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Featured Cacher for December 2007 - WTT-B2

WTT-B2 of Dayton, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
WTT-B2: A few years back I bought a Magellan Sportrax Topo GPSr for an Elk hunting trip to Colorado. When I returned home I got hold of Magellan Support and told them that my unit had lost all of the waypoints that were entered into it while hunting. They said that they had those problems with some of their units and to return it for a refund or replacement. I wasn’t too happy with a replacement knowing that the next unit could loose the waypoints out in the middle of Colorado’s wilderness like the last one did. That’s how and why I started using Garmin. Oh wait a minute this should be how we started caching. There was a brochure in the GPSr box about Geocaching.com and on a Sunday afternoon at work I pulled the website up and was intrigued by it. When I did a quick search for caches around my area I was stunned by the amount of them. One I recognized pretty easily and on the way home I stopped by that big old oak tree in Baytown. I did not have my GPS with me but found the container pretty quickly and after reading the logs I was amazed. I logged my first cache on October 16th, 2005 and was caught: Hook, Line & Sinker. It was HoustonControl’s Tie a Yellow Ribbon [GCQ136]. The next day after logging my first cache I received an email from HC welcoming me to his addiction and offering any help I needed. That email was well received by myself and to this day when I see a relatively newcomer log one of my caches I make it a point to email them and welcome them to OUR addiction.
What kind of equipment used (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)?
WTT-B2: Presently we (my wife Pam and myself) are using a Garmin Etrex LegendC. Soon to be upgraded since this model doesn’t hold enough waypoints, hehe. We go paperless with a couple cheap PDAs from EBay and Cachemate. We were using Plucker and Spinner but Cachemate is so much quicker. GSAK and MapSource for transferring and storing all the GPX files.

What are your all-time favorite cache/s and or adventure whilecaching?
WTT-B2: “Plundering the Treasures of Captain Drew” is so far my favorite multi and “Santa’s Flight” was the first puzzle cache I conquered. I’ll have to say “In a Huffington” has to be another of my favorites ‘cuz that’s where Pam got hooked. I turned around and saw her on her hands and knees looking under a table I knew she was good to go !!

Do you have any other hobbies?
WTT-B2: Not anymore since caching came along. LOL, But really our grandkids, hunting, fishing, bird watching, camping. You can tell just about anything outdoors. Garage sale’n, wood working but actually we don’t have time anymore for most of those except caching.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
WTT-B2: At times we think all of them are.

How did you decide on your caching name?
WTT-B2: I started our username before Pam got involved and GC locked down the usernames. WTT-B2 actually stands for my business name’s initials Wild Things Taxidermy and my initials Barry Buras. Now since Pam and I cache together we sign the log as WTT-B2 & wife and Pam introduces herself as the “& wife”. LOL

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
WTT-B2: It has to be Puzzle caches followed by Virtual Caches. I love trying to unravel puzzle caches and there are some great ones out there and Virtuals always seamed to take you to some great interesting locations. Sure wish they would bring the Virtuals back.

Tell us about your cache mobile.
WTT-B2: A ’98 Dodge Intrepid that’s on its last leg but gets great gas mileage. Our other one is my ’02 Ford F250 Diesel burner which is what we are usually in now but a ’03 Taurus is in our near future.

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
WTT-B2: Reaching the 4 place club (1000) which should happen pretty quickly since we are at 967 but other than that just to enjoy the time caching lets us be together and the places it takes us to.

Is it all about the numbers?
WTT-B2: Absolutely. I’m a statistic freak! I love numbers and stats. I have spreadsheets and databases that I keep on all our caching activities. Pam thinks I’m nuts….Yeah ! So?
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Thanks for this interview. Is there anything you would like to add?
WTT-B2: You know, caching has, so far, taken us to a lot of places that we would have never known about if not for this hobby. So really it’s not all just about the numbers. We are relatively new at this game and plan on caching for a long while. No matter where we go now there is something to do, Caching. We are looking forward to traveling the country and caching along the way. You know, kind of TDK style. We’ve met a few other cachers out in the field and lots of cachers in cyberspace. We hope to meet more face to face in the future.
And YES Muddy Buddies: there really is a “WTT-B2 & wife” !!!