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Featured Cacher For June 2010 - Rich & Lola

Rich & Lola of Houston, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
Rich & Lola: Our nephews, (Hallboysx3+), took us to a cache named Zoom Zoom Zoom (GC3C5F) and after that we went to the Smokey Mountains for a vacation and got hooked on the game.

How did you decide on your caching name?
Rich & Lola: It started as Rich6467 but after 300 caches and Lola doing all but 1, (see most embarrassing Geo-Moment), we decided to add her name.

When you cache, what equipment do you use? (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)
Rich & Lola: We started with a Magellan Map330 and after a couple of years upgraded to a Garmin 60cs and got rid of the Magellan all together. We added a 2nd Garmin 60csx.
What are your all-time favorite cache(s)?
Rich & Lola: Welcome to Jurassic Park, (GC962E). We never found the cache but the drive to get back to the cache location made it a top ten caches status.<sp>
Overton Wash, (GC4341), no longer active, but one of the best in Nevada.

Do you have any special caching adventures you want to tell us about?
Rich & Lola: We were doing one of Parker Plus' draw bridge caches after 9/11. Lola was taking pictures when the refinery workers stopped and asked what we were doing. We told them about geocaching and in turn they reported us to the FBI. We had them visit our house the next day and had to explain geocaching to the FBI. Funny thing is there is a public park across the street from the cache location.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
Rich & Lola: We were in Michigan doing Beginner's Luck, (GCG089). This is the one cache Lola did not do and it was probably lucky for her. My brother in law, nephews and I started walking to the cache. The GPS showed 3/10th of a mile. We started bushwhacking and after about a mile of that, we found the cache about 20 feet from a snowmobile trail. We started back to the cars when the GPS batteries died, so now, here we were in the middle of the Hiawatha National forest, LOST, tried and using the two way radios to have my sister honk the horn to get a good bearing. Instead of honking every couple of minutes she left the horn honking continuously, causing an echo out in the woods so I talked brother in law into walking to the road. Eventually Lola and my sister found us walking down the side of the road. Still to this day I don't know why I did not take batteries from radio and put them in the GPSr.

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
Rich & Lola: All caches are good. We prefer Ammo Cans in the woods or desert but as long as we find it, any will do.

What is your favorite local cache?
Rich & Lola: There have been many good caches over the years like Parker Plus' evil hides. Billy H's Texas Micro in the woods was another one. Nethog and Whipit's unique containers are also real nice. There are so many to name so we will just say thanks to everyone who put the caches out for us to look for.

How about your favorite out of state cache?
Rich & Lola: Bluff Mountain Cache, GC2D7, our 2nd ever cache. We went there and heard a lot of noises in the woods. It was dusk and all we could think was that a bear was out there looking with us so we came back the next day and found the cache.

Summer or Winter caching? Why?
Rich & Lola: Winter since there are a lot less thorns, poison ivy and chiggers to deal with.

When a new cache is listed, are you tempted to go for FTF?
Rich & Lola: No, we wait until a few logs are in before trying for it.

Tell us about your cache mobile.
Rich & Lola: It is a Jeep Liberty that has about 200,000 miles on it now.

What other hobbies do you have?
Rich & Lola: Traveling and photography so we can combine hobbies and caching.

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
Rich & Lola: No, not really but would like to stay in the top 50 cachers in Texas. So many of the newer cachers are power cachers so we would just like to stay in the top 100 cachers in Texas.

Is it all about the numbers?
Rich & Lola: No, but Rich would like to always have at least 1 more find than Georeyna!