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December 2012 Geocacher Profile

Dec 03, 2012 - 6:56 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Jim & Sandy Fryar aka Likestocanoe should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.


What is your geocaching name?
likestocanoe

How did you choose your handle?

Canoeing - It was what we did with our free time before we discovered the fun that Geocaching offered. We have been told many times in recent years that our handle should be "likEDtocanoe".

How long have you been geocaching?

We began caching on May 12, 2007 with our first cache "Take A Break" by Cachemates. We found a total of five caches in the first year.

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

I had bought likestocanoe1 a gps on the advice of our son, and whenever we were heading somewhere I would load a few caches in (by hand at that point). I finally got him to stop and look for one on our way back from Glenwood. It was "Take a Break" and was placed by Cachemates. It was tricky and ALOT of fun to find. If it had been an easier cache, I am not sure if it would have tweaked our interest as much; but it was challenging and got out attention. We have recently placed an exact copy of the original cache at this location so hopefully others can enjoy it.


Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

It is usually just Jim and I with Tanner (The Cocker Spaniel). We have been caching with other couples and in groups, but with our odd schedule we usually just head out alone.


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

likestocanoe1 hates puzzle caches. I have gotten him to do a couple, but basically he is just not interested...... so, since this is a joint hobby we just don't do them.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?

When we first started geocaching we did quite a bit of caching in and around Glenwood. Finding Cachemates caches were such fun and so rewarding. Jerry could come up with some of the most creative caches we have found to date. We have enjoyed caching in the Camden, Smackover, and El Dorado area of Arkansas, as well as East Texas. We enjoyed where caches took us in Colorado even though I ended up injured on Burnt Mountain.

Do you do paperless caching?

Yes, we moved from an Etrex gps to a Colorado which allowed us to go paperless on our cache finds. We still keep notes on each cache so that we can do our best to post an individual log for each cache.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

We have never used anything but Garmin gps units. I (likestocanoe2) use a Colorado while likestocanoe1 has moved to the touch screen of a Oregon. I have recently gotten an i-Phone, and have used it to locate four caches, but am not fond of the program yet.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

Geocaching is a dovetail sport or hobby. It can be done along with any other activity that you enjoy. If you love to hike, just take a gps loaded with area caches along and you can enjoy both at the same time. If you fish, or hunt, run, or enjoy sightseeing you can easily combine that activity with geocaching.


Geocaching is an outstanding activity to do with the family. We often take our grandkids along while caching and they have a wonderful time with Grandpa and Grandma just caching and getting to know each other better.


Geocaching will take you to places you would never know existed. The top of the highest waterfall in the Ouachita Mountains is one of our favorite cache finds. If not for the cache we would have missed out on this special spot. Another favorite is in Pine Ridge. A series of three waterfalls down what would appear to be a driveway was such a treat thanks to a local who shared it with his fellow geocachers.


The people you will meet geocaching are some of the best folks anywhere. You just can't beat the friends you will make and the special times you will have with them.


Where are you originally from?

likestocanoe1 or Jim was raised in the Royal area just west of Hot Springs. He is a graduate of Lake Hamilton High School. He relocated to Arkadelphia while working for Coleman Dairy and brought me back to Royal with him. Before moving back, we purchased 14 acres in the Ragweed Valley Community or Crystal Springs and have lived here for 34 years.


In what states have you geocached?

Arkansas was our only state for quiet awhile, but we finally ventured into Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma while visiting our kids in Northwest Arkansas. We have cached a number of times in Texas both alone and with friends. Arkfiremedic has taken us into
Louisiana a number of times as well as a trip farther South to a State Park in Louisiana. We have cached both sides of the Mississippi River which added Mississippi and Tennessee to our portfolio. After semi-retirement we made a trip allowing us to add Alabama and Georgia. We have a cache placement on Dauphin Island in Alabama and hope to return there soon. We were able to make a jaunt through Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico on another vacation trip. We have had a great time finding some of the most wonderful places in these states thanks to geocaching.


What was your first event ever attended?
On March 22, 2008 we attended our first event, 1st Annual Meet and Greet / Bug Swap In Glenwood sponsored by dentful in Glenwood, Arkansas. We had a ball and quickly realized what wonderful folks geocachers are.


How many caches have you found?

We are currently at 6749, but our profile will show 6746.... I have three waiting to be logged. {)

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

I, likestocanoe2, love to place regular size cache containers such as ammo cans and Lock n Locks, but they seem to disappear so easily so we have turned to likestocanoe1's favorite container, The Dew Drop. These are containers constructed by L2C1.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

On our trip up to Colorado we drove a great distance out of the way so that we could find Mingo. Mingo is the oldest existing cache in the world and we were determined to add our "Cache Henry" to the log sheet. Just took the L O N G scenic route to Colorado, but it was worth it!

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

We use both, actually. I try and keep batteries recharged and ready, but we carry disposable batteries with us in case we need them.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Can you really enjoy one more than the other? We have hidden over 500 caches and have tried to keep as many as possible up and active. We love to hide caches - easy caches, hard caches, funny caches, ect.. We love to read the logs that people write when they find our caches.

But, we enjoy finding other folks hides wherever we go, also. There is no bad cache and we enjoy them all!

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

Our goal is to provide enjoyment. Some cachers love a difficult and hard to find cache and we have tried to place that type to give them a thrill. Other of our caches will take you to places we find beautiful and scenic, but some are just for the numbers. We have tried to place some of nearly every type of cache in hopes that each of our fellow cachers will find something to enjoy. We have found that our mindset on any day of caching determines what we enjoy. We have had days where we only found one cache and it took us all day. There have been those days where we have found over one hundred caches. Different day.... different mindset.... different fun! We figure others feel the same.

What is you favorite type of cache hide?
For sure it would be a tricky hide or a custom made hide. Those are the ones we enjoy the most.

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

We have a few that we have really enjoyed placing and love to read the logs on. Our Tin Man Cache is a favorite and one that I feel likestocanoe1 did a wonderful job on. The kids seem to really enjoy that one. likestocanoe1 has also built a number of custom cache containers such as Biscuits and Gravy, Thread, and Big Brother. Sadly, we have recently lost one of our favorites, Big Dog, to theft. Big Dog was a cache on which we got a number of positive comments. I enjoy our Books, Books, and More Books cache. It has been stolen once, but I replaced it with a custom container likestocanoe1 built for me. We recently placed a power trail near Lake Greeson and there is a few caches there that we really enjoyed placing.


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


We feel that a good comparison would be 3 - 5 percent of your finds. We only hope that we can stay on top of that.


How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

Our son called one day after finding a geocache in Fayetteville with a friend. He had bushwhacked up on a mountain in Fayetteville and upon his return to the dorm called and said, "Hey, Mom, I think I have found something you and Dad would enjoy"...... The beginning of an addiction.


What's your favorite geocache?

Any one that is not already on our "found" list........

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

We would love to explore the US finding geocaches wherever the truck goes. Neither of us really has a need to visit foreign countries. Instead we believe that there is so much beauty and history here in the United States, we have no need to travel across her borders.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
Since our schedule is normally crazy we usually geocache alone and when we can sneak out for a while.

How many First to Finds do you have?

We have well over 200 FTFs, but I have not kept our list up to date.


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

We were at one time FTF Hounds that were set on "Go" at all times. Our first FTF was at 10 pm one night under a huge tree, in a cemetery, during a rain STORM. We were so excited. We found twenty-five in one day in Camden with half of them being found in a downpour, but we have calmed down somewhat in our FTF caching. We still love to find an FTF and recently got to claim one in a very beautiful place around Hot Springs, but we are not ready, set, go like we once were.


I have our notifications set on fifty miles because I am just curious and want to know what is going on.


Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
We spend quite a bit of time with our family. We have two children and six grandchildren that we love to be with. likestocanoe1 is an avid deer hunter. I am a fair weather hunter, meaning if it is not too cold I will go. We love to ride ATVs and spend some of our time on beautiful Lake Ouachita. For indoor times we love to read and watch Westerns. If and when likestocanoe1 fully retires we hope to travel more, which will mean more geocaching.
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November 2012 Geocacher Profile

Nov 01, 2012 - 6:47 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Justin Murphree aka arkfiremedic should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name? arkfiremedic

How did you choose your handle?
Lifelong resident of Arkansas and a full time firefighter paramedic for the City of El Dorado.

How long have you been geocaching? I signed up and found my first cache in September of 2008.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it? I had a friend I worked with who had been caching for a while and he got my GPS set up for me and we were off to find a cache, the closest one to our location. It is now archived but it was K is for Klosed- GC1EY3M


Who usually goes with you when you go caching? Group caching is fun, but since there is not much interest in my area (or my spouse) I usually go alone or with my favorite caching buddy, The cacher formerly known as 2ter.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
There is hardly any puzzle caches in my area so I’ve never been big on them.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
I have more finds in Garland County and Hot Springs areas as I do my home town. There are not only some awesome caches there, but many awesome people as well. I also loved caching in the Clarksville and Russellville area as well.

Do you do paperless caching? Yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
To hide I have my original GPS a Bushnell Onix 200CR. It seems more accurate for hiding than the one I use for finding, a Garmin Colorado 400T.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching? It gets you out of the house, off the couch, and away to the television to see some of the neatest things and the best places and people.

Where are you originally from?
Lower Arkansas

In what states have you geocached? 1) Arkansas, 2) Louisiana, 3) Texas, 4) Oklahoma, 5) Missouri, 6) Mississippi, 7) Alabama, 8 ) Florida, 9) Georgia, 10) South Carolina, 11) North Carolina, 12) Virginia, 13) West Virginia, 14) Ohio, 15) Kentucky, 16) Indiana, 17) Michigan, 18 ) Illinois, 19) Wisconsin 20) Tennessee and also Mexico (Cozumel).


What was your first event ever attended? The original Spudnut event put on by rklmbl in El Dorado in February of 2009. I’ve attended 50 more events since.

How many caches have you found? 3199


Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest? If you have found any of mine of course my favorite is the ammo box, but they sprout legs too often and have gotten very expensive to replace, so it has to be the Baby Soda Bottle (BSB or Baby Coke others may know it by). It is relatively cheap, indestructible, and virtually waterproof if the cache finder screws the lid on tight.

What was the most famous cache that you have found? By favorite points GCE02C VIEW CARRE ' in New Orleans (695),GCJZDR Cloud Gate aka The Bean (378 ) in Chicago, GCGFHX Marie Laveau, Voodoo Queen GC9073 New Orleans (170), Reflections/snoitcelfeR Louisville (165), GC2D90K Raining Letters in Louisville (this is the cache with the best bathroom view ever!) (148 )

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries? Both. Short trips rechargeable, but long trips disposable.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby? Hiding a tad bit better.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
Yep; to give away smileys to others.

What is you favorite type of cache hide? Easiest to hide- BSB painted and tethered to a limb.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
I take pride in the revisit of the “Tool Time” series by cachemates.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I’ve tried to maintain one hide to ten finds or so, but I doubt that will continue. I've got enough now to keep up with and add my daughters to that it adds up to a lot.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? A friend told me about it.

What's your favorite geocache? Probably GCE02C VIEW CARRE ' in New Orleans. I also enjoyed the Arkansas State Parkcache series, the Arkansas County Challenge, the Arkansas DeLorme Challenge, the Louisiana Office of State Parks Geo-Challenge, the Louisiana Parish Challenge, and the Louisiana DeLorme Challenge.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
I would like to go to the northeast and out west to get all the states I haven’t cached in.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group? Mostly by myself, but a group can be much more fun.

How many First to Finds do you have?
180

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? Depending on what the cache is. I really humped it to complete the Arkansas County Challenge first and the Louisiana Office of State Parks Geo Project cache first. This consisted of caching some 20+ hour days and extended trips. My settings are out to 50 miles, but I rarely go out of my way for an ordinary FTF.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
I love to spend time with my family. I also cycle, hike, go camping, and wood working. Maybe someday I will be as good as that as some other Arkansas Cachers in woodworking.
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October 2012 Geocacher Profile

Oct 01, 2012 - 6:02 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Frank Philpott aka Old River Runner should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Old River Runner

How did you choose your handle? My geocaching name comes from my love of rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, a wilderness voyage of 7 days and 183 miles. Since 1986, I have done this 9 times (1986, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2007, and 2010). Trip # 10 is in June 2013. The name “River Runner” was taken when I created my account, so I added “Old” to the name, figuring that I would never outgrow it!

How long have you been geocaching? Over 9 years now. I opened an account on Geocaching.com on May 24, 2003. However, I did not actually look for my first cache until July of that year, when I had my first find on July 20, 2003.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it? My first find was Beaver’s Lair (GCB541), which is still active. It is located in the Bona Dea Trails area in Russellville. On July 19, 2003, I had gone to the trail to take a walk and just after I parked my car, I saw a man coming off the trail, carrying a GPSr. I knew that the geocache was nearby, so I asked the man if he had been looking for it. He replied that he was the cache owner and was just doing some maintenance on it. We chatted for a short while, and although I had never been motivated to go to search for that cache before that day, I suddenly wanted to try my luck at finding it. So the next day (July 20), I returned with my GPSr, and after quite a bit of searching, I found it. The search was much more challenging than I had expected!

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? I usually cache alone.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up? As long as it takes, although if I am having trouble figuring out one, I may put it aside for weeks or even months before I come back and work on it again. I also enlist the help of my wife, who is a much better puzzle solver than I am.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Clarksville, AR; New Orleans, LA; Washington, DC (mall area)

Do you do paperless caching? Yes (since 2004).

What kind of geocaching rig do you use? Garmin GPSmap 62st

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
Because it is a mind-stimulating hobby that gets one into the outdoors.

Where are you originally from? Bassett, VA (home of Bassett Furniture)

In what states have you geocached?
30 states, and also the District of Columbia. I lack New Jersey and most of the New England states in the Northeast. In the West, I lack the Pacific Coast states, Nevada, and the northern Plains states. I also lack Hawaii and Alaska.


What was your first event ever attended?
First Ever Ark. River Valley Geo Meet and Greet (GCHF58 ), on January 24, 2004, which was the first Clarksville event.

How many caches have you found?
Over 6600 as of the end of September 2012.

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Ammo cans, but also anything creative.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
View Carre’ (GCE02C)

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Rechargeable, always, since early 2004.

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 make it fun for the cacher looking for it. Something that will make them laugh or go “Wow!”

What is you favorite type of cache hide?
I like caches that are hidden in places that are uniquely special and that I would not have ever found out about otherwise. Like those near special scenic spots, waterfalls, historical spots, etc. Or that require some special effort to reach, like hiking a trail, climbing a mountain, boating to an island, etc.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in? (1) Main Street (GCHZKF); (2) Arkansas’ 1000th Cache: B-25 Crash Site (GCKH8H); (3) The Knife Edge (GC11GWB); (4) Where Eagles Dare (GCYD1K); (5) The Twilight Zone (GC33DPC); (6) Night Gallery (GC33DPG)

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I don’t think there is a proper hide to find ratio. The key is that one does not hide so many that they cannot properly keep them all maintained. There is nothing that hurts the fun in geocaching more than a cache that is not properly maintained. For some, even one hide is too many. For others, several hundred is not a problem. It depends on the individual and their commitment to the game.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Back in 2003, I saw a show on the Discovery Channel about treasure hunting and they mentioned geocaching as being a high-tech form of treasure hunting. I checked out the Geocaching.com website, created an account, and finally got out and found my first cache.

What's your favorite geocache?
Inspector Cache-It (GCGTGY) found on September 5, 2003. This one was archived several years ago, unfortunately. This is the one that really got me hooked on geocaching! Among active caches, the one that sticks out in my mind is View Carre’ (GCE02C), but that is perhaps because I found it not long ago (mid-August) and the memory of it is still fresh. Some caches are great for their camo, some for their location, and some for the experience in finding the cache. Well, this one was great for two of those three reasons - the location and the experience!

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
The International Space Station, followed closely by Antarctica.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
I prefer going solo. I like the solitude and the personal challenge of finding a cache without any reliance upon others.

How many First to Finds do you have?
I really don’t know, as I haven’t kept count. Several hundred. I do recall that the second cache I ever found was my very first FTF. It was Treasures from the Lake (GCGEZW), found on July 21, 2003.

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 like an FTF as much as the next person, because it is nice to find a cache in the exact state that it was left by the cache owner. However, I am not as fanatic as I used to be and don’t jump at the opportunity as much as I did at one time. I am now more intrigued by caches that go unfound for several days. My notifications alert is set at a 50-mile radius.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Rafting the Colorado River (and others); hiking; history
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September 2012 Geocacher Profile

Sep 03, 2012 - 5:55 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Kent and Kim Uhrich aka KnKinCabot should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
KnKinCabot

How did you choose your handle?

It was really hard, the first time I was out caching, I realized I needed to sign the log with something other than Kent and Kim. My son was with me and he wanted me to sign it Dr. Strange because I do Gospel Magic and Dr. Strange is a magician in the Marvel comics. I thought about it for, oh, a few seconds and said, no it has to be something for Kim and I both. So he said “and something to do with Cabot since that is where we live”. At that time I jotted down KnKinCabot (Kent and Kim in Cabot).

How long have you been geocaching?

I found two caches in April of 2009 with my son. We quickly came home and told Kim what a blast we had looking for caches and asked her to go with us for our next adventure, we found four more caches in April. Then in August of 2009, Kim and I started caching regularly and haven’t stopped since.

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

Wow, I could tie up a lot of white space with this one. It was a HikerRon cache and it was a 3 1/2 star cache called ‘In Plain Sight’. My son and I looked and looked for this cache for about 30 minutes, then we gave up. I called Kim and asked her to look on this website (GC.COM) to see what I was supposed to be looking for. There is a funny story here about newbies and geo slang that I’ll skip. My son and I finally after another 30 minutes of look found the cache. It was at this point, I was hooked.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

We are a husband and wife team so we go together, however, there are times when we go solo. If I’m at and work, I might venture out on lunch or before or after work. If Kim is here and a new one posts close by home, she’ll sometimes venture out to get it. We do take some of our youth from church out every now and again and we have been known to hit the trails with our Sunday School Class. More recently, we have ventured out with Rhone some, and at work I will venture out with JackieInLR, Hoghunters and CodeyRex.

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

Hum, someone knows I like puzzles! Well, that is tough for as long as Kim isn’t reading this, I have been known to stay up until the wee hours of the morning solving puzzles. I guess I can’t say I have ever given up on a puzzle. I have walked away from a puzzle for a few days then come back to it, well LRFD 2 I walked away from it for a month! That is probably as close as I have come to saying I can’t solve it.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?

We love to support our local cachers here in Cabot! We have ventured out to Searcy and enjoyed caching there, we really enjoy hiking so the trails over in Little Rock come to mind too. You have Russellville and there are some cool caches there, but here of late, for some reason we have spent a lot of time in the Hot Springs area too. I can’t say that we have found a place we didn’t like to cache! Oh, and a recent trip to San Diego was great!

Do you do paperless caching?

For the most part, yes. Kim is very well organized and when we go on trips or long runs, she will plot us a route and have the caches listed in order so we can make the most of our time. In the true sense of paperless, yes.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

We mainly use a Garmin 62st and Colorado 400csx. We both have used our phones (Android for me, iPhone for Kim) in a pinch.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

That is a very interesting question. The most common answer given to that question is, ‘to get off the couch’, ‘to go places I wouldn’t have gone without caching’ and there are a few others. We too would add those to our list but I think it goes beyond that. Being a history buff, we have visited more historical sites in the name of caching than we would have without. We have seen some of the most magnificent views from the heights of mountain tops to some of the most beautiful caves. In today’s social environment, we need to spend quality and quantity time with our spouse and kids (if still at home) and what better way to see the state, find something interesting for all to do, get educated also and get away from reality for a bit, than to pick up a GPSr or smartphone and head out! Going to the relatives, I bet there are caches along the route. Stop get out and stretch while finding a cache! God has given us a beautiful planet, we need to get out and explore it!

Where are you originally from?

We both were born and raised in Jacksonville but after marriage and the birth of our son, we moved to Cabot where we have lived happily since.

In what states have you geocached?

Oh gosh! Let’s see, California, Colorado, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia, Mississippi and Arkansas.

What was your first event ever attended?

I am not a person that likes big groups so attending events were not high on my geocaching list, however, I have a beautiful bride how loves meeting people and she finally convinced me to attend an event back in 2010 call ‘Down Home Meet ‘N’ Greet with Edieo’. It took me a bit, but since then we have attended close to 40 events.

How many caches have you found?

Not enough! According to ‘Lostboys2007’ too many for comfort so they took a road trip to stay ahead of us… Okay, seriously about 3900.

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

Homemade ones are the best! Puzzle types too, where you have to figure out how to get to the log. On the more common side, ammo boxes and decon containers are fun and usually quick. There are times when we are ready for that nano challenge though! (Not me, I hate nano challenges – K2)

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

I guess the Gorilla Stash (oldest in Arkansas I think) and Phil’s Memorial Cache (oldest in California I think). If you are going by best well known caches, St. Louis Arch Virtual Cache and the Jolly Green Giant cache, both have almost 200 favorite points and both well worth finding!

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

Ah, the debate rages on! We have been burned twice in the woods with rechargeable batteries, so we have gone back to the disposable Lithium Energizer batteries.

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

We really enjoy getting out and hiking and finding caches. I do enjoy hiding caches, but hiking and finding is enjoyable.

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

We all have been there, we have found a ton of caches on signs or SLAPs and there is nothing wrong with that! However, after taking our Sunday School kids out we found that they really enjoy the ‘hunt’ for a cache and the possible ‘reward’ awaiting them. That is when I decided to make my hides more kid friendly and have a twist to the hide itself. That is what started the I.C. series and from what I can tell, adults love them too.

What is you
r favorite type of cache hide?
I like homemade and or unique hides. It is really cool to have to think about how to get into the container or how to extract the log. With that being said, I really don’t mind picking up a SLAP or sign post cache after solving a puzzle!

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

Right now, I.C. Choices. That was a difficult cache to put together and make all the pieces work together! Seeing we are all friends here, I think it will be replaced by I.C. Shortwave which should be coming out soon.

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

I don’t know if there is such a ratio. I know cachers who absolutely love hiding caches and could care less about finding another one. I think that is great that they enjoy this side of our sport. Oh the other hand, I do like to see cachers return or reward the sport with their personal unique hides. If you need a percentage, let’s go with 20 percent. I better get busy huh!

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

My boss (JackieInLR) at the time came by one day and said, you are a geeky kind of guy, have you heard of Geocaching. I had to admit, I had not. She told me about the sport and that afternoon when I got home, I pulled up GC.COM and saw that there were two caches less than .5 miles from the house. That weekend my son and I walked down to the park and found them. The rest is history…

What's your favorite geocache?

Wow, we have found a ton of unique caches! WW9 hide one call Nano in the Woods (I think) that was really unique and our nieces loved it and we did too! AR-Hick has a ton of unique containers that we really liked among them the Breaking the Bank Series. The Angel by Fab5WillisClan, the list could go on and on. This is like Lays Potato chips, you can’t mention just one!

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

I would like Greece, Sweden or the Netherlands, I hear they have lots of cool caches.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

As previously mentioned, I am not a big group person so I enjoy going out with Kim. With that said, I do enjoy going out with the group at events.

How many First to Finds do you have?

485. No I’m not a FTF hound! Actually back in the day there were a lot of very competitive cachers in Cabot. Did I mention that I’m VERY competitive! The coveted FTF slot on the log was something to behold and if you were not out the door within a minute or two of the cache notification, you were going to get third or fourth or seventh! This is another appealing part of geocaching!

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?

Man, this is really embarrassing! Okay, for a long time we had Jacksonville, Cabot, and most of Searcy cleared out. Our notification is set to, 50 miles. Now, with being said, yes I am on go so when the notification hits, I’m gone! Let’s not discuss how far I have driven at night, in bad weather, just to get a FTF. We’ll say, too far. (How about Greenville, MS – ok we were already caching in lower Southeast AR anyway, or so he told me, but we did go all the way to Greenville to get a FTF!)

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

I enjoy a lot of things, to call them hobbies might be misleading. I do read (Ted Dekker has some pretty cool books!) and I like to get out in the old workshop and make sawdust. We are committed followers of Christ and we work diligently in the church with our children’s area teaching Sunday School and Awana, and of course missions. Too bad we weren’t geocaching when we were making 2 trips a year to Africa for about 4 years!!!
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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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