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Featured Cacher For May 2007 - OHL Hockey Guy

OHL Hockey Guy of Friendswood, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
OHL Hockey Guy: I honestly don’t remember how I learned about caching. Most likely it was the same way I learn about other internet related topics… either CNN or an accidental Google find. At first I wasn’t very active less than 100 caches in the first 22 months but then in the last 18 (since the first coin quest game) I have been going full speed (over 700 since Nov-05).

What kind of equipment used (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)?
OHL Hockey Guy: I use a Garmin 60CSx that I recently purchased as an upgrade from my 60C. I also typically carry my PDA that has the ebooks for my PQs.
What are your all-time favorite cache/s and or adventure whilecaching?
OHL Hockey Guy: It really is hard to say what my favorite individual cache is as I enjoy most if not all of the caches I do. That being said however, the adventure of the Four Cache Loop (GCD100) was probably the best. Joining a huge group of cachers to do a 10 mile hike was great fun and the pride I got from seeing Hockey Man (my son Jacob, age 4) and Rose Flower (my daughter Sydney, age 7) complete the hike with little whining was awesome. I also really enjoyed the challenge of the latest FTFC cache #36. This was an wonderfully put together cache that required a myriad of talents to find. There is also the time that I used Geocaching to potty train Hockey Man but that should be saved for an event story.

Do you have any other hobbies?
OHL Hockey Guy: As the name suggests I do play hockey at Space City Ice Station off of I-45 in Clear Lake. I have been playing in the OHL for about 5 years. Other hobbies include spending time with the kids (hopefully Geocaching) and taking care of our many animals (if you can call that a hobby).

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
OHL Hockey Guy: I really am not sure about my most embarrassing moment. I have had a few when I have dragged my wife, Chasing Dreams, out to help me find a micro or two that I couldn’t get. She really hasn’t gotten into Geocaching due to her health but she is awesome at micros that I can’t seem to find. I remember doing the cache that is in Dickinson near the Veterans building, you know the one on the military vehicle. I must have gone to that cache 3 or 4 times before dragging her to it. What happens when we get there… she finds it almost instantly and by accident, she just looked at me like why didn’t you find that. I have also had a few run-ins with mud while trying to keep the kids clean while caching but those are just dirty jokes to be told at other times.

How did you decide on your caching name?
OHL Hockey Guy: I was looking for something that could tie my two favorite hobbies together and thought this was the best way to do it.

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
OHL Hockey Guy: My favorite type of cache would have to be a traditional because those are the easiest to take the kids to. I also like doing puzzles but never really have the time to sit down and dedicate to the good ones.

Tell us about your cache mobile.
OHL Hockey Guy: Our primary cache mobile is our Chrysler Town & Country but the dream mobile (and we are working on how to get one) is a new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
OHL Hockey Guy: I am always working on my numbers and I think the current goal is to get to 1000 as soon as reasonably possible. A more distant goal is to keep going at my current pace for 2007 because if I do I will have double the finds I started the year with when we usher in 2008.

Is it all about the numbers?
OHL Hockey Guy: For me it is all about my personal numbers. I am a numbers fool and have an Excel spreadsheet for all sorts of personal Geocaching things. I enjoy looking at how I stack up against others on the Its Not About The Numbers website and then setting my goals accordingly.

Thanks for this interview. Is there anything you would like to add?
OHL Hockey Guy: The only other thing that I want to add is that one of the best things about Geocaching is the people you meet and become friends with. The HGCS caching community is a great, supportive community and I think we are all featured cachers in our own ways.