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April 2017 Geocacher Profile

Apr 02, 2017 - 10:41 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Jean Kennedy aka MSHippie should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name? MSHippie

How did you choose your handle? I wanted to keep a little bit of my home state with me. It is a play on how a born and bred Mississippian pronounces Mississippi, with 3 syllables rather than 4. It could also be read as Ms. Hippie or Mississippi Hippie. Just fun play on words.

How long have you been geocaching?
Joined in 2007, first cache found in 2009

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
I looked for the one nearest to my home – Sophia’s Dyer Park. It has since been archived.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? One, two, or all three of my daughters, collectively known as ARgeokid

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up? Not very long, really depends on what type of puzzle it is…I am terrible at math and triangulating but I love trivia and history.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in? I love the caches that are in parks or hiking trails but I have stuck mostly to Alma and surrounding towns.

Do you do paperless caching? yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use? Not sure how to answer this one…my car or my GPS? I prefer using my Garmin Colorado, but for convenience I use the Geocaching app on my old Iphone 4s. My cachemobile rig is a Subaru Outback.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching? Without a doubt

Where are you originally from? Jackson, MS

In what states have you geocached? AR, OK, LA, MS

What was your first event ever attended? 04/20/2013 Lake Louemma CITO by Jffok

How many caches have you found? 696+, I have been lax in logging my finds over the last few months.

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

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
Well, I will have to decide that by the cache that has the most favorite points because I don’t believe that I have really found a famous cache – Studs R Plumb by Yazzman.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries? Both

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? I haven’t hidden any myself.

What is your favorite type of cache hide? I love the ones that are in the middle of poison ivy and/or black locust trees.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
Seems like some people are more cut out to hide than others. I would prefer fewer well thought out hides that offer a little challenge than a lot of micro skirt lifters just to make one’s numbers increase.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? Not really sure. I must have read about it somewhere.

What's your favorite geocache? Frisco #4003 (1919-1952)

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

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
I would prefer a group but I mostly end up going alone.

How many First to Finds do you have? None ☹

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?
No

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching? Playing video games and reading


Thanks for allowing me to share my Geocaching story
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March 2017 Geocacher Profile

Mar 02, 2017 - 4:35 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Chris Wilks aka Cnwilks should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Cnwilks

How did you choose your handle?
First two initials and last name. Creative, I know.


How long have you been geocaching?
Since October 2014, but I had actually set up an account in 2011 when I had first heard about the hobby, so it took me a while to get around to hunting for my first one.I wish that I had started earlier when I was hiking more frequently, but this gives me a good excuse to go hit those trails again.


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

I live in west Little Rock, and I took off on foot looking for
GC1XDBJ, which is hidden on the sign for a shopping center on W. Markham. I then looked in vain for GC4E577, and also came up dry. So I walked to Waffle House, and after dinner, I moseyed up to the sprawling campus of Immanuel Baptist Church where I finally got on the board with "Light on a hill" GC30G0 I started to get frustrated with that one as well, and then I learned that lamp post skirts can be lifted. The rest, as they say, is history.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
I usually fly solo, but KSDS97 and bUTCH46 have invited me along a couple of times, and my friend ARKEkey from SWAG took me and Summitlady along on a maintenance run on her island caches on Lake Hamilton. I've also been on a couple of RV vacations with my family, and they have helped me hunt on numerous occasions, most notably helping me log all 43 caches on a NASCAR Related GeoArt puzzle that runs the length of Speedway Blvd at Talladega Super Speedway. That trip was memorable, because multiple muggles would pop up and point out where to look.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
I'd much rather solve puzzles than go after a bunch of skirt lifters and power trails. I'd be remiss
if I didn't mention the dream that we all share to be able to solve Flowten's and Woodwalker's puzzles unassisted, but I feel no less pride in emailing them for a nudge. Every now and then, one of them will toss out a softball that I can solve on my own, but I know that Chuck and Pat are more interested in challenging us than stumping us, and help is an email away. The same is true for my puzzle caches...help is an email away.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
I enjoy caching on the road, and try to get one every time that I travel out of state. But I'm something of a homebody, and it amazes me how many local caches that I have yet to go after. Please keep them coming in the Little Rock area, and I'll do the same. I particularly recommend going after Doublenickel8's dead presidents series in Hillcrest...he's a very crafty hider, and finishing his series is a lot like caching bootcamp.

Do you do paperless caching?
Yes...I used hard copies in the early days, but those days are long over.


What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
iPhone 5s, and a Garmin Oregon 600 (they were marked down to about $129 at Academy Sports, but I haven't used it as much as my phone, which I have at all times….Summitlady bought the same one, and we give each other a hard time for not using it enough)


Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

For starters, it's an inexpensive hobby that will appeal to people who like to hunt for treasure and solve puzzles. Premium membership costs $30 a year, and if you're interested in hiding caches, creativity and craftsmanship are a lot more important than money. Most importantly, it's a great way to make some new friends through clubs like CAGE and SWAG.


Where are you originally from?

Born and raised in Little Rock. Proud graduate of McClellan High in '92 and Arkansas State in 96'


In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma, Alabama, Nevada


What was your first event ever attended?
November 2014 at Whole Hog in NLR. My door prize was waterproof log sheets, and I still have most of them.


How many caches have you found?
715


Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
It’s fun to find large ones full of swag and TBs, but as an urban cacher, mostly I find micros.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
GC4E07-The man in black, a virtual cache at the Dale Earnhardt statue outside of Daytona International Speedway.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Disposable when I have a choice..I try to be green as much as I can, but rechargeable batteries develop memories.

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

That’s a tough question. I guess I’ll say finding them, but when someone finds one of mine, I always enjoy reading the log, and getting confirmation that it wasn’t muggled. For the same reason, I love when new logs get posted for my TBs. I currently have two in the UK, and a few that have racked up a lot of miles in the US.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
Not really...my first few were based around places where I had some personal history, or that had a great story. I also like looking for street names that tie in with a movie or TV show that I like, and I try to keep them close enough that I can maintain them. I made a couple of baseball related puzzle caches, and based on the early response, decided to make a whole series. I also have an idea for a series of caches based on The Walking Dead...it’s not my favorite show, but there are enough streets in central AR that share their name with characters from the show. I’d like to get a little more creative with containers in the future, and find a way to hide more containers big enough to trade TBs.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
As much as I love puzzles, finding the container is usually a bit anticlimactic. The first time I found a fake electrical cover was pretty exciting. I love the caches that are hidden in plain sight, and there’s nothing like finding one with a really unusual container...the most recent one that made me smile was “More cowbell” GC6HTCH by Crittercache. She doesn’t have a ton of them out there, but I enjoy her creativity. And even though I still haven’t found it yet, GC5KH2F “Easiest cache ever” made me chuckle on the first hunt. I have no truck with finding film cans and contact lens cases, but it’s always fun to find something a bit more unusual.I love the meet and greets, and try not to miss them. I also enjoy hunting for caches in cemeteries, because I believe that the dead people enjoy the company.

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

My baseball series of puzzle caches. I just wish that more people would go get them.

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

As many as you can maintain. I have about 25 active, which seems like a small number, until you start getting DNFs on them and have to go check them out. I get a little frustrated at my local map, because of all the neglected caches hidden by inactive COs.


How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
I had heard about it a long time ago, and always suspected that it would be an activity that I would enjoy. Once I finally got out there and looked, I was hooked. One of the first things that I liked was having an excuse to pull into places that I had been driving by for years.

What's your favorite geocache?
GC5AE5K-”Matt’s Homerun”. I chickened out at least a couple of times before claiming my prize. I’ll also give an honorable mention to GC4GEA1”Old Ironside” in Memphis. I don’t remember being scared of heights as a kid, but even a short climb is a different story now. But I inked the log on both.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
Rome, Paris, London, Tokyo, Australia, Dubai...those are the places where I’d go if money was no object (for starters), not necessarily driven by caching.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
I haven’t been caching with others very much, but it’s always nice to go hunting with people who are more patient finders.

How many First to Finds do you have?
About 6-8...none recently

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 used to be, and had a friendly rivalry with CacheiusClay for a while. I drove 10-15 miles a couple of times to get one.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Filmmaking, writing, and cooking. I haven’t played them in a while, but I have a couple of drumsets stacked up in my garage, and one of these days I wouldn’t mind playing in a bar band again.


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February 2017 Geocacher Profile

Feb 01, 2017 - 9:25 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Sherry Siler aka ssiler should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
ssiler


How did you choose your handle?
It is the first letter of my first name and my last name. (I didn't realize that my user name would be my handle when I was creating my account, and then after I had found a few caches, I didn't want to change my name.)

How long have you been geocaching?
Since 2012

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
My first find was The Holocaust Memorial, GC 19101, NM. I was attending a Career and Technical Education conference and a group of my peers and I, one who was a cacher, found it.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
My sister, vbrerwer64, and I cache together most of the time, but we do team up with others from time to time.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
Sometimes 1 second, sometimes until I figure it out.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
I like grabbing a cache where ever I am, especially when traveling.

Do you do paperless caching?
There was caching with paper? That must have been before my time!

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Samsung Note 3 cell phone

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
Geocaching has shown me interesting places that I didn't know existed and taught me about topics I didn't know about. I have learned quite a bit about history and local area historical sites while geocaching. I like getting outside and spending time with my friends and my sister.

Where are you originally from?
Alma, AR

In what states have you geocached?
Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin

What was your first event ever attended?
Lake Louemma Park CITO Event by JFFOK in April 2013

How many caches have you found?
2,093

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
The ones I find! I like them all, but an ammo can in the woods is much better than a nano in the woods. I do like finding challenging caches.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
Mingo

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
I always have my charger so I can charge my cell's battery!

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Both are fun. I like seeing who will be the FTF on a hide and I enjoy finding other COs caches, especially right now as I am working to fill my grid.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
Sometimes, like when we placed the 64/64 run, but mostly just to provide caches for cachers to find.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
I don't have a favorite, but I do like to use interesting cammo on my containers.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
I like my Unpretty as a Peacock, it's original container because it was U-G-L-Y.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
This is not anything that I have thought about!

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Friends at a conference were going and asked my to go with them.

What's your favorite geocache?
I have several: The Day the Music Died-GC8519, View Carrie-GCE02C are two of my favs.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
I guess to find a cache in every state, province or country where there are caches.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
I enjoy both.

How many First to Finds do you have?
45

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 my notification settings for 50 miles, but I am not set on go. If it's close by and I am not already doing something, I will try.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
I enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, shopping, spending time with my sons and family, trying to grow flowers, and mowing but not weed-eating. I enjoy my job-I'm an education junkie.


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January 2017 Geocacher Profile

Jan 03, 2017 - 6:39 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Hubert Chapman aka Butch724 should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Butch724

How did you choose your handle?
It is a combination of my name and fire department badge number.

How long have you been geocaching?
Since 6/26/2010

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
With my car GPS, All the news....That is News GC1E66F

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

No one, I usually go by myself.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
Not very long!

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
St. Louis

Do you do paperless caching?
yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Phone and Garmin GPS

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
To get out and see things you would miss

Where are you originally from?
Batesville, AR

In what states have you geocached?
AR, MO, LA, WI, TX, IL, KY, TN, IN

What was your first event ever attended?
Searcy's 4th Annual Meet & Greet GC2CZJ9

How many caches have you found?
2068

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

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
Gorilla Stash GC1B

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Rechargeable

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

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
To make cachers think and work for the find

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
In the woods

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
Fast Lane ReRedux GC4ZK20
Memorial to a fallen brother. GC2CT2V

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
1 hide per 100 finds

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
I got a car GPS and when setting it up I found geocaching by accident.

What's your favorite geocache?
GC1776 Castaway Cache and GC1ACD The Sugar Loaf Island Cache

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

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
Both

How many First to Finds do you have?
Don't keep count

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?
Ready when I can with notifications set for 50 miles

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Motorcycles and Car Club
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December 2016 Geocacher Profile

Dec 01, 2016 - 7:22 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Susan Batterton aka trekkin'arkie should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
trekkin'arkie

How did you choose your handle?

I did most of my geocaching while traveling in my Roadtrek RV from Arkansas so that just seemed a logical name choice. Today, I would choose a shorter one.

How long have you been geocaching?

I began geocaching in February, 2003.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
My first geocache was GC3F25 Caddo Bend at Lake Ouachita State Park near Hot Springs. My sister introduced me to the hobby so I printed a topographical map and went along while she experimented with her new Garmin. While she was studying her screen, I found the cache.


Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
Leonthepeon is my usual caching companion and makes sure we have a writing utensil.


How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
I have worked on a few way too long. After trying some I could never solve I spend very little time on one.


What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
I especially enjoyed caching around Siesta Key, Florida because I went with a good friend from the area. So often the best part is who you are caching with.


Do you do paperless caching?
I do paperless caching now.


What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
I rely on my Garmin CSX 60 when not using my iPhone.


Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

I would suggest it is a great way to enjoy being outside with friends. Nothing like hiking or biking a trail with a geocache as the destination.


Where are you originally from?
I was born in Kansas, but have lived in Hot Springs most of my life. I call the first two years my stint in the cavalry.


In what states have you geocached?
I have geocached in 49 states and need to make a return trip to Hawaii.


What was your first event ever attended?

On December 20, 2009 I attended Fall into Winter in Hot Springs Village hosted by rklmbl.


How many caches have you found?
I have found 2,598 caches. I did skip some years!


Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
I am not as interested in the container as the cleverness of the cache. Bird houses are usually nice.


What was the most famous cache that you have found?

I suppose caching at headquarters in Seattle would be the most famous.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
I use disposable batteries.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Once I finally started hiding caches I got a tremendous amount of pleasure from it but I equally enjoy finding those others have hidden.

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

I want most of the caches I hide to be easy enough for a new cacher to find. I like for something historical, clever, or a nice location to be part of each cache which is not always the case.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
For awhile I was all about completing challenges but I do like a virtual cache when traveling.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
My favorites are the ones that I think are clever and I came up with the idea on my own. Moo'ving On, Seeing Eye to Eye, RV There Yet?, TV Hill, and Get a Grip Wood U are my favorites that are still active. I don't even know where the ideas came from!

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I don't think the ratio matters because each cacher has his or her own preference. I personally am not interested in how many caches I find but others are. The beauty of the hobby - something for everyone.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

My sister had started caching and I just tagged along. She quit years ago, not I.

What's your favorite geocache?
It is hard to pick just one, but several of the caches set out by Groundspeak in Seattle are quite amazing. Often it is not the geocache itself, but perhaps the hike I took to get to it.

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

I would go to Georgia so I could finish my Jasmer list.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

The majority of the time I prefer caching with friends.

How many First to Finds do you have?
I haven't kept up with my FTFs, although I did reach 100 to complete a challenge.

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 find that others are far more interested in first to finds than I am so I leave them for someone else.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
I enjoy fly fishing, kayaking, hiking, biking on flat land, genealogy, camping, and rv'ing. Other recent hobbies include ham radio, Dutch oven cooking, photography, and the list goes on.

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