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Featured Cacher For February 2010 - Voodoo Chicken

Voodoo Chicken of Friendswood, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
Voodoo Chicken: When my family first moved to Texas from West Virginia, my son was given a science project where he had to collect a variety of wildflowers, press them and display them in an album. At some point in their education every child has done some version of this project with leaves or flowers but my son and I considered the project a huge waste of his time. We worked together in order to find all the different flower species and being new to the area I really enjoyed visiting the local parks. What I really loved was the hunt. During this same time I watched the movie “Into the Wild”, which is based on the true story of Christopher McCandless, an adventurer, who hitchhiked across country to live in the wilderness of Alaska. I believe these two things created a synergistic effect, so when I read about geocaching online I knew it was something I had to try. It took me about an hour between first reading about geocaching to researching the closest geocache to my home, doing the Google Earth recon, and finding the cache. After finding that first cache, I immediately went home and ordered a GPSr off Amazon. I found a dozen more caches using the Google Earth method, including my first puzzle before I received the GPSr in the mail.
How did you decide on your caching name?
Voodoo Chicken: The first few caches I found, I signed the log. Clifton4. This has been my go to username for just about everything since college. It is the username the school gave me and it is my ex-husband’s name. In an attempted to get my current partner interested in caching I decided I should change the name. I deferred to him to come up with the name, but he is not what I would consider the creative type. The name my husband chose was Team Chicken. I wanted something a bit more unusual, so I went to my bookshelf and found a book called “Word Menu”. I used that book to come up with the Voodoo part of my name. I thought the word was just odd enough to express my quirky personality. Most times when I sign a log, I just sign Voodoo or VDC. I don’t really like the chicken part, but I don’t feel any need to change it.

When you cache, what equipment do you use? (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)
Voodoo Chicken: I started out with a little yellow Garmin eTrex, and found my first 200 caches with it. I quickly upgraded to my Garmin 60csx, which I love. I have now downgraded to a Garmin 60csx held together with camouflage duct tape. When the duct tape gives out, I will have to make a decision what to buy next, but I guarantee you it will be a Garmin. In my car I have a Garmin Nuvi, and I think it is a must have for caching away from home. I am on my third iPhone, which I am addicted to and could not live without. I am gadget rich and I love it!Other must haves for caching include GSAK, Google Earth, hiking boots and wool socks.

What are your all-time favorite cache(s)?
Voodoo Chicken: I loved doing The Adventures of 1 Geocacher, one because it is a very fun puzzle, but more importantly because my youngest son said “Mom” for the first time when we were hunting for this cache. Okay, so maybe that doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but my son has dyspraxia, which means he has a hard time sequencing sounds, and he was almost two and half years old when we went hunting for this cache. A couple of my other favorites include the Enchanted Rock EarthCache and One Cache Loop with Four Stops.I was able to do both of those with my oldest son, and that is enough of a requirement to make it an all-time favorite cache.

Do you have any special caching adventures you want to tell us about?
Voodoo Chicken: Every time I go caching, I look at it as an adventure. I enjoy the idea of just getting in my Jeep and driving wherever the GPSr takes me. I never know if I will end up at the beach, a cemetery, a park, or a strip mall. It is the mystery of not knowing where the cache owner is taking me and the freedom to just follow the coordinates anywhere that keeps me hunting for the next cache.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
Voodoo Chicken: I think I want to keep my most embarrassing moment to myself. Sorry to disappoint, but I girl has got to keep her secrets. I will say however that it involved a bush, a chicken, and the last cache of the day.

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
Voodoo Chicken: I like a cache that is interesting. It can be an interesting puzzle, have an interesting hike, be in an interesting location, or have an interesting container. I could care less if it is a traditional, multi, or puzzle as long as it is interesting.

What is your favorite local cache?
Voodoo Chicken: Any puzzle by GrangerFam, Muddy Buddies, or Bright Fish is an automatic favorite. Some of those favorite puzzles I haven’t even found. Favorites of particular note include: De Astutia (FTFC#4), A Tribute to Steve Fossett, Stop in the Name of Love, Danger Island, No Hills Here Bonus Cache - Sagarmatha, BNC - Waterfront Living, , East Texas’ Hardest Mystery Cache, The Gates of Moria at Bay Area Park, The Adventures of 1 Geocacher, The Enchanted Rock, H.I.P.S. - Who's Bright Idea Was This? and I’m Sick of Puzzles Two!

How about your favorite out of state cache?
Voodoo Chicken: I haven’t had a chance to do a lot of out of state caching. The little bit of caching I was able to do was centered around Palestine, Illinois. That caching experience went something like cornfield, cornfield, cornfield, cache, cornfield, cornfield, cornfield, cache.

Summer or Winter caching? Why?
Voodoo Chicken: I like to go caching all year around, but it is nice to not have to deal with the mosquitoes, poison ivy, and spider webs in the winter. Last summer, I had so many run-ins with the first two I overdosed on hydrocortisone, and I had to go to the doctor. Who knew that was even possible?

When a new cache is listed, are you tempted to go for FTF?
Voodoo Chicken: Nope, not at all. Of course when I first started caching, I did have a little FTF fever but time has cured me of that obsession. More recently, I have reserved my obsessive behaviors to trying to solve puzzles which have solutions that are over my head. I would rather be first to solve than FTF.

Tell us about your cache mobile.
Voodoo Chicken: I have a Jeep Cherokee. It is 4-wheel drive, but every time I take it off road, or get it really muddy I have to worry about my partner finding out. He doesn’t trust me to take the Jeep off-road by myself. He knows I will take the Jeep just about anywhere in order to get as close as possible to the next cache. He also knows I am common sense challenged, and I think I am a lot more hard core than I really am. Of course, I still take it off-road any chance I get. I just make sure I give it a good bath before heading home.

What other hobbies do you have?
Voodoo Chicken: I am a serial hobbyist. I love hiking, exploring and I wished I could do more camping. Back in the day, I use to enjoy fishing but I haven’t done it in a long time. I am a visual artist and I have many half finished projects sitting around the house, including a quilt that I am desperate to complete. I enjoy photography, playing Scrabble and I really enjoy human behavior, aka people watching.

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
Voodoo Chicken: I have a very obsessive type of personality, so I try to stay away from making number related goals. I just want to go caching and have fun. I would like to go caching more with other local cachers and attend more events. I suppose you could consider that a goal.

Is it all about the numbers?
Voodoo Chicken: What numbers? Honestly, I am almost to the point where I don’t even want to log my caches anymore. Finding the caches is the fun part and logging them is getting to be more and more of a chore. That doesn’t mean I don’t like to go on number runs because those can be fun.

Thanks for this interview. Is there anything you would like to add?
Voodoo Chicken: Nope. Just thanks for all the cool caches and puzzles. Keep them coming.


Great Birds
Feb 02 2010 10:40 AM
Great article. 
Team Four Paw
Feb 02 2010 11:13 AM

Finding the caches is the fun part and logging them is getting to be more and more of a chore.

Exactly my sentiments.  :)
Heck I'm to the point where I don't even load the gps up with caches... I just go caching with other people and follow them... :D
Feb 02 2010 12:54 PM
Congrats, Karen.  Nice read.  O0
VDC rocks.  Nice article, Karen! We've only met on the caching trails a few times, but I could mention one very wet ankle and one very sprained ankle, both at Kevin's devious caches.  :tickedoff:
Great article, Karen. It was fun to go caching with you up in San Augustine this past weekend.
We should go again sometime.  O0
Betty Draper
Feb 02 2010 03:25 PM

VDC rocks.  

Yep.  ;)

Great article, Karen. It was fun to go caching with you up in San Augustine this past weekend.
We should go again sometime.  O0

We will!  can't wait. ;D

Thanks everyone. I forgot to mention Drew8's multis and puzzles. All his hides are awesome also.
Feb 02 2010 03:45 PM
Great interview and a great choice for Cacher of the Month!
Feb 02 2010 07:35 PM
Great interview and Congrats!  O0  We both enjoyed the read....  and thanks for the props on our cache.  We're glad you enjoyed it!  O0
Enjoyed reading your inteview  :).  I totally agree  *washing the car before I get home from a caching adventure*.  Or making sure I have enough money for a tow truck to get me out of a very *muddy* situation.  Congrats!!  O0
Feb 12 2010 10:03 AM
Great read and congrats to VDC!