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Featured Cacher For April 2007 - Dyfen

Dyfen of Houston, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Dyfen: In July of 2005 my sister Wolf Grrl introduced me to geocaching. I found my first cache July 2, 2005. Wolf Grrl was on the phone with me every step of the way and I have been hooked ever since. Even though we live so far apart, we still cache together via the cell phone. Thank goodness for ""in-network"" usage!! We sure do miss each other though. When we are together, we cache together. We do have a blast!

What kind of equipment used (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)?
Dyfen: I started out with a Garmin Etrex Legend but the screen started to get bad lines through it so I got a Garmin Etrex Vista Cx and have since added a 1gb with the maps of the USA loaded on it. I have a Palm Trio PDA with mobipocket to go paperless but have not done it yet. I use GASK to download coordinates to my GPS. It took me a year to know that I could do that. Computer savvy I'm not.
What are your all-time favorite cache/s and or adventure while caching?
Dyfen: I was in California caching with Wolf Grrl and EricsBrat. We were night caching when we went to do a multi-cache called View From The Office (GCMQ3E) with only 2 small flashlights. We were just about to give up when I pointed and asked, ""What's that?” EricsBrat being a wee bit taller than me, said, ""I don't know"" and started trying to move it. EricsBrat said its nothing... Wolf Grrl then said, ""No, it's moving"". We couldn't flippin' believe that was it! We were all so excited. It was a very clever hide! Here in Texas I have had lot of fun caching with Two Dog Knight and Nov64 in Dallas, ATMA in Arlington and out by their house, doing the 4 Cache Loop with the group, the group caching in Memorial Park and doing the Piman cache with Muddy Buddies and the Texas Challenge was so much fun. So caching in general is so much fun and is always an adventure no matter where you are and who you are with.

Do you have any other hobbies?
Dyfen: With two kids one being 6, working full time and geocaching, who has time for anything else? I have been learning to quilt, scrap book and have a new dog named Cacher, a 6-month old German Sheppard mix then there is always the housework that has to be done. ( We do that last. :o) ). I like to collect geocoins and path tags. I have four different tags now and just got three new ones Thursday along with my own Geocoin. My favorite path tag is Geo Ice Dancers. My sister created a monster when she introduced me to geocaching.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
Dyfen: Was caching with the Memorial Mob in Memorial park December 16, 2006. We wanted to do Nature’s Magic and we could see the cache on the other side of the fence so deciding I was young again and could climb over the fence to get the cache, I started climbing. That turned out to be a bad idea. Made it to the top then got stuck. My shoelace was attached to the top of the fence. Zephyr01 was getting me unstuck and I moved my hand to the wrong spot and when my foot came lose my hand came down on the sharp points of the fence. My shirt was stuck to the top of the fence my feet were on the ground and I was holding my hand out for someone to look at it because I knew I had jabbed the fence into it. Needless to say it was a sight. Zepher01 got the bleeding to stop and it wasn’t bad. We got my hand taped up and went on our way. When we got back to the cars and looked at my hand, I decided to go to the hospital and have it checked out. Three hours later I had a shot and 3 stitches but it was so much fun caching with the group that day. I think that it was more funny then embarrassing. Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself.

How did you decide on your caching name?
Dyfen: My boys came up with my caching name. It is a combination of my last name Dyer and their last name Feniquito. It stands for two families becoming one. That is also what my Geocoin and first path tag stand for with the two handprints.

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
Dyfen: I like traditional and multi caches but not much of a puzzle solver. Most of the puzzle caches out there I can’t even figure out how to start solving them. If there is a puzzle cache I want to go get I enlist the help of my brother in law in California.

Tell us about your cache mobile.
Dyfen: I drive a Saturn. It gets me to where I need to go, and has all the room for my geocaching stuff.

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
Dyfen: No. The only thing I want is to keep caching and having fun.

Is it all about the numbers?
Dyfen: Numbers, what are numbers? I like the number 13. No, for me it’s not the numbers but rather about having a good time. I do like the coin icons a lot.

Any closing comments?
Dyfen: When we first moved here from Utah in 2003 I was not happy at all and kept telling my husband that I wanted to go back to Utah but when I started caching in 2005 and meeting such nice people I don’t think about going back. The Geocachers here have made me feel so welcomed that if it weren’t for the traffic I would not think about going back at all. So really what needs to be said is ""THANKS TO ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE MADE ME FEEL SO WELCOME AND LETTING ME JOIN IN THE GEOCACHING FAMILY HERE"".