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October 2016 Geocacher Profile

Oct 05, 2016 - 5:23 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Jeremy Axe aka FauxtoPro should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?

FauxtoPro (pronounces "Photo"Pro)

How did you choose your handle?

I am a wannabe photographer so it's a play on Faux (fake) and professional photographer.

How long have you been geocaching?

Since Feb 15, 2010

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
I saw a post on Facebook about geocaching and went to the website and created an account. I was surprised to see 300+ caches within 5 miles of my location. I downloaded the Geocaching Intro app on my iPhone and went on my lunch break in search of GCZ0PV - Peel Mansion. That was my first find and I have been hooked ever since.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
Most of my finds have come on solo hunts. Occasionally my 5 and 7 year old boys join me.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
I have worked on puzzles for hours, weeks, even months! I hate giving up on them. I may set them aside for a short time and then I'm back on it!

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?

Most of my finds have come within 40-50 miles of my home town of Bentonville, AR. We are working very hard to make NWA a geocaching destination. There are some very dedicated and creative cache hiders in this area.

Do you do paperless caching?

Yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
I mostly use my iPhone with the official Geocaching and Cachly apps. I also have a Garmin eTrex30 for those times when I cannot get a good signal on the phone.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
I consider myself a Geo-evangelist. When I get a chance to promote the obsession....er sport of geocaching I will go on for as long as they will listen.
Geocaching had taken me to places I wouldn't have gone otherwise. There are some beautiful places right here in our own backyard that I would never have thought about visiting if it weren't for Geocaching.

Where are you originally from?
I was raised an Air Force BRAT until my dad retired in 1984. I have lived in Texas, South Dakota, California, and Nebraska before moving to Bentonville.

In what states have you geocached?
I have cached in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Florida. I took an almost 3 year hiatus from August 10th 2011 to August 6th 2014. During this time I had been on 2 cruises in the Caribbean. I didn't even think about looking for caches and I kick myself looking back at all the additional countries I could have added to my geocaching resumé. I guess I'll have to go back!

What was your first event ever attended?
GC591FD - Geocaching 101, Neosho Meet and Greet

How many caches have you found?
I currently have 304 finds

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
If I take my boys out with me I like to find mediums or larges so they can trade some swag.
If I am going solo, I enjoy a good micro.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
I haven't found any "famous" caches per se but I have come across some pretty creative and unique caches.
Some include:
GC56QR7 - Goonies Never Say Die
GC4HFJF - Route 66 - Galena Murder Bordello
GC646HY - A Crystal Cache: Arkansas Quartz @ Crystal Bridges

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

Rechargeable in my GPSr

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
I like then equally however my find to hide ratio is almost 100:1.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
I want my hides to allow the seekers to enjoy the journey and see and appreciate this magnificent game board we live and play on.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
I like the puzzles. Both field puzzles as well as the ones you can solve prior to leaving the house.

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

I currently have only 3 active hides today.
My favorite is called NWA Pineapple 2.0 (GC687RE)
It's not the most difficult to locate but it is a pretty unique container.

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

I would say maybe 30:1

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
I saw a post on Facebook and created an account.

What's your favorite geocache?
I would have to say my first find. It was a micro hidden at the base of a tree. It was a pretty easy find but I will never forget the feeling I had when I thought of the number of times I had been to this location and never knew it contained a "hidden treasure."

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

All over the world! Every continent and maybe even the International Space Station!

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
I like getting together with my geo-family at events and meeting up with them on the geo-trails. I also enjoy spending time in nature by myself.

How many First to Finds do you have?
I have maybe 5 or 6 FTFs.

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 an alert setup to send me a text message on new listings within 20 miles.
I have been known to have to take an "emergency" break from work or leap out of bed in the middle of the night to go after a shiny new cache!

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

I have too many other hobbies to name here!
Some include:
Spending time with my family
Serving in my church
Photo, audio, and video editing
Outdoor cooking (fish fries, crawfish boils, smoking meats and cheeses, etc.)
Tailgating at Razorback football and baseball games.
I've also been known to scan a QR code or two while out on the geocaching trail or at a co-exist event!


Thank you for allowing me to share my love of geocaching.
You guys do a fantastic job of representing Arkansas in the geocaching world.
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September 2016 Geocacher Profile

Sep 01, 2016 - 7:04 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Josh Adams aka Ashallond should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?

Ashallond

How did you choose your handle?
I used to be a game master on an online server. I would play a character to interact with the normal players to start quests. That character's last name was Ashallond. Kept using it ever since for my online presence.

How long have you been geocaching?

Since April 8, 2009

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

Rebels RULE!!!!!! (GCMR4W), which is at the school I work at (yes the admin knows it's there). My quiz bowl team and I decided to try to find it one day after school. So we did.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

Lately I've been a loner, but I've done some pretty long trips with Yazz, secondgunman and jffok. My daughter Dancingprincess sometimes joins me.

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

Give up? (Chuckle)

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Louisville, KY. Very strong caching presence there, and they love earthcaches and puzzle caches.

Do you do paperless caching?
Yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

Mostly my iPhone 6 currently. I had a garmin, but I've misplaced it somewhere in my house.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

You get outdoors, you get to meet new people, and you get to use the gps feature on your phone.

Where are you originally from?
It's complicated. I lived in Tennessee, Washington state, Alabama, Arkansas, & Delaware through school and high school. But I've lived in Fort Smith ever since I finished college.

In what states have you geocached?

22 different states ranging from California to New York plus the District of Columbia. I mostly play in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky.

What was your first event ever attended?
A world wide flash mob.....that I hosted. Next one was the cache ca$h dash bash

How many caches have you found?

3541

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

Large things.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
Mingo

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Rechargeable

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
It's changed. For a while I loved hiding, but now I like seeing the creativity of the newer cachers.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
If it's a non-puzzle, to make it findable. If it's a puzzle, to let you learn something.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
Earthcaches!

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

Emergency Repairs. One of the first wherigos in Fort Smith, and my challenge caches.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I think you need to find 50-100 different types of caches to get a broad idea of what works, then hiding 1 for every 50-100 you find. Unless you find that nice stretch of lonely road.....

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
My brother did it for a little bit and mentioned it to me, and then I kept coming across references in articles.

What's your favorite geocache?
I'd have to say a tie between the Grand Finale for the parkcaches and an earthcache in Louisville called Cave Hill's Sinkholes. (GC1DCTT)

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

Scotland, Japan, Antarctica, and the International Space Station (is that one still active?)

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

Both!

How many First to Finds do you have?

82

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?
Only if it's close and I have time. I have my notifications set out for 50 miles.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Watching Baseball, reading, playing some video games, winning quiz bowl state titles (occasionally), and astronomy.

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August 2016 Geocacher Profile

Aug 02, 2016 - 9:17 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Kay Ekey aka Arkekey should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Arkekey

How did you choose your handle?

My last name is Ekey. Until my brother moved here two years ago, I was the only Ekey in Arkansas so Arkekey is short of Arkansas Ekey

How long have you been geocaching?

Seven years

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

I searched for a couple before I found my first cache which was Books, Books, Books at the Garland County Library. It was the day after my GPS arrived from Amazon in July 2009 (before the days of the cell phone app at least for the android phone I had at the time). The spot on coords by LikestoCanoe and great hint really helped a lot as a good deal of my caching, esp in the beginning, has been solo.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

My most frequent caching partners have been Trekkin' Arkie, Ironhorse, OR-NPL 191, or in the beginning, Gingerose.

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

I love different types of puzzles such as sudoku and cryptoquotes, but haven't been particularly successful with them in geocaching. However, caching puzzles have been a fun learning experience as far as learning about different apps to help with triangulating points or computer techniques to cause print to appear in a blank space. I'd estimate I usually give up after about 30 min.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?

I most enjoyed caching in Hawaii because it took me to places that a tourist guide never would and the descriptions taught me so much about the area. London was fun because it allowed me to take my niece, who had lived there for almost a year, to a charming, colorful hidden away shopping area not far from her flat. She had no idea this courtyard of shops was tucked in there. I also enjoyed North Carolina because I was introducing my preteen nephews to caching while we were on vacation and it was so fun to watch their excitement.

Do you do paperless caching?

I now do paperless caching, but in the beginning I had to print out many cache pages to have descriptions and hints with me since my first unit was a very basic, bright yellow eTrex.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

I use a Garmin map 60csx.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

Caching can get otherwise sedentary folks outside and moving. It is a great way to see places you otherwise likely wouldn't. It produces a feeling of accomplishment when a cache is found or challenge completed. Geocachers are a fun, adventuresome, diverse, and very welcoming group of people.
Where are you originally from?
I lived in Topeka, Kansas, from age 5-18 and have been in Arkansas since then.

In what states have you geocached?

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. (Didn't realize until compiling this list that I didn't have one in Iowa yet... I just spent a couple days there this month. Darn!!)

What was your first event ever attended?

Rhone's 5000th find in 2009. It was just a couple months after I started caching. I had no idea what to expect when I walked into the restaurant, but got to meet other cachers for the first time. That has been the best part of caching.... the friendships it has provided me.

How many caches have you found?

1340 Obviously I'm not a numbers person.

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

Homemade cammoed containers are by favorite but event caches might be a close second.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

As far as I know I've not found any "famous" caches, but I am now aware of the Mingo cache in Kansas and hope to get it within the next year.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

Disposable batteries, but that may change now that it was brought to my attention.

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

I enjoy finding caches more than hiding them. I'm not too crafty so my hides tend to be pretty simple and often geared toward beginner or young cachers.

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

Generally my objective when hiding a cache has been to fill a void I perceive such as when Lake Hamilton had only two caches on it.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
I prefer to hide ground level caches of level one difficulty with swag inside at a location I know is frequented by children.

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

My second hide (2011) was my favorite. That cache, an artificial knee joint (which has now been archived since the bush it as in was removed), was a group effort. The holder was a gift from Big Carbon Footprint and Dreamcacher V of Texas at Foolin' Around SWAGville which marked my return to caching following a knee replacement. Quartzcacher named it, & Trekkin' Arkie assisted with reinforcing the assembly. It as placed outside the office of my orthopedic surgeon.
What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I think 75-100:1 should be sufficient to keep new caches available for everyone.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

I was having dinner with Trekkin' Arkie and Leon the Peon when she mentioned learning the meaning of a "skirt lifter" to a cacher from Texas who was dining with us. That led her to further explain her hobby of geocaching to me. The Texas RVing and caching friend then helped me decide on a first GPS. I ordered it a couple days later and my love of caching soon began. It grew deeper when I moved up to a unit to which I could download coordinates instead of hand entering each one, then even more when I was able to do impromptu caching via the phone app.

What's your favorite geocache?

Choosing one favorite is almost impossible. I really enjoyed the now archived Tool Time series by CacheMates in Glenwood and Monkey See Monkey Deux by EJ1231 in Royal, AR.
If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
Switzerland. I think taking a geocaching cruise with lots of foreign ports would be wonderful!

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

I prefer geocaching with 2 or 3 other cachers but really like introducing others to caching. One of those special experiences was taking my 85 year old aunt, who had cancer but decided to stop treatments, caching 4 months before she died. It was her last outting from home and I can still remember her excitement that day as we found three caches in her small Kansas town. Just this morning I got to introduce a friend with whom I was spending the weekend. She was the one who brought it up to me having read my previous Facebook posts about caching experiences.

How many First to Finds do you have?

I don't know how many FTF's I have and I'm not proficient enough with the on line programs to know how to find that information. I do fondly recall a FTF I got in Steele, MO (Gateway to Fun) that I pulled over to hunt on my way to St. Louis only to discover I'd not downloaded the coords into my GPS. So I reluctantly went on my way, but did look it up while I was in St Louis and was excited on see that it still hadn't been found on my trip back. By then it was a week old and had a DNF, but I earned an FTF before heading on home to Hot Springs.

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?

When I started caching I frequently tried for FTF's sometimes late at night or before sunrise. They were always within a few miles of my house. A policeman stopped to visit with me around 4:30 one morning (tried to get it on my way to the YMCA to exercise before work). I didn't earn one that morning but figure my license plate got entered on a watch list. Another time I was alone, behind a building on Park Ave a little after midnight. It took about 30 minutes, but I was successful. However, realizing I'd have chastised any friend for such foolishly reckless behavior I quit actively pursuing FTFs. I couldn't compete with the many retired local cachers while I was working full time.
Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
My other hobbies include boating, traveling (often to visit family), tasting craft beers, watching sports (Rock Chalk Jayhawk), volunteering with Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Civitan Club projects, and local festivals.

You didn't ask about travelbugs, but I love them. However, the ones I've put out seem to share my erratic activity level.
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July 2016 Geocacher Profile

Jul 01, 2016 - 9:47 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Becky Kinnu aka Nannabear should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Nannabear

How did you choose your handle? I love being a Nana and I love bears so it was natural to put the two together. I travel in the Roaming Bear Cave too!! It is a trackable, so look for it wherever you see me!!

How long have you been Geocaching? For 3 years now

How did you find your first Geocache and which one was it? My first one was actually close to my house “Memory in Butterfield”. Sadly it is now gone due to a fire. I was introduced to Geocaching and I was at my house playing with the app and noticed how close it was so I could not just sit there!! I had to go try this new thing! I was hooked from there on and purchased my premium account!!

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? Alot of the time I go by myself, but whenever we can get together then my daughter (RedeemedByGrace) and my grandsons (lilsneaker and turtlebug08 ) go with me.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up? Depends, but I usually give up pretty fast!!

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in? I don’t really have one I enjoy over the other, I enjoy seeing how different minds work by all the different containers I find in different towns.

Do you do paperless caching?
Most definitely!!

What kind of geocaching rig do you use? My iPhone

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching? This is a fun way to meet people, find new places you would not normally go and an easy way to get out and get some exercise without even really trying!!

Where are you originally from? Washington State, moved to Arkansas with my mom when I was 15 years old.

In what states have you geocached? Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Puerto Rico and Mexico. This fall I will be working on gathering some of the east coast states and Canada.

What was your first event ever attended? Hot S.W.A.G. in the Springs on 9/21/13

How many caches have you found? 701 so far

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest? I enjoy finding traditional caches the most, like seeing the different ideas and having the container in my hand to be able to sign the log.

What was the most famous cache that you have found? GCCVOP – Original Stash Tribute Plaque in Oregon, it has an ammo can close where you sign the log book and GC92 - Un-Original Stash just up the hill from the plaque.


Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries? Disposable….kept losing the rechargeable ones anyways!!

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby? I really enjoy finding them the most, but do enjoy some of the logs on the ones I have hidden and I feel I have done good if I receive a favorite point, especially when it is someone that has cached for a long time!!

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide? Not really, I just want to make sure it is good and hidden from the muggles and I guess I do strive to make it a good enough one that it gets some favorite points. When I get a favorite point then I think I have accomplished the goal of putting out a cache!!

What is your favorite type of cache hide? Traditional…I love the challenge!!

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in? GC4PRQV – Nub’s Cup of Joe, GC4MNYE – Celebration of Life and GC4KY9P – Desperate Housewives. They have several favorite points and the first two are in honor of my late husband. Desperate Housewives is just a fun one that jkkbyrd and I enjoyed hiding together!

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
Ok, now you are getting to technical for me!!

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? My brother and sister-in-law (nanaandpawpaw) got me into the wacky hobby. I was at their house one weekend about 8 months after my husband went home to our heavenly father, it was a Sunday and I was getting ready to leave when he showed me the Geocaching app and explained this wacky hobby. He said he has been checking it out and showed me some of the tools of the trade. He spent some time going over it all and told me he wanted me to try it and see what I thought of it because he thought it would be good for me. You see he was afraid that with my husband gone I would just sit at the house and not get out. Well I pondered on it that day, played with the app on Monday, saw the cache so close to my house and I went for my first cache and that is all it took!! He created a happy Nannabear!!!

What’s your favorite geocache? I really don’t have just one, my favorite would beones that someone has their heart into! Those are usually done really well and the person is willing to take care of them! I try to carry supplies to help out an owner if the log is full or if there is a repair to the container that I can easily fix, but if I starting hunting some that I can see the owner has badly neglected them, then I am likely not hunt anymore of their caches as it would be a waste of my time when I could be out there hunting the awesome ones!!

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching? Everywhere!! But have really dreamed of going to Australia!

Do you like Geocaching by yourself or in a group? Sometimes by myself, but mostly with my daughter (RedeemedByGrace) and my grandsons (lilsneaker and turtlebug08 ).

How many First to Finds do you have? Not sure, I did not keep up with the numbers and cannot find anywhere on the Geocaching site that shows that. There was a time I was trying real hard to get as many as I could, but it is not as important to me now as I don’t have the time to jump as soon as it is posted now.
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 settings are around 50 miles, but as I said before, I don’t have the time to jump as soon as it is posted now.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching? I enjoy spending time with my family the most (and if it includes Geocaching too that is the ultimate!!) I also have a motorcycle and love to go on rides (and again try to geocache too on the rides!!) Enjoy Camping and fishing too (you can easily geocache doing these also!!)

"IN GOD WE TRUST!"

God Bless you, keep you safe
Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
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June 2016 Geocacher Profile

Jun 01, 2016 - 8:50 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Adam Schoenwald aka Cloak.n.Dagger should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Cloak.n.Dagger

How did you choose your handle? There were two "boy" movies that came out at the same time when I was young and impressionable. The Last Starfighter, and Cloak and Dagger. It only made sense with the secrecy of geocaching that Cloak.n.Dagger fit.

How long have you been geocaching? Not long really, this coming July will be my two year anniversary. (July 12, 2014)

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it? It took me nearly an hour to find my first geocache. To be honest I almost gave up on it, but I understood like most puzzles the solution often presents itself if you just be still. So I just sat on a rock and carefully studied ground zero. Sure enough, it was right in front of me all the time. It is still one of my all time favorites today. Without giving away to much info, it is a "hidden in plain sight" type of cache by the Nautical Wheelers named "Drifter" GC57QWV.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? I typically go by myself, but my Wife DocGunney and daughter come with me from time to time.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up? I don't give up on them. Sometimes I will set them aside and allow some subconscious thinking to tackle it. There have been a few that have taken me a year to figure out.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in? That is really a tough question, I enjoy geocaching no matter where I go. But it is most enjoyable when you find a new area right in your own backyard. My normal geocaching radius is Joplin, MO to Fayetteville, AR.

Do you do paperless caching? Typically yes, but I do use paper maps when county hopping or in events that have a lot of geocaches that need to be found.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use? Samsung Galaxy primarily

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching? That's the million dollar question isn't it? Geocaching is so versatile it can be tailored to any individual needs. People that need a little diversion during a lunch break can to a quick PnG. People that are die hard adventurers wanting to go to places that are impossible to get to with traditional ToT (like scuba diving) geocaching has it. If you're a collector the obsession of trackable items to high quality coins (and don't get me started on letterbox hybrids) will have your head spinning. If you're a socialite meeting people has never become more easy then the local and mega events that geocaching has to offer. You want to learn more about the earth and see rare and beautiful places, geocaching has you covered. Looking for a puzzle and you're a super sleuth, no problem, don't have a lot of money or you wanna spend a ton of money and travel the world no problem, anyone can go geocaching and find an adventure that is suited just for them.

Where are you originally from? South Dakota

In what states have you geocached? AR, MO, KS, OK, KY, IL, TN, MS, TX

What was your first event ever attended? The first event I attended was "August Souvenir Kick-Off Meet & Greet" Here I really got thrown into the August festivities that groundspeak likes to do in the summer. I also got to meet some of the coolest geocachers in the NWA area.

How many caches have you found? 1,537

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest? As long as it isn't a nano in the woods I like em all, but I do enjoy letter boxing...I like adding new stamps to my album.
What was the most famous cache that you have found? Right here in Arkansas: Gorilla Stash (GC1B) currently has the most favorites and is the oldest cache I have found.

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

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby? That is really tough. I have really leaned more on the hiding side, With my Country wild Series the spans four states, over 200 miles and currently has over 130 hides on the trail, to my Intimidator puzzle series, to My month of May Earthcache quest, to hosting at least one event a month, I really try to put emphasis on just having fun putting out hides I would enjoy to find, with that being said, I am working on my 366 day steak, and have just a little over 100 days left. I guess I like it all, it just depends on my mood at the moment.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide? Yes, I call it my Trinity of Geocaching. They must do at least one of the following and preferably all three: engage, entertain, educate.

What is your favorite type of cache hide? Oh my goodness, I really am in a Letterbox, Earthcache, puzzle kick at the moment only because I have hidden so many traditionals and I wanted more diversity in the NWA area. I was the first to place Letterboxes and WIGS in the area, currently the states highest earth cache hider, and have had some of the best teachers challenge my puzzle building skills. We all challenge one another to do better, I feel that we are truly spoiled to have some gifted geocachers constantly raising the bar.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in? They would have to be my Intimidator and Night Cache Hides. I have a few favorite Country Wild hides that are unique. But my most favorite is my first puzzle cache ( .. -. - .. -- .. -.. .- - --- .-., GC65DK7 ) and my NWA Annual Meet n Greet event.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh? Well my Caching Karma says I am at 2.78, but really, I think the ratio is really dependent on the person. I would rather find a cache hidden by someone who wants to hide a cache and will take care of it, than find one by a player feeling forced to hide one because of some number and it being total junk taking up quality space.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? I heard rumors about geocaching here and there but never paid much attention to it until I became 100 percent retired from the military. I needed something to do to keep my mind busy and it wasn't until I married my wife and one of her friends introduced me officially to geocaching. Mad props to Ilektra for getting me hooked.

What's your favorite geocache? Oh that is so not fair to ask. I mean I have so many that come to mind. I would feel bad for not listing one particular cache over another so I will just say this. If a cache takes me somewhere new that I had never known existed right in my backyard, or a cache that truly makes me smile when found, those are the one that get my favorite points.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching? Another challenging question, I know that some people have mentioned the Space Station, all the states in the United States, and even all over Europe. But if money is truly no object...I recently read somewhere that the highest geocache finder has somewhere near 117,000 finds, there are 2.5 million active caches in the world...if money was no object, I would like to find them all!

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group? Typically I find myself caching alone (as most people have to work) but there is nothing more enjoyable than caching with fellow geocachers. The cacher's that I cache with like DocGunney, Sanders_Sooners, wcsexton, brandyjack, to name just a few have given me some of the coolest memories. Geocachers are fun people to spend time with, they all have two great things, a sense of adventure and a sense of humor. Even if they are complete strangers, I feel at home with geocachers.

How many First to Finds do you have? I currently have 50 FTF, I can't even count the number of STF's that were so close to FTFs lol. We have such a competitive group, that we poke fun of one another in both our logs and listings!

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? Very much so now, I wasn't a year ago, I am not sure how many miles I have it set to, but my guess is about 100 miles. And I am not ashamed to say I woke up at 3am and drove 55 miles one way to score an FTF in my pajamas lol.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching? I absolutely love photography and scuba diving, just going out for country drives, and most importantly spending time with my family.


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