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May 2012 Geocacher Profile

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

What is your geocaching name?

Gaddiel

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

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

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

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

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

How many caches have you found?
517.



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

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


What was the most famous cache that you have found?

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


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


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

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


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



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


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


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


How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

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

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


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


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

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

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
Definitely not. We just look for caches that are close to where we happen to be at the time. I'm content to let others have that fun.

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


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April 2012 Geocacher Profile

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

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

How did you choose your handle?

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

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

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

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

I usually go alone now.

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

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

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

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

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

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

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


Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

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


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

How many caches have you found?
1825

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

Hmmmm. Depends on my mood, I guess.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

MINGO!!!!!!

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

Normally, rechargeable

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

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

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

What is you favorite type of cache hide?

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

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

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

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

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

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

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

What's your favorite geocache?

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

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

A beach

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

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

How many First to Finds do you have?

I dunno

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
Mark and I used to run for ftf's but I never figured out that notification thing on my phone. I promise I'm soooo not a techie.

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

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

Thanks, y'all, I feel like a celebrity now! hahahaha
topkitty98 aka Beth
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March 2012 Geocacher Profile

Mar 01, 2012 - 8:59 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Chris Denton aka Cpdenton, should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Cpdenton

How did you choose your handle?
I thought about what name to use about 5 seconds longer than Ron White did! I should say that it is my first two initials and my last name C. P. Denton.

How long have you been geocaching?
Since April of 2008

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
GC187Z8 ▼ Some Dance to Forget. But I did not even have a username yet and did not think to log it. Some friends took us to find caches around OKC. I signed up for a username as soon as we got home from the trip. I should have went back and logged that cache!

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
My 3 Girls! Wife Christi, Kids Hailey and Emily. It is a family event for us.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
Ummmmm. Do I have to answer that?? Not long usually, unless a friend has challenged me to find it.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Love Morrilton and Searcy, but one weekend a couple of years back, me and some friends cleared out a 10 mile radius around Wichita Falls Texas. That was fun.

Do you do paperless caching?
GSAK and now use our iPhones a LOT. Great for those impromptu cache grabs!

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Garmin GPS 60csx, and NUVI on the dash and an iPhone or two.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
The family time and memories we have made are priceless.

Where are you originally from?
Cave City Arkansas

In what states you have geocached?
Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado.

What was your first event ever attended?
GC1DM2M Breakfast In Hot Springs Meet and Greet. First person I identifies as a cacher was Quartzcachers, Bruce Crain. He asked me if I found the Off your rocker cache in front of the place, which I could proudly tell him yes!

How many caches have you found?
Around 2360 right now. I still have some logs to submit, so we will see!

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Ammo cans of course!

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
Maybe the Final Tool Time series cache that cachemates has hidden. Great cache, but maybe we need to take a trip to Mingo?

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Disposable mostly, but have many rechargeable batteries in things all around the house.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
We love to find a good cache as much as hiding a smiley for someone else to find.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
Give kids something to dig through, OR show someone a good type of cache hide.

What is you favorite type of cache hide?
The one I can actually find! Just Kidding, Love the old virtual caches, great history with them.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
GC3BEYJ 4000 minus one. Celebrates the day we adopted Emily.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
Everyone is different on this, but as long as your local area has good caches for others to find, then that is great. The types of hides you have seem to matter as well. Hide a good unique hide or a regular size cache will build a cachers reputation as much as hiding a trail with 50 caches on it. Both have their place.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Mtnbirders, from Colorado got us started. Our wives know each other and when we would meet up in the midwest, the boys needed something to do.

What's your favorite geocache?
GC18HAX One Slick Place at the Museum of Natural resources in Smackover. LOVED IT!

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
Hit the Alien Highway, or a run to find the original Stash.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
Groups are always better.

How many First to Finds do you have?
Couldn't tell you. They have really slowed down lately though! Somewhere north of 50 i Know.

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
Use to be, but not any more. They are set at 20 miles now.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
I am a Ham radio operator, and I LOVE severe weather spotting.
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February 2012 Geocacher Profile

Feb 02, 2012 - 7:15 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Tim Stone aka BSA534, should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.


What is your geocaching name?
BSA534

How did you choose your handle?
I’m Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America and my troop is 534

How long have you been geocaching?

Since 9/3/2007

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

The kids were out of school and I was off work and I’d heard of geocaching, and I had a GPSr, so I thought I’d look online and see if maybe there were any caches nearby, I figured we’d need to drive to Little Rock to find one though. I was surprised to find there were dozens in Conway. We went out and started looking. We looked for several that day before we finally found our first one, “Cache in on Soccer! (GC14XEB) was actually hidden by one of my Assistant Scoutmasters from my troop, but I didn’t know that at the time.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

Originally, my son, Connor or my daughter, Logan. Occasionally my wife will tag along and sit in the car and read while I hunt caches.


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

Depends on which type of puzzle it is. I’m not real patient, so probably not very long.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?

I loved caching in Clarksville back when I first started. So many cool and creative caches. Also love Searcy and most recently the Hot Springs area.

Do you do paperless caching?

Tried to do paper caching my first weekend... then went out and bought a Palm first thing Monday morning! Been paperless ever since.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

Garmin GPSMap60csx with street maps. Iphone 4 for paperless.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

Its a great family activity, but you can do it on your own, or with friends. Great way to spend a day hunting for caches!

Where are you originally from?

Ashdown, in SW Arkansas

In what states you have geocached?

Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois (11 total)

What was your first event ever attended?

Meet and Greet- MORRILTON - GC16CX6 It was my 100th find!

How many caches have you found?
2350

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

Big caches, like ammo cans, something I can put some swag in!

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

Sledgehammer GCGNET I didn’t find that many caches when I went to Geowoodstock 7 in Bell Buckle, TN, but one I really wanted to find was this one by MonkeyBrad. It is described as a “4x4 container under a pile of rocks” Its been “favorited” over 30 times, and I understand why. If you are ever in the area, check it out!

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

Disposable.

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

Finding

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

Bring cachers to a specific area or to see something they might have missed otherwise.

What is you favorite type of cache hide?

A large container, especially one that kids can find and swap swag because I know they really enjoy that part of the game.
Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
“Out By the Shop” GC178FG Its been found over 250 times. It sits right outside my office window. It gives me the opportunity to visit with cachers when they come to find it.


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

1:100. I also think maybe new cachers should have to log 100 finds before they can make their first hide. I still remember most of those first 100 finds. They were the best!

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

I was hooked after that first day of caching. It took me a while to meet some other cachers and find some friends to start going with. But once that happened it was downhill from there!

What's your favorite geocache?

How Do You Measure Up, As A Cacher? GCVF6Q Sadly its gone, but it was one of the best in the state. Worth the trip to Clarksville just for this one. Hopefully you found it!

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

England I think would be fun.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

GROUP!

How many First to Finds do you have?

48 - but I haven’t had once since January 2010.

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 a FTF hunter anymore. Leave that for the newer cachers so they can have that thrill.


Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

Scouting, church and family activities take up most of my time these days.
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January 2012 Geocacher Profile

Jan 01, 2012 - 5:37 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought the Immediate Past President of ArkGeo, David Spicer aka Paris1time, should be the second cacher to be in the spotlight.
What is your geocaching name? paris1time

How did you choose your handle? I work in law enforcement and I once went to a class on "gangs" and learned that in the neighborhoods of some the large cities that have gang problems the gangs would call the police the "One Time". They called them that because they felt that they would only see a police car patrol through the bad neighborhood one time during their shift. Since I worked for the Paris Police Department at the time I choose the name "paris1time" when signing up with Geocaching.com.

How long have you been geocaching? I found my first cache on April 13th, 2006.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it? The first cache I found was Sunset from a Short Mountain (GCTXGW). At the time it was the closest cache to my house so we went to search for it first. I have to say that we had a tough time finding it at first and was about to give up when I checked the coordinates in my GPSr and found that I had put the wrong coordinates into my GPSr. After putting in the correct coordinates we found the cache and was hooked. I now use a cable to send coordinates to my GPSr and I use a photo taken at the first cache as my avatar on Geocaching.com.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? Anyone that wants to go! I have gone with my wife, my family, my friends, youth groups (Church, Scouts, and 4-H), and by myself a few times.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up? Just like any cache if I want to find it I never give up!

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in? Clarksville and Searcy. I cut my geocaching teeth on finding caches hidden in Clarksville and I have went to Searcy to find some great caches there too.

Do you do paperless caching? Yes. I once had a PDA and had Cachemate on it to go paperless. I had a Blackberry phone for a while and had Cacheberry on it. I now have a Droid X and downloaded the Geocaching.com app to go paperless. What I like about it is that I can do a Pocket Query on my computer and then it will automatically be on my phone to save there without having to go through a bunch of steps. I also use my phone to post field notes to log my finds later.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use? The cachemobile is a Ford Escape most of the time.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching? It is a hobby/sport/game that anyone from anywhere can play. It will take you to places that you have never been before and most of all geoachers are some of the greatest people you would ever want to meet. I have my family, my church family, and my geocaching family. I can rely on them all to be there when I need them.

Where are you originally from? I have live in Logan County all of my life. I lived between Subiaco and Scranton until I was married in 1992 and then moved to Paris.

In what states you have geocached? Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

What was your first event ever attended? This 1time in Paris... GXZFTY. I have to add it was the first event to attend and host. We were wanting to meet other geocachers and at that time there were only one or two events a year, so we hosted an event in January of 2007 and have hosted an event the 2nd Saturday of January every year since.

How many caches have you found? As of 12/20/11 I have found 838.

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest? Event caches! I love events and they are my favorite, but after that is traditional caches.

What was the most famous cache that you have found? I haven't had the chance to find any caches I would call famous (i.e. Mingo), but I did find Jailhouse Rock GC3F7 that was at Graceland in Memphis.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries? Disposable.

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

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide? At first it was just to have a hide to let another cacher make a find, but now my goal is for the cache to either take a cacher to a cool place or to be unique from other caches.

What is you favorite type of cache hide? Cemetery caches. My wife and I love them. They usually have great stories behind the hides and we usually see some interesting head stones.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in? It is probably Mission X: The Lost Mission GC35K7P. I gave it a Project A.P.E. cache twist and put the most work I have ever put into a cache to date. Also as of this date it has 17 favorite points from cachers.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh? I say hide all you want and find all you want.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? I was home from work while my wife was working. It was March 2006 and the Lodge at Mt. Magazine State Park was about to open. I was looking at their web site to see what they had to offer for visitors to do. I saw something called "geocaching" and had no idea what it was. I clicked on the link and it took me to Geocaching.com. I read about it and it looked like a lot of fun, so I called my wife and told her to look at the web site too. She called me back later and said it looked like fun to her too. The rest as they say is history...

What's your favorite geocache? Illuminating Louis GC1FP4M is my favorite. It has just the right balance of everything, plus it is well made and cool.

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

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group? Group, the more the merrier!

How many First to Finds do you have? I have no idea for sure, maybe 8. I don't usually go for 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 am not a FTF person, but I do have notifications set up to let me know about new caches around home.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching? There are other hobbies? Not really. I don't hunt and I don't fish. I do enjoy joining my son with Cub Scouts. I am also a kid at heart and love video games and movies.
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