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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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March 2013 Geocacher Profile

Mar 02, 2013 - 7:58 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Morgan O'Neal aka drmo913 should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
My geocaching name is drMo913 (pronounced doctor mo)

How did you choose your handle?
Mo is a nickname I've had for years. It's from my first and last initials. The dr is a carry over from college. I played in a weekly poker night with my friends. I had ran across a book of poker legends. One such legend could be summed up with the phrase "don't play poker with a guy named doc". My friends jokingly called me "doctor mo". And the 913 is my birthday.

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

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
The first geocache I found was Magnolia at Chestnut (http://coord.info/GC17W2J). My wife and I found it without a GPS because we didn't have one at the time. We studied the website for a few days before we became brave enough to go on the hunt. Once we were there, it took us 30 minutes to locate that little guy. The funny part was that I had held the cache in my hand a number of times and ignored it because I thought it was a pine cone of some sort......in a Magnolia tree.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
My wife (smilin4God) is my usual companion. Often JasonDDickerson and WednesdayAdams are tagging along or driving the cachemobile.

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

I don't give up. Unfortunately, there are not many close puzzle caches.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?

I've loved caching in Michigan. I grew up there as a kid and finding caches there brings back a lot of memories of doing things with the family.

Do you do paperless caching?
Generally. Unless it's a puzzle cache.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

It depends. We use a Garmin Colorado 400t, a Magellan Explorist, an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 5. The Colorado has been my goto since the beginning, but all 4 see a lot of use.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

The fun and the people. I love playing games and being outdoors, and I love making friends with people from all walks of life.

Where are you originally from?
I was born in Flint, Mi. I moved to Columbia, TN when I was 10. I've lived in Arkansas since 1996.

In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Michigan, Texas, Mississippi, Indiana, Alabama, Illinois, & Missouri.


What was your first event ever attended?
Clarksville or Cacheville 2009 (http://coord.info/GC1JZG9)


How many caches have you found?
My profile says 864, but my wife has recently reminded me that I have another 15 or so caches that I need to log.


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

The unusual.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
"And Jesus Wept" (http://coord.info/GC7051). This is a virtual cache locacted by the OKC Bombing Memorial. I would encourage everyone to tour that museum some day.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Disposable. I have rechargeable, but I keep misplacing the charger.

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

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

In years past, my goal was to make the cache as tricky as possible to find it. More recently, my goal has changed to make the caches more of a pleasant experience for the cacher.

What is you favorite type of cache hide?

I love well designed multi's. It makes me feel that I've accomplished something.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
My favorite is The Golden Greek: Our Man JZ (http://coord.info/GC2D7P4). It's my favorite because I hid the cache in honor of a friend, it was hidden with friends, and it's been a tricky hide for a number of people to find despite the cache itself is pretty straight-forward.
What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
1:50


How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
I read an article covering the Otterspoon cache at Beaver Fork Park outside of Conway, AR in 2006 or 2007. Then I met a friend who goes by Deezer at church who was a geocacher. On July 4th, 2008, Deezer and his Geezer, his father, took me out geocaching for my first real geocaching trip. We grabbed around 15 caches. That evening, my wife and I went shopping and purchased our Garmin Colorado.

What's your favorite geocache?
Lift Station #10 (http://coord.info/GCMEQM) in Clarksville, AR.

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

I would love to go caching in Oregan/Washington. Especially, if I could grab a Starbucks drink at "the" Starbucks.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

A group is so much more fun. Sometimes it's hard to look ridiculous when you are by yourself.

How many First to Finds do you have?
um... I know I have a few, but I don't keep track of it.
Maybe 3?

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?
LOL. Nope. I do have notifications set out to 30 miles, but I seldom grab the FTF.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

I play guitar (acoustic and bass), and I've been tinkering around with woodworking.








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February 2013 Geocacher Profile

Feb 01, 2013 - 11:33 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Kevin Cackler (kcackler) aka The Cacklers should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
The Cacklers (kcackler on ArkGeo)

How did you choose your handle?
We are Anna, Kevin, Isaac, and Bear Cackler. Otherwise known as "The Cacklers". Creative, I know

How long have you been geocaching?
We found our first cache in April, 2010.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
Our first cache was GC1P658, and it was honestly pure luck that we found it. Mr. Cackler had already attempted it twice before Mrs. Cackler came to the rescue and figured out the meaning of the name of the cache. At the time, we only had our iPhone 3 to cache with, so we were lucky that we managed to find it at all! The phone kept pointing us to a tree, but Mrs. Cackler eventually figured out what the "endangered species" was.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
These days, when we're lucky enough to go caching, it's all 4 of us together. We also frequently go with The Mcneelys and have also ventured out once or twice with captaincooder.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
I think the shortage of puzzle caches in our find history can answer that question. We really never put much time into puzzle caches (No time for that!) unless the cache has great logs / favorite points.

What town/ares have you most enjoyed caching in?
We love caching in Russellville just due to the sheer number and quality of caches here.

Do you do paperless caching?
For the most part, yes. If we're making a road trip, we will load up the GPS with caches along the route but we'll also print out some of the more promising looking geocaches so that we can easily read about them and decide which ones to hit.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
We have an eXplorist GC, which works very very well for being such a cheap unit. Most of the time, though, we use our phones (Samsung Galaxy SII)

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
Because it gets you out of the house and can take you to places you would never see otherwise. We found Hudson Shelter Falls and The Knife Edge on one single road trip. Those two caches were the highlight of our several day long vacation. If it weren't for geocaching, we would have driven right by two very awesome spots. That is why we geocache.

Where are you originally from?
Mr. Cackler is originally from Grove, OK and then Mena, AR. Mrs. Cackler is from Mena, AR.

In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri so far. We don't get to travel much right now because of the little Cacklers.

What was your first event ever attended?
Our first ever event was GC2HCZN -- Autumn Eat & Greet - Russellville, hosted by Old River Runner.

How many caches have you found?
412 as of today.

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
We like anything that has had a lot of thought put into it. Neat contraptions, new ideas, etc...

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
We really haven't found any that are "famous" in the traditional sense. I guess the one that we've found that we've most often heard mentioned is GC26NPF - Crack the SAFE. That was a fantastic geocache.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Rechargeable most of the time (Counting our phones and the seldom use of our eXplorist GC). Sometimes we forget to bring the rechargeables though and have to stop by a gas station and purchase disposables.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Mr. Cackler enjoys finding the most. Mrs. Cackler enjoys hiding the most. Mr. Cackler loves the thrill of discovering new places and Mrs. Cackler enjoys the hunt of a good hiding spot and coming up with creative hides.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
Our goal is to simply make a cache the others will enjoy hiding. We try to make each one creative or unique in its own way.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
I think our favorite (Now archived) would have to be GC2GGYN - Oakland Cemetery Cache. That one gave captaincooder some trouble, which was our sign that it was a hide well done. Our second favorite would have to be GC3GH2Q - X-TREME PUTT PUTT. And since I'm here, our (other) second favorite would have to be GC3FA53 - The Beaver March of War - We had a lot of fun hiding that cache and enjoy reading the logs for it.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
No opinion on this one. I think that as long as people are putting out new and unique hides, geocaching will remain fun for many people.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Mr. Cackler read an article sometime in early 2009 about this crazy thing called geocaching. At the time, he laughed about such a stupid hobby and then promptly forgot about it. Sometime in April 2010, he read another article about geocaching, and for some reason, this time it stuck. He meekly told Mrs. Cackler about what he'd read, and she (surprisingly) thought it sounded like great fun. Later that day, we loaded up and went hunting (Though did not find anything for a week or so)

What's your favorite geocache?
It's hard to really define one as our favorite because we have so many of them.

GC26NPF - Crack the SAFE - We loved this one because of the unique tools that we had to use to solve each cache.
GC11GWB - The Knife Edge - We loved this one because we had driven past this spot dozens of times before discovering geocaching. When we finally stopped and made the hike to find the cache, it was such a thrill. We didn't even know the trail was there
GCN37D - Hudson Shelter Falls - We loved this one because in order to get to it, we had to drive down a few miles of bad road, then turn onto a logging road and drive a bit down it. Then we had to hike a short ways to actually reach the falls. The scenery was beautiful, and again, we'd never have known about it were it not for geocaching.
GC24E6C - The Starlight Series - I believe this was our first night cache, and it was amazingly well done. We have since done it several times.
GCT5Y9 - Ghosts of Spanish Conquistadors - This one was great because we had probably been up there 50 times before we started caching. To think that we were so often that close to the night cache was very cool.
GC33DPC - The Twilight Zone - I can't reveal too much about this one, but it stands out in my mind when I'm trying to come up with a cache to take a new cacher / muggle to.

I'm sure I'm missing some, but those are the ones sticking out in my mind right now.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
If money was no object, we would travel the world 24/7/365, geocaching the whole time. If we had to choose one place, it would probably be Australia or New Zealand.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
We prefer to go with friends and family. The more people the better, especially on those spooky night caches.

How many First to Finds do you have?
Not really sure. Probably around 20ish.

Are you a First to Find person wh o is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
Yes, absolutely. FTFs are my favorite type of victory. Unfortunately, life and work and other nonsense gets in the way sometimes, so I don't have as many as I'd like. Our notifications are currently set at 20 miles, but used to be set at 50.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Mrs. Cackler is a fantastic baker and can make a chocolate cupcake that is beautiful enough to bring you to tears. Mr. Cackler doesn't have much spare time, but enjoys building things in the shop when he gets a chance.
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January 2013 Geocacher Profile

Jan 01, 2013 - 6:00 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Richard Honebrink aka Rhone should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.


What is your geocaching name? Rhone

How did you choose your handle?
First letter of first name, first 4 letters of last name

How long have you been geocaching?
Since May, 2004

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
GCJ7YT, Sling Blade Bridge This was not actually the first find, because I had found one or two stages of Deezer’s multi-cache that was hidden in Benton’s Tyndall Park a few days earlier. I was using an old Garmin GPS 12 at the time and didn’t even know how to enter coordinates into it, so I just walked around looking at the location display until it matched the posted coordinates. It was this cache, that led me to figure out how to enter the coordinates because the difficulty of finding GZ was increased significantly by not doing so. This cache was particularly interesting to me because it was the location of one of the scenes in the movie by that name.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
For a long time I cached alone except for I went to Fort Smith and cached with my son, Extreme 3435. I met SJClimber at a CITO at Beaverfork Lake north of Conway in April, 2005 and have been caching with him ever since. I also cache with goff-family, the snowlight, and KNKINCABOT, and Old River Runner.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
That depends on the puzzle itself. If it’s something that is interesting to me, I never give up until it’s solved. Sometimes the solutions are the result of collaboration with other cachers. I think the most difficult one would have to be GCKX3M, Revenge of the Big Crybaby, which unfortunately has been changed from it’s original form. Another one that was really difficult is: GC1J386, Two Hundred Six.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
In the early days, Clarksville was the place to cache because of the very creative hides of nonnipoppy and gulfnutz. The area around Russellville, and Hot Springs are always fun for caching. Recently I have been spending most of my time hunting caches that are located on trails and require significant hikes to get the smiley.

Do you do paperless caching?
No, I used to use a Palm device, but it gave up the ghost and I have always used a list with all of the important facts about each cache since then.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
I am currently using a Garmin 60CSx.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
It is an interesting way to spend spare time, that not only takes you to unique places, but also gives one the opportunity to meet a lot of very nice people.

Where are you originally from?
I am originally from St. Paul, Minnesota

In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee, Ohio, South Dakota, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Mississippi, Indiana, North Dakota, Iowa, Nevada, Kentucky, Colorado, Wisconsin, Montana, North Carolina, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Georgia, and West Virginia. I intend to add 19 more states by the end of 2013.

What was your first event ever attended?
GCJXNY, Central Arkansas Geocachers .. 1st Annual Meet August 22, 2004.

How many caches have you found?
As of December 27, 2012 10,902.

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
I like them all, but ammo boxes would be high on the list, followed closely by pre-form soda bottles (because they don’t leak).

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
That would have to be GC30, Mingo, which is the oldest active cache in the world.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
I used rechargeable batteries for awhile, but switched back to disposable batteries because they last longer.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
I would have to say finding, but hiding caches is a lot of fun too, especially if you have a good place to put them where they are unlikely to become victimized by muggles.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
When I first started hiding caches, I had no goal, except that I liked to make the hides unique in some way. More recently my goal has to get people out onto a nice trail so they can enjoy nature and get some exercise as well.

What is you favorite type of cache hide?
Anything that takes me to a special place…especially those places with exceptional beauty in some form. I very much enjoy many of the old virtual caches as well as earth caches.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
My personal favorites would be the multi-cache in Burns Park that consists of Leave it to Beaver, Rockaby Baby, and The Great Wall. I am also proud of the OT series.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
For someone with a low number of finds, maybe 5%. After one has significantly over 100 hides, maintenance can become a big problem, so I think the ration should decline (unless many of the hides have been archived), to keep the task of maintaining them at a manageable level.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
I remember first reading about Geocaching in the newspaper and I thought it was about the most stupid thing I had ever heard of. Several years later, I went on a nature hike (1:1) with the interpreter at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, and as we passed along the base of a hill in the park, he pointed up toward the top and told me that there was a geocache hidden up there (GCGZ07, Pinnacle Girl Scout Cache) That sort of perked my interest…mostly just a curiosity, and I went out and found Sling Blade Bridge shortly thereafter. Pinnacle Girl Scout Cache turned out to be find #45, and it was about that time that the hook had really been set.

What's your favorite geocache?
There are so many that it’s really hard to pick a favorite, but GC1YFD3, The Foxes Have Raided the Hen House, was a great cache. I also really enjoyed the Cachin’ for chiggers series.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
That would have to be Australia. One of my favorite places is Sydney and the Blue Mountains just west. I intend to return to Australia in the near future and do a bit of caching while I’m there.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
Sometimes I prefer solitude, but it is usually more fun to share the experience with someone else. It is always good to have another pair of eyes, or sometimes even more than one other pair. I would consider a group of more than four to be a crowd in most cases, but it can be fun to be with a whole gang of cachers at an event searching for the temporary caches.

How many First to Finds do you have?
Currently 210.

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 a few FTFs that are 180 mile drive (120 straight line) from home, and I do enjoy being the first to find, but I never really have made being the first to find a priority. My philosophy is, that a smiley is a smiley.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Yes, I enjoy caving, hiking, photography, making bread, and more recently have become very interested in woodworking.
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