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.

LGO Honorary Member: czamacona

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

My actual name is Courtland Zamacona (I know, not a very creative player name) I’m a born and raised Southern Californian living in Diamond Bar, CA. I starting geocaching in Louisiana when I moved to Denham Springs in April of 2013 up until I moved back to California in May of 2015.

 

Other than geocaching, what draws you to Louisiana?

Originally it was the whole follow your heart (ex-girlfriend) situation. After living there for two years I can honestly say I’d move back for the food, the geocaching and mostly my geocaching friends that I was fortunate to make in my short time in Louisiana. I still tell people here in California how nice the people are in Louisiana and how I still talk to some friends from there more than I talk to some of my California friends.

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

I first opened my account in 2007 after my mother told me about this treasure hunting game she had heard about on the radio here in Los Angeles. I didn’t have a real grasp on how to input coords in to my GPS or what it was I was exactly looking for. So needless to say I ended up not actually finding my first cache until 2011 when my girlfriend at the time and I were looking for something to do on weekends that would get us out of the House. I really liked it and she thought it was stupid. Showed her, I still geocache and now have an amazing girlfriend who enjoys caching with me now!!!

 

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

Not just one cache but a road trip full of caches. When I was moving to Louisiana my mother and I took our time getting to Denham Springs. We took what could have been a 26 hour straight through road trip and turned it into 6 days of sightseeing and an epic road trip. Our first day we started out in Lake Havasu City, AZ and we didn’t even make it out of the state that day.

 

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

At a bare minimum I always have my phone on me and a pen nearby. When I’m out with my truck I have a large ammo can that has more pens, logs, containers, signature items and special handheld TOTT’s.

 

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

America. Granted I’ve only cached in America but a great number of caches I’ve done across the states have taken me to many places that I wouldn’t have thought of or known about. It brings me such joy knowing that I’ve cached among the spacious skies, the amber waves of grain, the purple mountain majesties and of course the fruited plain!

 

What cache is on your Bucket list?

I don’t have a single cache as a bucket list item. I do have overall geocaching goals that I’d like to complete. The top is going to Geocaching HQ and getting an APE cache. I’m currently planning a trip to the Seattle area for Geocoinfest next year so these both will happen. Once I get those I guess I’ll go back to trying to fill in my US map and completing the Louisiana Parish and Delorme challenges (I’m about ½ way done with all three of those).

 

Any other hobbies?

When I’m not geocaching I enjoy going to Disneyland (annual pass holder) and train watching.

 

Anything else you would like to say?

Get out there, let the geocaching map be your guide. You don’t have to stop for every cache but let it guide you to all the historical, geological, the scenic or even the everyday locations. You might be surprised what you find out there! Also, go to the events and meet new people I have to say some fellow geocachers are some of the best people I know! Hi, to all my friends (Frank, Riann, Cindy, Ben, David, Brian and anyone else I may have forgotten) miss you all and we’ll get together again in the future. I guess it comes down to a simple choice, get busy caching or get busy dying!

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.

LGO Honorary Member: txgo4fan

Txgo4fan

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

My name is Paul Nagel and I currently live in Cypress Texas and back in January of 2013 while living in Natchitoches my wife and oldest daughter were on a Girl Scouts trip to Mississippi when one in the groups introduced geocaching to them. My wife came home and said, “Paul, I think you will like this game.” As a geographer and an outdoor enthusiast, she was correct.

Other than geocaching, what draws you to Louisiana?

I had lived in Natchitoches for eleven years and I still have family that we visit regularly in Many. Besides family, the Oops Louisiana Parish Challenge and Houma Geotour draws us to Louisiana.

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

Back in 2007, I was one of twenty teachers to be trained by Gary Lewis to be a trainer of Earthcaches. I signed up for geocaching and created Louisiana’s first Earthcache down in Lafayette. My friend David Faerber, of the Faerbers tried to get me involved between 2007 and 2013 when my wife and daughter became involved, but I was not interested.

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

In 2013, I was able to take my oldest – Sweet Thing on a trip of a lifetime to Palau, Guam, and Hawai’i. While in Palau I took her to Jelly Fish Lake (Jellyfish Lake – Ongeim’l Tketau – GC11A56). What an experience to step off the dock, climb up the hill and then swim with jellyfish. Sweet Thing liked it so much that we returned for the second time. I was not expecting her to enjoy it so much. I highly recommend going if you can.

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

LOL, trying to be convinced by David to take up geocaching and hearing his stories of printing cache descriptions and heading out with a GPS was not appealing. Of course now with smartphones it is so much easier. So a pen is the most important, followed by a charger.

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

Geocaching has been an amazing adventure. How about in Northeast Louisiana and the Louisiana State Cotton Museum and the cache in an outhouse (GC1CN8D) or Grand Isle State Park (GC25HRR), Port Fourchon (GC3187Y) and the oldest Oak tree in Florida (GCC9CA) or the Florida Keys (GC2C32). Geocaching has been an adventure and always finding something new or unique.

What cache is on your Bucket list?

I would like to find the APE cache in Washington State and visit Ground Speak some day.

Any other hobbies?

LOL, there are hobbies other than caching! I enjoy being outside, so I try to walk or run when I can. I try to find that cache in a park or along a trail to go and find.

Anything else you would like to say? 

I would like to give a shout out to the Faerbers, DJPizza and my wife for encouraging me to go out and experience the adventure.

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 Players: Pretzallady and PretzalNugget

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

I work at the local pretzel shop in the Mall and everyone knows me as the Pretzel Lady. It was only fitting that I call my Daughter Aimee who is always with me PretzalNugget.

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

I am a Boy Scout Leader and it was a merit Badge we were working on. I enjoyed it but the boys we had at that time did not. My new younger scouts now love it.

 

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

Dead End GCXNN9.  This was my first attempt and I was not sure what to expect. What I found was what looked like a nail head and it was a nano stuck in the top of the pole.

 

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

I hate Multi Caches but I needed to find The Curse of Madame LeVeaux (GC573QV). Pretzalnugget and I found this shortly after I had shoulder surgery, my arm was still in a sling. I had to climb up a little hill that was covered with pine straw, as I was reaching the top I grabbed a tree limb and it snapped and I lost my Balance and fell down, tree limb then fell across my legs. It was a fairly large limb. As I laid there assessing my injuries, it crossed my mind that if I was seriously injured, Pretzalnugget would not be able to help me. Thankfully I was not severely hurt and I did find the final stage. I have to say this was a great cache.

 

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

I never leave home without my caching stuff, i have a tub of spare containers, a tub of swag, and a tool box with logs, pencils pens, zip ties, super glue, bison tubes , nano’s, my multi tool, scissors, and much more. I also carry a full first aid kit.

 

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

As of this week I would have to say the grave of the Revolutionary War Soldier at a Cemetery in Leota, Indiana.

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

Any Cache I have not yet found.

 

Any other hobbies?

Scouting and Camping

 

Anything else you would like to say?

I love going to events and meeting other Geocaches. I had the opportunity to go to GeoWoodstock XV in North Carolina and it was an awesome experience. I enjoy hiding caches as much as I do finding them.

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: 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.