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Featured Cacher For April 2012 - BBQBob2

BBQBob2 of Southeast Houston, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
My friend Tim (Sparky) got me started in December 2007. He called up the GC map and showed me all these things that were hidden all over Houston, and some that I drove by every day. We started hunting at lunchtime and after work and I was hooked by Day 2. My wife Pat still remembers the old pre-caching days when a trip to the store only took an hour and didn’t result in heat stroke, PI and big thorn scratches on my arms.

How did you decide on your caching name?
We moved to Texas in 2003 and that was the first time I tasted true BBQ. My son Bobby and I soon started searching out good places, so bbqbob2 seemed like a good handle. He never caught the caching bug, but we still enjoy a BBQ run to Luling or Lockhart to see my daughter Beth.

When you cache, what equipment do you use? (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)
I started with a Garmin blue Legend that Tim lent me, then bought my own and after a few hundred finds switched to a Garmin 60Cx. I’m an old school guy, and the 60Cx has gone from cutting edge to old school in just the few years I’ve had it. Love the accuracy and reliability of the unit, for me it’s one of the best things Garmin has done.
What are your all-time favorite cache(s)?
I’m an engineer and a tinkerer and two of my favorite caches were hide in plain sight caches by Jarihend. They’ve both been archived and Richard and Janet have moved to Florida, but Richard’s “Can You Hear Me” cache in Friendswood and “What’s the Score” cache in Clear Lake were simple and elegant and were kind of inspiring. I’ve tried to make some fun and interesting hides and hope people have enjoyed them as much.

I also like history and any virtual that takes me to a new and interesting place is always appreciated.

Do you have any special caching adventures you want to tell us about?
I enjoyed cachestacker’s “Cow Tipping” night caching event last year. The road trip aspect combined with some very good company and fun caches made for a very nice evening.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
There’s two that stick out. For my 1000th find I invited Jim (txgolfer) to join me in finding drew8’s very well done “Plundering the Treasure” multi. We had all but the final in hand and confidently headed into the swamp in June. After an hour or so of wandering, mossies, heat stroke and a torn shirt we had nothing, even with a desperate PAF call. We staggered out, having walked by the final about 5 times. Jim went back and found it with Joni a while later, but I’m saving it for #1500 now.

My most embarrassing moment came when staggering back (a common thread) from a DNF on an old friend, “Bad Czech” in Friendswood. As I dragged back to my car I saw a police car parked next to it. I said good morning to the two officers and told them I had been in the woods Geocaching. They said “ We know, we ran your plates and called your daughter and she said you were probably off doing your “nerd hobby”. Could not argue a bit.

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
I’m not too good at them, but I enjoy solving puzzles. You always learn something new, whether its about the subject of the puzzle or about the person who made the puzzle.

What is your favorite local cache?
I’ll come back to drew8’s “Plunder” multi. Well thought out, with a good back story that takes you all over Clear Lake. Nicely done!

How about your favorite out of state cache?
We enjoyed a neat virtual in Virginia near Natural Bridge, where you turn a corner and see a scale replica of Stonehenge on a hill. The places caching takes you!

Summer or Winter caching? Why?
I enjoy the cooler winter temps for sure. Summers are better for easy PNGs and the pool.

When a new cache is listed, are you tempted to go for FTF?
I used to go after FTFs very seriously and have kind of mellowed out of it. The temptation is still there but I’m getting much better at resisting it.

Tell us about your cache mobile.
My cache mobile is a very un-4WD Ford Taurus. Much better for the daily commute than the back woods. Found this out one Saturday morning looking for a cachestacker hide in Friendswood when my front wheels went into about six inches of soft mud. Did not need AAA, but did spend a few dollars at the car wash to get rid of the muddy evidence.

What other hobbies do you have?
I also like to woodwork, read, garden and keep up with my two growing grandkids, Emily and Colin.

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
Just picking up caches along the way. Pat and I will be driving to NY this summer for a few weeks and I’d like to add a few states to the souvenir file.

Is it all about the numbers?
Not at all. It’s about the fun and thrill of the find and of the comraderie of this great group we have in Houston.

Thanks for this interview.
Is there anything you would like to add? Thank you for the interview and I’d like to thank all the SE side cachers and the HGCS community for making this such a great addiction!