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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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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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