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Featured Cacher For July 2011 - GeoGeex

Jun 30 2011 09:29 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

GeoGeex of Katy, TX.

What got you interested in caching?
GeoGeex: I overheard two friends talking outside my door at work about finding cash. One was telling the other how they had planned out this family hike to find this cash. When they had arrived at GZ, they found themselves surrounded by an army of frogs or some such. But it had not deterred them and they found the cash in spite of the guardians. At this point, I didn’t know if they were talking about some book they had read, or maybe a movie or if they had just totally gone bonkers. In the interest of possibly scoring myself some of this cash, I inquired as to what they were talking about. After explaining to me that it wasn’t money they were after but a container with a piece of paper to sign in it that the entire family had embarked upon finding, I was still a little befuddled. They went on to tell me how much fun it was and how the kids really had a great time. They pointed me to geocaching.com and told me to check it out. I went to the website and did a quick search for the area I lived in. WOW! The place was loaded with hidden treasures! I bought a cheap GPS and printed out some caches that were located in a nearby soccer park. I really talked up how we were going treasure hunting to my 4 year old son and he was really keen on the idea. My wife joined us as we searched for these caches. It took us quite a bit to find our first one as we had no idea what we were looking for. But find it we did! Katy Park Bison Hunt: Tree (GC1AWT6) was our very first find. My son was jumping up and down and all excited. We went on to find several more caches in the park that day. We, as a family had a really great day but it will live in infamy as the day my wife became a caching widow. She now says that if there was a hundred dollar bill sitting on a bank across an alligator infested bayou, I would turn away, but put a piece of paper into a tube and call it a cache, now I MUST find a way to get over there!

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Featured Cacher For June 2011 - Tantillos.com

Jun 01 2011 12:00 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Tantillos.com of Webster, TX.

What got you interested in caching?
Tantillos.com: We saw an article about geocaching in the Houston Chronicle in fall 2006. Equipped with our old Garmin Street Pilot GPSr (yes, the one that weighs a ton and takes SIX AA batteries to run for five minutes outside of the car), we headed out to find our first cache. Our first find was a multi, Deep in the Park of Texas (GCX28C). The second cache we found was a light skirt cache. When we lifted that skirt and the matchstick container rolled out, we felt like spies, and we were hooked!

How did you decide on your caching name?
Tantillos.com: In hindsight, it would be fun to have come up with something caching clever. But, we chose tantillos.com because that’s our web site.

When you cache, what equipment do you use? (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)
Tantillos.com: One day, we would love to log caches just by thinking about it, but until then, we use a Garmin GPSmap 60CSx, the Geocaching app on our iPhones and GSAK to keep up with our stats.

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Featured Cacher For May 2011 - Agtitan

May 02 2011 10:41 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Agtitan of Atascocita, TX.

What got you interested in caching?
Agtitan: My parents (rocky4) started caching in October 2009. I never really went along with them because I hadn't yet been infected with the "caching bug"! It wasn't until the next month that I found my first cache. We were at one of our favorite hole in the wall restaurants in Fulshear, TX, and my parents told me there was a cache just a hundred feet away. So, after we finished eating, we walked over to "Blink and Miss it!" (GC1QNG8). I really had no idea what I was looking for, but after a few minutes, I had the cache in my hand, and I was absolutely hooked! The rest is history!

How did you decide on your caching name?
Agtitan: Back in 2001, I came up with the name AgFrontier for a truck forum that I belonged to -- I had just bought a silver Nissan Frontier. I used Ag because Ag is the periodic symbol for silver. And Frontier obviously for the truck…so AgFrontier. I sold the Frontier in 2006 when I bought my new Nissan Titan. My Titan is dark gray color, so the Ag wouldn't really fit anymore…however, I had just become an Aggie getting my Masters degree at Texas A&M University. So, when I joined a Titan forum, I kept the Ag for Aggie, and added the Titan…hence AgTitan! It's been my online handle since then, and it was an easy choice for AgTitan when I registered on geocaching.com. On caches I find at night, I go by the name Night Time Ninja 019 (or NtN019 for short) -- more on that later.

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