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Featured Cacher For February 2009 - Kirbydox


Kirbydox of West Houston, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
Kirbydox: I was reading a blog (about dogs, of course) and this blogger wrote about the fun trips and sights seen while caching. The one that caught my eye was her trip to New Orleans and finding GCE02C – View Carré. I researched geocaching and GPSr’s bought my Garmin and took it on vacation. My first cache was found on a vacation visiting Mr. Kirbydox’s relatives in Bay Head, New Jersey in August of 2007.

How did you decide on your caching name?
Kirbydox: After my older dogs died, the youngest one, Kirby, was a little lost so I started taking her out to parks with me. She’s a miniature wire-haired dachshund (doxie) and loves to cache. Unfortunately she’s also very good at finding poison ivy which is how I got the idea for my second Pathtag, Magnet, PI.

When you cache, what equipment do you use? (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)
Kirbydox: I started with a Garmin 60CSX. Eventually I loosened my death grip on real paper and added an old Palm V Mr. Kirbydox no longer used to go paperless. I recently upgraded to a Palm Treo so I would have one less electronic device to juggle out in the field. I also just added a NUVI for my car (Happy Birthday to me!) I use a macro I found on the Big Green forums to add the caches as Points of Interest with all the info (description, hints and logs) available. I have used the GSAK software from day one. Later I added Cachemate. I wish I could take a class or two on how to utilize GSAK better than I do now.
What are your all-time favorite cache(s)?
Kirbydox: That’s a tough question. The puzzle caches are always favorites. I really liked hiking the One Cache Loop. I liked it so much I did it again this year! Then there are the really creative caches like OneStepCloser’s H.I.P.S. series. And there is a special place in my heart for the caches which take you to cemeteries and war memorials. There really isn’t enough time or space to list all my favorites!

Do you have any special caching adventures you want to tell us about?
Kirbydox: It’s always an adventure when caching. I really had a great time doing GC1EV7K - Danger Island. My log says it all. The combination of mud and allergies almost did me in but I managed to find the cache while using PAF. And then there was GC1DCY6 - FTFC #53: DEEPWATER. The picture of Kirby and me was taken after doing this cache. The look on Kirby’s face is priceless.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
Kirbydox: More amusing than embarrassing, but it would have to be the day I was caching with Georeyna and Houston Control. Larry had just gotten one of the Crossing Over caches and an HPD officer drove over to the bridge to check us out. Elisa was driving that day and after a few questions it became apparent that he had run her license plate and had her name and address, etc. He wanted to know what we were doing so we tried to explain - complete with the handout about Geocaching.com and a copy of a cache page. Most of his questions were directed at the head of the Chica Gang, Elisa, but he did ask Larry and me, “Are you guys retired or what?” We finally convinced him we were harmless cachers and he warned us to be careful since the gang members like to get up late and watch soap operas then take care of their drug business in the woods after lunch. It was just too funny.

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
Kirbydox: Puzzles, puzzles, puzzles and the occasional multicache. I’ve always liked puzzles and solving problems. It is satisfying to get the right answer and then be able to go out and find the cache. There are so many different types of puzzles it’s a shame most cachers immediately filter them out.

Summer or Winter caching? Why?
Kirbydox: Both. I try to do as many caches with long hikes and difficult bushwhacking as I can in the winter. My cache stats show that my caching numbers are fairly equal all year long.

When a new cache is listed, are you tempted to go for FTF?
Kirbydox: No. If I do get a first to find it’s usually a happy accident. I’m just as happy following the geo-trail of all the crazies who were out hunting FTFs in the middle of the night!

Tell us about your cache mobile.
Kirbydox: I drive a Toyota RAV4 5-speed. I’ve had it for eight years and up until I started caching it had very low mileage (5000 miles/year) and rarely got dirty despite being driven to and from work. I’ve been taking lessons from the Off-road Queen and now my poor little RAV is always dirty and the miles are creeping up fast.

What other hobbies do you have?
Kirbydox: Genealogy is a hobby I started about 15 years ago when Mr. Kirbydox was working on a project in Salt Lake City. The genealogy library there is fantastic and I spent hours and hours researching our families. I love to kayak – right now I only get to kayak when we visit our friends who live on the north side of Lake Travis. I’m still trying to convince Mr. K we need to buy a kayak and he keeps bringing up silly little details like ‘we DO NOT live on the water nor live anywhere near water’. Soap making is another hobby I’ve had for about three years. Making soap is just a little chemistry with a very nice end product!

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
Kirbydox: I really want to do the Four Cache Loop before the weather turns warmer. After hiking the One Cache Loop and tramping all around George Bush Park, I think I’m ready. Another goal is 300 puzzles before my second caching anniversary in August.

Is it all about the numbers?
Kirbydox: Yes. I try for 100% fun. Any other numbers are just a nice by-product of enjoying the time spent outdoors with my friends.

Thanks for this interview. Is there anything you would like to add?
Kirbydox: The nicest thing about caching is meeting so many wonderful people. I’m a very shy and private person, but I’ve come to enjoy the events just as much as caching because it is so much fun meeting new friends and talking caching with like-minded people. The friendliness and creativity of our cachers is a credit to the community and I’m proud to be part of it.


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