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February 2014 Geocacher Profile

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

What is your geocaching name?
Nukeworker and Racquetball Girl

How did you choose your handle?

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

How long have you been geocaching?

We began geocaching in May, 2007

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

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

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

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

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

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

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?

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

Do you do paperless caching?

Yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

Garmin 60CSX and Garmin 62st

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

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

Where are you originally from?

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

In what states have you geocached?

We have currently logged caches in 37 states.

What was your first event ever attended?

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

How many caches have you found?

We have 8776 finds to date

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

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

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

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

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

Both depending on the circumstances

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

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

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

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

What is your favorite type of cache hide?

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

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

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

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

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

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

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

What's your favorite geocache?

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

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

The international space station and on every continent.

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


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

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

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

















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January 2014 Geocacher Profile

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

1. What is your geocaching name?
CFD29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17. Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

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

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

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

20. What is your favorite type cache hide?

Traditional

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

Cara's Easter Puzzle cache and Union Made

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29. Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

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

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

What is your geocaching name?
QuartzCachers

How did you choose your handle?

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

How long have you been geocaching?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you do paperless caching?

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

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

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

Where are you originally from?

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

In what states have you geocached?

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

What was your first event ever attended?

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

How many caches have you found?

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

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

I have no preference really. I like them ALL!

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

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

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

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

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

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

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

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

What is your favorite type of cache hide?

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

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

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

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

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

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

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

What's your favorite geocache?

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

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

Nevada. ET trail.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

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

How many First to Finds do you have?

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

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

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

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

Hunting and...well, hunting.
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November 2013 Geocacher Profile

Nov 02, 2013 - 5:53 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Don Guthrie aka TinmanJones should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
TinmanJones


How did you choose your handle?
I was part of a band called "Tinman Jones" for many years. I became a geocacher several years after Tinman Jones disbanded, so I decided to use the name in order to spark conversation, as well as keeping the name alive. www.tinmanjones.com


How long have you been geocaching?
Since December 6, 2009.


How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
After asking "what is geocaching?" on FaceBook, in 2009, Arkfiremedic quickly answered & we quickly set up a time to meet so he and 2ter could "show me the ropes." Old Meets New (GC1EY3R) was the first cache I logged. It was an ammo box, so I'm sure he chose that cache to get me hooked. And it worked.


Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
From 2009 till early 2013, it was mostly Juan Pablo (my teenage son) & I hitting the trails. I've also done ALOT of caching with Arkfiremedic & 2ter. As of early 2013, Mz. Muggle (my wife) has become an active part of my caching ontarage.


How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
I rarely do puzzles. If AFM & I are tackling caches together, I'll spend a lot more time on them, because I know he'll eventually figure it out for me.


What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
I LOVE getting out of LA (lower Arkansas) & finding caches. I've spent some time finding awesome caches in Hot Springs & the central part of the state. But I've also found some really great hides in North Louisiana.


Do you do paperless caching?
Yes.


What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Garmin 60CSx, Garmin Nuvi, as well as an iPhone.


Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
I've often said, when explaining to others, that it's an awesome way to get out & see stuff I never would've seen. Just last week, not 5 miles from my house & a place I've driven by hundreds of times, I discovered some history that I never knew existed. That's what it's all about for me.


Where are you originally from?
Stuttgart, Arkansas


In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Colorado, & Kansas.


What was your first event ever attended?
G.L.A.D. Eat & Greet (12-17-2009)


How many caches have you found?
As of today (10-21-13) 1,335


Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Any type that will get me to a place that I normally would have never gone to. I enjoy them all.


What was the most famous cache that you have found?
I'm unsure.


Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Disposable.


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


Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
If I can get someone to an area or place they might have never been to, then that's my goal.


What is you favorite type of cache hide?
An ammo box or something that size. But they just don't stay around long, so I rarely hide them.


Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
My three favorite caches I've ever hidden are ARKFIREMEDIC'S little FRIEND (GC2DHVG), Cathy's Road Cache (GC23VJD), and If These Walls Could Talk (GC248KN).


What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I don't have an opinion here. As long as people keep hiding caches, I think the hobby will remain fun & fresh for all of us.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
In 2009 I was shopping online for a GPS to use while fishing, to mark fishing holes. In my search for the perfect GPS, I kept seeing the term "geocaching" on all the GPS descriptions. After reviewing a dozen or so sites, I simply asked the question on FaceBook "what is geocaching?" You can thank Arkfiremedic for the rest. If it weren't for him, I may have never found my first cache.

What's your favorite geocache?
The Tinman by LikesToCanoe! By far, my all time favorite!


If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
On every coast on the planet. I love beaches & beach life, so I'm sure there are some really great beach side caches out there.


Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
I enjoy going alone. But I also love having my family with me, as well as AFM & 2ter. So I guess to answer your question, I enjoy it either way.


How many First to Finds do you have?
I've lost count of my 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'm not as big on them as I was when I first started. If I find one, YAY! If not, my feelings don't get hurt. Lately, I won't go out of my way for a FTF. Back in 2010, I'd go no matter the time of day or night. Not so much anymore.


Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching? I enjoy scuba diving, spear fishing, camping, and fishing (from a boat).
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October 2013 Geocacher Profile

Oct 01, 2013 - 3:46 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Jim White aka Fishigfool60 should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.


What is your geocaching name?

Fishigfool60 fixing to shorten to FF60


How did you choose your handle?
Because I love to fish


How long have you been geocaching?
It will be 4 years this month


How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
Was by myself! Didn't have a clue as to what I was doing! It was GC1E6KX On the Rocks at Lake Fort Smith State Park.


Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
Usually by myself, but will go with others when we can get the time worked out


How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
Depends on what else is going on at the time. Usually a week before given up on it


What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
I like to go everywhere but enjoy caching out in the countryside the most.


Do you do paperless caching?
Yes


What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
My Oregon 450T mostly but will use my I-phone


Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
I tell everyone geocaching will take you places you have never been before and wouldn't go unless for the sport
.

Where are you originally from?
Was born in Fort Smith, and moved to Alma in 1974


In what states have you geocached?
OK. ,TX, Mo,. MS., In., IL., KY, Tn., KS.


What was your first event ever attended?
Was in 2010 Down Home Meet & Greet with Edieo


How many caches have you found?
Over 7500 if I can get caught up on my logging


Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Any size is fine with me


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?
I do enjoy hiding the most


Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
Not really, just get people out having fun


What is you favorite type of cache hide?
Anything out in the woods... ammo can, pill bottle, nano!


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


What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
Don't really think there is a "Proper Ratio"


How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
I got the gps to find creeks to fish in and a buddy said since you have the gps you might as well geocache.


What's your favorite geocache?
The last one I found!!


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


Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
A little of both.


How many First to Finds do you have?
Not sure, around 200


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?

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
hiking, fishing, kayaking, photography, chasing waterfalls
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