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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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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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