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Geocacher Profile

Dec 02, 2011 - 6:32 PM - by MathSeeker
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
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Cache Mania 2011 - A Geoaching Event - Paris, Arkansas

Aug 04, 2011 - 10:48 AM - by paris1time
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!
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Old Military Ordnance Found in NLR's Burns Park

Apr 22, 2011 - 1:47 PM - by THINKeen
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.
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Monthly Contest

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.

Tim Stone
Member Relations Liasion
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April Fool's Caching

Mar 11, 2011 - 5:27 PM - by gingerose
S.W.A.G. (Southwest Arkansas Geocachers) is hosting three events the first weekend of April. We would love to see everyone there!!!

GC2MP8H- Twas' the Night before Swagville- Friday, April 1, 2011- For those in the area or have already arrived, we are planning a meet and eat at Charlie's Pizza Pub. We plan on starting the gathering at 6:00 p.m., but if you are running a little later don't worry - just come join the FUN. The menu is pizza and sandwiches, but you are not required to purchase a meal to attend. Just please don't bring food into the restaurant from other locations. This event is planned to give those arriving early an extra opportunity to swap some geocaching stories - so bring your best ones and come on over.

GC2MN1M- Fooling Around Swagville-Saturday, April 2, 2011- This year is it Fooling Around Swagville that awaits you with all the fun of last year plus a few new twists. Plans are in the works for 50+ new caches to be placed and published the week of the event. The 2nd Annual S.W.A.G. Event will take place in Jesseville from 8:59 to 2:11 p.m. There will be a special area set up for the younger cachers with toys, books, games, and movies to keep them entertained and happy.
You will have the morning to participate in the plethora of activities before enjoying a meal at 12:02 p.m. Bar-b-que plate with the fixin's catered by Home Plate Diner will be available for $7.00 per person if you wish to eat at the event. You are welcome to bring you own, or head on out for your meal, also but we need a head count for those wishing a meal from the caterer. Please post by March 27, 2011, if you plan on purchasing a meal and how many. There is no cost to attend the event of course but prize donations are very welcomed.
Invite your friends, muggles, cachers, neighbors and even a few enemies to have a great time in Swagville with the S.W.A.G. gang.
A few of the planned activities include:

<>Pocket Caches<>
<>Camo contest<>
<>Kids cache<>
<> Geo-bingo<>
<>Travel Bug and Geocoins<>
<>S.W.A.G. Scavenger Hunt<>
<>LOL- Caching Hayride<>
<>Caching Trivia<>

<>Arkgeo Merchandise and Information<>

GC2MN2D- Swagville After Dark- Saturday, April 2, 2011- For an even better time in Cacheville, stick around for the whoop-t-do that is going on after dark. Whether you have been in Cacheville and it's suburbs all day or just making it in for the bonfire there is plenty of fun to be had. The festivities will begin about 6:00 pm. with a bonfire along iwth hotdogs and marshmellows. The SWAG members are putting together a nighttime caching adventure. Make sure to have your flashlight on hand for this night caching experience.Come enjoy an evening of geocache story swapping good 'ole time.
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