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Featured Cacher For July 10 - Great Birds


Great Birds of Houston, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
Great Birds: We were camping with my YMCA Trailblazers group, one of the dads hid a few caches at Hammon Ranch for us to find and let us use a GPS. After a few hours of hiking across Hill County in the cold and rain, I was hooked.

How did you decide on your caching name?
Great Birds: The two Chinese symbols used for my last name (I am told) are Great and Bird. When I chose to use it as a plural, I had hopes my kids would be joining me often.

When you cache, what equipment do you use? (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)
Great Birds: I use a Garmin GPSMap 60 while in the field. I have cache descriptions saved on my smart phone and usually have a fully updated copy of GSAK on the netbook computer in the car.
What are your all-time favorite cache(s)?
Great Birds: The Four Cache loop is my favorite. I've loved hiking in the East Texas woods since I was in Scouts. Now I can combine the hiking, friends and technological gadgets. I've done the walk three times now and hope to again this fall.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
Great Birds: No serious embarrassment, just a series of minor humiliations. I am not very good at actually spotting cache containers. More that once fellow cachers have given me hot or cold clues for a cache that was in plain site, to anyone else that is. I like caches that are difficult to get to but easy to find when you get there.

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
Great Birds: I really like earth caches which tend to be in more interesting locations. I've never been much of a puzzle person, so I mostly avoid them.

What is your favorite local cache?
Great Birds: The most enjoyable caches in town are Parker Plus' sneaky hides. They are always clever and after finding one, you feel like ""Why didn't I think of that?"".

How about your favorite out of state cache?
Great Birds: There is a series of earth caches among the Anasazi ruins in the Wupatki National Monument in Arizona. Just a fascinating place.

Summer or Winter caching? Why?
Great Birds: Winter caching in Houston is certainly easier. For some of the more rugged caches hunting in winter is practically nearly essential. But I have found more during the summer because there is always that urge to go out first thing in the morning. That way I get out of the house before other things catch my attention.

When a new cache is listed, are you tempted to go for FTF?
Great Birds: Not at all.

Tell us about your cache mobile.
Great Birds: I drive a Tundra 4 wheel drive pick up with a bed cap. It is the most versatile vehicle I've owned. I can go where I want take plenty of friends and haul loads of gear and a kayak or two.

What other hobbies do you have?
Great Birds: I take my kids on camping adventures with the YMCA. It is wonderful to be out of doors with my family. More recently I've started kayaking. There are an amazing number of wild places to paddle within Houston.

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
Great Birds: I am slowly working toward getting to 1000 finds. I am always scouting out more spots for my ""On Location"" cache series.

Is it all about the numbers?
Great Birds: It is about being outdoors with friends.

Thanks for this interview. Is there anything you would like to add?
Great Birds: Caching has added a great deal to my life, particularly the great people I've met. There is nothing like sharing adventures and misadventures with people build friendships.


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