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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.
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought the current ArkGeo President, Richard Lee aka IdRatherBeHiking, should be the first cacher to be in the spotlight.
What is your geocaching name? IdRatherBeHiking
How did you choose your handle? Before geocaching if I wasn't working I was out hiking somewhere.
How long have you been geocaching? 8 years
How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it? I found my first geocache Spy Rock GCGK7B by accident. I stopped to eat lunch while out hiking and found an ammo can in the log I was sitting on. I had never heard of it before and after finding it I thought this was something I could really get into. I went home that night and ordered a gps.
Who usually goes with you when you go caching? When my daughter was younger she went with me a lot. But now that she is older I go mostly by myself.
How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up? That really depends on the mood I am in that day. Lately I have a tendency to ignore puzzle caches until there are a lot of them in my area and then I will sit down and spend a half day working on a bunch of them before I go out and find them.
What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in? I have cached all over Arkansas and in other states. But my favorite area has to be my hometown of Russellville. The area around Russellville, Dardanelle, and Clarksville has always had a great group of geocachers and just continues to grow and expand with many great hides and new cachers.
Do you do paperless caching? Yes I would never go back to the old way.
What kind of geocaching rig do you use? Garmin Oregon 200
Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching? There are so many reasons but I guess the top three would be: 1.Getting to see places and things you would otherwise never see. 2. Getting out and enjoying the world around you. And 3. My Favorite. The people you meet.
Where are you originally from? I was born and raised in East Texas but have now lived in Arkansas for half of my life.
In what states you have geocached? Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana, Tennessee, Nevada, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi.
What was your first event ever attended? Arkansas Meet Alabama! GCT912 hosted by our reviewer at that time NatureFish.
How many caches have you found? 4095
Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest? I really don't have a preference. If you hide it I will find it. Of course bigger is easier to see.
What was the most famous cache that you have found? I guess it would have to be the Binford Tool Time series by Cachemates.
Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries? Disposable
Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby? I enjoy both but have not hidden nearly as many as I would like to.
Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide? To take the searcher somewhere they have never been or give the a hide they have never seen before.
What is you favorite type of cache hide? Something clever that makes me go "WOW, I wish I had thought of that".
Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in? Probably would be "Yahtzee" GCHRJ3 and "A Little Rock Cache" GCR0C1
What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh? It's really hard to give a ratio on something like this because the different hiders in geocaching are so diverse. Some folks just don't have the time it takes to hide and maintain a large number of caches where others have lots of time. This may sound bad, but some cachers just are not good hiders. However, at least they are giving something back.
What's your favorite geocache? I can't really say that it is any one cache but my favorites are the ones that involve a good hike with great scenery.
If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching? A year long trip around the world.
Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group? I used to prefer going alone but over the years I have become a much more sociable person and like going in groups.
How many First to Finds do you have? I quit counting a long time ago.
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 feel like I have gotten my share of FTF's over the years so I tend to hold back and let some of the newer folks have a shot at it. It also seems that every time a new cache is published these days I am at work. I have my notifications set at 20 miles.
Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching? Hiking and Photography
Come one, come all, everyone is invited to attend an event that will be held in Paris, Arkansas on Saturday, October 15th, 2011. Cache Mania 2011!
Visit the event listing on Geocaching.com: http://coord.info/GC30YBQ
Visit the event web site at: http://www.cachemania2011.blogspot.com
Visit the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=201916659865822
One definition of MANIA :
"excessive or unreasonable enthusiasm"
Do you suffer from an excessive or unreasonable enthusiasm for geocaching?
Come meet up with others that suffer from it too.
This event is sponsored by the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce.
There will be $500 in CASH PRIZES!
WHEN: Saturday, October 15th, 2011
8:00AM - 5:00PM
WHERE: Logan County Fairgrounds - Paris, Arkansas
The first 150 that post a "Will Attend" are guaranteed to receive a "goody" bag. Please visit the event web site at www.cachemania2011.blogspot.com for details on the contents!
Some old military ordnance has been found at Burns Park in North Little Rock.
The discovery was made in mid-February during construction of natural hiking and bicycle trails.
Workers found three old artillery rounds, one mortar, and one fuse near the main Boy Scout trail head located southwest of Interstate 40, south of J. K. Poch Drive, and north of the RV Park.
The North Little Rock Police and Fire Departments, along with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team for the Little Rock Air Force Base (LRAFB) worked together to ensure the items were stable before removing them to LRAFB.
The area where they were found is temporarily closed for assessment.
Burns Park was once part of Camp Robinson/Camp Pike and Fort Roots before the city bought 870 acres in 1949 to create the park. Another 656 acres was added from the Fort Roots Reservation in 1956.
Military relics, including munitions, have been found at Burns Park before, but last month's find is the greatest concentration of munitions yet uncovered.
Records have been requested from the government to determine the past use of the site to aid in the assessment of the area.
While Burns Park officials say in its 60-year history there has never been an accidental detonation of abandoned military ordnance there, they urge visitors to understand the risks associated with old military ordnance and to call police if any are found.
A search of the area by park personnel has not turned up any other munitions, but until an assessment is complete, visitors are advised to stay on designated trails and to remember no digging or fires are allowed.
UPDATE: Talked with Jeff Keplinger of NLR parks a few minutes ago. He said the affected trails have signs posted. The general area that ordnance have been found are north of Arlene Layman and south of I-40, not including the Yellow Trail/Wooden Bridge area. Additionally, he said that if a geocacher were to see something that looks out of place (even a cache that is not a geocache from geocaching.com) BACK OFF, mark it on the GPSr, and give him (501) 791-8545 or the police a call.
Mar 31, 2011 - 11:47 AM - by BSA534
We thank everyone who has participated in our monthly contest over the past 7 months. Its been a lot of fun coming up with new challenges and we hope you've had a lot of fun meeting them. But as with all good things, its time for the contest to end.
But don't worry, the Member Relations Committee is busy coming up with new and challenging contests to help keep everyone busy over the next few months. If you'd like to give us some ideas, we'd love to hear them, or better yet, join our committee and give us a hand!
Watch this space for announcements of new contests and games.
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