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Featured Cacher For May 2008 - TerraTrekkers

TerraTrekkers of Houston, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
TerraTrekkers: Jim always wanted a GPS but couldn’t find a reason to buy one. One day he was watching Tech TV, (no longer on in our area) and they mentioned geocaching. That gave him the excuse to go out and buy one. The rest is caching history.Isnt it amazing how we can find a hobby to match the hardware we are interested in?

How did you decide on your caching name?
TerraTrekkers: Terra (earth) Trekkers (travel along), thus the name. The ladybugs were my idea. Jim suggested I find some stickers so off to Wal-Mart I went and found the little ladybug stickers. We used them for a while until Jim did a search on the internet and found some pictures of ladybugs. We picked one we liked and the big stickers came to life but have changed slightly over the years. We found the glass ladybugs that many of you have seen in caches but it’s a secret where we get them. Now we have the pathtags with our trademark ladybugs on them. They have been a lot of fun.
When you cache, what equipment do you use? (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)
TerraTrekkers: We started off with one Gamin Legend then added the Yellow Etrex as my GPS.We eventually wanted something different and bought a Magellan 315 (because that is what Geowyz used) and then for Christmas I received a Garmin 60Cx. We also use a Toshiba PPC.

What are your all-time favorite cache(s)?
TerraTrekkers: It is really hard to say since there are so many to choose from. Four Cache Loop, DB Cooper Jr, Sig-J- Silent Bell, US Morrow- Ransom, Mud Frog and Chickens- Mini Four Cache Loop (Beaver Slide), Former Fullerton Factory Find in Louisiana, and even though we didn’t find the cache we have to include Devil’s Lake Revisited in Wisconsin. I know we have missed others. There have been many that have been a lot of fun to do.

Do you have any special caching adventures you want to tell us about?
TerraTrekkers: We attempted to do Devil’s Lake Revisited in Wisconsin while visiting our daughter and her family. We had to hike up the side of a tall cliff. When we got to the top we were following our gps and found that the cache was below us. Below us happened to be a rock side down the side of the cliff. We climbed down the other side and decided to try it again the next day. Returning, we climbed up almost to the top and walked across the top of the rock slide. The ledge we had to go across was only about 12 to 24” wide. I had a picture of where the cache was hidden in the rocks in my back pocket but along the way I had to do several butt scoots and lost the picture but didn’t realize it till we got to the point where we were to go down the rock slide.Jim went down to see if he could find it but he had no luck and climbed back up to me. We sat there trying to decide what to do next and decided it would be easier to go ahead and climb down the slide (about 500’). It took us almost an hour just to perform that feat. When we got down to the bottom of the cliff, there was about another 75’ to get to the path to take us back to the car. We found a place where we had to butt slide the rest of the way down. The real kicker of it was our son in law, a new cacher took a really new cacher there and they found it on the first try!!.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
TerraTrekkers: Cant’ think of any but we bet others we have cached with could come up with some stories!

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
TerraTrekkers: We like traditional long walk in the woods and some PNG's if I’m on a cache run and need a break without loosing my numbers per hour.

Summer or Winter caching? Why?
TerraTrekkers: I like caching anytime just as long as it isn’t too hot or freezing cold. Funny how you wish you had cold weather when you are out there swatting bugs in the heat and wish for warm weather when freezing your fingers off in winter.

When a new cache is listed, are you tempted to go for FTF?
TerraTrekkers: Not really. If it happens it happens. We were first to find on one that was in Nebraska, we were caching our way to Wisconsin to visit our daughter a couple of years ago. It had been out a couple of months without a find. The cache was in the office of the Homestead National Forest. You had to go in and ask the ranger for the cache. We were really surprised when no one else had logged it.

Tell us about your cache mobile.
TerraTrekkers: Well we have two. When Jim caches we use the Dodge truck. If I’m out by myself it is in the Jeep. I like to cache with someone like gsguru, Kirbydox and Georeyna.

What other hobbies do you have?
TerraTrekkers: None at the moment but the hoby of relaxing sounds good about now.

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
TerraTrekkers: We just like caching but have no specific goal at this time. We cache for fun and the numbers just follow us.

Is it all about the numbers?
TerraTrekkers: Not really. If I see that we are getting close to a nice number I’ll work towards it but do it in no particular time frame.

Thanks for this interview. Is there anything you would like to add?
TerraTrekkers: All the wonderful friends we have met has been the real treasure of this game. Thanks for the nomination.