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December 2016 Geocacher Profile

Dec 01, 2016 - 8:22 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Susan Batterton aka trekkin'arkie should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
trekkin'arkie

How did you choose your handle?

I did most of my geocaching while traveling in my Roadtrek RV from Arkansas so that just seemed a logical name choice. Today, I would choose a shorter one.

How long have you been geocaching?

I began geocaching in February, 2003.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
My first geocache was GC3F25 Caddo Bend at Lake Ouachita State Park near Hot Springs. My sister introduced me to the hobby so I printed a topographical map and went along while she experimented with her new Garmin. While she was studying her screen, I found the cache.


Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
Leonthepeon is my usual caching companion and makes sure we have a writing utensil.


How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
I have worked on a few way too long. After trying some I could never solve I spend very little time on one.


What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
I especially enjoyed caching around Siesta Key, Florida because I went with a good friend from the area. So often the best part is who you are caching with.


Do you do paperless caching?
I do paperless caching now.


What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
I rely on my Garmin CSX 60 when not using my iPhone.


Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

I would suggest it is a great way to enjoy being outside with friends. Nothing like hiking or biking a trail with a geocache as the destination.


Where are you originally from?
I was born in Kansas, but have lived in Hot Springs most of my life. I call the first two years my stint in the cavalry.


In what states have you geocached?
I have geocached in 49 states and need to make a return trip to Hawaii.


What was your first event ever attended?

On December 20, 2009 I attended Fall into Winter in Hot Springs Village hosted by rklmbl.


How many caches have you found?
I have found 2,598 caches. I did skip some years!


Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
I am not as interested in the container as the cleverness of the cache. Bird houses are usually nice.


What was the most famous cache that you have found?

I suppose caching at headquarters in Seattle would be the most famous.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
I use disposable batteries.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Once I finally started hiding caches I got a tremendous amount of pleasure from it but I equally enjoy finding those others have hidden.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?

I want most of the caches I hide to be easy enough for a new cacher to find. I like for something historical, clever, or a nice location to be part of each cache which is not always the case.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
For awhile I was all about completing challenges but I do like a virtual cache when traveling.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
My favorites are the ones that I think are clever and I came up with the idea on my own. Moo'ving On, Seeing Eye to Eye, RV There Yet?, TV Hill, and Get a Grip Wood U are my favorites that are still active. I don't even know where the ideas came from!

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I don't think the ratio matters because each cacher has his or her own preference. I personally am not interested in how many caches I find but others are. The beauty of the hobby - something for everyone.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

My sister had started caching and I just tagged along. She quit years ago, not I.

What's your favorite geocache?
It is hard to pick just one, but several of the caches set out by Groundspeak in Seattle are quite amazing. Often it is not the geocache itself, but perhaps the hike I took to get to it.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?

I would go to Georgia so I could finish my Jasmer list.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

The majority of the time I prefer caching with friends.

How many First to Finds do you have?
I haven't kept up with my FTFs, although I did reach 100 to complete a challenge.

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
I find that others are far more interested in first to finds than I am so I leave them for someone else.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
I enjoy fly fishing, kayaking, hiking, biking on flat land, genealogy, camping, and rv'ing. Other recent hobbies include ham radio, Dutch oven cooking, photography, and the list goes on.

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November 2016 Geocacher Profile

Nov 01, 2016 - 9:56 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Angelo Mockewich aka yoda7200 should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name? yoda7200

How did you choose your handle? It is the same Internet handle I have had for years

How long have you been geocaching? since 11-2-14

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it? a friend took me for my first time..Lafe in the fast lane.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? any one who feels like it at the time

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
30 min.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in? Cincinnati,, All state park caches, and rest stop caches

Do you do paperless caching? no.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use? smart phone, Garmin ex track, laptop- compass -and topo map

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching? It's a good way to get out and see new places and to spend time with a younger generation, without spending a lot of money. Anyone who likes the outdoors and traveling may also enjoy geocaching.

Where are you originally from? Philadelphia. PA.

In what states have you geocached? Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Virginia, and the Grand Luciana Bahamas

What was your first event ever attended? MOGA 2016 in Cincinnati

How many caches have you found? 419

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest? medium and creative caches with a theme

What was the most famous cache that you have found? GC1B Gorilla Stash, the oldest active cache in Arkansas, the 19th oldest active cache in the world

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries? disposable Duracell

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby? finding

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide? Putting a smile on someone's face

What is your favorite type of cache hide? medium sizes creative containers with tradables

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
WLEX series 1-13

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
1 to 20

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? I love the outdoors and traveling to places I have never been and this is a good way to do both. A friend of mine took me one day and I was immediately hooked

What's your favorite geocache? A well hidden cache with a creative container, preferably in the woods or at a historical location.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching? The World

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group? 2 - 4 people.

How many First to Finds do you have? not many, FTF's are not important to me

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications? No settings in place

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching? hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, just about anything outdoors.
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October 2016 Geocacher Profile

Oct 05, 2016 - 6:23 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Jeremy Axe aka FauxtoPro should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?

FauxtoPro (pronounces "Photo"Pro)

How did you choose your handle?

I am a wannabe photographer so it's a play on Faux (fake) and professional photographer.

How long have you been geocaching?

Since Feb 15, 2010

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
I saw a post on Facebook about geocaching and went to the website and created an account. I was surprised to see 300+ caches within 5 miles of my location. I downloaded the Geocaching Intro app on my iPhone and went on my lunch break in search of GCZ0PV - Peel Mansion. That was my first find and I have been hooked ever since.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
Most of my finds have come on solo hunts. Occasionally my 5 and 7 year old boys join me.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
I have worked on puzzles for hours, weeks, even months! I hate giving up on them. I may set them aside for a short time and then I'm back on it!

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?

Most of my finds have come within 40-50 miles of my home town of Bentonville, AR. We are working very hard to make NWA a geocaching destination. There are some very dedicated and creative cache hiders in this area.

Do you do paperless caching?

Yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
I mostly use my iPhone with the official Geocaching and Cachly apps. I also have a Garmin eTrex30 for those times when I cannot get a good signal on the phone.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
I consider myself a Geo-evangelist. When I get a chance to promote the obsession....er sport of geocaching I will go on for as long as they will listen.
Geocaching had taken me to places I wouldn't have gone otherwise. There are some beautiful places right here in our own backyard that I would never have thought about visiting if it weren't for Geocaching.

Where are you originally from?
I was raised an Air Force BRAT until my dad retired in 1984. I have lived in Texas, South Dakota, California, and Nebraska before moving to Bentonville.

In what states have you geocached?
I have cached in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Florida. I took an almost 3 year hiatus from August 10th 2011 to August 6th 2014. During this time I had been on 2 cruises in the Caribbean. I didn't even think about looking for caches and I kick myself looking back at all the additional countries I could have added to my geocaching resumé. I guess I'll have to go back!

What was your first event ever attended?
GC591FD - Geocaching 101, Neosho Meet and Greet

How many caches have you found?
I currently have 304 finds

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
If I take my boys out with me I like to find mediums or larges so they can trade some swag.
If I am going solo, I enjoy a good micro.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
I haven't found any "famous" caches per se but I have come across some pretty creative and unique caches.
Some include:
GC56QR7 - Goonies Never Say Die
GC4HFJF - Route 66 - Galena Murder Bordello
GC646HY - A Crystal Cache: Arkansas Quartz @ Crystal Bridges

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

Rechargeable in my GPSr

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
I like then equally however my find to hide ratio is almost 100:1.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
I want my hides to allow the seekers to enjoy the journey and see and appreciate this magnificent game board we live and play on.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
I like the puzzles. Both field puzzles as well as the ones you can solve prior to leaving the house.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?

I currently have only 3 active hides today.
My favorite is called NWA Pineapple 2.0 (GC687RE)
It's not the most difficult to locate but it is a pretty unique container.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?

I would say maybe 30:1

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
I saw a post on Facebook and created an account.

What's your favorite geocache?
I would have to say my first find. It was a micro hidden at the base of a tree. It was a pretty easy find but I will never forget the feeling I had when I thought of the number of times I had been to this location and never knew it contained a "hidden treasure."

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?

All over the world! Every continent and maybe even the International Space Station!

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
I like getting together with my geo-family at events and meeting up with them on the geo-trails. I also enjoy spending time in nature by myself.

How many First to Finds do you have?
I have maybe 5 or 6 FTFs.

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?

I have an alert setup to send me a text message on new listings within 20 miles.
I have been known to have to take an "emergency" break from work or leap out of bed in the middle of the night to go after a shiny new cache!

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

I have too many other hobbies to name here!
Some include:
Spending time with my family
Serving in my church
Photo, audio, and video editing
Outdoor cooking (fish fries, crawfish boils, smoking meats and cheeses, etc.)
Tailgating at Razorback football and baseball games.
I've also been known to scan a QR code or two while out on the geocaching trail or at a co-exist event!


Thank you for allowing me to share my love of geocaching.
You guys do a fantastic job of representing Arkansas in the geocaching world.
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September 2016 Geocacher Profile

Sep 01, 2016 - 8:04 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Josh Adams aka Ashallond should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?

Ashallond

How did you choose your handle?
I used to be a game master on an online server. I would play a character to interact with the normal players to start quests. That character's last name was Ashallond. Kept using it ever since for my online presence.

How long have you been geocaching?

Since April 8, 2009

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?

Rebels RULE!!!!!! (GCMR4W), which is at the school I work at (yes the admin knows it's there). My quiz bowl team and I decided to try to find it one day after school. So we did.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

Lately I've been a loner, but I've done some pretty long trips with Yazz, secondgunman and jffok. My daughter Dancingprincess sometimes joins me.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?

Give up? (Chuckle)

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Louisville, KY. Very strong caching presence there, and they love earthcaches and puzzle caches.

Do you do paperless caching?
Yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

Mostly my iPhone 6 currently. I had a garmin, but I've misplaced it somewhere in my house.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

You get outdoors, you get to meet new people, and you get to use the gps feature on your phone.

Where are you originally from?
It's complicated. I lived in Tennessee, Washington state, Alabama, Arkansas, & Delaware through school and high school. But I've lived in Fort Smith ever since I finished college.

In what states have you geocached?

22 different states ranging from California to New York plus the District of Columbia. I mostly play in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky.

What was your first event ever attended?
A world wide flash mob.....that I hosted. Next one was the cache ca$h dash bash

How many caches have you found?

3541

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?

Large things.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
Mingo

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Rechargeable

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
It's changed. For a while I loved hiding, but now I like seeing the creativity of the newer cachers.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
If it's a non-puzzle, to make it findable. If it's a puzzle, to let you learn something.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
Earthcaches!

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?

Emergency Repairs. One of the first wherigos in Fort Smith, and my challenge caches.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I think you need to find 50-100 different types of caches to get a broad idea of what works, then hiding 1 for every 50-100 you find. Unless you find that nice stretch of lonely road.....

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
My brother did it for a little bit and mentioned it to me, and then I kept coming across references in articles.

What's your favorite geocache?
I'd have to say a tie between the Grand Finale for the parkcaches and an earthcache in Louisville called Cave Hill's Sinkholes. (GC1DCTT)

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?

Scotland, Japan, Antarctica, and the International Space Station (is that one still active?)

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

Both!

How many First to Finds do you have?

82

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
Only if it's close and I have time. I have my notifications set out for 50 miles.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Watching Baseball, reading, playing some video games, winning quiz bowl state titles (occasionally), and astronomy.

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August 2016 Geocacher Profile

Aug 02, 2016 - 10:17 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Kay Ekey aka Arkekey should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Arkekey

How did you choose your handle?

My last name is Ekey. Until my brother moved here two years ago, I was the only Ekey in Arkansas so Arkekey is short of Arkansas Ekey

How long have you been geocaching?

Seven years

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?

I searched for a couple before I found my first cache which was Books, Books, Books at the Garland County Library. It was the day after my GPS arrived from Amazon in July 2009 (before the days of the cell phone app at least for the android phone I had at the time). The spot on coords by LikestoCanoe and great hint really helped a lot as a good deal of my caching, esp in the beginning, has been solo.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

My most frequent caching partners have been Trekkin' Arkie, Ironhorse, OR-NPL 191, or in the beginning, Gingerose.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?

I love different types of puzzles such as sudoku and cryptoquotes, but haven't been particularly successful with them in geocaching. However, caching puzzles have been a fun learning experience as far as learning about different apps to help with triangulating points or computer techniques to cause print to appear in a blank space. I'd estimate I usually give up after about 30 min.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?

I most enjoyed caching in Hawaii because it took me to places that a tourist guide never would and the descriptions taught me so much about the area. London was fun because it allowed me to take my niece, who had lived there for almost a year, to a charming, colorful hidden away shopping area not far from her flat. She had no idea this courtyard of shops was tucked in there. I also enjoyed North Carolina because I was introducing my preteen nephews to caching while we were on vacation and it was so fun to watch their excitement.

Do you do paperless caching?

I now do paperless caching, but in the beginning I had to print out many cache pages to have descriptions and hints with me since my first unit was a very basic, bright yellow eTrex.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

I use a Garmin map 60csx.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

Caching can get otherwise sedentary folks outside and moving. It is a great way to see places you otherwise likely wouldn't. It produces a feeling of accomplishment when a cache is found or challenge completed. Geocachers are a fun, adventuresome, diverse, and very welcoming group of people.
Where are you originally from?
I lived in Topeka, Kansas, from age 5-18 and have been in Arkansas since then.

In what states have you geocached?

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. (Didn't realize until compiling this list that I didn't have one in Iowa yet... I just spent a couple days there this month. Darn!!)

What was your first event ever attended?

Rhone's 5000th find in 2009. It was just a couple months after I started caching. I had no idea what to expect when I walked into the restaurant, but got to meet other cachers for the first time. That has been the best part of caching.... the friendships it has provided me.

How many caches have you found?

1340 Obviously I'm not a numbers person.

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?

Homemade cammoed containers are by favorite but event caches might be a close second.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

As far as I know I've not found any "famous" caches, but I am now aware of the Mingo cache in Kansas and hope to get it within the next year.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

Disposable batteries, but that may change now that it was brought to my attention.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?

I enjoy finding caches more than hiding them. I'm not too crafty so my hides tend to be pretty simple and often geared toward beginner or young cachers.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?

Generally my objective when hiding a cache has been to fill a void I perceive such as when Lake Hamilton had only two caches on it.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
I prefer to hide ground level caches of level one difficulty with swag inside at a location I know is frequented by children.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?

My second hide (2011) was my favorite. That cache, an artificial knee joint (which has now been archived since the bush it as in was removed), was a group effort. The holder was a gift from Big Carbon Footprint and Dreamcacher V of Texas at Foolin' Around SWAGville which marked my return to caching following a knee replacement. Quartzcacher named it, & Trekkin' Arkie assisted with reinforcing the assembly. It as placed outside the office of my orthopedic surgeon.
What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I think 75-100:1 should be sufficient to keep new caches available for everyone.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

I was having dinner with Trekkin' Arkie and Leon the Peon when she mentioned learning the meaning of a "skirt lifter" to a cacher from Texas who was dining with us. That led her to further explain her hobby of geocaching to me. The Texas RVing and caching friend then helped me decide on a first GPS. I ordered it a couple days later and my love of caching soon began. It grew deeper when I moved up to a unit to which I could download coordinates instead of hand entering each one, then even more when I was able to do impromptu caching via the phone app.

What's your favorite geocache?

Choosing one favorite is almost impossible. I really enjoyed the now archived Tool Time series by CacheMates in Glenwood and Monkey See Monkey Deux by EJ1231 in Royal, AR.
If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
Switzerland. I think taking a geocaching cruise with lots of foreign ports would be wonderful!

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

I prefer geocaching with 2 or 3 other cachers but really like introducing others to caching. One of those special experiences was taking my 85 year old aunt, who had cancer but decided to stop treatments, caching 4 months before she died. It was her last outting from home and I can still remember her excitement that day as we found three caches in her small Kansas town. Just this morning I got to introduce a friend with whom I was spending the weekend. She was the one who brought it up to me having read my previous Facebook posts about caching experiences.

How many First to Finds do you have?

I don't know how many FTF's I have and I'm not proficient enough with the on line programs to know how to find that information. I do fondly recall a FTF I got in Steele, MO (Gateway to Fun) that I pulled over to hunt on my way to St. Louis only to discover I'd not downloaded the coords into my GPS. So I reluctantly went on my way, but did look it up while I was in St Louis and was excited on see that it still hadn't been found on my trip back. By then it was a week old and had a DNF, but I earned an FTF before heading on home to Hot Springs.

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?

When I started caching I frequently tried for FTF's sometimes late at night or before sunrise. They were always within a few miles of my house. A policeman stopped to visit with me around 4:30 one morning (tried to get it on my way to the YMCA to exercise before work). I didn't earn one that morning but figure my license plate got entered on a watch list. Another time I was alone, behind a building on Park Ave a little after midnight. It took about 30 minutes, but I was successful. However, realizing I'd have chastised any friend for such foolishly reckless behavior I quit actively pursuing FTFs. I couldn't compete with the many retired local cachers while I was working full time.
Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
My other hobbies include boating, traveling (often to visit family), tasting craft beers, watching sports (Rock Chalk Jayhawk), volunteering with Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Civitan Club projects, and local festivals.

You didn't ask about travelbugs, but I love them. However, the ones I've put out seem to share my erratic activity level.
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