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June 2015 Geocacher Profile

Jun 01, 2015 - 7:53 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Jesse and Becky Crowley aka Buckshot/MamaLlama should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?


Buckshot/MamaLlama or BsML for short.

How did you choose your handle?
That is a long story. Here is the short version. I, Jesse, am “Buckshot.” I received the nickname from a civil war re-enacting buddy after he found out that I have quadruplets. My wife, Becky, is “MamaLlama” and gets her nickname from me from a boyhood memory of a mother llama protecting the baby llama. We cache as a team, hence, Buckshot/MamaLlama. If you want the whole long story, feel free to ask.

How long have you been geocaching?
Started in the fall of 2007. We got our first Garmin in December of 2007 and found our first 12 caches. After that life and job and a whole mess of other things took over priorities. Then it wasn’t until the summer of 2010 when ML asked what I wanted to do for the summer that we got back into caching and have been trucking along ever since.

How did you find your first geocache, and which one was it?
As previously mentioned, I also am into civil war re-enacting and as part of a project for area teens put on by the local library, our group partnered up with local geocachers to come up with a scenario combining the two activities. I was elected to be the liaison to work with the geocacher. This is when I first met Mr. Cachecrazies and had my first experience with geocaching. Bob explained that the best way for me to understand was to take a GPSr and have a go at it for myself. So with him walking behind giving directions on how to read his Garmin, I started on my first ever geocache adventure to find “Twin Lakes Cache” - GC11P8F. Not long after that ML and I were taking a casual stroll in another of our parks when she says “I wonder what that is under those rocks by that tree?” We investigated and discovered that we had accidentally found “Amon’s Lake #2” - GCJ5PN. I quickly explained that this was the thing we were working on with the library and she was also hooked. We bought our first Garmin as a Christmas present that year.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
Most of the time it is a family affair. ML and several of our children are the usual posse. As they have gotten older and tastes have changed the number of kids has dwindled. Now it is mostly Pinky and Grape (Not their real names. ) that go along for the adventure. I also travel a lot at certain times of the year and will cache with my cousin coon&bud (we tend to travel to the same places) and others when I can. We also love to get together in our area with our good friends backcountrytrack. Sometimes it is just little ole me.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
It takes awhile before I will even start one and then I don’t know that I ever give up. I may chew my cud for a long time but either with a bit of guidance or just out and out help I will eventually finish one. As I mentioned in a forum post once, I have a tendency/problem with getting tunnel visioned to a particular way of thinking of things (can’t see the forest for all the cedars) and then it can take some time to get myself out of the rut.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
I would have to say this would be anywhere there is a cache. My travels take me most often to the Russellville and Hot Springs areas and I always enjoy the sheer number of caches and cleverness of the caches in these areas. At other times I have been to the Fort Smith, Fayetteville and Little Rock areas and look forward to doing so again due to the numbers in these areas as well. ML’s most enjoyable places are anywhere there is a chance to take a walk in the woods so long as we can avoid poison ivy and the like.

Do you do paperless caching?
Yes and we have been doing so as soon as it became possible for us to do so. I very much dislike carrying a lot of papers around.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
We use a combination of dedicated GPSr devices and smart devices. The two GPSr devices are the older eTrex Venture HC and the newer eTrex 30. Smart devices are currently iPhones but we have also used Android and Windows devices in the past. The eTrex 30 is our GPS accuracy device and the iPhone is used for the paperless factor and for the active maps.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
Many others have lauded all the benefits of geocaching as family time, exercise, and taking you to see places you might not have otherwise. For us it is all of those things. Along with all that, it simply invokes a sense of adventure ML and I had as kids when we would play spy or treasure hunter. So, I guess I would suggest that it helps you feel like a kid again, only smarter and with more technology.

Where are you originally from?
I am a native Arkansan born in Forrest City, and ML was born in Charleston, SC. We both moved around a lot while growing up.

In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee

What was your first event ever attended?
“East Coast Meets West Coast In July” Meet and Greet, which was a small get together hosted by a couple from North Carolina who wanted to meet local cachers. What we consider our first full scale event was the 2011 SWAGville events in Jessieville. I will also say here that we attended our first mega events (GeoWoodstock XII and MOGA 2015) but have not as yet attended an ArkGeo event. We do hope to do so as soon as we possibly can.

How many caches have you found?
To date we have found 1,509 caches. Now that summer is upon us we plan to add to that number.

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
ML and the kiddoes like a good treasure-holding, regular-sized ammo can or such cache. A cache that they can have fun exchanging items (ML squeals for joy at the sight of a pathtag). Me, the container I like is the one that I can lay my eyes and hands on.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
Gorilla Stash - GC1B which fortunately for us is practically in our back yard.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
We use disposable in the Garmins.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
We really do enjoy both finding and hiding, but it really is the thrill of the hunt that keeps us going.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
I would say that our personal goal is to try to give as much fun back to the community as we derive from the community.

What is you favorite type of cache hide?
The one that invokes the “I wish I had thought of that” or the “Man, I got to see if that will work in my area.”

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
Two that are still active, “Archimedes Flute” - GC358RJ which was a collaboration with backcountrytrack based on a cache I found in the Hot Springs area and “Solar Trekking” - GC3RVJ6 which is a multi-cache we helped set up for a project done by a local science teacher. Then there is one that is now archived “Hello, Is It Me You’re Looking For?” - GC2W87D which was a hollowed out rotary phone hidden near a telecommunications store.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
This to me is a sticky subject and one that I feel is subjective. Yes, you should probably find a few before one embarks on a hiding spree. However, like with some other things in life there are people who just seem to have a particular knack for doing certain things. We followed the “find a hundred caches” guideline before we started and it worked for us. I would suggest that you find several of a particular type before attempting to hide that particular type.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
As mentioned previously, we were demuggled on two separate occasions. Bob (Cachecrazies) sparked the interest in me which didn’t take too awful much as it hit on the kid-like adventure and technology for me. Then there was that walk in the park that led to the muggle discovery for my ML and further pushed me over the edge into the insanity of wandering in circles in the woods looking for ammo cans and tupperware.

What's your favorite geocache?
Oh, this is such a conundrum! We have lots of favorites especially the ones that we have found together as a family. To narrow down to one or two, I would have to say that “Buffalo City Cross Cache” - GCX1NF ranks up there pretty high. It was one that we had wanted to do for a very long time and had made a failed attempt before on a whim we just struck out on a 6 hour adventure to hike into it. Another would be “Hawksbill Crag” - GC3630 which was another location that ML and I have wanted to visit and had the added bonus of having a cache nearby. In addition to the cache we got lots of pictures of the area and made some wonderful memories while on the journey. Sometimes it is the fun of getting there as much as it is the discovery at the end of the trail.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
This one is a no-brainer for us. If money were no object, we would simply just start traveling and never stop, caching all the way. We both love to travel and look forward to doing so when we are both retired. We would basically globe-trot picking up caches everywhere we go. Europe and Australia would be definite stops along the way as well the rest of the Americas.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
I just love caching no matter whether I am with someone or on my lonesome. If I can cache, I am going to cache. I love it when ML and the kids are with me and when I am with other cachers but being alone isn’t going to stop me. A group is awesome for the extra sets of eyes and hands and being alone can be tranquil at times.

How many First to Finds do you have?
According to our GSAK records we have 60. There may be a few more that are not marked in that list.

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 have our settings set to 50 miles in order to get the notifications. We were major FTF hounds at first but have become a little more selective more recently due to various reasons. Watch out though, we are on summer break now!

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

There are varied interests in our caching entity. I also enjoy civil war re-enacting and am part owner of a replica 3” Ordinance Rifle (cannon). ML enjoys photography and we very often combine this with the geocaching. She is also an avid pathtagger. Music is very much a part of our family, we love to go motorcycling and the females of the family love horses. The hard part sometimes is deciding which we are going to do and fitting as much as possible into the day.
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May 2015 Geocacher Profile

May 01, 2015 - 5:58 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Jon Jacoby aka Ironhorse4 should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?


Ironhorse4


How did you choose your handle?
I was perm74. That was my video game handle. I changed it to Ironhorse4 when I was diagnosed with a motor neuron disease that debilitates my walk. Ironhorse was Lou Gehrig’s nickname while he was playing ball. He was my grandpa’s favorite player and the ambassador for all Motor neuron diseases. 4 was added for that was his playing number for the Yankees.

How long have you been geocaching?

5/29/2010

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

Using my smartphone with the help of my wife and kids on a blazing hot day in the end of May 2010. Sharks Like to Party (GC1T8RJ).

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
I cache alone at times which I don't care for or I go with a small group here in Hot Springs (S.W.A.G..). They are the greatest group of people and are my best of friends.

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

Puzzles really aren't my thing. I will look at them and give a small try but if they require a masters in math or a computer science degree I don't bother with them. I have almost more events attended than puzzles found if that tells you anything.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Russellville and Cabot/Jacksonville areas have to be on my list for favorite places to cache. Both areas have a wide variety of types of hides and the creativeness of the people that hide in those areas deserve to be recognized for a job well done. I would rather find 10 awesome containers/cammo caches than 1000 stop sign film canisters.


Do you do paperless caching?
Yes. I started after the era of the smartphone so I never had to use paper.


What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Garmin Montana 650. I love this thing. Way better than the 62csx I was using that required me to use my cell phone in conjunction for the size, difficulty, hint, etc. I also use my cell phone for unplanned trips. For example going out of town, getting to a restaurant and having to wait 45 minutes. The phone gives me something to kill those minutes as there is always one 528 feet away or less.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

Geocaching keeps you off the couch, you get to see amazing destinations including ones in your own town that you may not have been aware of, and it is a great family activity that involves being outdoors that my generation grew up with and my kids generation of electronics.


Where are you originally from?
I grew up in Corning, New York. Town of 10,000 people in west NY. I always clarify that so people don't assume I'm from the city. Only been to the city one time. Hated it. I was a hillbilly from the north. Yes.... Rednecks are in the north as well, the city folk just refer to us as hillbillies.


In what states have you geocached?
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and the Cayman Islands.

What was your first event ever attended?

ArkGeo March 2011 Eat-N-Greet: Malvern (GC2NRZ1).

How many caches have you found?

2,583


Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Unknown, they are usually the more creative ones.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

Gorilla Stash (GC1B)


Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Rechargeable but that is only in the past year.

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?
Creativeness. I try to make hides that people will either remember the location or remember the container.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?

Traditional

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

Micro in the woods (GC3WVHW)
Urban Jungle (GC30NME)
Tire Shop Oh My! (GC2X6ZD)

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

I don't think there should be a ratio. If one wants to hide one without finding any so be it. Granted as a finder, at times you have to take the amount of their finds into consideration when you hunt. It just requires a wider search. A wider search keeps the game fun and different. If every hide put me within 3 feet, I might find that to get a bit boring.


How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
I was at work on lunch listening to a guy tell me about his vacation and he geocached on the way to his destination. I was hooked from his story. I spent the rest of my lunch hour looking for the cache in the parking lot at work. I struck out and waited for my wife to bring the kids after work and help me out. After about another hour of searching I decided to lift the lamp pole skirt as that was the only thing including searching in cracks I hadn't done. Bingo! Yes... a lamp post cache got me hooked. It was Sharks Like to Party (GC1T8RJ). My first logged cache, because I had no idea what I was doing (my second found cache) was Suits or Schnauzers (GC18XPK). The guy in the break room was the brother in law of a great friends I have made since, Flyfishingcachers!

What's your favorite geocache?

I don't have one favorite. I have a group of favorites and they are the I.C. Series by KnKinCabot. If you haven't done that series you should. If you're trying to get someone hooked on geocaching this series is the one you want to go find. I.C. Shortwave (GC485ZG) for a reference point.


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

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
Group

How many First to Finds do you have?

114

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 went for FTF's so I could get a challenge completed here in Hot Springs. Now I don't go for any unless I am in a group and we get it together. My mileage was set to 50, now my mileage is set to being able to reach the FTF from my recliner.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Anything my kids find interesting and disc golf.
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April 2015 Geocacher Profile

Apr 03, 2015 - 5:50 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Karen Peters aka Ladybug Karen should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name? Ladybug Karen

How did you choose your handle? My mother use to call me Ladybug.

How long have you been geocaching? Since March 19, 2011

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it? With my niece Angie Williams aka Razorbacks02 it was Tower Heights Cache (GC1ZBXT) at Blue Mountain Lake.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? Well 80% of the time I go by myself. The other 20% is usually Brat22 and ArRocket my nieces from Greenbriar, or it's my sister Smokingranny from Poteau, OK. Then there is my co-worker Hippychick79.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up? I really don't like puzzle caches most of the time I don't understand even how to solve it. So I will read it and if I understand how to solve it I will do it. The others I still have some of them where I think I'll go back and will understand it now. Sometime I do and sometimes I don't. So I guess the answer to that question is not very long.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Wow, I don't know I have caches all over the state and other states the ones I like the best is where CO will take care of their caches and you can find them!

Do you do paperless caching?
yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use? I have several GPS. I use Garmin products I have a Dakota, a Montana, and a Garmin 62.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
Oh my gosh... the excitement of the find, the area that you might go to, you usually learn something from the history of the cache, that you might not other wise know anything about. It get's you off the couch and outside .

Where are you originally from? well I was born in Altus, OK. but came to AR when I was 17 years old and haven't left. I live in Van Buren, Ar.

In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California that makes 16 states.

What was your first event ever attended?
ArkGeo 2012 CITO Mt Nebo State Park on 4-1-12

How many caches have you found?
4860

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

What was the most famous cache that you have found? Maybe the oldest cache in Texas

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries? mostly rechargeable batteries

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
I really like to hide them but here lately don't seem to have time for even finding one.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide? Just that the geocacher will have a great time finding it as I had to hide it.

What is you favorite type of cache hide? The ones that takes you out of the way and it shows you something about the area.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
I take pride in all of them. But maybe the ones that I have named a cache after.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
Is this your way to say I need to hide more? LOL!!! Yes, I do think once you have found a few hundred it's time to start hiding your own. I personal think that you should only hide as many as you can take care of. A well kept cache is worth a million to one that you don't take care of.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
A group of us was camping at Blue Mountain and just so happen my husband's nephew and wife was there. She asked my husband to go geocaching with her as she didn't care to go fishing with her husband he said no but that I might like to go. So he came to our trailer and ask me if I wanted to go with her and I said no. Then somehow she asked me to go and explained it a little better and I really didn't think I wanted to go with her as I am a little shy. Then I thought well it does sound like fun. So I went with her Angie Williams aka Razorbacks02. Not to far away from our camping site we went off the road down into the woods and there was a something hide in the woods I think this one was an ammo can. Well, I mean to tell you from that time on I was hooked line and sinker. (funny because we went there to fish LOL!!)

What's your favorite geocache?
I have a lot of favorite one. I like the different ones or the ones that people has taken the time to make it special.

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

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group? in a group

How many First to Finds do you have? 53

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? Well, I was until I was doing my one a day streak then I had to pace myself. (I would like to add that my streak was 942 days) I got out of the habit of trying to get that First to Find. I have it set for 100 miles.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching? Yes, I guess it would be fishing, I love to play golf too it's just rough on the body now. I like to log cemeteries also.
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March 2015 Geocacher Profile

Mar 01, 2015 - 7:24 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Chuck Schwab aka floaten should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name? floaten


How did you choose your handle? I used to skydive and created an email address using floaten many years ago, as in “floaten through the air”. I essentially gave up one hobby for another and the name transferred.

How long have you been geocaching? I found my first geocache in April 2005.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
I was an ROTC instructor at Eastern Illinois University and a biology professor (Flowerdoc) approached me and asked if I had a GPS. I was an army infantryman, so of course I did. The campus had two geocaches placed by the doc, so he asked if I had time to take a break and wanted to show me something. The rest is history!

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? During the week I cache alone. We cache as a family during the weekends which typically revolves around going somewhere in the state we have not visited. I have gone on several outings with KSDS, Razz007, Butch724, and KNKinCabot.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up? I don’t give up. I love puzzles. I will work a puzzle until I solve it or I’ll ask for help. Woodwalker is to blame for me puzzle madness. I used to avoid puzzles until I moved to Arkansas where I spotted all the puzzles in Jacksonville.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
The areas I enjoy the most are places like Pinnacle, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Petit Jean. I prefer to wander through the woods.

Do you do paperless caching? Not anymore. I haven’t for years. Back in the day I can remember printing out the listing page and drawing a map on the page to get me close to GZ. From there I used my GPS and walked in the direction that made the numbers move closer to what I needed.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
I currently use a Samsung Galaxy S5 with the apps C:Geo and GCDroid

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching? I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the “I didn’t even know that existed and I live here” comment. That is why I geocache. It takes me to places that a person may not normally visit but should.

Where are you originally from? Everett, Washington

In what states have you geocached? I have currently geocached in 20 states. Nothing outside the US.


What was your first event ever attended?
My first event was at a grand opening of a new park in April 2006. We lived in Illinois at the time.

How many caches have you found? I am currently sitting at 5,994 with a goal of 8,000 by the end of the year.

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest? Unique and hand made. I love the I.C. series in Cabot.

What was the most famous cache that you have found? I found all the virtual caches in Disney World the summer of 2014. GC10FB Magic Kingdom has the most favorite points with 776


Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries? Rechargeable

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby? I prefer to find but like hiding them too because it means I just listed another puzzle.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide? To be honest, some of my puzzles are tough so I figure they earned an easy find.

What is your favorite type of cache hide? My puzzle called “Cell Phones” is my favorite hide. You’ll need to solve it to find out. LOL!

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
My two favorites are Cell Phones and Numbers. They are my toughest.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
Whatever ratio you can maintain. If you don’t mind maintaining 300 hides go for it. As long as you’re willing to keep them up. Otherwise, don’t hide anything.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? When I started geocaching we did not have power trails. It was about getting out and seeing nature and going to unique places. That is what hooked me.

What's your favorite geocache?
I have several so I’ll list a few of the most memorable in the Little Rock area. GC44JJ2 (Pump Station), GC53AVA (The Lost Picnic Area), GC5C2V7 (Cash Bash V Chinquapin).

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching? Anywhere off the North American continent. Off the wall places like Bermuda Island, Greenland, or Iceland.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group? Both ways have benefits. I have no preference. I have a great time with friends but enjoy caching by myself too. My primary means of transportation is a motorcycle so when alone I get to do two things I love at the same time.

How many First to Finds do you have?
I actually keep track but I don’t have many. I think I’m sitting at 48.

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 have my notifications set at 25 miles. That is my limit. If the cache is a simple P&G within the Cabot city limits I’ll leave immediately. If it posted in Jacksonville I am more hesitant. If it has a difficulty 4.5/4.5 and is within my 25 mile limit I’m all over it. People tend to shy away from those.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
I like to spend time motorcycling and hiking but geocaching usually finds a way into those two hobbies so I guess I don’t. LOL
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February 2015 Geocacher Profile

Feb 01, 2015 - 7:12 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Kendall Tabor aka Coon&Bud should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Coon&Bud unofficial title “The King of DNF”. I have currently 359 DNF’s logged.



How did you choose your handle?
I choose Coon to honor my father, Raymond "Coon" Tabor. The Bud part is to honor my father in law Charles "Bud" Dickinson. I lost them both in 1997 to heart disease. I sometimes cache with my wife so she is the “Bud” part.



How long have you been geocaching?
Let me see I started on June 12, 2008. That all boils down to 4 years 7 months and lots of gasoline.




How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
My first find was GCZAWC The Haunted Forest by Old River Runner. I found it with my daughter. She was the actual finder of the cache, in a Cedar tree, a 35mm on the Bona Dea Trails in Russellville.



Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
I cache with several friends, Apache Scout & Sioux, Buckshot (Cousin)/MammaLlama, Hopalong2K, and most recently I have cached with my new friend bUTCH46. I love going caching in a group. I have cached with several Ark-Geo members.




How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
Well to be honest, I am easily stumped. I have over 100 puzzle finds. I do find them. I never really give up. I phone a friend for help or the CO for help. There are a few I have put on a back burner and make a note. I look over those and see if there is a new log for help too. Recently I solved one, with help from Jffok and others, which I have wanted to solve for years.



What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Hot Springs, Hot Springs Village, Jessieville and Russellville are where I cache in Arkansas primarily. I have had fun in Louisville, KY, Middle-Tennessee (wife’s family), and on a vacation to Colorado. I am attending MOGA this year in Missouri and that will be a hoot.



Do you do paperless caching?
Yes, primarily I do paperless cache, but not when I first started. I do use paper notes still on a Junior Legal Pad.




What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
I use a Garmin E-Trex, yes the good old yellow ones, I have several and a classroom set to teach my Professional Development classes about Geocaching. I also have a Garmin E-Trex 10 unit. I got it for Christmas in 2013 and I am still getting used to it. I also use the Geocaching app on my IPhone.





Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
Yes, I would! I have taught students and fellow educators to geocache. Several of my students have Geocaching accounts and Geocache. A few teachers, I taught in a PD, have accounts too.




Where are you originally from?
I was born in Harrison, Arkansas. I am the 7th generation of my family to live in Arkansas and 5th to be born here. My GGG Grandpa came here in 1824.



In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Florida and Mississippi. 12 States in all, I don't travel much at all, just for family.



What was your first event ever attended?
The Breakfast Club- March 09 edition, GC1N8N6 hosted by Idratherbehiking. I have since attended 110 events, 10 CITO, 2 Mega(Geowoodstock), and 1- Lost and Found event, 10 years of geocaching. That makes 123 in all. I had a blast at each and every one. I also have hosted some events and flash mobs.



How many caches have you found?
I found 5 more today so 2,810.



Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
I like one that does not leak. I hate finding a cache that has the contents that are mush. Anymore folks are not testing the containers to see if it is waterproof. I love an ammo can but they are rare now.



What was the most famous cache that you have found?
I guess GC1B Gorilla Stash, in Mountain Home, Arkansas. It was on a caching trip to cache with Buckshot.



Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
I use disposable batteries



Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
I enjoy finding them more than hiding them. I am not a very creative hider. Hiding is like this, I am a musician, I can play most anything on a band instrument (finding) but do not like writing music (hiding). Both are a craft not all are good at both.



Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
Yes, I have a goal. I ask myself did I give enough clues on my puzzle or multi or regular to find the cache. Like I stated, I am not really a good hider, I am creative in other areas. I am willing to grow into a better hider.



What is your favorite type of cache hide?
An Earthcache is my favorite, lots to learn in the world. Colorado has many fun Earthcaches. I also like, yes, Virtuals! That is the standard favorite.



Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
I guess the cemetery hides that are Marian County and Boone County. They are in cemeteries where my grandparents are buried.



What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
100 finds then start hiding caches, also no needs archived unless you have found at least 500 caches.




How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Apache Scout &Sioux presented a Professional Development at my school. They are such great people and educators. I also got a free Garmin E-Trex for attending. The rest is history.




What's your favorite geocache?
I guess the grave of Minnie Pearl, a Virtual GCJFKF Minnies Pearl. Sarah Cannon was her real name, just a simple footstone. She started a Cancer research facility in Tennessee but to those who never heard of her she was a member of the Grand Ole Opry.



If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
I always wanted to cache in Europe. I am going to Hawaii in a few years that will be fun.



Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
I like caching a group, more eyes, equals more finds. I call myself the King of DNF. I really do not like posting them but they are necessary to the owners.



How many First to Finds do you have?
I have 66 FTF and living in Russellville that has been a struggle. I have a personal goal of 100 for a challenge cache.



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 set my settings at the max. I love the FTF just as much as all the FTF hounds. There is nothing like that blank log. I recently got some FTF in Clinton, over an hour away from Russellville.



Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Yes, I play the Tuba and other band instruments. I play the QR code game. I have my church and family and a dog. I swim in the summer in my pool.
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