Featured Player: reh2

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What was the inspiration for your geocaching name?

When my friend and I joined we weren’t aware of how you can be creative with the names, so I just have my initials.

 

Why did you decide to try geocaching?

My BFF got me started. She is still amazed that I love the game as much as her!

 

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

I had no idea of what I was doing. We were using a gps, which I was unfamiliar with and the cache was in, of course, a Tupperware container! LOL

 

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 to say getting the Original Cache Tribute Plaque this fall was the best. We were on a Canadian trip and I had my family make a detour just for this one!

 

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

I carry my handy dandy geocache backpack with my at all times! It has EVERYTHING in it!

 

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

Just about every “new” container type is memorable to me. From my first birdhouse cache to underground cache containers.

 

What cache is on your Bucket List?

Since I just checked off the “Original” off my list, I’d have to say getting a cache in every state would be next.

 

Any other hobbies?

My husband and I love to travel so Geocaching was a perfect companion hobby!

 

Anything else you would like to say?

I love this hobby! Our local tourist bureau has GeoTours in our area. I love when I see cachers from all over the world finding my caches while in the area. Now that I’m retired I hope to do many more tours as we travel.
Thanks for the opportunity to share my story! Happy Caching!

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!

Waypoint: Belle Isle Salt Mine Memorial

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WHAT’S HERE:

The Franklin Visitor Center & Rest Area, part of the Cajun Coast Welcome Center, is home to a small bayouside park and a granite memorial which honors the memory of salt miners who perished at Belle Isle Salt Mine on two occasions in the 20th Century.

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On March 5, 1968, a fire broke out in the Belle Isle Salt Mine in St. Mary Parish. Twenty-one men were trapped 1200 feet underground with their only escape engulfed in flames. Coal miners from Kentucky flew in to help with the attempted rescue. It was not to be. This memorial is dedicated to these twenty-one men who lost their lives, to the rescue men who risked their lives, to the other miners who died at Belle Isle and to all the families who suffered the loss.

Belle Isle Point, located at N 29° 31.553′, W 091° 24.308′ in Atchafalaya Bay where the mine is located, is 21 miles SSE from the Cajun Coast Center’s memorial.  Belle Isle was one of the first places in Louisiana to be explored for gas and oil.

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Image: sunearthtools.com / Google

Cargill, Inc. was the operator of the perilous operation. They suffered another loss-of-life incident in June of 1979 when a scheduled blast went wrong. Five men were killed in the accident.

From http://www.belleislellc.com/Belle_Isle/History.html:

Starting in the early 1940s, Belle Isle was one of the first sites in Louisiana for oil drilling. The Belle Isle Field was once one of the largest oil and gas fields in Louisiana.

In 1962 Cargill Inc. started the Belle Isle salt mine at 1,200 ft below sea level, and the mine was a little over one-half mile in diameter when it was abandoned and purposely flooded in 1985. At that time, two deeper levels were just being developed.

Mineral exploration has always been a hazardous enterprise. In Louisiana’s salt-dome rich marsh, rescue attempts have always been doubly so.

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A bronze statue of a miner with a lamp stands testament to the dangers and the lives lost

The Cajun Coast Welcome Center pays tribute and honors the memory of the men who died enriching our economy.

Nearest Geocache Listing: GC2KNG5.

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