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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Searcy, AR
    Posts
    14

    Introduction

    Hello everyone. My name is Eric Bond and I live in Searcy. We moved here about 3.5 years ago because of an unexpected change of jobs that totally took us in a different direction. My wife and I met here 20+ years ago while attending school and then we moved on. It has grown a bit in the time we were away but we really enjoy the area. I've gotten to explore quite a bit more of it than I ever would have thanks to your efforts.

    I first learned about geocaching in 2007 when I muggled two really cool caches while on an ATV trip in Taylor Park, CO. I was messing around a big rock outcropping in the middle of a valley when I spotted an ammo can. Curiosity was all over that. I opened it, found the log, swag and a log book. Not quite knowing the situation, I signed the log book. The next day, I found another ammo can behind an old gravestone in an abandoned cemetery elsewhere in the area. Both have now been archived, but I was able to find Pretzel's Play House and logged it online. I was intrigued by it all but wouldn't come to understand how it all works until years later. Thus the big gap in my caching history.

    My second foray into geocaching came in a formal way in 2012. After moving here, some local, casual cachers in Searcy got me to register. My next find came when I took a Cub Scout Pack camping in Maumelle Park and needed one more activity for the day. It was a great find and all of the scouts signed the log while I explained what they would need to do to retrieve swag from it. Still, it wasn't enough to really say I was bitten by the bug.

    Finally, in August of 2014 while out in Colorado visiting my in-laws, I would say I was truly bitten by the geobug. What a great excuse to grab the kids (wife still doesn't "get it") and run outside to enjoy nature and a treasure hunt. Each kid has a swag bag in my vehicle with trade items ready to go. Needless to say, they prefer non-PnG caches with lots of goodies inside. Santa brought each of them a trackable in their stocking this last year and my son has built a Lego creation and launched his TB. I can't convince my daughter to do anything with hers. She thinks it is neat and wants to hang onto it. Oh well. Time will tell.

    So thank you to everyone who places and who maintain geocaches. It's kind of hard for me to get too far out and into many of the other geocaches in AR but I must say a special thanks to Pat for covering Searcy and give us a great taste of the sport. I tried to grab as many as I could as fast as I could and only now regret that strategy as I am trying to maintain a daily streak. I have started placing a few caches as part of giving back to the community. Batters Up about killed me but it is oh so rewarding to have the final in hand. While I've placed a few PnGs, I want to place caches that have a significance about the area, are a bit of a challenge, or are just plain fun.

    Thanks for humoring me and hope to see you sometime out there or at an event.

    Eric
    aka bondebond

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Little Rock
    Posts
    256
    Welcome to Arkgeo and THANKS for sharing your story. Its so cool to hear about how people get involved in Geocaching - it plays out in so many different ways!

    I hope to see you around soon!

    - Savoy/Les

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Crystal Springs, Arkansas
    Posts
    712
    Well, welcome to our addiction! We are so very glad that you have joined us and even more so that you are having FUN! ! You have found a great group of people in ArkGeo and Arkansas geocachers. We hope to meet you along the caching trail or at an event soon.

    likestocanoe gang
    Jim, Sandy, and Maggie (The Caching Cavalier)
    “There aren’t enough days in the weekend.”
    Rod Schmidt

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Jacksonville, AR
    Posts
    1,314
    Welcome to ArkGeo and geocaching, bondebond!
    I look forward to come up your way to find the geocaches you have placed.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Cabot, AR
    Posts
    15
    Welcome!! I agree with Savoy...loved your story. If your interested in getting together with other geocachers. We're hosting the April C.A.G.E (Central Arkansas Geocaching Enthusiasts) meeting in Cabot. Shoot me a message if you want to know more.

    Again, welcome! And thanks again for getting that stuck OOTN cache for me.

    Ang
    "When life gives you hands...make handmade!"

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Cabot, AR
    Posts
    87
    Hi Eric,

    We have talked a few times and I have found several of your caches. I've enjoyed all of them and they are a great addition to the challenging caches already placed by woodwalker in that area.

    I've heard that "No Fee ATM" is a tough one. I'll have to make a run up there with Razz007 or KSDS and try to make the find. I like my odds better with my friends.

    I hope you can make the M&G mentioned above. It would be great to meet you. Thanks for the story.

    Chuck (floaten)

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Searcy, AR
    Posts
    14
    Thanks Chuck and everyone. I'm starting to enjoy hiding them as much as finding them. I am so bummed I won't be able to make the "Oh Those Pesky Puzzles" meet this weekend. I desperately need help in that area, especially with all of those crazy puzzle caches of Chuck's. I'm so stubborn that I try to do them on my own but I don't have the skill set to actually solve them. I need the "tools".

    The "No Fee ATM" was a total lark and I surely thought it would be easier to find than it is turning out to be. The kicker is once you find it, you will still have some trouble retrieving it. I'm working on my most involved cache build currently and hope to have it placed soon. WW covered up Searcy pretty well (and that's a good thing) so I'm really having to scout out locations.

    I hope to make a C.A.G.E. event soon. I think the one in April being closer will be my best option.

    Thanks all for making this a fun sport and for answering the emails/texts I send at odd hours. Most of you are awake and/or online

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