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August 2012 Geocacher Profile

Aug 02, 2012 - 7:35 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Ron and Maribeth Laster aka rklmbl should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name? rklmbl

How did you choose your handle?
Used the first initials of our names and it was something we could remember.

How long have you been geocaching? Nearly 8 years

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
GC91E4 - Botanical Gardens in Grapevine, Texas


Who usually goes with you when you go caching? Usually just us

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
mbl used to do every puzzle cache as it was published in hopes we could get to it some day to find it....too many to keep up with now.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in? Dallas/Fort Worth area, New Orleans, Columbia Tennessee, Cave City Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky, and anywhere in the great state of Arkansas

Do you do paperless caching? Yes, except we may sometimes make maps when we are heading to a new area and/or a power trail.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Garmin 62s is our latest purchase and mbl has her sights set on a Garmin Montana

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
We would use our example of meeting some of the greatest people on earth through geocaching. We have made many friends in many states through this sport. Geocaching has also taken us to so many amazing interesting places.

Where are you originally from? rkl - Harmony, Arkansas; mbl - Fort Worth, Texas

In what states have you geocached? Everywhere but the far western states, Hawaii, and Florida. Hope to remedy some of that in September and Florida of course at GW XI next May.

What was your first event ever attended?
1/21/2005 - Are We Doing It Again? Clarksville, Arkansas

How many caches have you found? over 16,000

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Anything unique and creative

What was the most famous cache that you have found? View Carre in New Orleans, Louisiana and Mingo, Kansas (oldest cache in existence)

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries? disposable but we keep the GPSs plugged in to the car as we travel


Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby? Obviously we enjoy find them more than hiding them. Cut and paste logs and TFTC logs have dimmed our enthusiasm for placing caches.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide? It is our way of giving back to other cachers. If no one hides them, there won't be anything to find.

What is you favorite type of cache hide? Virtual

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in? The famous persons series which we copied from drives, which included some of our caching heroes and pioneers in Arkansas caching but not all of them. mbl loves Iron Springs which was created by CacheMates.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh? After a cacher finds 100+ caches of different types and from different hiders, we think they should start giving back to the sport by placing caches. But its hard to come up with a ratio.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? We had been on a Canadian trip where we met nonnipoppy in September 2004 and he was kind enough to take us to a couple of geocaching finds in Canada which got us hooked.

What's your favorite geocache?
Since the favorites system was started, we have awarded favorites points to over 163 caches but we know we have missed some prior to the inception of that system. Every creative cache is our favorite.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching? Above the 95th parallel in summer and Florida in winter

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group? We have had the most fun caching when we took other cachers with us.

How many First to Finds do you have? Several

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 have notifications set for 50 miles because that's as far out as gc.com will let us. We don't rush for FTFs any more unless its in a place where we happen to be caching or where we are planning to go.


Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

rkl - elephant training
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July 2012 Geocacher Profile

Jul 01, 2012 - 12:21 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Ron White aka ronwhite should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
ronwhite

How did you choose your handle?
Very original don’t you think!? Truthfully, when I first registered I didn’t know that most folks used nicknames, so ronwhite it was. Now, I unoffically use “Tater Salad, Too” just for the heck of it.

How long have you been geocaching?
Since January 2007

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

I used a Garmin Mapping 60CS in my deer woods to make sure our stands were at least 300 yards apart and I was looking on Garmin’s website for a map update and just happen to run across this thing called geocaching. So, I looked and found a couple of caches listed out near Lake Maumelle and took off to see what this was all about. My first find was “No Swimming” (GCTFQZ).

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
I do quite a bit alone, but my granddaughters go with me when they’re not playing softball, basketball, or volleyball. And of course, Mona the Muggler is quite often with me!!

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

I’m really not too crazy about puzzle caches, but when I do mess with them I’ll usually stay on them until I finally get it.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
A couple of years ago, we went up to Pennsylvania on vacation and I really enjoyed all the virtual caches around Gettysburg and Lancaster County.

Do you do paperless caching?

If I’m making a trip, I’ll usually go paperless – but otherwise I still like that paper.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

I currently use a Garmin 60CSx and would love to get one of the new Garmin 62 receivers.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

It good clean fun that the whole family can get involved in and enjoy. Also, it gets you out of the house!

Where are you originally from?

Born and raised in Little Rock and was in the 1st graduating class out of Little Rock Parkview High School, then headed to Ouachita Baptist for my College life.

In what states have you geocached?

Have cached in 32 States. The ones I lack are the Far West Coast States and the New England States. Somehow I’ve missed Florida. Go figure!

What was your first event ever attended?

Like Mathseeker, it was GC19QBP WWFM III – Big Dam Bridge – Central Arkansas by ar_kayaker

How many caches have you found?

I’m currently sitting at 3,477

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
I still love Virtuals – they are usually tied to some type of history, which I love. After that, I’d say baby soda bottles!

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

Don’t guess I’ve really found any “famous” caches, but really enjoyed Boge’s Alcove - GCDED – in North Central Arkansas which was hidden on 6/28/2001.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Both, but use more disposable than I use rechargeable

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

Enjoy both, but I love the challenge of finding them more!

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
A lot of my hides are history related, but in the summer I started a series of TSC “Those Stinking Chiggers” caches that are for everyone that hates getting eat up by chiggers in the summertime.

What is you favorite type of cache hide?
All of them, but very fond of Virtuals. Wish they would REALLY bring them back!

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
The little series I have out on Walnut Grove Road, where I live. There is a lot of family history to them and a few other facts about the area.

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

Don’t really know if there is one – totally up to the individual cacher.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
As I said earlier, it was by accident when I was looking for map updates on the Garmin Website.

What's your favorite geocache?

Flight to Freedom – GC409D – which was a virtual cache in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania that was an underground railroad house used in the 1800’s. After I finished this virtual and got back in the car, an Amish man came out of nowhere and knocked on my window. So I rolled it down and we began to talk and he could tell I was very interested in their lifestyle and he invited me down to his house, where I met his wife (kids were in school) and then they showed me around their home, barns, corn fields, and their farm equipment. All I can say is, that in itself was worth the trip to Pennsylvania.

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

Israel and Australia

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
I mainly cache by myself, but also enjoy group caching

How many First to Finds do you have?
Currently I have 112

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?
At one time, I went for all I could, but in the last year or so I’ve cut back considerably to let the newer cachers have the joy of getting that FTF. However, if one is right around the corner from me when it’s released I still have to go for it. I think my notification setting is at 25 miles.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

Oh yes – hunting and fishing, but I usually combine a little caching in with both of those!
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June 2012 Geocacher Profile

Jun 01, 2012 - 8:36 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Judy Vaughn aka MathSeeker should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
MathSeeker

How did you choose your handle?
I tried several other names that were already taken and finally settled on MathSeeker. I am a Math Instructional Facilitator for PCSSD. That is where the Math part came from. The Seeker part comes from seeking caches and new knowledge.

How long have you been geocaching?
I started geocaching in March 2008.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
I looked for what caches were around my location. GC17KCV (JAIL TIME)
by The Price is Right was my first cache find.


Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
I use to cache by myself most of the time, but now I cache with my best friend, Woodwalker9.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
What do you mean give up? I may take a break from the puzzle but I will usually come back to work on a puzzle until I get it solved. I enjoy puzzle caches, even when I may never be able to go get the cache because of its location.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
I enjoy caching everywhere I go.

Do you do paperless caching?
I finally went to paperless caching when I got my Garmin 62s.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
My GPSr is a Garmin 62s and a Nuvi to get me to the location. My caching mobile is a Ford Escape.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
It's a great activity the whole family can enjoy together. It gets you off the couch and outdoors.

Where are you originally from?
I was born in East St. Louis, IL, but grew up in southeast Missouri and western Tennessee. The USAF originally brought me to Arkansas.

In what states have you geocached?
Woodwalker and I have found caches in each of the states in the USA except Hawaii and Alaska.


What was your first event ever attended?
GC19QBP WWFM III - Big Dam Bridge - Central Arkansas by ar_kayaker

How many caches have you found?
I have 8582 logged at the moment.

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
I like finding any and all kinds of caches and containers.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
GCGV0P Original Stash Tribute Plaque by Groundspeak
GC30 Mingo by The Kansas Stasher (The oldest active geocache.)

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Most of the time I use rechargeable batteries, but occasionally I do use disposable batteries.

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

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
The goal for me is to give back to the game and to share a place with other cachers.

What is you favorite type of cache hide?
I enjoy figuring out puzzle caches, but enjoy all types of caches especially creative hides.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
The ones placed in honor of friends are my favorites.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
There shouldn't be a set ratio in my opinion.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
While visiting missionary friends in Ecuador, the husband told me about geocaching. Several months after I returned home, I looked up geocaching.com and the rest is history.

What's your favorite geocache?
It is too hard to select one cache as my favorite. I like them all, but when Woodwalker and I go on a trip we like finding the older caches, earthcaches, virtuals, and webcams.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
I would like to go back to Ecuador to geocache since that is where I first heard of geocaching.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
My favorite geocaching partner is my husband, Woodwalker. We usually cache together.

How many First to Finds do you have?
I don't have a count. I use to enjoy giving the locals a run for their money when a new cache published. It is fun to run into other cachers when in search of a 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?
I have been known to take off when a cache would publish. My notification is set for 50 miles away.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Geocaching is not a hobby! It is a way of life! I enjoy traveling and seeing new places.
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May 2012 Geocacher Profile

May 01, 2012 - 6:39 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Wayne Lunsford aka Gaddiel should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?

Gaddiel

How did you choose your handle?
I wanted to have nickname that had some biblical significance, so I chose "Gaddiel", one of the scouts that first went in to the land God promised to Israel back in the book of Exodus. Gaddiel was an explorer-type of guy, so I thought it would be appropriate.

How long have you been geocaching?
We started geocaching in June of 2002, when we hid our first cache at Woolly Hollow State Park. However, our first find didn't come until several months later.


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

On February 23, 2003, we went on our first hunt, OldFerry Cache, hidden by cachecrazies. Well, actually, there wasn't much of a "hunt" to it. It was a virtual cache and we already knew where it was! We didn't own a GPS at the time, of course, but I was able to borrow one from a co-worker.That day, in the cold and the rain, we discovered something that would give us years of enjoyment and cheap entertainment!

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
My wife and daughter. We almost always cache together as a family.


How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
I guess I don't really know. We've never given up on one yet!

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
We have great memories of caching in the Clarksville area. The hides were so clever and inventive. A weekend in Clarksville was better than Disneyland!


Do you do paperless caching?
Absolutely. Although I do miss the old days sometimes. Back then, caches were so few and far between, each one was very special. We used to carry a 3-ring binder with all the printouts of the cache pages, maps, etc. We would even input the coordinates for each cache by hand. These days, I can do everything from my phone. It's amazing how things have changed....

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
I've just started using an Android smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. I'm trying out an application called c:geo. So far, I love the convenience and features.


Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

1) It's a great activity the whole family can enjoy together. 2) It can be done anywhere, anytime. 3) It gets you off the couch and into the great Arkansas outdoors.

Where are you originally from?
Born in California, but moved to Arkansas when I was 2. Never wanna leave!

In what states you have geocached?
Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, and Utah.

What was your first event ever attended?
First Ever Ark. River Valley Geo Meet and Greet
hosted by Nonnipoppy, Golfnutz, and others

How many caches have you found?
517.



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

My favorites are those that are creative, funny, or weird. (Wait... were we talking about cache containers or people?)


What was the most famous cache that you have found?

I'm proud that we were there for the very first Arkansas Geocachers Association annual event. Good times...


Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Since our main geocaching device is the phone, I guess I'd say rechargeable.


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

The mystery of finding a new cache or location is my favorite part. You just never know what you will discover...


Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
Something about the hide should be different or unique (location, container, history, etc.)



What is you favorite type of cache hide?
I love creative, urban micros. Something silly or unexpected. My wife loves caches hidden on long hikes to remote locations. Our daughter loves huge containers, no matter the location. We all like to work on puzzle caches together... so... Hmmm.. I guess we love them ALL!


Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
We were proud to place the first cache in Conway. (Simon Sez)


What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
Not sure there should be a number. Circumstances are different for different people. I would just say that if you enjoy geocaching, hide some of your own, so that others can enjoy them!


How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

I believe I first heard about geocaching on Paperbackswap.com, another web site I use to trade paperback books.

What's your favorite geocache?
Our favorite find was "How Do You Measure Up As A Cacher?" Some caches are just plain fun! It's obvious that lots of planning went into this one. Ingenious design and flawless operation.


If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
My dreams are probably not as lofty as other people's. Probably some big city like New York.


Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
Not crazy about caching alone, but I love to go with the family! I've also enjoyed being in a group, especially when there are new cachers on the hunt. Seeing that sparkle of wonder in their eyes as they discover geocaching is a lot of fun.

How many First to Finds do you have?
We don't keep track of it, so I really don't know.

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?
Definitely not. We just look for caches that are close to where we happen to be at the time. I'm content to let others have that fun.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Reading, golf, watching Netflix with the fam, and computer games.


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April 2012 Geocacher Profile

Apr 11, 2012 - 5:15 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Beth Daniel aka topkitty98 should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
topkitty98 but I sign logs as topkitty98 & markrocksinheavennow

How did you choose your handle?

A gazillion years ago, when my place of employment was encouraging us to become more tech savvy and get email, I tried kitty kitty kitty, kitty3, here kitty, (you get the picture) but alas, all were taken. I wanted to acknowledge the fact that none of my cats will come when you call them kitty, they prefer their names.

How long have you been geocaching?
I believe since the summer of 2003 (July 30, 2003 - I just looked it up!)

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
Mark and I had looked the gc.com website over for a cache we could find without a gps. We chose Serenity Garden Revisited GCG5K4 by Bebopishere because we thought it would be easy. Our allergy shot doctor was located in the same building and we had roamed the place incessantly to take up his "wait 30 minutes after you receive your shot" time. This cache showed us that just because you know where a cache is located, doesn't mean you know where the cache is located. Get it?!

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

I usually go alone now.

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

Puzzles aren't my favorite. (Weird, right?)

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Searcy - woodwalker9 befriended my child, he got the rest of the family by default haha.

Clarksville in the old days - Mark and I met our first cachers on the trail at Pinnacle of a Hunt, the infamous nonnipoppy and golfnutz. We decided to try Clarksville and the rest is history.

Do you do paperless caching?
Probably not the way you are asking.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

My favorite gps is a Garmin map60 with some letters after it that I can never remember. I bought a Colorado last summer, but haven't warmed up to it yet. Now vehicle rig-wise, my favorite would have to be that which belongs to geo-j. It's a Jeep Wrangler, 4 wheel drive, lifted, snorkel, get the picture?


Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

Geocaching is one of the best family activities I know. Exercise of the body, the brain, the laugh muscles . . . In the early days after Mark's death, it definitely helped keep me sane. It provided me with friends who have become family, entertainment to take me outside of myself, quiet time outdoors.
In what states you have geocached?
Arkansas, Missouri (there was a cache there I think was called Onyx Cave, but it was a wild cave, not the famous one - that was awesome), Texas (Cadillac Ranch rocks!), Oklahoma (some of my favorites are there), New Mexico, Colorado!, Kansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, and Mississippi. Granted, that sounds like a lot, but more than one of those were only one cache apiece.


What was your first event ever attended?
Burns Park 2004 - talked ww9 into his first event then I believe

How many caches have you found?
1825

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

Hmmmm. Depends on my mood, I guess.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

MINGO!!!!!!

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

Normally, rechargeable

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Finding when my mojo hasn't left me.

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

I love cool containers and trying to think of things I've not seen anyone else do. I also like to take people to places that are special to me. I enjoy coming up with goofy, double entendre titles.

What is you favorite type of cache hide?

Cemetery Caches. I'm weird, yes.
Caches that make me laugh or show me beautiful places are my next favorites.

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

I loved C R A Z Y! I didn't build it, my design team gets all the credit. (I still think that some squirrel somewhere had a whopper of a bellyache when they took off with my cache!)
I like A, You're An Artichoke. (Be on the watch for B, You're a BellyButton)
Trapper Trish is not much special, but I've been amazed how many people have had trouble with it.
Namesakes are Forever, my first, has been one of my favorites.
BUT my all time favorite is Mark Rocks at Spring Valley aka Heroes. It is located at my favorite place on this earth.

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

I think not so much a ratio, but a good blend. Easy to more difficult, a variety of cache hiders, containers, etc.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

I read an article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, showed it to geo-j, looked up gc.com, and never looked back.

What's your favorite geocache?

EEEEEK! ONE favorite, really?
Mark Rocks at Spring Valley
all of Mark's tribute caches -
Glory Hole, Marinoni, Fern, Jesus Wept in Oklahoma City at the Murrah Building, Cadillac Ranch in Texas, the 911 cache in Tulsa that has a long piece of steel from Ground Zero, Lift Station in Clarksville, Who Rocks? and MCD in Searcy, the ice cream man cache at the urban park in Searcy, Artistic Masters in Clarksville, Cousin Crawford . . .

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

A beach

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

I don't mind going alone, but there's nothing quite like night caching with a group, getting really quiet cause you know someone is up the trail and you wanna surprise them, then they catch up and they knew you were there all along. (my first encounter with idratherbehiking - he was such a quiet, good sport)
Burns Park Night Cache with a small group in the snow around Christmas time, a day that turned into evening in Clarksville with geo-j and ww9 -

How many First to Finds do you have?

I dunno

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?
Mark and I used to run for ftf's but I never figured out that notification thing on my phone. I promise I'm soooo not a techie.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
I read - a lot -
I crochet, scrapbook, dabble in photography, hang out with the felines at my house, jigsaw puzzles.

Where are you originally from?
I was born in Ferndale, AR, but moved to Mabelvale at 18 months.

Thanks, y'all, I feel like a celebrity now! hahahaha
topkitty98 aka Beth
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