher clamps on the end. I have no idea what it’s called but it has saved me many times. And recently Pretzallady shared a picture of her organized bags. Now I am also loaded and ready to repair and refresh caches along the way.

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

The most memorable thing that I have seen at a cache was a street sign. Squib was chauffeuring me around the state to work on the Parish Challenge back in 2015. In northern Louisiana at GC2WKAH, The Mighty Bulldogs, we found ourselves sitting at the end of a street with my dad’s name. That made my day.

What cache is on your Bucket List?

I do not have a Bucket List for caching. Maybe one day I will actually start writing down the GC codes of those interesting caches shared on the Louisiana Geocaching Facebook page.

Any other hobbies?  Anything else you would like to say?

I just love being outside. And now because of geocaching I am less scared of being lost. Oh, I still get lost, but it’s not so scary.

Featured Player: 96Shadow

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

My bike – motorcycle, is a 1996 Honda VT1100c2 Shadow A. C. E. (American Classic Edition)  I attempted other handles but they were all taken already.

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

I discovered “Where’s George” – a cash bill tracker where you enter the serial number and other information of the cash bills into a database and can get alerts when it is logged again thereby allowing you to see the bill’s travels – from a dollar I had that was stamped WheresGeorge.com. One such bill had an extra stamp on it – geocaching.com. Curiously I checked the site and then went out and found my first cache a few blocks from my home before I even signed up for membership. I was instantly hooked. It has since been archived and I now have my own cache in the general location: https://coord.info/GC6E83R. 

 

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

That was https://coord.info/GCHB7B. Had no idea, that’s why I went looking.

 

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

It was recent. Almost has to be because I’m very forgetful.  My parents heard something on the news about the Atchafalaya Basin and Louisiana and Geocaching but they didn’t understand what they were talking about. So I got a call and, as I missed the news, I had no idea what they were talking about. Then I attended the meet event https://coord.info/GC771XA and posed the question to some of the other attendees. No one heard of it. I came home and did an internet search and came up with the story from a Baton Rouge television station. I immediately began preparing for the fun. After some stressful sweating and long hours and hard work and a couple mosquito attacks and lots of back tracking miles on my gas guzzling pick-up and spending 1 night in said truck, I completed the trail – first.

 

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

Hmm, I’m always forgetting something. My phone is about the only thing I always have with me. I have a military belt with pockets that’s loaded with all sorts of tools. I don’t always have it with me on hunts though.

 

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

My memory isn’t any good, I forget just about everything. There is nothing that stands out. I guess https://coord.info/GCE02C would be it. Taking all those elevators and being on top of New Orleans.

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

No particular cache. Want to complete some Trails / Challenges and make it to a Mega Event – GeoWoodStock. 

 

Any other hobbies?

Riding my bike when it’s up and running, gardening, been a very long time since I’ve seen a Where’s George bill or gotten an alert from one, spending way too much time on Facebook or the computer in general, making wine, canoeing, fishing on a rare occasion, tent camping when I can, looking for a beautiful young virgin to be my wife and later, the mother of my children (also known as dreaming / fantasizing), photography, butterflies and birds (watching and helping), some years ago I purchased an observation hive for bees and have yet to get bees for it (someday I hope to), when I can – travel / exploring / taking the back roads. I also like to check out houses and other properties that come up for sale if they are unoccupied. 

 

Anything else you would like to say?

Some caches are so cool and imaginative. I wish I had that kind of talent.
I wish I had better memory ‘cause without a good memory I find myself missing out on conversations of certain shared experiences even if not done at the same time. I’m also hard of hearing – been tested 80% loss in left ear and don’t remember what the number was for right ear.
I don’t like puzzles. I do like gadget caches.
I also like the LGO Facebook page, great bunch of people on there.

PLEASE, don’t just WATCH for but make the effort to LOOK for motorcycles!!! Often times bikes are hidden behind your mirror or C-pillar. 

LGO Honorary Member: Giddy Up GeO

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Tell us a little about who you are and where you live.

I’m an old retired nurse who got a second chance at parenting when we adopted Peamite, who is now 6 years old. We live in the sleepy town of Wiggins, MS.

 

Other than geocaching, what draws you to Louisiana?

Muggle Hubby’s family is from Louisiana and we have lots of friends and family scattered across the state. The food, culture and atmosphere that Louisiana offers turns visits into a feeling of ‘coming back home’. Other than Geocaching? That’s icing on the cake cause Louisiana has some of the best! That alone is enough to draw us there!! 

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

My friend and I had always played in the woods, hiking and metal detecting, looking for Native American artifacts. I read an article years ago about finding geocaches in remote areas, but never knew how to find them. When on a Facebook group about camping, someone mentioned geocaching at one of the State Parks and there was a phone app one could use. I downloaded the app, went solo to find one near me and was hooked from day one! 

 

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

After finding a few regular caches, I stumbled upon a Multi (Wild Ideas- GCJ4V5) in the Desoto Forest at an old CC Camp. It was at the beginning of a hiking trail and I was anxious to find the ‘treasure’ that was hidden in the forest. I imagined it to be just like the stories I’d read after finding as much information as I could in the few caches I had already found. I arrived at the parking area, made my way to GZ, only to spend what seemed like hours trying to find the container. My phone quickly drained it’s battery. So, I leave determined to get a new phone but got a battery pack instead. Few days later, I grab my friend and we head back with new battery pack and another set of eyes. We were so excited! We were going to find hidden treasure. We finally found the container, which had cords for the second stage. I had no clue how to get those in my phone. We ended up hiking the trail and left with our bubble deflated. I spent days trying to work that stupid cords. When I did learn how to get from A to B.. I went back. I spent most of a day along that trail, found the second stage, which was an ammo can. You would have thought it was full of treasure! Miffed that this was the second stage and there was another, I hiked to the third.. and took several minutes looking and found Wild Ideas!! I was chocked full of wild ideas and TREASURE!! I don’t think I have ever left the forest any more excited than that day. I knew then, there’d be more geocaching in my future. 

 

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

I have a clip, that attaches to a ring on my phone case, that holds my small signature stamp, a pen and a dental pick. The dental pick is to help remove those pesty rolled logs in nano’s and bison tubes.
Like everyone else, I carry way to much ‘stuff’ in my geomobile. Besides my cellphone, I have to have my hiking stick when in the woods or forest. It’s found more ammo cans in the woods that I could ever count and is about the most useful TOTT I have. 

 

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

GC5330Y – Ancient Mariner (now archived) Multi water cache that Muggle Hubby and I did when we took our maiden voyage in our new yaks. After finding the first stage in the middle of the bayou… we paddled up a small canal and bam! There’s an ancient ship marooned on land. If I’d have pulled up the satellite imagery, I’d have known.. but it was totally amazing. It’s still one of my top favorite caches!! 

 

What cache is on your Bucket list?

Gosh… that’s a hard one. I have so many still in the bucket but right now it’d have to be GC1AM16 – I10 Interstate Highway Challenge.

 

Any other hobbies?

Peamite and I collect Extagz, another brand of Pathtags, although we like those! 

 

Anything else you would like to say? 

Geocaching, like life, can be an adventure. Just like this crazy life we live in, it’s what you decide to make of it.

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.

North East South and West

Here was our question: Which Louisiana geocaches are the northernmost, easternmost, southernmost, and westernmost? What are our geo-extremes?

It seemed easy enough. Starting along the beach at the bottom of our state, one needs to only follow the Geo-map from one side to the other. There’s really only a couple places that our L-shaped geography protrudes with any kind of vigor into the Gulf. There’s the Mississippi Delta, and the Bayou Lafourche corridor.

A quick search for geocaches in both of those areas easily give us the site of the geocache hidden for us which is the farthest south, and the farthest east.

No place in Louisiana goes farther east and south, land-wise, than the Delta.

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And most of it is accessible only by boat

The three-veined Mississippi entrance doesn’t have any physical hides (presently). The closest place to the river’s mouth is Venice, where the world ends. At that ending we find a handful of hides, and the one farthest to the east is GC64VNP ‘Park at the End,’ one of BAMBOOZLE’s many droppings. It’s sitting on 89° 21.158’ W of Greenwich, making it the easternmost physical geocache in Louisiana.

That stretch of delta isn’t the east-iest dry land in the State, however.

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Here’s an interesting fact: The easternmost point of the Chandeleur Islands is farther east than Biloxi is.

The Îsles de Chandeleur arc out into Mississippi Sound, and even though they’re disappearing at a disheartening rate, they still are a beach with fauna and flora. However, there isn’t and there won’t be any physical geocaches there, since they’re part of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge.

Now, a swipe of the map westward leads across Barataria Bay past Grand Isle to the land of the Lafourche, and it is there we do find the southernmost geocache presently on our map.

It’s another one of BAMBOOZLE’s. GC3A0K7 ‘Come Get Me Big Doggy’ was hidden by Bam and Short Circuit 2, as a challenge to Big Doggy, a veteran player in the New Orleans Metro Area. To our knowledge, Big Doggy still hasn’t gone after it.

Measuring latitude 29° 06.463’, it is the closest place to the equator in Louisiana that you can sign a geocache log.

Now, astute map-heads will point out that there’s an Earthcache at the Head of Passes, more southern and more eastern than these.

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Image: geocaching.com / Leaflet

GC605FW ‘Foot of the Bird – Earthcache’ is an educational exercise touching on delta formation and river navigation. Its published coordinates are southeast of Venice, in the river proper. Auxiliary to the lesson, the owner has left a physical log at the Pass-A-Loutre WMA check-in station. Because the coordinates to that station are below the 29th Parallel, and nearly three more miles east than the pin for the earthcache, we can interject a kind of asterisk to our above statement about the southernmost log you can sign.

However, this author will claim that such an ‘additional logging requirement’ is optional for the Earthcache and does not count as a physical geocache, respectable and exceptional though it may be.

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Image: geocaching.com / Google

 

What started as a hypothetical question about geographical geocache extremes has blossomed into a monumental puzzle to solve.

Check this out. In the Caddo corner of our State we have a physical geocache, looking like it’s across the dotted line and properly in Texas, but listed in Louisiana, and hidden to the NORTHWEST of a Virtual cache, listed as being in Arkansas.

GC23HE8 ‘ArkLaTex’ and GC7EF5 ‘Two for One, Three at a Time’ seem to have swapped bathrobes. Is one of them not in their actual state? Who knows?

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Image: geocaching.com / Google

 

A Kind Of Controversy

Our North-West corner’s actual location has been the subject of much international, mathematical and astronomical debate since at least the end of the Jefferson administration.

Here’s a little history on the topic. The south and east boundaries of our State are easy enough to find, but where our legislative boundaries slice dirt can be much harder to project.

In 1804 Congress divided the Louisiana Territory using the 33rd Parallel. Everything south was called the Territory of Orleans, and is roughly our Louisiana today.

[For exhaustive history on the matter see: Oliver P. Stockwell, The Boundaries of the State of Louisiana, 42 La. L. Rev. (1982) Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.lsu.edu/lalrev/vol42/iss3/7 ]

Then, in 1812 Louisiana entered the Union as the 18th State, and its Western and Northern Boundary was at that time defined as:

Beginning at the mouth of the River Sabine, thence, by a line to be drawn along the middle of the said river, including all islands, to the thirty-second degree of north latitude, thence due north to the northernmost part of the thirty-third degree of north latitude, thence along the said parallel of latitude to the River Mississippi…

 

And on and on. It’s fascinating reading.

One thinks it should be easy to figure out. Turns out it wasn’t. Nineteenth Century geodetic and astronomy tech was good, but not to our modern degree. Those original, and later, surveyors were in error to the north by 2,220 feet when they laid a granite marker on the left descending bank of the Sabine River where they said it met the 32nd Parallel, calling it the International Boundary between the U.S. and Spanish Texas.

 

The marker still stands today. Aim for GCTBR8 and you’ll find it not far from the cache. See also this Waymark.

Since the granite Sabine-32° marker was off, their later mark for the 33rd parallel was off too. Therefore, we find there is some of Louisiana above Latitude 33°.

No big deal, right?

That’s actually the case. There has never been a dispute between Arkansas and Louisiana over the border. Whatever it is today, based on the original survey, is good enough for both parties.

It took some time before anyone asked the all-important question (it was 1841 in fact), ‘What is the granite marker’s longitude?’ Later, the Louisiana Geodetic Survey defined it as 94° 02’ 33.0”.

 

How To Give Up and Yet Succeed

This leaves us with the questions: Which geocache is farthest West, and which is farthest North?

To answer them, we are going to simply have to refer to the listings and follow the map down the border. Whatever state the Geo-map tells us the caches are in, we will use.

Of the caches which are shown as falling in Louisiana, the one with the greatest latitude will be Northernmost, and with the greatest longitude will be Westernmost. Sure, it’s arbitrary, or throwed-off a bit. Sure, the surveyors were either drunk or followed a snake. Look what happened with the ArkLaTex cache and it’s little ghosty friend.

There are a lot of candidates. For many miles the boundary between the Natural State and the Bayou State follows a road that’s supposed to be arrow straight but isn’t, and there is a series of geocaches along it to one side or the other, named alternately for local players. The AR-LA boundary was supposed to be a perfect parallel, but it’s not and so it winds a little bit. Due to surveyor’s errors, the Louisiana border dips slightly more and more south the farther east one goes.

 

The Winners Are…

So, after following the map east and south, and much aspirin, we have the following results:

Northernmost: GC17J60 ‘A Welcome Sign’

Westernmost: GC23HE8 ‘ArkLaTex’

Easternmost: GC64VNP ‘Park at the End’

Southernmost: GC3A0K7 ‘Come Get Me Big Doggy’

Honorable Mention: GC605FW ‘Foot of the Bird – Earthcache’

There you have it. A little history, a little geography, a little nonsense.

 

Here’s a challenge: If you find and log all five of them in the same day I have a little prize for you. How little? You’ll just have to try it and see.

Waypoint: LaSalle’s Landing

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N 29° 58.375’ W 090° 14.813’

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WHAT’S HERE:

Most of the history books and school texts with which we are familiar instruct us that Rene-Robert Cavalier de la Salle left Montreal with Henry de Tonti and other Frenchmen in August of 1679 and canoed down the Mississippi River, looking for the mouth of that great river crossed by the Spaniard, De Soto 130 years prior.

Few sources attempt to tell us exactly the point where La Salle banked his canoes among the Chapitoulas (Tchoupitoulas) Indians on the lower river, erected a cypress cross over a written marker, and claimed the Mississippi watershed for his king and country. The City of Kenner tells us where.

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Well, almost. Here we find ourselves in Heritage Park, part of Rivertown, Kenner’s Historic District.

The placard reads:

IN 1682 THE FRENCH EXPLORER, ROBERT CAVALIER DE LA SALLE, LANDED IN AN INDIAN VILLAGE LATER TO BE KNOWN AS THE CITY OF KENNER. PROCLAIMING OWNERSHIP IN THE NAME OF LOUIS XIV, KING OF FRANCE, HE ERECTED A CYPRESS CROSS TO COMMEMORATE THE HISTORIC EVENT.

 

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The placard, and its bronze successor nearby, does not actually state that the explorer planted the stake here, but only that he landed at an Indian Village here. It’s a bit of literary sleight-of-hand, but it works.

Meanwhile, a visitor looking up from the placard will see a wooden carving resembling a Christian scene, topped by what could be the base of an ancient cross, surrounded there in wrought iron. One wonders, is this La Salle’s cross, planted here in Kenner?

Not likely. The mouth of the river is still some 110 nautical miles downstream from the Kenner Landing point. Granted, due to the unrestrained shifting delta, in La Salle’s day, that distance was reduced by as much as 25 miles. See http://www.sochistdisc.org/2004_articles/morris.htm. Furthermore, through further research, the sculpture’s artist’s name is Corrin Beckert, though that information isn’t seen here in Heritage Park.

Most encyclopedia entries attempt to put La Salle’s proclamation event nearer to Venice, Louisiana, citing the journals of the explorer’s official recorder, Henri Joutel.

At any rate, this present site was known as Cannes Brûlée by 1708, by which time French interests along the river ebbed and flooded with their economic exploits. A century later they would sell their New World claim to the newly established United States.

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Fast forward to 10 May, 1870. “Kennerville” is the host to the very first World Championship Heavyweight Prize Fight held in the United States, a bare-knuckle bout between Jed Mace and Tom Allen, both Englishmen. Mace took home $2,500. Bronze statues of the men, fists ablaze, stand here memorial to the occasion, 100 yards from La Salle’s River.

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Waypoint: Burr’s Ferry

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N 31° 03.936 W 093° 30.716

VERNON PARISH

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Just 18 miles west from Leesville is the Sabine River crossing ghost town of Burr’s Ferry, named for Dr. Timothy Burr, cousin to 3rd Vice President Aaron Burr, who built a home here in the early 1800’s.

From http://www.toledo-bend.com/:

Burr’s Ferry was a point on the Sabine River where invasion by Federal forces was expected during the Civil War. Extensive breastworks were thrown up, and these may be seen today north of Louisiana Highway 8 a short distance from the bridge.

It was never a bustling city, but the relative importance of the town in the period from 1850 until 1910 was considerable when compared with its status today. It has no school, no post office, no commercial enterprise except for a small restaurant on the bank of the river.

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Waypoint: Cheniere Shack

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N 32° 31.100′, W 092° 14.572′ 

OUACHITA PARISH

 

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(from nelageo.netThe North Louisiana Geocachers Saturday luncheon is now held at the Cheniere Shack Restaurant located on Hwy 80.

We try to meet every Saturday for lunch at 1:00ish at The Cheniere Shack in West Monroe. It’s an open invitation for any/all geocachers to stop by and chat, eat, and all around socialize. Feel free to stop by and join in. Depending on how many we have, will dictate on where they seat us. The owners said they would do everything they could to accomodate us and make sure we all sit together. Just ask for the geocaching group when you show up.

 

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