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Featured Cacher For July 2007 - FSH & TDW


FIVESECRETHUNTERS & Texas Dreamweaver of Katy, TX & Richmond, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
I worked with a cacher by the name of Du’s Crew. He started talking about this “treasure” hunt game and drove me crazy with the stories of night caching, hidden treasures and good times. I love to hike but getting my kids to actually go hiking was like pulling teeth so I thought maybe this would suffice as a carrot to get them to go. The big problem was that I didn’t have a GPS and didn’t want to spend the money so I held off. Cody (Du’s Crew) came in one day completely tweaked up about a cache that he was going for – Quantum Leap. The story he spun and the bread crumbs he left out started to wet my whistle, not to mention the intrigue he laid out about the cache owner – Snoogans……..I couldn’t stand it thinking of road trips, world travel, and flat out adventure. I borrowed a GPS and the rest is history………well, until I found a likely victim then passed it on…….Enter Texas Dreamweaver……
TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
I was sitting at work minding my own business when this guy dressed up as a court jester tumbled into my office and began to talk about the fun weekend he had geocaching with his kids. His name was fivesecrethunters. When I asked him what he was talking about --- he laid it on really really thick telling me all about this one special cache called “Quantum Leap”. For those of us who believe that Mr. Pibb is NOT a substitute for Dr. Pepper or that Middle Earth probably existed a long, long time ago, QL is the like a grail quest. I listened to what 5SH had to say, read up on Geocaching and then spent about 3 weeks carefully shopping on eBay until I got a good GPSr for cheap. Then I just started caching. (I eventually felt confident enough to try and find my Quantum Leap and I completed my task, but it took me over a year to finish it.

What kind of equipment used (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)?

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
Well, the first one I had was what I could afford……$42 Cobra off Ebay. That thing, I thought, was great. The only problem is that it didn’t constantly update. You had to be physically moving to keep the satellite lock. I had no idea what I was missing until I hooked my brother on caching, gave him the Cobra, and bought the Garmin etrex Venture. I thought I had died and gone to caching heaven! My rate of finds went up dramatically and I love the basic functionality of it. After 600 plus finds, it has served me well. I now supplement with my Mac Powerbook, and a Verizon Wireless card. I like to cache this way as between caches I usually log as I go.

TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
The cheap eBay GPSr was a Garmin eTrex Venture. The Venture is halfway between the yellow eTrex and the blue Legend. It is actually the perfect starter GPSr because it is easy to use yet gives you all of the tools you need like projections, tracking, etc. It only holds 500 waypoints so I had to learn quickly how to run bookmarks and pocket queries on GC.com so that I could keep from overloading the Venture. After about 8-9 months I decided to go paperless so I headed to eBay again. Bought an Garmin iQue 3200 which is a Palm Pilot with a built in GPSr and honestly I spent too much money for what I got in return. Although I use this most of the time for urban caching, if I had a “do-over” I would simply get a PDA with Cachemate and keep using an eTrex to connect to the satellites. Finally, I have a Garmin StreetPilot in my cachmobile to make driving to the cache area safer.

What are your all-time favorite cache/s and or adventure whilecaching?

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
AARRRRGGGHH!! There are so many. As you all know, it’s about the story for me. I have several fantastic stories, but mostly funny ones. I won’t post the whole story here, but you can read this one, GCH1V5. It was a DNF, but hilarious. Having done quite a few caches, I always enjoy a new type of container or twist on the theme. I have team cached several times and I really enjoy that, especially if I am caching with another equally zealous idiot…..Of course there are some stories that are just better told by others……..That’s your cue TDW…….

TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
Don’t Blow a Fuse - GCV98E. After a brutal workday, I decided to end the day with a quick cache. I drove to the park totally aware of the fact that at DUSK they would be locking the gates. Having cached here before, I was familiar with the long drive from the street to the parking area. Coordinates were about .18 miles from the car and I knew I would have to hurry. Grabbing my gear, I headed out at a brisk walk. On this short hike I couldn’t help but think “Surely there was a parking space closer?” But before I could finish the thought, I was at the coordinates. There in front of me was an impenetrable wall of thorns. Following the footprints of those who had gone before me I maneuvered both right and left. Still no luck. As I paused to figure this out, I noticed that only 70 feet away was a HUGE parking lot. Just like I suspected. As I turned back toward the cache, the setting sun hit me in the eyes. Here I was almost a quarter mile from the car, still no find and time was running out! Evaluating my situation in a split second, I gave up finding the cache. Jogging back to the car I figured that I could drive around and park closer. Then I could spend time searching rather than worrying about being locked in for the night.
Halfway back to the car I spotted someone’s cell phone lying in the underbrush --- it was mine. Retrieving it I soon reached my car and headed to the HUGE parking lot. The first two gates were locked, but the third gate was wide open. I drove in and headed to the cache. On my way in, an 18-wheeler was driving out. He honked, waved and so I gave him a courteous wave in return. Stopping the car and diving under a piece of barbed wire, I headed right for the cache. It is a great cache…typical ParkerPlus ingenuity. I struggled trying to extract the log from the cache without stepping into poison ivy and finally managed to sign my name. As I returned to the car, I was pretty pleased. I drove back to the entrance to find the gate LOCKED! Two padlocks no less! The “friendly greeting” must have been a warning. Calmly (but apprehensively) I phoned a friend to see if: A) they had ever been in this situation and B) how did they get out. My friend basically responded with delirious laughter and I vowed to never again call nefarious pub-crawlers for help. Examining the locks, I noticed that one was a combination lock. OK, let’s see 0001, 0002, 0003, 0004,….. This started to get old quick. Examining the gate and chains carefully, I realized that I could exit the facility without vandalizing the property. Just how will be my little secret, but I was scared that a law enforcement official would show up and ask what I was doing with those “burglar” tools.
Doing what I needed to do, I drove out, closed the gate, “locking” it shut and drove slowly for home so as to not attract attention….at least I survived.

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
I distinctly remember panic and if not totally incorrect a lot of profanity……maybe that was because I was out pub crawling when TDW called and the story plays better that way….heheheeeee!

TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
Shut it FSH….or I will tell the “Loop De Loop” story……

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
...Nevermind...

Do you have any other hobbies?

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
Well, as you may have guessed by my lengthy logs, I love to write. I came from a family of professional story tellers who took great pride in telling a story with details, not lies or exaggerations. I have always been able to tell a story with what seems to be ease but I work very hard to get the facts correct. It’s not my fault if my mind is twisted enough to make it hilarious! I spent several years with a standup/improv team and a lifetime with a crazy family. Music is also a very important hobby as my father was a professional bluegrass musician and that alone garnered me a scholarship to college.
Oh yeah, and my other big hobby, making TDW look the fool as often as possible…...

TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
I have always been an individual with lots of different interests, but I don’t enjoy doing anything unless I can excel at it --- that is what narcissistic psychopaths do. Besides caching, I partner with my wife in showing our dogs. We have a little known breed called Tibetan Terriers. My wife is regarded world-wide for her success and knowledge since we have had some notable dogs including “Winners Dog” at a national show and an International Champion. At the moment we are busy training our newest puppy, Nordstrom. Other activities for me include playing handyman for my rental property, model railroading, guitar, cigars and giving fivesecrethunters a hard time.
Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!Tag Team: FIVESECRETHUNTERS

Well……I have two that come to mind…….Marking my car location before caching….need I say more? I had to call someone to come get me, giving them the coords to find me then drive around looking for my car……The other would be that I was caching once by myself and my caching shorts have a hammer loop on them – or did. The loop got caught on a broken tree limb and I happened to fall at the same time. The next realization was that I had completely ripped my shorts right off! My car was parked in a populated parking lot. So, acting as if I didn’t have a care in the world, and that this was totally normal for me, I emerged from the bushes in underwear only and walked the 100 feet of open parking lot to my car. I had several looks and even said hello to the guy getting out of his car – parked next to me! Possibly another moment would have been putting a coconut bra on & Jeff. Other than that, almost everytime I go caching with TDW is quite embarrassing…..

TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
Do I have to tell the story of Don’t Blow a Fuse again? Of course recently I have had a few that just tick me off…..losing my GPS, losing my glasses, losing my walking stick, getting my FJ stuck, being labeled with “You Are My Sunshine”, and basically any time hanging out with FSH is quite embarrassing.

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
What are you saying?

TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
I’m just saying.

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
No, that’s what I say.

TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
Say what?

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
I’m just saying.

TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
So say it.

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
I did already.

TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
No, I did first.

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
Don’t you need to get back to work?

TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
Yes, but you’re not the boss of me...

How did you decide on your caching name?

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
My family and I came up with it. There are five of us and we looked at caching as a secret treasure hunt. So fivesecrethunters it became. Of course, my kids will tell you that it is foursecrethunters and one crazy fanatic that needs medical help……….

TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
I was born in San Antonio so the Texas part should be obvious. For over 30 years, my job has been as a film and video editor. Day in and day out, I have clients come in to work with me and expect to walk a way with a tangible representation of their creative vision. In other words, I basically take all of their dreams and weave them together... Texas Dreamweaver.

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
I am a traditional type of cacher and am not fond of multi’s as I am lazy and just absolutely hate puzzles……perhaps because this shows too much (or too little) of my intelligence. Of course TDW flaunts his puzzle skills quite often right in my face so that could be part of it!

TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
I love them all and especially when it’s a difficult puzzle followed by a race for FTF. I really enjoyed the Coin Quest game and spent many frustrated nights waiting to log the next leg. As much as I complained to FSH at work about it, I thought it was a very clever, frustrating, challenging and exciting twist on the game. Of course, this adds to the fact that I live to out do FSH anytime I can. Call it sport.

Tell us about your cache mobile.

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
Well, I had a nice little car that I cached in until Montya’s father jumped into my window, totaling my car with one flying deer. I now have a gas miser of a car, a Nissan Sentra, that I use for commuting……..ok, ok, ok…..I got the gas friendly car so I could cache more!!!!!

TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
Recently my wife had a car accident and totaled her car. This event (it is hard to explain) basically afforded me an opportunity to acquire a new cache mobile. I wanted something that could go off-road, had enough power to pull the heavy trailer we use for our hotdog business and yet still get fairly decent gas mileage. The only thing that really fit the bill was a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser. I bought a black one with a white top because when we go to the symphony or theater our car looks like it is dressed up in a tuxedo.

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
Naahh... I don’t goal on caching. Every now and then I see a cool series or a cool trip to do but no solid goals. I can say this now that TDW is ahead of me in numbers, and I am the one who got him into this d#$% game!

TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
No goals really. A thousand would be nice but mostly it’s being ahead of FSH and staying there…..with as many of those caches being puzzles….just to add salt to the wound!!!

Is it all about the numbers?

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
Only when the idiot of a friend that I have is ahead of me…….

TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
Oh no...never...now that I have proven that I cannot be caught by FSH, life is really just peaceful (I say that and sleep with one eye open)……..

Thanks for this interview. Is there anything you would like to add?

FIVESECRETHUNTERS and TEXAS DREAMWEAVER
Yes, we both would like to say that we are all about the fun, camaraderie and people. Please don’t take offense to anything that comes out of our mouths as we are just having fun. The only other advice we would have to give is our motto, ""Don’t Poke The Badger"". It’s not wise. We’re just saying………
Thanks HGCS people! We love this crazy group.


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