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August 2014 Geocacher Profile

Aug 06, 2014 - 9:03 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Jerry and Bonnie Turner aka "CacheMates" should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?

"CacheMates"

How did you choose your handle?
We changed our name from Jerry Bonnie and Abby when Abby quit going with us! We ask on Ark Geocachers for suggestions, Lady Engineer come up with CacheMates. We liked it and changed our name.

How long have you been geocaching?

We cached from 2003 to 2009.

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

Our first cache was Kirby Landing Cache, by Line Runner. It was a local cache and not far from home. We didn't have a GPS as we had just heard about geocaching. Made two or three trips trying to find it, finally ordered a GPS. I was determined to find that thing, I was hooked after that.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

Just Bonnie and myself

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
It just depended on the cache! I was never good at puzzle caches but some were very good caches and we enjoyed them.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Clarksville and Searcy were both favorites.

Do you do paperless caching?
Yes, we did go paperless.

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

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
Geocaching has several benefits. The places you go that you never knew about, some right in your own area, the friendly people you meet and the friends you make. It gets you out of the house and moving, Geocaching taught me to use a computer, gps, pda, (Golfnutz would question the pda). This is just a few things we liked about geocaching.

Where are you originally from?
Glenwood AR.

In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Florida, Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois

What was your first event ever attended?
Burns Park Event

How many caches have you found?
3068

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

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
Cousin Eddie, That Devil

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Disposable Batteries

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Hiding, I enjoyed that.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
No, not usually

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
Creative and difficult, that can be an ammo can or a bison tube

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
The Tool Time Cache Series is probably my favorite, Winding Stairs for the scenic beauty another one.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
My personal opinion on the hide to find ratio might differ from most! I enjoyed the more difficult to find caches than the ones just thrown out there. I rated a Geocacher on the quality of their caches instead on the amount hides they had. I would rather look all day for one difficult cache than find 50 skirt lifters.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Heard about Geocaching from friends from Oregon! Had to check it out as it sounded like lots of fun.

What's your favorite geocache?
My favorite Geocache! Now that is a hard one, I have many of them but one that really sticks out is one we found in Clarksville! It was a Thanksgiving in 2007 (I think) Woodwalker9 met us in Clarksville, we went to Hawksbill Crag and Glory Hole (Both excellent caches but not my favorite). We got back in Clarksville late and had time for one more cache. We looked until it was so dark we had to get out the flashlights. Bonnie finally found something that solved the mystery. I think the name of the cache was, Home Run Zone, by Golfnutz. But I could have easily choose a number of caches as a favorite.

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

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

How many First to Finds do you have?
Not sure how many but we would have a bunch more if "Rhone" wasn't such an early riser.

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?
Yes, at first I liked to be FTF and have went as far a Burns Park only to see Rhone beat me there.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
I do have other hobbies, hunting, bee keeping, photography, woodworking and just piddling around.
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July 2014 Geocacher Profile

Jul 01, 2014 - 8:34 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Kristie Boucher Moore aka Guwisti should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?

Guwisti

How did you choose your handle?

It is my other name.

How long have you been geocaching?

Since Feb. 26th, 2010. I had looked unsuccessfully for one for about a week before that.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
Well, as mentioned above I had tried unsuccessfully to find a couple before I did find one. I finally found my first cache while on my lunch break and it was GC1GQ4W - Semi Turn on the top of Log Town Hill there in Van Buren. As soon as my husband Chris, (Pizzaboy2600) got home I said, we gotta go find you a cache!

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

Most of the time it is actually my mom (cacher with no name). She loves going Geocaching! And then I probably go caching just as much with my husband PB. And our nephew Agalisiga (real name and caching name) also loves to go caching when he stays with us or when we visit him. We recently converted his dad into geocaching too! Finally!

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

Puzzles hurt my head. Seriously. Chris and I surprised everyone by getting a FTF on a puzzle a couple of years ago. Triangulation = great. Puzzle puzzles = usually puzzled. I'll look at them and if it doesn't come to me in a few minutes I might not ever look at it again. Just depends.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?

We love caching in our home areas of western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma....but I think we love caching when we travel the most. It helps us find cool spots we never would have seen, local places to eat, etc. New Orleans was a blast, and North Carolina is just gorgeous.

Do you do paperless caching?

Yes, in the way that you mean it. But I usually keep a small memo book and write down the caches we get in order, plus a word or two to help me remember any interesting things that happened along the way. Especially if we're doing a run.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
I'm a proud iPhone - Groundspeak app user! I have a Garmin...do I use my Garmin?...ehh.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

Get out and see the world in a new way! Discover new things! Drive the back roads, roll down your windows, sing your little heart out, moo at the cows and sign logs along the way...what could be more fun?!?!

Where are you originally from?

I was born in ElDorado, KS and spent half of my formative years there and half in Claremore, OK. I'm a KansOkie.

In what states have you geocached?

13 states. AR, OK, KS, MO, IN, KY, LA, IL, NC, TN, MS, SC, TX

What was your first event ever attended?
The first event I ever attended was my own! I wanted to meet local cachers so PB and I hosted a Flashmob event. GC26J7Q - Stand! WWFM VII. This event was also my first cache "hide". We danced to the song Stand by R.E.M. Well, like 3 of us danced....the rest stood and laughed at us. If ya wanna meet folks be proactive!

How many caches have you found?

1638 as of June 30th, 2014...hoping to get to 2000 by the end of the year. I tend to get out and cache more in the cooler months.

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

BIG ONES! I love getting to root around in a cache. But also Virtuals, I LOVE Virtuals, especially since most of them are historically themed.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

VIEW CARRE' - GCE02C in New Orleans. We had asked ArkGeo members about caches to do while on our honeymoon there and several folks mentioned this cache. The cache is now archived but has 851 favorites! It was at the top of a business building. We met an employee at the desk and rode the elevator all the way to the top and then you rode the service elevator above that. The cache was in an old trunk and was stuffed to the gills with items. Then the worker would lead you out on to the roof and you could see all of New Orleans pretty much, definitely an awesome view of the French Quarter. The cache owner was busy that day, but his employee worked at the art museum during Katrina and he told us stories for about an hour up on that roof. About bringing the artwork out of the museum under armed guard. Other stories as well, stuff that the news doesn't tell you.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

Disposable in my GPSr, but I don't use it very often.

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

Both really. I like to find definitely....but reading cache logs, especially on that first day when they start rolling in, is pretty awesome too.

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

I try to have the cache placed at a cool location, usually historical. But I have some that are just out there to be out there.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?

Something that takes me to either a pretty place, a unique place, or some place historical. I like them all to be honest though.

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

I like to host events and I like to think that people enjoy themselves. I also like my letterbox caches because I enjoy handcarving the stamps.

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

Ehh. I don't know. I think cache hiding is cyclical, much like fishing in a lake. There seems to be some stagnant time, then some turnover time, then a crop of new cachers and caches. I think to each their own.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

I had read about it in a librarian journal, before I ever found one. I signed up for an account, but then didn't find one until about a year later.

What's your favorite geocache?

I can't pick just one...seriously?
Favorite Puzzle - GC2D90K - Raining Letters in Louisville, KY
Favorite Virtual - Tie between GC84C0 - Top of the Smokies Virtual Picture Cache outside of Cherokee, NC or GCGFHX - Marie LaVeau, Voodoo Queen in New Orleans, LA.
Favorite Multi - View Carre in New Orleans, LA
Favorite Earthcache - GC17N7Z - Selenite Crystal Earthcache in TN.
Favorite Webcam - GCA4C4 - Ghostcam Cache in Evansville, IN
Too many others to pick from.


If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
Um, if money was no object I would like to cache EVERYWHERE! If I won the lotto, I wouldn't go out buying a whole bunch of stuff. Stuff is yuck. I would travel and see the world!

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

I much prefer caching with someone, at least one other someone. Big group, not so much.

How many First to Finds do you have?

64

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 was at first. Now it's almost gotta be in the same town for me to go out. But I have my notifications set to 50 miles...I think, whatever is the farthest I can set it. And that's because we stay in Tahlequah a bunch and I like to try and get FTF's up there with our nephew.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

Fishing, Camping, Reading.
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June 2014 Geocacher Profile

Jun 01, 2014 - 9:17 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Rich Swanson aka The_Griswolds (Clark Griswold) should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name? Clark Griswold, the family caches as The Griswolds

How did you choose your handle? We took great family vacations every summer when the kids were growing up and I have been compared to Clark Griswold when it comes to vacation planning. Since the family composition was the same it was a natural fit and let each of us have our own Griswold name.

How long have you been geocaching?
A little over 11 years

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
Beaverís Lair in Russellville. I had just bought a Magellan GPS for traveling when Carla (Ellen) saw an article in the paper about geocaching. We found it and were hooked. I believe it was the only cache in Pope County at the time.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
We used to go a lot as a family when the kids were younger. Now I go solo or the kids join me. Rachelís (Audreyís) boyfriends is hooked now also.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
Depends on how fun the puzzle is. Some are more work than fun. My favorite puzzles were the Aloha series in Hawaii

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Clarksville in the old days. Russellville. Morrilton. Anywhere we travel - I love caching in places Iíve never been.

Do you do paperless caching? Yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use? Garmin GPS map 62

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
Itís a great way to spend time with the family. I also find it relaxing when I cache by myself.

Where are you originally from?
Born in Connecticut, grew up in Florida.

In what states have you geocached? All except North Dakota and Georgia, plus Washington DC and 11 countries. Going to get ND this summer. I need somebody to hide a cache in the Atlanta airport.

What was your first event ever attended? First Ever Ark. River Valley Geo Meet and Greet in Clarksville, 1/24/04

How many caches have you found? 4172

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest? A well camoíd cache that the owner put some effort into.

What was the most famous cache that you have found? The Original Stash Tribute Plaque and Mingo

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?
I want to surprise the finder and put a smile on his/her face

What is your favorite type of cache hide? Anything different

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in? Cousin Eddie, Rustyís #2

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh? Enough to give back to the game (if you have 4 digit finds you should have more than single digit hides), but not so many that you canít maintain them.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? We went on vacation shortly after finding our first cache. There werenít any other nearby caches at the time, so I found a few to look for when we were on vacation. We found some great caches in great locations and were hooked.

What's your favorite geocache? There are so many I canít narrow it down to one.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
Europe, Australia, Asia, South America, Africa, etc.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
Both I like to cache with the family but I also enjoy getting away by myself for a few hours.

How many First to Finds do you have? I donít know. Itís not a big deal for me. I do have FTFs in Alaska and New York though.

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 donít get notifications.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching? Traveling. I just started playing Pickleball (thanks NW and RBG).
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May 2014 Geocacher Profile

May 01, 2014 - 8:49 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Jim and Susan Yeager aka Apache Scout & Sioux-ZQ should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Apache Scout & Sioux-ZQ

How did you choose your handle?
Jim was the guidance counselor at Pottsville High School for 27 years and the school mascot is Apaches. Susan had another handle, but a teacher in one of our Geocaching Workshops renamed her Miss Sioux and from that came Sioux-ZQ

How long have you been geocaching?
Eight years this summer.

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

Almost by accident. We were so bad with the GPS that we were nine miles off at first. It was Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
We mostly go alone, since there are two of us. We really enjoy caching with our bud, Coon&Bud and Jim and Hot Rod have "worked" together frequently.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
Sioux-ZQ is a bulldog if she is interested and in the puzzle mood. If not, we are not as diligent as we would like.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Of course, we have to list Clarksville first. In our early days it was like GeoDisneyland!

Do you do paperless caching?
Kinda. Sioux-ZQ is still a 2nd grade teacher at heart and likes paper! Generally we use a list to plan our route, but otherwise we are paperless and depend on GSAK.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Garmin CX 60 and a Tom Tom mobile unit.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
It gets us off the couch, doing an activity as a couple, and we meet great people. We love it!

Where are you originally from?
Jim - Ozark
Susan - Morrilton


In what states have you geocached?
Sioux-ZQ is NOT a traveler and that is an understatement. Generally the states bordering Arkansas and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

What was your first event ever attended?
One of the Clarksville Events in 2006. Wow!

How many caches have you found?

About 6,500

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

We still like ammo cans in the woods best. A rare find these days.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
120 Miles Out of the Way in Wilson Arkansas, actually in Wilson, Tennessee. It is a do not miss while doing the state parks. A Tennessee cache on the Arkansas side of the Mississippi. Look it up!

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Standard batteries

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Finding. Sioux-ZQ is a really BAD hider. If she had her way, no one would ever find our caches.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
We try very hard to have the coordinates accurate.

What is you favorite type of cache hide?

Once again, we like short hikes in rural areas and ammo cans.

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

We were proud of the Tour of Pottsville Series, but time and progress, have not been kind to the hiding spots.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
We always suggest you hunt awhile before you hide, and 1 to 100 might be a good guideline.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
A good friend who was a gadget guy had a GPS and asked us to tag along.

What's your favorite geocache?
In June 2010, Sioux-ZQ retired from teaching and we went out to celebrate by doing Cooder's Starlight Night Cache. We made no calls, got no help, and had a great time. In those days the trail was pretty unimproved and this was quite a challenge. We were very proud.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
Russellville, Arkansas. It is in Sioux-ZQ's range.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
We like being out together, but we love events and hanging out with friends on caches at these events.

How many First to Finds do you have?
Maybe 100. It is not our thing.

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?
Once again, we are not FTF people. Too much work for us!

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

Susan is a lawn and garden girl and Jim loves baseball history.
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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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