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Featured Cacher For September 2009 - Frog Pad

Frog Pad of Angleton, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
Frog Pad: “Frog Pad”, that’s me, my hometown is Angleton, and I have been geocaching since May 2008. I first heard of the adventure when my daughter, AKPdives, attended a science class at U of H at Clear Lake City with a speaker on geocaching. A few months later, I was at a state technology convention and wanted to attend a class on “GPS and Geocaching”, but ended up in the ER with pneumonia. No cachers were in that facility except for some strange looking characters left over from a night of Mardi Gras partying on sixth street. After missing that experience, I went to a day workshop in Friendswood on ‘Geocaching in the Classroom’ and that led to my first find, “Tree of Knowledge” in Friendswood, Texas, with a group of educators after the workshop.
How did you decide on your caching name?
Frog Pad: You have to think of a geocaching name to create an account so I came up with “Frog Pad” in the spur of the moment. I have all kinds of frogs around my pad – real, and the other kind. For years I caught tadpoles with my son to take to class so my Kindergarteners could see the life cycle of a frog so naturally I love frogs.

When you cache, what equipment do you use? (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)
Frog Pad: I started out with a Garmin etrex because I purchased a classroom set to teach other teachers about activities to do with a GPS in the classroom. It worked fine for finding geocaches, but months later my husband took mercy on me after I had sore fingers from manually putting in all the waypoints. He purchased me a Garmin 60Cx for my birthday, and I have been in “Hog Frog Heaven” ever since.

What are your all-time favorite cache(s)?
Frog Pad: I started out slowly last year just geocaching with my husband and daughter to give me a break from work and home responsibilities. Although, I have ventured out on my own a few times, I would rather cache with others. During my first few months of caching, I met many interesting people and new friends at events and on the trails. That is when my association with Britt and Cobra98 began, and we decided to have Brazoria County events. Our first was a successful Hudson Woods Event! I have lived in Angleton for forty years and didn’t even know that place existed. That is what I find intriguing…you never know where the next cache will take you, be it, ‘Stephen F. Austin died here’ or ‘Bell’s Landing’ or ‘Tidal Gate’ which the locals call, ‘The Guillotine.’ We have traveled to new parks, abandon settlements, and roads that were new to me. It is just exciting to see what you will find next.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
Frog Pad: My husband is always yelling, “Watch out for snakes!”, so I would have to say I like fall and winter caching better and because of poison ivy. Gas hasn’t been my expense, it has been itching creams and PI scrub.

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
Frog Pad: My least favorite caches are multi caches, and some of the puzzle caches perplex this old frog. And I don’t like it that travel bugs and coins disappear out of caches. They are meant to travel, collect miles, and bring joy to others, not end up in someone’s collection book. I did have a problem with one of my caches at the fairground (yes, I had permission). A workman called the sheriff’s office that there was a bomb in a tree. And the silly man kicked it out of the tree not knowing what it was. The mighty foot broke the lid.

When a new cache is listed, are you tempted to go for FTF?
Frog Pad: Although my goal, at first, was how many caches I could get and FTFs, I have left that to the midnight raiders and decided to go after virtuals, unknown puzzles/mystery caches, webcam, and earthcaches. My first out of state cache was in Colorado around the Spanish Peaks while visiting friends, then to Florida while waiting to view the space shuttle take off, and Virginia while on vacation to see Shenandoah Valley and visit Monticello. So I guess I am into caching all the states, too. I really enjoyed the Texas Challenge in Fredericksburg. It was a fun weekend getaway with the most caches I had ever gotten in a weekend. Some of those caches were sooo unique and creative. My hardest caches were last month in Alberta, Canada, because they were a third to half mile hike straight up with a devastating altitude for this flatlander. Although the views were fantastic, the sheer cliffs made me wonder why I was doing it. They were the most beautiful caches that I have done, and Canada has many virtuals.

Tell us about your cache mobile.
Frog Pad: Our geovehicle is a truck when we can take our bikes for park caching. Otherwise, it is my Toyota SUV, and I drive…that way my husband doesn’t have to hear, “You were suppose to turn back there!!!” When I’m not geocaching or at work, I’m in my flower beds or traveling. I guess you can tell I’m addicted!

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
Frog Pad: My biggest thrills are finding travel bugs in caches and seeing a unique and intriguing cache such as Cobra98's ""Chemical Plants"" or ""Survey Says"" or Jakrek's ""Bird's Eye View or ""Needville and the Southern Pacific” or “Heart Attack waiting to Happen.” My biggest joy has been being introduced to Lake Jackson's city parks by LJTxHiker. Who knew there were so many? ??? He passed away right after the first event I attend, and I never got to meet him.