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Featured Cacher For June 2009 - Gsguru

Gsguru of Houston, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
Gsguru: My LEH (last ex-husband) told me he found this fantastic sport/game/thing that he is excited about and wanted to show me. I didn’t understand what he kept saying… cash, cash, cash WHAT??? Then he loaded me in the car and had this weird little gizmo he kept saying was going to show him where the CASH was.. I thought he was nuts and was very glad he was LEH, at this point.. LOL We stopped at the parking lot and got out. He kept following this little arrow. Now, I am positive he has lost it. But, we went to the coordinates of my first cache (GCJNAN) and the rest is history. I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t have cash in it though.. LOL
How did you decide on your caching name?
Gsguru: I have had gsguru8306 since I first had my Girl Scout Troop many years ago. It was a way for me to filter emails. It has stuck. I no longer have a troop so I dropped the numbers but kept the GSGURU part. BTW – it stands for Girl Scout Guru. I have had many people try to figure it out.

When you cache, what equipment do you use? (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)
Gsguru: I use a Garmin 60Csx now. I started with a Whistler I found on Ebay but was too cumbersome to translate, especially when I was real new. Then I went to a Maggie Sportrak and had to have that replaced by the factory 2 times. My ex husband (no, not the last one, but my kids father… lol) bought me my 60 when he borrowed my car for a road trip to Virginia with the kids. I guess buying me a 60 was cheaper than renting a car. I use GSAK and not very good at it.

What are your all-time favorite cache(s)?
Gsguru: I enjoy caches that show me something new or unusual/unique. I really enjoy the hiking part (not the bushwacking, though) to some of the local caches. Occasionally when I need to get a caching fix, I’ll do a P&G. I also enjoy series caches: big smiley, monopoly, etc. It is a good way to rack up the numbers.

Do you have any special caching adventures you want to tell us about?
Gsguru: Well, before the GW7 trip, I would really have to think long and hard on this question… but now.. by far, the Virgin Falls Cache and EC is one great adventure. Reports vary as to the elevation changes but I think it was around 900 feet. Took the group 9 hours and I saw some of the most spectacular views I have ever seen. Larry, Debbie and I were the last to get back to the parking lot, but we had a fantastic time. It rained on us on the way back up the mountain, which cooled us off but ruined my cell phone. The waterfalls were breathtaking and awe inspiring. I would like to possibly take another trip there and camp for the weekend by the falls. Couldn’t be better than that.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
Gsguru: Hmmmm, not really. I don’t get embarrassed by much. If you’ve ever met me, you know how I am. What could be embarrassing for some would be a walk in the park for me.

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
Gsguru: I like traditional. I am not very good at puzzles so I usually filter those out. I would like to do more multi’s but always seem to find other ones to do instead.

Summer or Winter caching? Why?
Gsguru: Winter caching. I don’t like spider webs and they are EVERYWHERE in the summer time. I also don’t much like the heat in the summer time caching. I do cache in the summer but usually try to get an early start.

When a new cache is listed, are you tempted to go for FTF?
Gsguru: Not any more. I got one FTF and that is good for me. I have never had the desire to be a FTF hound. More power to all that are out there though...

Tell us about your cache mobile.
Gsguru: Toyota Sequoia that I absolutely LOVE. It is big enough to haul around my gear when I camp and also comfy enough to haul around cachers.

What other hobbies do you have?
Gsguru: Scouting, reading and lately running 5k’s. Deb and I are going to do the Aramco Half Marathon in January and we have been running for about 5 months now. I also love to hike and camp.

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
Gsguru: I do have some caching goals. I want to be able to go to a town and cache the town dry. I also want to do all the caches on the major freeways out of town completely. I want to be able to do some of the challenge caches also.

Is it all about the numbers?
Gsguru: Absolutely NOT. Even though I have enjoyed my goals of 50/day, then 100/day, it takes the fun out of it for me. I am more interested in the places that this sport takes me. I have seen some of the most incredible places and sights that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. So, no, for me. It is about the adventure more than the numbers.

Thanks for this interview. Is there anything you would like to add?
Gsguru: Thanks for the nomination. If you want to know anything else, just ask. I am definitely NOT a shy person and am pretty open about most things. Remember to thank a vet for our freedom and say a prayer for our soldiers currently defending our freedom. After all, I AM A PROUD ARMY MOM.


Hey, Congratulations!
That's a great interview!
I enjoyed meeting you for the first time at the New Years Camp out at BBSP this year and the two events you sponsored. Your Newbie event was a hit and it inspired one of my caches. Why was the wind so fierce every time we met in a pavilion at GBP?
Take it easy and I'm proud to know you!
May 31 2009 10:33 PM
Two thumbs up!  I enjoyed the hike last Sunday with you and Deb.  Too cool for words!
Muddy Buddies
May 31 2009 11:04 PM
I was thrilled to see the new cacher of the month as the clock turned over to midnight.  I love seeing my friends' write-ups each month.  I may just have to volunteer at the marathon next year to watch Diane and Debbie finish. 
May 31 2009 11:32 PM

Jim & Deb
Jun 01 2009 05:48 AM
Way to go, Diane!  Congrats on COTM!
Jun 01 2009 05:56 AM
Diane isn't shy?
Nice interview.
Jun 01 2009 06:02 AM
Congrats and great read!  It was gsguru and her LEH that first made us feel really welcome in the community at our first event (which seems so long ago now....)  O0
I am so glad to see Diane as our featured cacher this month.  You are an awesome and inspiring individual, girlfriend!  I am so glad to have met people like you on this journey in this hobby.  Very giving, wise, and welcoming to everyone.
Aw, shucks, thanks everyone  :-[
Jun 01 2009 07:52 AM
Congrats.  It was your newbie event that was my first.  Thanks.
Great Birds
Jun 01 2009 10:05 AM
Congrats! Great interview.  It's always fun to go caching with Diane.
Great interview, and very fun to cache with!
Jun 01 2009 12:45 PM
Great interview and congratulations!
two dog knight
Jun 01 2009 12:56 PM
Awesome, awesome, awesome.  I am speechless and locked into a very limited vocabulary.  Congrats, Diane
Texas Dreamweaver
Jun 03 2009 03:47 AM
I am just thankful that I am not a LEH!!! :D :D :D

Diane, we luv ya  :smitten:
Extremely proud of you Diane!!  You are an inspiration to all!!  Oh yes, and I am happy that TDW clarifeid that he was not your LEH.  ;)

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Congrats Diane! Great interview! Still remember our walk through the woods with coffee and a cigarette at SFA State Park a few New Years ago. Guess next time we'll go for a run instead!
Enjoyed the interview !! You sound like a great person !!
Jun 08 2009 07:16 AM
A special THANKS to you guru, your meetup event got me started in this.

Just wanted to say its been a wild ride this month. Thanks to all who enjoyed the interview and if ya wanna know more, just ask me!!

Til I see you on the cache trails, cya