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Featured Cacher For November 2006 - Muddy Buddies

Muddy Buddies of Alief, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Muddy Buddies: Kathy first heard about geocaching through one of the Girl Scout adult training session she attended. She came home very excited about it and looked up the geocaching.com site. We checked out the website and started searching for a suitable GPS. After several weeks we got our Christmas GPS and started down the one-way road of Geocaching Addiction Syndrome (G.A.S.)
What kind of equipment used (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)?
Muddy Buddies: We started out by purchasing a Magellan Meridian Gold at Academy along with the Mapsend Topo mapping software. We then found a great deal at an online vendor where we could get the GPS plus the software for what Academy wanted for just the GPS. We returned the stuff to Academy and waited a few more days to get our shipment. Back then, waiting to go caching was not a big deal. We cached with one GPS until the summer of 2005, when we won the Magellan Be-There contest and received an Explorist 500 as part of the prize package. That is what Stan uses for his caching. About that same time, the backlight in the Meridian went out. We were about to send it away for repair when our daughter, MunkieBread, said she wanted it, and didn’t need the backlight. We bought a Meridian Color for Kathy and have been a 2 GPS team since.
We also have a built-in GPS system in our Acura MDX, our primary caching vehicle. We can’t put in the coordinates directly, but it does have a great system of street maps for the U.S.
We each have a PDA that we use, along with pocket queries, to know what we’re looking for. Kathy has a Palm Zire 72, which has a camera, and Stan has a Palm Tungsten E2. We use a combination of GPX-spinner and Plucker to load the Pocket Queries.

What are your all-time favorite cache(s) and or adventure while caching?
Muddy Buddies: Having done several thousand caches, we have about 50 favorites in our Bookmarked list (which this survey prompted us to create). We’ve listed a few here.Favorites:Multi-cache “1000 ways to get Skammed” by the Popeteers.Series cache is a tie between “Would you Walk a Mile for a Cache” series by Team Skammer, and the “Twelve days of Caching” by the Popeteers.Puzzle cache “The Pfefferminz Army” by Pandy.Game cache “The Adventures of 1 Geocacher” by usmorrows.Competition cache “Piece it Together” by gsguru8306.Creative Theme cache “The Plundering of Captain Drew” by drew8.Creative cache container “Lampskirt in the Woods” by OneStepCloser.Interesting location “Perhaps a little more Chlorine” by piman314.Terracache “The Enchanted Rock Challenge” by peeve.

Do you have any other hobbies?
Muddy Buddies: We’re not sure if we can call them hobbies, but Kathy does a lot of volunteering with the Girl Scouts as a trainer and co-coordinator of the cookie committee. We have tried letterboxing and did about 50 in the Houston area, while we were waiting for more geocaches to be placed nearby (no longer a problem). We both like to do puzzles, even before we started geocaching. Kathy likes solve puzzles when she has free time, such as riding in the car on long trips.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
Muddy Buddies: When Stan did the Four Cache Loop, and came to a wide stream, he used the now famous “Trash Bag Waders” to cross the stream. The photo of the event has been circulated and is now our special claim to fame. The photo also shows Stan carrying a full sized backpack. It is rumored that he was carrying a body that needed a special placement. We’ll never tell…

How did you decide on your caching name?
Muddy Buddies: When Kathy first joined geocaching.com, she used the screen name GSFunLady, which she had related to her Girl Scout activities. When she dragged Stan along on the first caching runs, we soon thought that a more inclusive team name would be better. On our first day of caching, we got so muddy getting to several of the caches that the name just kind of came out. We’ve been “buddies” for 20+ years, so the Muddy Buddies name was born. Muddy Buddies is also one of our favorite snacks, a chocolate-peanut butter mixture smothered in powdered sugar. Too bad that Kathy is allergic to peanuts…

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
Muddy Buddies: We have several goals.1. To catch up with Pepper! Ha ha ha. We say that jokingly, but we once had the goal of passing up geowyz.2. To stay ahead of ATMA. They are zipping right along. It took us almost 3 years to get about 1700 caches. They’ve done that in just over a year.3. We also tried to get all of the caches in Houston, and at one time whittled it down to about 100 caches in a 60 mile radius, but a caching explosion occurred and it’s now back up to over 300.4. I think the real goal is to hit the 4000+ mark around our 25th anniversary next August and celebrate it with all of you.