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Featured Cacher for January 2008 - Mudfrog

Mudfrog of Lumberton, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Mudfrog: We were camping up at Martin Dies State Park back in March of 2002 when a good friend of ours mentioned it to me. He had gotten a hold of the Beaumont Enterprise newspaper which had an article about geocaching and thought it sounded like something I would be interested in. I guess it's pretty evident that I was because I haven't slowed down since!
What kind of equipment used (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)?
Mudfrog: Started out using an older Garmin 40 that I used for fishing offshore. It was basic but we found quite a few caches with that thing. Bought the Garmin 76 later on in 02 that I was very happy with and used for a while. Then Chicken surprised me on Christmas of 03 with a GPSMAP 76s which is the model I use today.
I was using a Palm PDA with an ebook reader that worked well with pocket queries, along with a laptop to grab wifi, etc,,,. But then I decided in mid 07 to try one of the Nokia internet tablets which are alot smaller and can be used with the queries. Each has its merits and faults but I have to say that I use the internet tablet and the 76's for the majority of our caching.
As far as programs go,, Delorme Topo, Street, and the Garmin Mapsource are my main mapping programs. GSAK is the program that I find most helpful for keeping all our cache info straight.

What are your all-time favorite cache/s and or adventure while caching?
Mudfrog: We've had several outstanding caches come our way but I have to say that my favorite (it wasn't at the time) was Kincaid Lake near Alexandria Louisiana. It was cold and dreary on the day that we chose to go for it and we were using our Garmin 76 (no mapping capabilities) to lead us to each stage of the cache. Found the first without problem but it soon went downhill from there. The rain was getting heavier with a temp of about 45° or so we drove around trying to find the closest parking to stage 2. Ended up stopping .45 miles from where the GPSr pointed and took off into the woods. Had to backtrack a time or two but we finally got to where the GPSr was reading in feet. 500, 400, 300, uh oh,,, down to 270 feet but now with a watery obstacle blocking our way. Suffice it to say, we were cold, wet, and miserable so there was only one thing I could think of to do at this point. Yep, I was already soaked so I jumped in, with GPSr in hand, and made the 250 foot swim over to the other side. Thankfully I made it across and found stage 2 rather easily. Yelled them out to Chicken, who by the way, was too chicken to make the swim across, then swam back over to input the coordinates and proceeded to the final. I won't go into details but it turns out that we had walked a only few feet from the final while making our way to the 2nd. Like I said, miserable then, my fondest now!

Do you have any other hobbies?
Mudfrog: We have slowed down with most of our hobbies but the ones that get us outside are the ones we pursue when we can. Camping, fishing, boating, hiking, 4wheeling, traveling the United States, and we want to someday, get back into SCUBA. While she isn't a hobby, we now have a little cacher, Tx Tadpole, who we cherish and enjoy spending most of our time with.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
Mudfrog: Hmmmmmm, there was this one time at a cache that we did in Village Creek SP. It was a multi that was pretty straightforawrd, or so we thought. We completed all the stages and was at the final when a snake decided to come out when I pulled the cache from it's hiding place. I remember distinctly that I let out a big yelp (ok, I admit that I screamed like a girl) and crawfished like crazy to get away from it. Chicken jumped and then proceeded to chuckle as we soon found that it was only a rubber snake tied to the outside of the ammo can... You're not gonna print this are ya???

How did you decide on your caching name?
Mudfrog: This is an easy one. Mudfrog followed me from my citizens band radio days!

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
Mudfrog: A hard question to answer for me as I have fun with most all caches. I do have to say that the creative, original, challenging, and/or woodsie type caches are my favorites to take on. I have come across a few virtuals that were very interesting but I never liked the idea of having to email an owner for verification and therefore have skipped logging a few of those.

Tell us about your cache mobile.
Mudfrog: We have two that I enjoy caching out of, both Jeep Cherokees that do come in handy from time to time. The 94 is fixed up to tackle more challenging terrain and I love taking when the need arises. The other, a 2001 has the extra two doors which makes for a more confortable ride for when we go on longer trips or have other caching friends with us.

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
Mudfrog: Can't say that I do at this time. The Gang just recently made a cache run to see how many we could find in a day. We went up towards San Augustine and found 100 fun caches which I think will keep me appeased for some time.

Is it all about the numbers?
Mudfrog: Not for me. I do want to keep an accurate count of caches we have found and do like to see other's numbers at times but i'm normally not one for caching like crazy to get smilies. A good challenging cache like The 4 Cache Loop over by Huntsville makes for a more fun and memorable time than the average day of park and grabs.

Thanks for this interview. Is there anything you would like to add?
Mudfrog: Just that this was a neat surprise and that it's an honor being chosen as January 2008's Featured Cacher of the Month. Thanks to everyone who helps to make HGCS.org such a great website!