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Featured Cacher For September 2011 - no muggle

Aug 31 2011 07:49 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

no muggle of Friendswood, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
no muggle: My sister, bittybit, and I were headed to a weekend long training for Texas Master Naturalists. I don’t know where she heard about it, but she handed me a stack of papers and said she had found something that sounded interesting. Anyway, I read the whole stack of papers out loud to her while she was driving, the whole time thinking it was the craziest, stupidest thing I had ever heard. Why would anyone want to do this? Neither of us had a GPS except the cars navigation system, which will only get you so close. I plugged in the coordinates to one just down the street from my mothers house which turned out to be in the park we played in as kids. I could only get within a few hundred feet with the car. I looked but couldn’t find anything, still convinced this was a crazy, stupid thing. Then, Bittybit bought one of those yellow Garmins and we went back. Well, we found a film canister in a tree stump with a log that was so moldy it was basically unsignable and that was it.

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Featured Cacher For September 2010 - Maxwell

Aug 31 2010 10:49 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Maxwells' Hammer of Katy, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
Maxwell's Hammer: My brother Brian (Me-Tarzan) was in town visiting, and my husband Rob (Mr. Maxwell's Hammer) and I invited him to go with us for a walk. He asked, "Where are we going?" I replied, "Around the neighborhood. You know, for exercise." He asked, "Well, can we at least see if there are any Geocaches nearby and go look for them?" I said, "Geo-what?" And that was the beginning of my obsession.

How did you decide on your caching name?
Maxwell's Hammer: That's a good question. Most people think that I must be some crazy Beatles fanatic. I'm not, actually. I mean, they are a great band, but not my favorite. I was creating my account at Geocaching.com, and when I saw that I needed a caching name, nothing came to mind at first. But the song, "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" by the Beatles happened to be playing on my iPod, and I thought, I'll use that for my name. It turned out to be too long, so I omitted the word "Silver" and "Maxwell's Hammer" was born. It turned out to be the perfect caching name for me.

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Featured Cacher For September 2009 - Frog Pad

Aug 31 2009 10:29 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Frog Pad of Angleton, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
Frog Pad: “Frog Pad”, that’s me, my hometown is Angleton, and I have been geocaching since May 2008. I first heard of the adventure when my daughter, AKPdives, attended a science class at U of H at Clear Lake City with a speaker on geocaching. A few months later, I was at a state technology convention and wanted to attend a class on “GPS and Geocaching”, but ended up in the ER with pneumonia. No cachers were in that facility except for some strange looking characters left over from a night of Mardi Gras partying on sixth street. After missing that experience, I went to a day workshop in Friendswood on ‘Geocaching in the Classroom’ and that led to my first find, “Tree of Knowledge” in Friendswood, Texas, with a group of educators after the workshop.

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Featured Cacher For September 2008 - ljtxhiker

Sep 01 2008 08:12 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

ljtxhiker of Lake Jackson, TX.
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This month we dedicate our Featured Cacher article to a lost member of our geocaching community, John Thayer, ljtxhiker. Many cachers were fortunate to have crossed paths with him and would agree that he will be greatly missed.

JOHN "EASY" CHARLES THAYER11 May 1946 - 13 August 2008


John joined God's team of angels on August 13, 2008 as a result of complications from cardiac bypass surgery. John was allowed to remain here with us many times in the past, overcoming health issues including cancer and a previous cardiac bypass, to fulfill God's plan for his life.

He is survived by his loving children; Scott, a Senior at Texas Tech and Kara, a Junior at Brazoswood High School, the Mother of his children, Terry Cummings, and his partner and sweetheart over the last three years, Kay Rainey. Serving, teaching and leading in many aspects, John had a multitude of friends who will miss him greatly.
John's greatest joys in his life were his children, Scott and Kara. John never missed any of their activities from Boy Scout camping trips and treks to Philmont and years of soccer, softball, baseball, roller hockey and football games to dance competitions and recitals. He glowed when interacting with his children. He was so proud of Scott earning his Eagle Scout rank and Kara being selected a Brazoswood Belle Military Officer for 2008-2009.

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Featured Cacher For September 2007 - Team Skammer

Sep 04 2007 09:48 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

TEAM SKAMMER of Spring, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
SKAMMER: We had read about it on the internet, thought it interesting, then back-burnered it. Months later, we were bored one Sunday and since Robert already had a GPS (albeit ancient) we decided to log onto geocaching.com to see how far we would have to drive to find one. We had nothing else planned and decided that if we had to drive a couple of hours to find one, that would be fine. So we typed in our zip code and were stunned to see hundreds of them all around us, the nearest one within walking distance! We were so excited and hurried off to find our very first—Ivantofindit’s Crop of Pines. We couldn’t wait to try another one and went looking for the next one out in The Woodlands. We realized pretty quickly that Robert’s old GPS was not going to cut it when it took us 45 minutes to find an ammo can and we only found it after we gave up looking and tripped over it on the way out. I vowed no more caching until we had a new GPS.

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Featured Cacher For September 2006 - MedTexPlac...

Aug 30 2006 11:15 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

MedTxPlacer of Meadows, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?SockPuppet: I was visiting with my only brother in California. His brother in-law was over and he mentioned that a friend of his had been geocaching. In the cache he had found a neat paperweight with floating dolphins. At that point I wondered why anyone would spend all the time and energy just for a paperweight. At that point I was still not interested in caching.

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Featured Cacher for September 2005 - Bosun

Aug 01 2005 07:19 AM | Team Four Paw in Featured Cachers

Bosun of Missouri City, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Bosun: I first learned about Geocaching while browsing a web site on GPS navigating, which also linked to other sites and Geocaching was one. Just being curious I checked it out and then I found another use for my GPSr, which I only used on the boat for navigating in the fog.

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Featured Cacher For October 2010 - Zoothornrollo

Oct 01 2010 11:24 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Zoothornrollo of Houston (Clear Lake), TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
Zoothornrollo: A few years ago, we received a Christmas letter from a friend that mentioned Geocaching and thought it sounded like something interesting to do someday. Then a few weeks later, we went with our son and his friend (lazerpuppynerdsammich) and watched them find one in Sylvan Rodriguez Park. None of us had a GPSr, just a satellite picture.
Mrs. Z's school has a Fun February Teacher Trivia quiz. Teachers submit a little known fact about themselves, and others have to guess who it is. Having run out of ideas for the quiz, she said that her new hobby was Geocaching. We borrowed a GPSr and found one on our own so she wouldn't be lying about the hobby. Of course we have been at it ever since.

How did you decide on your caching name?
Zoothornrollo: A few years ago, we received a Christmas letter from a friend that mentioned Geocaching and thought it sounded like That is ENTIRELY Mr. Z's fault. When he was looking for some caches to find, he was creating the account and needed to come up with a name. He chose a band member from a very obscure band from his teenage days. Ever heard of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band? I didn't think so! He didn't know that we would be signing that long name so often. Mrs. Z. reminds him all the time.

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Featured Cacher For October 2009 - Benttandem

Sep 30 2009 08:21 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Benttandem of Houston, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
Benttandem: Ralph: In 2005 we took a Bicycling and Barge tour thru Holland. Some friends from Austin were just starting to geocache and brought along a GPSr and some caches to find. Up to this time our main recreational past time was bicycling.Dixie: We walked all over Amsterdam before the tour started. We had several days of free time and we spent some of it geocaching with our friends.Ralph: We found our first three caches while exploring Amsterdam. When I was about 10 years old my father had hidden a small treasure. He fed us clues for several weeks while we hunted it. I guess I was predisposed to be a geocacher.Dixie: We got to see a lot of the city this way. It took us to some places and sights we would never have found.

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Featured Cacher For October 2008 - Zephyr01

Oct 03 2008 10:57 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Zephyr01 of Clear Lake, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
Zephyr01: I am a volunteer for findagrave.com a site that helps genealogists by placing burial information and tombstone photos online for researchers and allows you to place requests for photos of makers anywhere on the planet. I had placed a request for a photo of the grave of an uncle buried in Virginia Beach, VA. The girl who picked up the request didn’t get to it over the weekend like she’d said and emailed me that she’d been so caught up in geocaching that she didn’t have a chance to do my photo. I replied back asking what geocaching was, and the rest is history! And thx to Hockey Guy for our first cache find down in Texas City shortly thereafter!

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Featured Cacher For October 2007 - One Step Closer

Sep 30 2007 12:57 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

One Step Closer of Houston, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
OSC: One evening back in May of 2005, Mrs. OSC and I were watching an Episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and the plot involved the murder of a geocacher. The next morning while we were talking on the phone about the episode Mrs. OSC asked me to look into Geocaching because it sounded interesting. I said something to her about a co-worker, Rick, of One of the Texas Vikings, who I had heard talking about this Geocaching thing before. Well, one look at the website got us intrigued so we went out to Walmart and bought the little blue Garmin eTrex Legend and found our first cache the next day down at Cy-Fair Community College. It was called “Popular Culture Cache” (GCN97C).

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Featured Cacher For October 2006 - HoustonControl

Sep 30 2006 10:41 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

HoustonControl of Baytown, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Houston Control: You know, what amazes me is how long it took for me to discover caching. I’ve always been somewhat of a techy guy – not to the degree that some of these computer techs/IM folks on this site are, but pretty savvy for an old guy. I had a laptop, with DeLorme mapping software installed, to which I attached an external GPS receiver and used for navigation. I think I first used it on a motorhome vacation my wife and I took in the summer of 2000 with my Dad. We used it for several other car trips, but the laptop and all the wires got cumbersome to deal with, so I started shopping for a standalone GPS unit I could use in the car. In February of 2005, I ordered a Garmin iQue M5 PDA-style GPS just for that purpose. After I ordered it (but before it came in), I was surfing the net one night at work and a post about GPS use on the Baytown Sun (newspaper) online forum caught my eye. Someone was asking if anyone knew anything about geocaching. I started reading, went to geocaching.com, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Featured Cacher For November 2010 - BaytownBert

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

BaytownBert of Baytown, TX.
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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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Featured Cacher For November 2009 - Cachestacker

Nov 01 2009 10:20 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Cachestacker of Clear Lake, Tx
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What got you interested in caching?
Cachestacker: I had heard about caching a long time ago on a trip to Colorado when we were going on Jeep trails in the mountains. I had seen my dad’s very old-school GPS, and just thought ‘too complicated, too expensive.’ Well, that was some time ago, and it was quickly forgotten. Fast forward to mid-2007, I had stumbled across something that had a link to the GC.com site. I perused and after a little research saw how things had dramatically improved and knew it was for me. Santa brought me a GPS and the addiction started after my first find.

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Featured Cacher For November 2008 - davarle

Oct 31 2008 11:57 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

davarle of Houston, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
davarle: We liked hiking, and we read an article about geocaching, and we thought it might be fun to go hiking with a purpose.

How did you decide on your caching name?
davarle: Dav for David, and arle for Arlene. We originally had this name when we made some homemade wine and wanted to come up with a French-sounding name for the bottle label.

When you cache, what equipment do you use? (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)
davarle: Garmin 60CSx. Palm Centro (Cachemate) for the PDA. We use GSAK, and Mapsource. David uses a space pen that writes on wet paper. It’s supposed to write underwater and upside down, but we haven’t had the opportunity to test it out yet!

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Featured Cacher For November 2007 - Wolf Grrl

Nov 01 2007 09:48 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Wolf Grrl of Central Valley, CA.
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How did you learn about caching?
Wolf Grrl: A friend of mine introduced me to it. We were cycling on a path in my old home town, Morgan Hill. She said, “I have some coordinates in my GPS would you like to find a few caches?” I replied, “Sure.” I actually found the caches on my own. That was back in 2004. On Mother’s Day in 2005 I received an eTrex Legend and the fun started.

What kind of equipment used (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)?
Wolf Grrl: My GPS’r is a Garmin Vista Cx. I use my Treo for paperless caching. I utilize GSAK and De Lorme Mapping.

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Featured Cacher For November 2006 - Muddy Buddies

Oct 31 2006 11:20 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Muddy Buddies of Alief, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Muddy Buddies: Kathy first heard about geocaching through one of the Girl Scout adult training session she attended. She came home very excited about it and looked up the geocaching.com site. We checked out the website and started searching for a suitable GPS. After several weeks we got our Christmas GPS and started down the one-way road of Geocaching Addiction Syndrome (G.A.S.)

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Featured Cacher For May 2011 - Agtitan

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

Agtitan of Atascocita, TX.
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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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Featured Cacher For May 2010 - Manofsteel73

May 01 2010 09:29 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Manofsteel73 of Cypress, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
Manofsteel73: I was attending a company training class in Phoenix and as a part of the training, we had to do a group presentation on any topic of interest. One of the individuals in my group was a geocacher. He explained geocaching to the group and we did our presentation on that subject. When I got back home from the training, I was telling my son about geocaching and he immediately got on the internet to check it out. After a couple of months of my son asking for a GPSr, I finally ordered one on the internet. The two of us made a couple of unsuccessful searches and finally a year to the date of creating the geocaching account, we found our first cache. We were hooked and the rest is history.

How did you decide on your caching name?
Manofsteel73: My son created the geocaching account using Manofsteel73. He played football and his teammates called him Man of Steel because of his strength. His football jersey number was 73 thus the father-son team was created. When my son went off to college, he created a separate cache name, Manofsteel72.

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Featured Cacher For May 2009 - The Pieman

Apr 30 2009 09:55 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

The Pieman of Houston, TX
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What got you interested in caching?
The Pieman: When the Space Shuttle crashed and it's debris scattered over East Texas, citizens assisted in the search for remains of the ship and crew.
Those with handheld GPS receivers who located a piece of debris would enter the coordinates and hand that information over to the National Guard/FEMA. The information given by those few people helped immensely in the recovery effort. I was fascinated by that!
Fast forward a few years to when my friend, Dice Roller, asked me to go geocaching with him. It was not long after Tropical Storm Allison that we went to look in Memorial Park. I know what you're thinking and yes the mosquitoes were horrible to the point that we used up a whole can of OFF! and they still came after us. We were looking for two caches from a guy calling himself Shortypen. We came real close I'll bet, but we wimped out too soon to know for certain. Many moons later my friends Janx invited me to go with them and they were amazed that I had heard of geocaching.
The day was hot. I think it was the summer of 2007 and we found several caches near their home. I thought it was fun and we found a few ammo boxes with some neat SWAG. They were not premium members so the caches available were not too many -not like now anyway- so I didn't think buying a GPS was something I was ready to do. The next year I went with my friends Farsworth and we found caches all over The Woodlands and I was shown some that they had put out. That was really cool so later that night I created my account and then a few weeks later my wife, Andrea aka Pupster (formerly Piewife) bought my GPS. We took it on vacation with us as we drove from Katy to Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, California, and Oregon. There, in Medford we finally got the nerve up to find our first cache. It was called the Rogue River Log Jam. We looked and searched through that pile of flotsam for what seemed like an hour before I found the camouflaged container that looked just like a jagged stone wedged between two logs. I opened it up to a world that changed my life. I was hooked!

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Featured Cacher For May 2008 - TerraTrekkers

Apr 29 2008 10:47 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

TerraTrekkers of Houston, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
TerraTrekkers: Jim always wanted a GPS but couldn’t find a reason to buy one. One day he was watching Tech TV, (no longer on in our area) and they mentioned geocaching. That gave him the excuse to go out and buy one. The rest is caching history.Isnt it amazing how we can find a hobby to match the hardware we are interested in?

How did you decide on your caching name?
TerraTrekkers: Terra (earth) Trekkers (travel along), thus the name. The ladybugs were my idea. Jim suggested I find some stickers so off to Wal-Mart I went and found the little ladybug stickers. We used them for a while until Jim did a search on the internet and found some pictures of ladybugs. We picked one we liked and the big stickers came to life but have changed slightly over the years. We found the glass ladybugs that many of you have seen in caches but it’s a secret where we get them. Now we have the pathtags with our trademark ladybugs on them. They have been a lot of fun.

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Featured Cacher For May 2007 - OHL Hockey Guy

May 01 2007 10:47 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

OHL Hockey Guy of Friendswood, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
OHL Hockey Guy: I honestly don’t remember how I learned about caching. Most likely it was the same way I learn about other internet related topics… either CNN or an accidental Google find. At first I wasn’t very active less than 100 caches in the first 22 months but then in the last 18 (since the first coin quest game) I have been going full speed (over 700 since Nov-05).

What kind of equipment used (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)?
OHL Hockey Guy: I use a Garmin 60CSx that I recently purchased as an upgrade from my 60C. I also typically carry my PDA that has the ebooks for my PQs.

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Featured Cacher For March 2011 - Georeynozos

Mar 05 2011 05:17 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Georeyna of Houston, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
Georeyna: A neighbor of mine, The Popeteers, got me interested in caching. It took her a couple of months, but after she lent me her Garmin and took me to some of her caches, the rest is history. I was hooked. She had to even remind me a couple of times to get an account, log my finds!! I experienced a whole new world, geocaching, and I knew I was hooked.

How did you decide on your caching name?
Georeyna: My caching name was decided by me. I wanted to include my whole family, so I came up with the name Georeyna. Will that worked for about a year and a few family members have fallen to the way side, so at the moment the name represents me, and at times family when they know a great event is on its way (like the Spring Fling), fun caches for kids, or a daytrip, then the rest of the family is involved, but the name is representative of me about 99.9% of time.

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Featured Cacher For March 2010 - MuddyWaterGirl

Mar 01 2010 12:29 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

MuddyWaterGirl of Humble, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
MuddyWaterGirl: It had been quite a while since I'd seen anyone from high school and this time, when the Reunion invitation came, I decided it was time to go take a peek on the Classmates site first. That's where I saw the term GeoCaching for the very first time. It was listed as a hobby for someone I had gone to school with. All I needed to hear was about the outdoors, and the little adventures, and just the tiniest hint of mystery and stealth and I was ready to go! I wrote to BW and he helped me decide on a name and made some helpful suggestions on GPS hardware and what to stock in the geomobile. I went online and to my disbelief, found out that there was a cache at the end of my street (Blue Bayou – GCH1DJ since 2003) where the road dead ends into a flood control ditch! All those years we had been wondering why people kept parking there and jogging into the woods for 10 minutes then out again … now I knew! They were cachers! Guys, I do apologize for all those times we called the police on you! I just had to go find this cache! I had yet to purchase anything but with help from my new caching buds, one in Dallas and one in California – I grabbed one son and 3 grandkids and headed out to find our first cache – no GPS, no prior experience! Between my new geobuds BW and RF, I was sent a satellite image of where the cache was and some distances to work with. BW stayed on the phone with me for much of the hunt. As we parked at the end of the road - like all those other suspicious looking people before us - I started getting a little rush. The Mission Impossible theme started playing in my head and soon, with my slightly bewildered entourage trying to keep up with me, we were nearing what looked like GZ. We searched and searched – not knowing what we were looking for since we'd never done this before… And after 30 minutes and several phone calls to our landline assist, no luck! But, that's when I knew I HAD to get a GPS'r and Find That Cache!!

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Featured Cacher For March 2009 - CriffRee

Mar 01 2009 11:14 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

CriffRee of Katy, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
CriffRee: A high school buddy (Dave) and I used to play computer games way back when computers first came out. In those days there were no joysticks, sound cards or graphics. These games (Adventure games) consisted of being in an imaginary world where you would explore, search for trinkets, solve puzzles and or otherwise simulate things that you could do easily in the real world. The first such game like this I played was a DEC version called ADVENTURE. This later was modified by a group of college students and released as ZORK for an upstart company called Infocom. Dave and I would play these things exhaustively, mapping out the world, trying every possible command.
Time passes; I graduate high school and go off to college. Dave does the same and our lives diverge. But we’ve stayed in touch all these years. In 2006 Dave calls me and says he thinks I’d be interested in a hobby he picked up. It reminded him of the adventure games we used to play as teenagers.
I initially was interested, but didn’t have a GPS. Easter of 2006 I went to Taos, New Mexico, with my family. Knowing my brother had a GPS, I subscribed to GC.com and looked up a few caches in the area and printed them out. Over the course of the week stay, I never figured out how to use the GPS and or otherwise hunt for caches.
More time passes, Dave mentions it again. By this time I have an old Garmin that I bought as a gift for my father-in-law. He passed away and I ended up with it and thought I’d try geocaching again. Created my account again, and at the suggestion of Dave, he found three caches near my home. Of the three, one was a puzzle (GCRRZ4 the Columbiad); one turned out to be missing and I never found; but the third one (GC16WFR Grand Lakes Picture Perfect) did the trick. The GPS I had was old and not very accurate. It got me within 90 or so feet. As you can imagine, that’s not very close. And with this cache, not only was a not close, but it was cammo, hidden very cleverly. But find it Sherri (my wife) and I did! That was the last cache she was interested in. You can see pics of my first Geocaching adventure here: PHOTOS

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