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Featured Cacher For January 2011 - Sunshot99

Sunshot99 of Houston, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
Sunshot99: I saw a TV show, even before caching was born, about a group of friends in Seattle that would hide boxes on trails in Washington and trade coordinates with their friends. I thought it was cool and I would get to use GPS.

How did you decide on your caching name?
Sunshot99: I have used the same name from my email since the 90’s when I was working in Mississippi. It is a surveying term where you use the sun’s location at a specific time to locate yourself on the globe. It has become a lost art with GPS but still a great thing to know.

When you cache, what equipment do you use? (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)
Sunshot99: I have a Garmin Dakota 20 and I love it. I have used several different Garmin’s and Magellan’s but really love all the new features on the Dakota.
What are your all-time favorite cache(s)?
Sunshot99: I am terrible with names of caches but enjoy looking for TeamCull caches and also in Louisiana I liked caches by Gonepostal35.

Do you have any special caching adventures you want to tell us about?
Sunshot99: We were on the trail looking for a cache in the Kisatchie National Forest outside Natchitoches, Louisiana and our GPS batteries were almost dead. I started getting worried that we would not find our way back to the truck. We made our way to GZ and found the cache and inside the cache was a fresh pack of batteries. So good! It taught us a valuable lesson on remote caches – always carry extra batteries.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
Sunshot99: Wow, mine is pretty embarrassing! I was caching up off SH 290 by a ditch that was across from a golf course. I spent an enormous amount of time looking for a cache and nature called (#1). I went into the trees to take care of business and felt like I was out of sight of everyone. As I finished, I looked up and a husband and wife were standing on the other side of the ditch at a golf hole. They were good sports about it, they smiled – waved – laughed a bit then went on there way. I died! My face was so hot I thought my head was going to explode. I made a bee line for the truck where my family was waiting – told them the story and got embarrassed again. The kids were brutal with the jokes.

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
Sunshot99: We are not much of into multi’s and you would have to look for a long time to find other cacher’s worse at puzzles. So by default I would say we like traditionals. Ophelia is really good at the lower caches and others get frustrated when we cache together because she finds them so fast. I like finding the caches that are a little harder but the teenagers are more into the PNG’s.

What is your favorite local cache?
Sunshot99: Again, I am terrible with names but it was a Bosan cache that was inside a pipe. It took me a few minutes but loved the hunt.

How about your favorite out of state cache?
Sunshot99: We travelled to Egypt this summer and I wanted to go get a cache in my favorite area in the Sinai. We were at the “Blue Hole” outside of Dahab and I took off walking by myself. A herd of camels passed as I made the three quarter of a mile hike to the cache in 100 plus degree weather. The locals thought I was crazy to be out walking but it was cool. I get back between the rolling hills to a rock mound just off the trail and starting moving a few rocks around. I wanted to be careful not to put my hand on a scorpion. I found a nice big cache with several travel bugs from Europe. What a great caching experience!

Summer or Winter caching? Why?
Sunshot99: When I am ready (and have time) I don’t care what the season or the weather is like. It seems like we have not had as much time lately to get out and cache. We are very active in Scouting and it takes a lot of time. I have to say that all things being equal, I like the late Fall caching when the leaves have dropped and the poison ivy is not as bad.

When a new cache is listed, are you tempted to go for FTF?
Sunshot99: In 2008 I went for every one I thought I might get. I was able to get 8. I am a supervisor at work now and I have not had the opportunity to go for many lately.

Tell us about your cache mobile.
Sunshot99: My Dodge Ram 1500 pickup turns many caches into PNG’s – just ask Mr. Cull. It is not a 4X4 but it goes into a lot places that would be long walks otherwise.

What other hobbies do you have?
Sunshot99: We are into camping both with the scouts and as family outings. I like to Scuba Dive and the boys are just getting into it. We hike a lot of trails around the state.

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
Sunshot99: I would like to hit 2000 before the end of 2011. I think it is doable but we will have to spend a little time working on it.

Is it all about the numbers?
Sunshot99: It is not about the numbers but they are cool. I like getting my teenagers off the video games and out doing something. The numbers are a great way to track your progress and set goals.

Thanks for this interview. Is there anything you would like to add?
Sunshot99: No, not at this time but thanks.