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August 2013 Geocacher Profile

Aug 01, 2013 - 9:11 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Judy Franklin aka Jffok should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name? Jffok

How did you choose your handle? I was looking at the site and it asked for a user name. I tried a couple of names and both were taken. So I put in my Initials JFF and then added OK as I was born in Okla.

How long have you been geocaching? Since 10-23-08

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
GCD38F Sweet Woman. This was a virtual cache and I did not have a gps. The name of the cemetery was on the cache page so I just went there and walked around until I found the correct headstone.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? Mainly alone.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
I rarely give up on one.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Clarksville, Ar. and Lawton, Ok

Do you do paperless caching?
Yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Garmin 450t

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching? It is a good, clean, and fun family hobby.

Where are you originally from?
Cartersville, Oklahoma

In what states have you geocached? Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi

What was your first event ever attended?
Van Buren Breakfast GC1H7JJ 11/15/08

How many caches have you found? 10,920

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

What was the most famous cache that you have found? Gorilla Stash

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Disposable

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 show a place or share the fun of hunting with someone.

What is you favorite type of cache hide? Letterbox and earthcaches

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in? GC46YK4 Rodeo Cowboy and my small section of the Oklahoma Land Run .

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
10 hides per 100 finds

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? I read an article in the Ft. Smith paper when the Janet Hucklebee Nature Center was dedicated. They showed a picture of a man geocaching there.

What's your favorite geocache? Lone Tree GCBD5E a 5/5 virtual cache near Lawton, Ok.

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

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group? I like caching with a partner but will go alone if no one is available to go.

How many First to Finds do you have? 660

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?
Most of the time I will go for them . 50 miles but don’t usually go over 20 if there is only one new cache.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Hiking, Fishing, Photography and Scrapbooking
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July 2013 Geocacher Profile

Jul 02, 2013 - 1:57 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Mark and Melanie Willis & family aka thefab5willisclan should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
thefab5willisclan or "fab5" for short

How did you choose your handle?
When we decided to create a name we all got together but we couldn't all decide on one name, so we just put all of our ideas into one name. But in hindsight, I wish we could have picked something much shorter, It's hard to put "thefab5willisclan" on a nano log!

How long have you been geocaching?
We found our first Cache on June 17th, 2011

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
All five of us loaded up in the car and went to the closest Cache to us. It is called 107 Micro (GC20AKB) by CrazyCowboy. It took us about thirty minutes and I was sure it wasn't there. Then I checked one more place, and there it was. It was the coolest thing ever!!!

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

For Casual Caching I take my wife and most of my kids. But about once a month I load up with Paladinds1961 and the two of us, along with maybe Razz007 or Festus, head off to grab a power trail or 4.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
I have been working on Beale's Cypher (GC1YEP2) since I started Geocaching. I may put it up for a while but I never give up!

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?

I love the Clinton area. Some of my favorite Caches have been there, including my first First To Find.
"Night Hiker" has some of the coolest Caches anywhere!

Do you do paperless caching?

Yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Garmin etrex 20

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
Where do I start with this one? Fun, Entertaining, Intriguing, a great family activity, a great way to meet new and interesting people, AND I like finding things!

Where are you originally from?
The Russellville, AR area but moved to Jacksonville, AR, where my wife has lived most of her life, about 20 years ago.

In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Indiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois

What was your first event ever attended?

Choctaw Lunchtime eat And greet, hosted by AR-HICK, in August of 2011. This is where we met Woodwalker, Mathseeker, and RKLMBL! I must say that the whole family LOVES events. They may not always want to go Caching but they are always ready to go to an event.

How many caches have you found?

3222, well, it will be that many when I get all of my logs caught up. The official number as of 6/27 is 3196

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Non-typical containers

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

I guess Gorilla Stash (GC1B), the oldest Cache in Arkansas

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 make the finder think. I want them to WANT to write a good log.

What is you favorite type of cache hide?
A field puzzle Cache like the I.C. series by KnKinCabot

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
The Angel (GC363PW) It is disabled right now while they remodel the store it's in front of, but I hope to have it back up soon. It requires the finder to disassemble an angel to get the next set of coordinates. (For reading this you get a hint: start with the head)
My Little Buddy (GC32RJM) A tricky little Cache. The hint for it is: look on the fence from the back side. Close to the end.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
Not sure about a ratio, but I think you should find at least a few before hiding your first. But we might could get some really unique hides from someone who don't know all the usual "normal" places.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

My cousin told me about Geocaching, and took me to find a couple of Caches in a park in Benton. We didn't find either Cache, but I was hooked and couldn't wait to get home to tell the rest of the clan about it. We set up our account and found our first one soon after.

What's your favorite geocache?
Wow! Thats a tough one! I wish I could give my top 100 or something. I think my favorite virtual was Reflections/snoitcelfeR (2002) (GC9073) found while we were at geowoodstockX. One of my favorite puzzle Caches was anything by woodwalker and most recently I.C. Shortwave (GC485GZ) by KnKinCabot. As far as regular Caches our first really cool Cache was Heads up! (GC30NTJ) by Night Hiker in Clinton.

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

The world! We would just travel the world Caching everywhere we went!

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

A group of course!

How many First to Finds do you have?
60

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 don't get to go after them as much as I used to because of my job. But Catch me on a good weekend and I will be on them like white on rice! I have my miles set on the max it would let me.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Genealogy, and golf but I don't have time for either. I haven't touched a golf club in over a year, and there are always geocaching logs to catch up on when I set at the computer, so I don't get to do any genealogy research either. Geocaching has taken the place of all my other hobbies. I just realized that all my hobbies start with a G. The three G's.
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June 2013 Geocacher Profile

Jun 02, 2013 - 7:13 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Jim and Barb Sick aka Sayitagain should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?

Sayitagain

How did you choose your handle?
I have worn hearing aides for 25 years. When we were trying to pick a geocaching name everyone thought that it should somehow reflect my hearing problem. For most people hearing is a passive activity. Someone says something and you pick it up right away even if you did not know they were going to say something. You hear it and understand it. For people with hearing disabilities hearing becomes an active process. I really need to concentrate on what is being said because my hearing loss causes me to miss pieces of words and conversation and I have to fill in or guess what is missing. By the time I figure it out, the person is already on the next sentence. Your ear has to first pick up spoken word and send a message to your brain saying that something is being said. As a result by the time you realize that someone is talking and you need to be listening you have missed the first few words. So you have to then start concentrating on spoken word and as a result you ask that they repeat it. My wife and kids came up with Sayitagain because about half the time when they say something to me I do not hear it the first time so I had to ask them to “say it again”.

How long have you been geocaching?
Since December 0f 2004

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
We were visiting my wife’s family in Jerseyville Illinois over the Christmas holidays and my brother in law asked me if I would like to go geocaching with him and his son. I remember it was cold as heck that day. The cache that we were looking for was supposed to be under a rock but we were never able to locate it. We found out later that it was actually there but the ground was frozen so hard the rock was frozen to the ground. I think we actually may have found a couple more that day but it wasn’t until the next day when I found the first one I actually logged, The Calhoun Point Cache by Myotis GC17C1.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
My wife usually goes with me. I’ll drive and she’ll look at the GPS, read me the description and tell me when to stop. She usually reads in the car or something while I look for the cache but if I have trouble finding one she will come help. She usually has it located in no time.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
I have never really gotten into puzzle caches. I’ve attempted some, but think that you probably really need to spend some time figuring out how they work and so far I’ve never done that.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Clarksville was always the place to go to find the really neat caches when I started caching in 2004. I think a lot of unique caches all over Arkansas are patterned after those early hides in Clarksville. I also enjoy caching in Searcy and Morrilton.

Do you do paperless caching?
Yes, although with my I phone app giving me live info I tend to rely more on that unless I am heading to a particular area to cache then I will do a PQ.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
A GPSMap62 s as well as my” I” phone.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
I think it’s a great activity that can be enjoyed by everyone, it’s a great way to get some exercise and once you make the initial investment of a GPS it is not an expensive hobby. I have been to some fantastic places and learned a lot of very interesting facts and history following that little needle. I think the neatest thing about geocaching is that there are no age limitations. Any age can do it and they can do it together. There aren’t many activities that fall into that category.

Where are you originally from?
Little Rock

In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Colorado, North Carolina, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Texas, Kansas, Alabama, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Mississippi, Indiana, Georgia, Florida, New Mexico, New York, Arizona, Ohio, Louisiana and Virginia.


What was your first event ever attended?
Conway Arkansas CITO(GCN70J) put on by Gaddiel and Orange Danish and Team Rock Hound at Beaverfork Lake in April of 2005.

How many caches have you found?
1920


Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
I like containers large enough to handle trade items. Most of those usually require some sort of hike to get there as they are usually hidden in wooded areas. I also like unique hides that utilize some type of structure or equipment to help camo the cache location.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
Fort Williams Cache ( GC128 ) on the coast of Maine in Cape Elizabeth, south of Portland. It is the first and oldest cache in Maine and was featured on the 2005 Maine geocoin as well as a 2011 special geocoin commemorating the 10th anniversary of the first geocache in Maine. Fort Williams is adjacent to the Portland Head Lighthouse which according to the cache description is the most photographed lighthouse in the world.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Disposable

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
I enjoy hiding them and reading the logs of people who find them but I think I enjoy the hunt better.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
I really try to make my caches interesting and educational. I love old buildings and it’s really neat to research the history of a place and then share what I’ve found with other people by placing a cache there.

What is you favorite type of cache hide?
One that has some type of story associated with it.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
My son Tony (Maumellean) and I started caching together so a lot of my first hides were done jointly with him. Hidden History was our first hide. I found a concrete block with the name of a building and a date sitting on a wall just West of Riverfront Park. I went to the library and researched the name and came up with the location of where the building previously was located. From that I was able to construct a time line of when the building was built and when it was torn down and a little bit about the individual who built it. Once you locate the first stage there is a puzzle that you must solve to get the coordinates for the second stage where I have included copies of the history that you can take with you. It’s a fairly good size container capable of holding travel bugs which was one reason we have tried so hard to keep it going. There just aren’t too many caches downtown where you can drop a travel bug. It’s not really a hard cache and the two stages are not that far apart but most people don’t want to take the time to look for a multi when there are so many single stage caches close by.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I don’t think there is any magic number. I really enjoy hiding caches because it’s so much fun reading the logs when people take the time to write something other then TFTC.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Like I said previously my brother in law got me started. The first day we went my brother in law Tom (The Dizzy Bee), Nathan his son and myself went alone. When we got home that day and started telling everyone how much fun we had we decided to plan another trip for the next day. 13 of us in three cars spent the next day looking for the Calhoun county caches a series of 9 placed along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. We had a blast.

What's your favorite geocache?
It’s a virtual cache in Louisville Kentucky called “Itty Bitty Railroad” GCC146. This man has spent about 20 years constructing a Garden G scale railroad in his front yard. He has a basement and he keeps the trains in his basement. When he is operating the railroad the basement window opens and the trains come out. He has buildings, streets, bridges a working saw mill that really cuts wood, a campfire with hobos around it and a full blown carnival with rides that really work. We were lucky enough to meet him the day we were there and he let us in to walk around inside the fence and told us a lot of stories about building it.


If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
I would love to go to Sweden. Four years ago when my daughter was a student at the University of Arkansas she went there with 14 other students and several of her instructors through the “Medical Students Abroad” program. As luck would have it my wife and I found a travel bug in a cache a few months before she left called “Sweden Here I Come” it’s destination was Sweden. We held onto to it and when she left for Sweden we sent it with her, along with a GPS. She had been caching with us before so was pretty familiar with geocaching but we needed to figure out where she could drop it once she got over there. I looked at cache locations in some of the towns that she would be visiting but most of them were in Swedish and besides that I was unsure of how safe the area was where they were located. We really needed a contact over there to help us out but how did we find one. I picked one town and sent a blind email to the Visitors and Convention bureau telling them who I was, what we were trying to do, and asked if per chance they knew any geocachers. The very next day I got an e-mail from Jorgen Ronning (Trio) asking how he could help. I told him about Mary Helen and the travel bug that we were trying to send home and he gave me the name of a travel bug motel in one of the towns that she was going to be visiting and said that it was in a very safe area of town. With a location as to where to drop the travel bug settled we instructed her to make sure that someone was with her when she went to drop it and if she could not find anybody to go with her to just bring it back home. She only knew one other student that was going on the trip along with the instructors. While in Sweden they traveled from town to town on a bus. Before they got to the town where she was supposed to drop the travel bug she was talking to the boy seated next to her and she told him what she was trying to do. He volunteered to go with her to find the cache and drop the travel bug. She had never met Andrew but he seemed like a nice enough guy and he was a catholic, who just like her, would be looking for a place to attend Mass on Sunday. They ended up going to church together as well as looking for the cache together. When they found the cache they deposited it in the container and Mary Helen signed the log with the caching name we had agreed she would use,” Hearitagain”. She is going to be an audiologist. When they got back home that summer they both went their separate ways, he back to St. Vincent where he was from and she back to Little Rock. That Fall when they got back to school they started dating. The Saturday after Christmas this past year Mary Helen went to St. Vincent to have a late Christmas with Andrew’s family. When she got there Andrew asked her if she wanted to go geocaching. Since she really hadn’t dressed for it she wasn’t too happy about it but agreed to go along anyway. He took her out to some property his Dad owned and gave her the GPS and told her his brother had hidden a cache there. She soon found an ammo can and upon opening it found it lined with carpet and containing two boxes. One was a charm for her charm bracelet that he had given her and the other was an engagement ring. They are getting married on August 31. I would love to travel to Sweden and see some of the sites she told us about and meet Jorgen. He keeps a blog and posts on it his caching experiences. http://www.treocaching.se/#me

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
Its always fun going with someone because you get to visit and share geo stories while you cache.

How many First to Finds do you have?
I think I only have about 13 of them.

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 first started caching FTF’s were a big deal. I think all of mine I have, I got in the first three years I cached. I don’t cache as much as I did in the early years because there is so much other stuff going on in our lives. I did finally figure out how to set alerts a couple of months ago and I think I set them for ten miles. I’m not really a set on go cacher anymore because between work and home I stay pretty busy.


Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
I like to repair and refinish furniture, fish when I get the chance and every Friday I hit estate sales.
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May 2013 Geocacher Profile

May 01, 2013 - 7:51 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Max & Roylene Slaughter aka nonnipoppy should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
nonnipoppy

How did you choose your handle?
Our grandchildren call Roylene, my bride, nonni and they call me poppy. We contracted the name and became nonnipoppy

How long have you been geocaching?
Since 2002

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
Roylene had read an article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette about geocaching and we were a bit intrigued and already owned a Garmin handheld GPS. We traveled to Ada OK in support of our son who was finishing a 100 mile bicycle race there. We looked for our first physical cache with an approach that would make the Keystone Cops proud. The coordinates were set to the wrong format and we did not know to place a waypoint and search for that spot. Instead we tried to walk around until the readings on the GPS were the same as the coordinates of the cache. Needless to say that first ever cache hunt was a dismal failure. We did find GC 7146 a virtual cache called "The Secret Of Sherwood Forrest".

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
We have not actively cached in a few years. When were were active it was mostly nonni, Golfnutz, and rklmbl.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
If it was a math puzzle about 30 seconds. Other types would get more attention particularly if they caught our fancy.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Far to many to name them all. Searcy where Woodwalker had great hides, Glenwood where Cachemates did phenomenal things with their hides, Pueblo Co where Milkman had some very inventive caches, Germany with our German cache friend --------------, and Vienna Austria where Golfnutz and I had an amazing time with thousands of people around us speaking a language we did not understand. We felt a bit like James Bond on a mission.

Do you do paperless caching?
Yes

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

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
It is inexpensive, entertaining, and very educational.

Where are you originally from?
Levelland, Texas

In what states have you geocached?
Washington, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi off the top of my head.

What was your first event ever attended?
We hosted it here in Clarksville I believe along with Golfnutz

How many caches have you found?
4232

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Unique hides or containers

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
No clue about this answer

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
disposable

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

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

What is you favorite type of cache hide?
Unique

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
Most of our hides are now either archived or have been adopted.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I think this is actually different for different people.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Roylene had read an article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette about geocaching and we were a bit intrigued and already owned a Garmin handheld GPS.

What's your favorite geocache?
???

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

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

How many First to Finds do you have?
No clue

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?
No

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Photography
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April 2013 Geocacher Profile

Apr 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 Gunnar Wright aka Arkansas stickerdude should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.


What is your geocaching name?
Arkansas stickerdude


How did you choose your handle?
I work in Arkansas and my car dealers call me the stickerdude.

How long have you been geocaching?
Since 1/30/2004

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
I found out about geocaching from a $1 that had Where's George on it 1st cache was "Birds all around".

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? Usually go alone now

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


What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Used to be Clarksville

Do you do paperless caching?
Yes, love it!

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Garmin gpsmap 60csx and iPhone 4

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
It's fun and it gets you outside.

Where are you originally from?
Magnet cove, Arkansas

In what states have you geocached?
Ar, OK, CA, TX, KS, MO, IL, IN, OH, KY, TN, AL, FL, and DC

What was your first event ever attended?
Not sure

How many caches have you found?
2021 so far

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

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
Choc gccdb8

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
No

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?
No

What is you favorite type of cache hide?
One that takes you to a beautiful place.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
Rebels rule it's soooo easy but soooo hard.

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

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Found a Where's George dollar bill and looked into geocaching.

What's your favorite geocache?
Choc

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

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

How many First to Finds do you have?
Idk not into ftf

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?
Not into ftf

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Lots. Softball, mtn biking, kids, and lots more.
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