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April 2014 Geocacher Profile

Apr 02, 2014 - 5:49 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Jackie Hefley aka Razorback01 should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.


What is your geocaching name? Razorback01

How did you choose your handle? As you can tell, Iím a Razorback fan since birth

How long have you been geocaching? Since August 2008

How did you find your first geocache, and which one was it? Well, when I first found out about geocaching, I did not have a gps, so I had to go out and purchase one, a Nuvi brand that was made basically for street use only but I used it caching for my first 1,000 finds. First cache I tried out was GC199JO Walnut Grove Cemetery on 8/19/08 by Ron White that was about 3 miles from the house. I thought picking out a cemetery cache would be creepy and a fun thing to do. Little did I know I would get hooked after that.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? 99% of the time by myself. Other 1% is when I get the wife to go help me find the tough ones I canít put my hands on. She is definitely better at this than I am.


How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up? Iíll pick out a few from time to time. Iíll spend a lot of time on some until I figure it out or make a phone call to a fellow cacher.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in? Love to cache in a cemetery or on a trail out in the woods.

Do you do paperless caching? Not yet

What kind of geocaching rig do you use? Garmin 60 CSx

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching? To meet some of the friendliness people you will find and also to enjoy this world that God has given us.

Where are you originally from? Stuttgart, Arkansas

In what states have you geocached? Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

What was your first event ever attended? GC1N9D3 ArkGeo 2009 Annual Meeting

How many caches have you found? 5,874

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest? Anything larger than a micro

What was the most famous cache that you have found? GC2ODQV near Fenway Park in Boston.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries? Rechargeable

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby? Finding

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide? To direct a cacher to areas that normally they would not know about.

What is your favorite type of cache hide? It is where the cache is hid out in nature down a winding trail in the woods.


Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in? GC226QJ, GC226R8, GC226RB, & GC22CM6. They are my WLR Ammo Alley series that are all ammo cans.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh? 2 hides for every 100 found.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? Wife was reading the newspaper and spotted an article about geocaching in our state parks. Looked interesting to me.

Whatís your favorite geocache? It would have to be the first one in Walnut Grove Cemetery placed by Ron White. After I made the find, I said ďthis is like Indiana Jones movies-finding hidden treasures.Ē Been hooked ever since.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching? All over the world.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group? Donít want to get in trouble but I have more fun by myself. Reason being, when Iím with a group someone will always find the cache before I do. Guess I have a lot of kid still left in me.

How many first to finds do you have? Somewhere close to 50

Are you a first to find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications? My setting is on 20 miles and wife loves to find them after work at night or on weekends.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching? Sports, swimming, and travel.
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March 2014 Geocacher Profile

Mar 01, 2014 - 4:18 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Glynn & Sharon Simmons aka Flyfishingcachers should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.


What is your geocaching name?

Flyfishingcachers

How did you choose your handle?

When we first began geocaching, we only used a short version of our name. After we really got into caching & started reading others logs we decided we wanted a genuine nickname too. We chose Flyfishingcachers because we both love to fly fish. We have fished for many years, but after learning to fly fish, we have not had a spin cast rod in our hands.

How long have you been geocaching?

We found our first geocache on January 28, 2007. We only found a few caches in 2007, we didnít cache at all in 2008, began again in January of 2009, and have been caching ever since then.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?

Our first geocache was Balboa HSV which has now been archived. We had a Magellan Sport trax gps that Glynn had used hunting. It evidently wasnít very accurate, the gps had us at GZ in the middle of the road. We just started hunting and was lucky enough to be able to find the cache.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

We usually go caching together or with friends. Prefer to go with friends, makes it a lot more fun.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?

I will try to work on them from every angle that I can possibly think of before giving up. I donít ever completely give up, I will go back to it and try again. However, some of them are very difficult for my nimble mind to figure out.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?

We have cached in so many beautiful areas, this would be very difficult to pin down. First off in our own state of Arkansas, the sights we have seen while caching are some of the best around. We love to be out in the woods hiking and have seen some beautiful waterfalls and scenery in the North Carolina & South Carolina area. While there are no actual geocaches in the Smokey Mountains, the virtuals take you to some beautiful places. Out west, the sights are breathtaking. Even out in the desert area, you have the mountains & plateaus in the distance. We have found that each state we cache in has itís own beauty that can match no other. We are very fortunate to live in a beautiful country that has all these sights. Who could help but enjoy being outdoors and taking in all this beauty.

Do you do paperless caching?

Yes, once we actually found out how & got the proper equipment, we will never go back to the old way of printing out the cache page and just plugging in the coords.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

Right now we cache with a Garmin Oregon 450 and a Garmin Dakota 20.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

You can see some beautiful areas of the country you might have never seen without going to some of the Earthcaches & even some of the traditional caches. Geocaching also gets you off the couch, out of the house, and getting some exercise. The people you meet geocaching are some of the best people you could ever hope to meet.

Where are you originally from?

We are both from Arkansas. Glynn was born in Warren. He spent his early years in Warren, El Dorado, and Pine Bluff. Sharon was born in Hot Springs and lived there until we got married and moved to Texas. We moved back to Arkansas in 1984, living in Pine Bluff, and then moved to Hot Springs Village in 1996.

In what states have you geocached?

Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Nevada, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Illinois, Mississippi, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, California, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Alabama. Hopefully, we can get a few more this year.

What was your first event ever attended?

The ArkGeo 2009 Annual Meeting. I will add that we met some wonderful people there who have been our friends ever since. Everyone was so kind and welcomed us into the group and was very helpful to explain everything to us. The geocachers we have met here in Arkansas since we have started geocaching are some of the best friends we have. It is just like having one great big family.

How many caches have you found?

We are at 3100 now. Have to log a few more to make our statistics show that though.

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?

We like finding them all. Those little pesky nanos can be very difficult to find at times though.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

Gorilla Stash in Arkansas. We have found some virtuals at famous places but guess that doesnít really count for a famous cache. lol

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

In the past, we have used rechargeable. Now we use disposable mainly for convenience.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?

We like them equally. It is always fun to find the cache, especially one that is challenging. It is also fun to decide how to hide one whether to give finders a challenge or just a png. Then you have the enjoyment of waiting to see who is the FTF and what kind of log they will write. Then you have the joy of reading the logs anytime someone finds your cache.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
Just to make the cache an enjoyable experience for the one doing the hunting or maybe a challenging experience depending upon what we dream up for that spot. On the cache runs we do, sometimes we try to change them up so they wonít always be the same. But, when we are hiding specifically a number run, they are mostly the same.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
We mostly like to place the more challenging hides, the multi caches, and the puzzles. We like to hide several varieties of caches to make it more interesting.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
Deserted & How Did I Get Here were our favorites until we had to archive one and replace the container on the other one after the original was destroyed. Right now our favorites are our multi caches at the cemeteries and some of our puzzle caches.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
It would be great for all of us if we would all hide more caches. But not everyone likes to hide caches, as well as not everyone is a break all records finder. Hopefully, more & more cachers will be hiding more & more caches so there will continue to be plenty of caches to keep our game going.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
There was an article in the HSV paper about geocaching and there being geocaches placed in the state parks. This caught our interest as we had been talking about that we wanted to visit all the state parks in Arkansas. We decided we would look it up and see what it was all about. Looked to see what was in our area and saw the cache at the Balboa gate. Decided we would go and see if we could find the cache and see what this was all about. We were interested enough to find a few more through the first year. Life got in the way the next year, but sure am glad we started back in 2009.

What's your favorite geocache?
We donít really have a favorite. We really enjoyed all the places we went and the caches we found while doing the State Park Challenge. We have found some great Earthcaches that took us to beautiful waterfalls & other great places. It would be very difficult to pick a favorite out of all the caches we have found.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
Everywhere. We still have lots of places to go & find caches. Would be great to get to travel the world!!

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

We prefer to cache in a group. It is a lot more exciting & a lot more fun than caching by ourselves.

How many First to Finds do you have?
Somewhere around 30. We were really excited at first and tried to get there first. However, living farther away from town makes it hard to get to the cache first. We havenít found one in a while.

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
Tried to be at first, but that didnít last long. We live too far from town to get there before the locals.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

We have numerous hobbies. So many sometimes we have a hard time deciding what to do. Together we enjoy flyfishing, shooting our guns, hiking, photography, kayaking & canoeing. Glynn ties flies for fishing, & reloads ammo. I knit & crochet. Along with all these of course, is all the time we spend on making geocaches and solving puzzles.

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February 2014 Geocacher Profile

Feb 02, 2014 - 3:58 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Ken and Sue Hayes aka Nukeworker and Racquetball Girl should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Nukeworker and Racquetball Girl

How did you choose your handle?

NW has worked as an engineer at Nuclear Plants for 36 years and we played Racquetball when RBG picked her handle. That sport has now been replaced with Pickleball.

How long have you been geocaching?

We began geocaching in May, 2007

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?

RBG read an article about geocaching in the newspaper. Since we had an old GPS and enjoy hiking, she thought it would be a fun activity to try. We actually found a cache along the Bona Dea trails for our first find, but didn't have a pen with us to sign so we didn't log it. Our first logged find was CAA I-40/81 Clark's Vacation Pit Stop GCHECE

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

We usually cache as a couple, although our children, grandchildren, and some friends have joined us through the years.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?

We aren't very good at the hard puzzles, but will try everything we can think of before asking the cache owner for some help. We usually only work on puzzles close to home since there are just too many variables for errors when traveling.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?

When we began caching Clarksville, AR was #1 on our list. We have enjoyed caching within every Arkansas county and inside each of the 52 State Parks. Arkansas residents are blessed to have free state parks with such diversity.

Do you do paperless caching?

Yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

Garmin 60CSX and Garmin 62st

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

Geocaching helps you to discover the world and the amazing people within it. You can be inspired by a view, an interaction with a fellow cacher, writing up a cache page, a chance glimpse of wildlife, etc. Fortunately, caching can be done on many levels from easy to challenging, physically to mentally, so you can choose your own path.

Where are you originally from?

We were both born in Northern Illinois where RBG lived as a child. NW lived in many of the upper Midwest States growing up. From our wedding until the early 90's we raised our family in Northern Illinois and then moved to Arkansas.

In what states have you geocached?

We have currently logged caches in 37 states.

What was your first event ever attended?

It was called: Meet and Greet - Morrilton hosted by AR-Hick & 4 Wheeling-1. It was a great event filled with wonderful fellowship and lots of caching tips.

How many caches have you found?

We have 8776 finds to date

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?

It really depends on the season and day that we are having. When enjoying a winter hike we appreciate finding large containers. On a sweltering hot summer day on our way to an appointment we appreciate a quick mirco, maybe even a LPC. It's always a fun challenge to search for an unknown container and see what appears.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

Within Arkansas it would be "Gorilla Stash". Another favorite is "Foam Henge" in Virginia.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

Both depending on the circumstances

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?

We enjoy both. The journey to a cache, the adventure of discovering something new, along with the hunt is exciting, but the victory of finding a cache just gives you a thrill. We enjoy hiding caches for our fellow cachers, but really enjoy reading the logs of their experience.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?

Our goals vary from hide to hide. Sometimes it is just to raise the number of caches in an area, sometimes we hope to introduce a new type of cache or give our fellow cachers a fun challenge. .

What is your favorite type of cache hide?

We have had fun hiding some puzzle caches, some mechanically-abled caches, some multi's where info must be gathered at GZ, and our Earthcaches.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?

Fire Station 2, Our element series, Mapping Fun, Mapping Fun Again, We'll see you at 319 again, 5~4~3~2~1, and Earthcaches Sedimentary and Igneous Rocks, Red Pecos Sandstone.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?

Every cacher has a different situation with work, family, health issues, etc. so we don't believe there can be a set ratio of hides to finds. A cacher should hide caches if he or she is inspired by a location, a container, or a hide type that they would like to share. It is nice when active cachers hide caches to help support the fun.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

RBG saw an article in the paper about geocaching. In a few weeks we hunted and found our first cache. Two months later we visited with out son's father-in-law, Quartzcacher. He had probably 50 more caches than us at that time. He showed us some of the caching tricks.

What's your favorite geocache?

When we travel we seek out earthcaches and virtuals. We love learning new information about places we are visiting.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?

The international space station and on every continent.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
We enjoy caching with a group, but usually cache as a couple. As the grandchildren get older they love treasure hunting with Grandma and Poppa.


How many First to Finds do you have?
Only 15, which were by pure luck of being in the right place at the right time.

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
We will grab a FTF if one becomes available, but with work, family, and health we don't actively seek them.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Our first joy is family. We also enjoy hiking, Pickleball, traveling, and photography.

















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January 2014 Geocacher Profile

Jan 03, 2014 - 5:17 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Clark and Deb Gray aka CFD29 should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.

1. What is your geocaching name?
CFD29

2. How did you choose your handle?
I am on the Clarksville Fire Dept and my call sign is CFD29. when I first signed up on geocaching.com that is the first thing that came to mind, so that is what I put, Probably should have put more thought into it, but at least it is quick to sign logs!!

3. How Long have you been geocaching?
First signed up on the site on 7/22/2003 but didn't find our first cache until Sept of 2003.

4. How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
We were on vacation in Navarre, Florida and at the time I had an old Garmin III GPSr, looked on the site while we were there and there was a cache less than 1/2 mile from where we were staying GCD005 Adventure Clubs Sugar White Sand Treasure. (archived now) I didn't have a clue how to put coords in the GPS so I just wandered around trying to get the coords to line up when Deb said, have you looked over here? She was right, and most of the time she is, guess I might still be wandering around trying to get the coords correct if she hadn't looked at the hint and put it all together. From then on, we were hooked. We went back to the same site this summer, ten years later.

5. Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
Usually it is just Deb and I. I make quick runs sometimes close by myself, but it is usually us, we have made trips with others, mostly RKLMBL on some long trips across country or to some events, great times.

6. How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?

Depending on the puzzle, I have worked for days before and on some, and on others after an hour so just couldn't get it and gave up. Depends on just how bad we want to find it.

7. What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
At first it was right here close to home in Clarksville, usually waited for Nonnipoppy or Golfnutz to come up with a new crazy hide, but since we have enjoyed the Russellville/ Pope county area Fayetteville area, and since our oldest Daughter moved to Louisville, KY really like the hides there.

8. Do you do paperless caching?
Yes, we do now, when we first started, I don't know how many times we would have to wait and print out the cache pages before going out. If we found 8 to 10 caches in one day we thought we had hit the jackpot!!

9. What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
I have a Garmin GPS 62s and Deb uses a Garmin Oregon 550t I usually navigate to the cache area while she reads what the cache description is. As far as the vehicle, Jeep Rubicon Unlimited.

10. Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
It gets you out to places you would not otherwise go to and see, and the people, because of geocaching we can say we have friends from just about all 4 corners of the State and a lot from out of State that we would have never had the chance to meet. We have met so many people and seen so many hidden places we would have never seen without geocaching.

11. Where are you originally from?
Deb and I were both born and raised right here in Clarksville, Arkansas. In fact growing up just lived within 1/4 mile of each other.

12. In what states have you geocached?
Well it would be easier just to say the two we have NOT cached in, Alaska and Hawaii, we have cached in all the lower 48 and Washington DC, and over in Canada

13. What was Your First Event ever Attended?
GCHF58- First Ever Ark River Valley Geo Meet and Great, hosted by Nonnipoppy and Golfnutz and others just north of Clarksville on Jan 24, 2004

14. How many caches have you found?
So far we are at 5028

15.Which type cache container do you prefer over the rest?

Really like ammo cans, but I guess some of the caches we have enjoyed finding the most don't have a container, the old Virtual. They have taken us to places we would have never known they existed.

16. What was the most famous cache that you have found?

Mingo comes to mind but finding the only APE cache in the US was pretty special.

17. Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

We have both, try to use the rechargeable, but always carry disposable as a back up or if I forget to get several charged up.

18. Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
I would have to say finding, but really like to see new ideas and make new hides, which we have not done in a while.

19. Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
No, not really, just so others can have some fun..

20. What is your favorite type cache hide?

Traditional

21. Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?

Cara's Easter Puzzle cache and Union Made

22. What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I don't know of a set ratio, of course without new hides no one can find them, I will admit we are lacking in the hide dept, hope to improve on that.

23. How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Saw it on one of the morning news shows one morning and went to the site, at that time, the nearest cache was Gorilla Stash , the oldest cache in Arkansas, and just never thought about it again until we went to Florida, which If I would have joined then,, would have been a charter member. Oh well..

24. What's you favorite geocache?
That is a hard one, but I guess the original Tool Time multi that Cachmates put out in Glenwood was a blast.

25. If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
We would go to Alaska and Hawaii, and then go all over the western US on so many of the trails out there

26. Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
In a group

27. How many first to finds to you have?
I think 55, really tried hard when we first started but haven't put much effort into it lately.

28. Are you a first to find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
Settings are on 50 miles, but we don't make a run for a FTF much anymore.

29. Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

All the Shooting sports, skeet, target etc, for me, reading and photography for Deb.
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December 2013 Geocacher Profile

Dec 02, 2013 - 7:20 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Bruce Crane aka QuartzCachers should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
QuartzCachers

How did you choose your handle?

I wanted a name that was indicative of the area I am from, and crystalcachers sounded a little bit like something else that I didn't want to be associated with, so I came up with QuartzCachers. The name wasn't taken. LOL!

How long have you been geocaching?

March 25 marks the sixth anniversary of my first find. Although I didn't have an account until April of that year. (2007)

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?

Ouachita Pinnacle (GCVZHE) by flannelman, and there is a great story that is too long to include here. Just assume that I went the LONG way, and had an 800 foot climb, because the road that I knew that went up there was blocked off by the Forest Service. There is another road that we found when we got to the top. I was in serious trouble. LOL!

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
I no longer have a regular partner.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
Depends on the puzzle. if it's one that is solvable by math or other deductive measures, I will stay with it for a bit. If it is something else, I typically don't have time to devote to it. I'm a pretty busy guy, with a lot of irons in the fire.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Clarksville, was the geocaching Mecca when I first got into this, and some of the original masters reside there. My daughter lived nearby, so I visited often when I first started, and that area just holds a special place in my geocaching heart. Also, Glenwood when Cachemates were active, Russellville, Hot Springs, and the area around Jefferson, Tx. Great times!

Do you do paperless caching?

Ummmm...yeah. Does anybody still print out cache pages and take them with now? I did it that way for a long time though!

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

I would recommend someone else take up geocaching for the same reasons I fell in love with it. Being out and around, and seeing places and things I would have never known about. It is a very good game for people who want to know what is going on around them. Also, I have made many great friends doing this. It's like a semi-secret community.

Where are you originally from?

Kansas, but I've lived in Arkansas for 42 years. I still consider both places home, and have caches placed in both states.

In what states have you geocached?

Oh my! Let's see...AR, OK, LA, TX, KS, MO, MS, TN, AL (new caches to be hidden here soon), GA, FL, NC, MA. I don't have as many states on my map as most old timers, I guess. I don't get to travel as much as I would like.

What was your first event ever attended?

National Trails Day CITO GC12WJK on 06/02/2007. I met Woodwalker, Cachemates, SJclimber and flannelman there, among others. I remain friends with these people still, and I assume I always will.

How many caches have you found?

5042, but only 553 of these have come in the last three years. I went back to school and then went through some tough personal times, so I have laid low for a while now. I still check in regularly, and I still try to maintain my cacher status, even though I have had to be less active of late.

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?

I have no preference really. I like them ALL!

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

Famous cache? I don't think I have found a "famous cache", but I intend to get Mingo one day.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

Disposable. I like the Lithium Ion ones. (camera batteries)

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?

This is a good question. I love finding caches, as anyone who knows me will tell you, but I see myself as more of a hider these days.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?

Just to make the finder happy. I hope that my caches are fun and memorable to people.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?

Ammo can, but boy are they getting harder to come by!

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?

"Shame On Me" GC1B2KB I loved this one, because it made you think, and was an original idea of mine, that I have seen copied many times now. I had to archive it before there was such a thing as favorite points, but two people have gone back and given it a favorite anyway! That says a lot to me. Currently, "So Easy A Caveman Could Do It" GC2JHET would be my favorite hide.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?

That is a good question and probably has as many answers as geocachers. Some people have more time to devote to hiding and maintaining caches than others, so the answer would be different for all. I DO think that it is only fair to ask that people who find caches hide them as well. To not do so, is selfish in my book.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

I heard about it on Channel 4 in a story about state parks. They were featuring it, and I had a GPS already, so it was a natural hobby for me. My family calls me map boy because I love maps and spatial pursuits. I am a surveyor in real life, so it really fits in well with that.

What's your favorite geocache?

Oh goodness! There have been a lot of caches that I have enjoyed tremendously! Let's see...GC13AEW "Danville-Mickles Bowstring Bridge" by Topotrex, in it's original form, GC34NDZ "Hickcalibur" by AR Hick, GC134V5 "Batters Up" by Woowalker, and GC1E8WE "Tin Man" by Likestocanoe. I can't choose a single favorite. LOL!

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?

Nevada. ET trail.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

Typically by myself or with one other person. I don't particularly care for going in a group at all.

How many First to Finds do you have?

Oh geez...my list says 169, but I quit counting a while back...

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?

I used to be. I chased 'em hard for a while, but that got to be too much. 40 miles for notifications.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

Hunting and...well, hunting.
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