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Featured Cacher For January 2011 - Sunshot99

Jan 02 2011 07:53 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Sunshot99 of Houston, TX.

What got you interested in caching?
Sunshot99: I saw a TV show, even before caching was born, about a group of friends in Seattle that would hide boxes on trails in Washington and trade coordinates with their friends. I thought it was cool and I would get to use GPS.

How did you decide on your caching name?
Sunshot99: I have used the same name from my email since the 90’s when I was working in Mississippi. It is a surveying term where you use the sun’s location at a specific time to locate yourself on the globe. It has become a lost art with GPS but still a great thing to know.

When you cache, what equipment do you use? (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)
Sunshot99: I have a Garmin Dakota 20 and I love it. I have used several different Garmin’s and Magellan’s but really love all the new features on the Dakota.

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Featured Cacher For December 2010 - Nebulus703

Nov 30 2010 10:45 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Nebulus703 of Highlands/Baytown, TX.

What got you interested in caching?
Nebulus703: I’ve always been the type to explore random places that nobody would ever go to. If there are a bunch of woods then I want to check them out. If there’s a huge empty field that I’ve never been in before then I want to run around in it. I would even climb buildings in urban areas just to see what the rooftops were like. Then one day as I was working I ran into my friend’s parents and we hadn’t seen each other in a really long time so we hit it off and got back up to date on what was going on with our lives. They mentioned having a new hobby known as geocaching. I thought, “What’s geo-cashing? Can I make money doing this?” They showed me their GPSr and started giving me details about their newfound hobby and every bit of it sounded really interesting. They showed me the website and where I could find my very first geocache. Later that night I went to the area where they told me to go and as soon as I found it I knew I was hooked. There’s something about that first cache that’s just magical. From there, I went home and set up an account and began looking for more in the area. I knew that I was going to enjoy this hobby because it allows me to explore like I normally do but this time I feel like I have more of a reason to do so.

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Featured Cacher For November 2010 - BaytownBert

Oct 31 2010 08:31 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

BaytownBert of Baytown, TX.

What got you interested in caching?
BaytownBert: Back in 2003, I was introduced to the idea of geocaching by the famous Sam Morrow (UsMorrows). Sam was the Lab Super and since we are both computer nerds, we would share and compare each morning while I was passing by on my rounds. I found about 40 caches before I came to the conclusion my bride was not interested and since I had numerous other hobbies, I decided to drop geocaching in favor of continuing mutual interests. Now years later, I decided it was time I get back to hiking and well, geocaching gives me a reason to be on the trail, plus it’s a reward for the labor.

How did you decide on your caching name?
BaytownBert: I’ve been BaytownBert online (300 bps) before Al Gore invented the Internet. I moved to Baytown in 1974 and put down roots. I do my best to promote the city and surrounding area on a daily basis and folks recognize my name for the proactive work I do here and my columns in the Baytown Sun and my blog.

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