October 2017 – Cacher of the Month

Caching Name: Pandamandium
Real Name: Bill Frampton

1. How did you become involved in geocaching? My wife saw it in the newspaper and thought it would be something neat to try. I got into it, but it didn’t catch on with her.

2. How did you choose your caching name?  I always liked Panda bears, I’m a man, and I wanted to be an element of caching Panda- Man- dium.

3. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?  I have always liked traditional and virtual the best, but I like all kinds of caches.

4. Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?  The puzzle caches are the most challenging for me mentally. Physically, the long hilly hikes on a hot humid day are very challenging.

5. What are your current geocaching goals?  Pretty much the same as they always have been to have fun and explore new places.

6. Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?
I would like to do some in the Southwest and in Europe.

7. What is your most memorable caching experience?
I think some of my most memorable caching experience would have to be Geowoodstock XIII in Boonsboro It was a great time I got to hang out with friends, meet new ones, grab a lot of caches, and get \trade some neat path tags.

8. What do you like about geocaching?  The fun of it, all the great people you meet, the ingenuity of the caches (and cachers), the wonderful place you get to discover, earning some neat geocoins, and let’s not forget the events, although I don’t get to as many of them as I’d like to.

9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area?
I like the ones in Glasgow Park and Iron Hill, The first one I found was in Glasgow Park Glaspark, G’daycutter a few crafty ones too. The FSC’s and CAM caches are all fun.

10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
I am a lapidary, make Jewelry, like to read Sci-Fi and enjoy time with my family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2017 – Cacher of the Month

Caching Name: screamingmeme
Real Name: Maria Sebelist

1. How did you become involved in geocaching?
Corey and I (Corkskrew) kept hearing the word being bounced around. We put it in the back of our minds, then I eventually decided to look it up. Looked really fun! We got into it, then became preoccupied with other things, but now we are back in, stronger than ever.

2. How did you choose your caching name?
Meme is my nickname. To have the “screaming meemies” is to be in a state of hysteria, nervousness, or anxiety. Totally fits. Ms. Nerves over here. So, I became “screamingmeme”

3. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?
Puzzle caches! When I have time, I will choose a place on the map and just work on some puzzles… even if I know I will never get there any time soon.

4. Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?
Mentally– I tend to over-analyze things in puzzles. I will work myself into a tizzy because I am looking for answers that are simply not there. Sometimes, it is right in front of my face, but I am looking over in Guam. Hm, I was supposed to look for the number of letters in their name?! Ohhhhhh, I thought you wanted their 2nd illegitimate cousin’s blood type divided by their shoe size! Silly me.

Physically– water caches. I am deathly afraid of deep water, but some of you encouraging cachers have piqued my interest in kayak caching, assuring me it is safe. Therefore, this may not be an impossible challenge for me anymore if I get up the courage!

5. What are your current geocaching goals?
To explore as many places as I can! Of course I want to get smileys, but even if I DON’T find something, I enjoy being brought to a place I probably would have never sought out on my own. My goal is to just have fun.
6. Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?
Back to where my family is in Appling, Georgia. Not many caches there, but I know there is plenty in nearby Augusta. I haven’t been back down South in years! I would also like to experience the worlds that are WV Tim and Geo Woodstock.

7. What is your most memorable caching experience?
My first event was memorable! I was so freaking scared! The event showed me how nice and friendly other Delaware cachers were, and gave me some confidence to keep at it. (Thank you for that!)

My more-recent memorable experience was opening the caches near the PA/DE border that had been glitter bombed and getting blue and gold glitter all over my hands, shirt, and in my eye. I had been out in the woods earlier, and I was dirty, and had ripped my pants. Post-glitter bomb, I looked like a ripped-up dirty, but oh so sparkly and glittery hobo. Lesson: Don’t get over-excited, and open containers more cautiously!

8. What do you like about geocaching?
It has helped me get out and about. I’ve spent days-months-years cooped up due to anxiety and other issues, and I want to try to do better, be better, and spread my wings like I used to. This is literally the best thing to ever happen to my health and psyche.

9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area?
I had never been to Alapocas, so my cousin (blootx) and I decided to go cache there. Mike Ott’s Earth Cache in the park made me all teary and gooey. Looking up at the rocks was just so lovely. I couldn’t believe it was so close to where I was living and I had never seen it before.

I also enjoy Waypointed’s Bamboozled cache a lot. Sooooo satisfying to get! And, I love anything that is made to look like something else!

10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
I love horror movies, even though I know 80% of them are total garbage. I try to put on one every night when I am going to bed, as strange as that is. They really are an escape from the real world horrors out there. I actually really just love movies in general. I also love to read, and I can swallow up a good book pretty fast. Dominion and other board games are pretty high on my list, too.

Cooking is also pretty fun for me– I like to try to veganize/vegetarianize common dishes. It is nice to have an alternative when you are the only non-meat eater at a dinner or event! One day, I will write all this stuff down.

Finally– I recently, I really have enjoyed MAKING puzzles and have about 30 Google docs worth of stuff I wanna put out as caches, and about 5 ammo boxes ready to go.

I also ramble way too much when I am excited.

FSC 2017 Cache Listing

FSC 2017

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August 2017 – Cacher of the Month

Caching Name: flipflopski
Real Name: Kathy Gawinski

1. How did you become involved in geocaching?  My cousin, Michele (minerva429), and I had just completed the Delaware Tourism History Trail Challenge and we were looking for something new. So with little more than the list of DGT caches and our iphones, we started searching for those blue ammo cans. A new hobby and adventure was born.

2. How did you choose your geocaching name?  Flip flops are my preferred foot attire and the “ski” comes from my last name.

3. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, puzzles, or virtuals?  I like caches that take me to historic, beautiful, and interesting places, so virtuals, earthcaches, and traditionals with favorite points are my preferred type of cache when I am traveling. I also enjoy leaving SWAG for the kids, so caches where I can do that are preferred, too. Puzzles?….not so much.

4. Which caches were the most challenging, either physically or mentally?  Before I even heard of geocaching, I had the goal of traveling to the highest point of each of the fifty states (within reason, of course). The most difficult was Guadalupe Peak in Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas. So that 8 ½ mile round trip climb with a 3000 foot elevation gain, that took me 8+ hours to complete was quite challenging. Oh, it has a virtual there, and yes, I met the requirements. Definitely my most challenging.

5. What are your current geocaching goals?  Right now I am a few pages short of the Delaware/Maryland DeLorme Challenge, a few caches short of the Captain John Smith Challenge, and I would like to return to the James Branch Water Trail to get those caches, especially the one at the Patriarch Tree. I was there, but did not sign the log.

I’m also hoping to find some of WVTim’s gadget caches this summer.

6. Where have you always wanted to go caching, but haven’t?  I have been fortunate to have traveled extensively throughout the United States prior to discovering geocaching. I guess now that I have been bitten by the geocaching “travel bug” (Sorry), I’ll have to just continue traveling across this beautiful country.

The Galapagos Islands are on my bucket list, too.

7. What is your most memorable caching experience?  When “The Corps of Discovery” traveling cache ended up in Taber State Forest, all I wanted to do was find it. Long story short, it was almost archived on my watch. Way too stressful for a newbie.

8. What do you like about geocaching?  Through geocaching, I have met many fun and interesting people, discovered places I would not have, and kept active and entertained with family and friends.

9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area?  The Patriarch Tree (GC4NGCW) and the entire James Branch Water Trail
The Spiral Cemetery of DSH (GC6AV2X) historic and thought-provoking
The Vault (GC6G479) historic and fun
FSC-2016 Bridgeville (GC6RE1D) creative and fun

10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests?  I enjoy traveling, especially to National Parks and Historic Sites. I also enjoy swimming, kayaking, painting, and reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JULY 2017 – Cacher of the Month

Caching Name: Drrichardh
Real Name: Richard Sutor, Ph.D.

1. How did you become involved in geocaching?
Back in 2005 my wife and I had driven west to Pacifica California to visit with our oldest son, his wife, and our only grandchild. A few years earlier I had survived two heart attacks and had retired at age 63. In addition my wife had some severe spinal problems. Although we had always been active folks these health issues were causing us to feel physically restricted. Our son told us about a new hobby/sport he had started doing called geocaching. After hearing the description we agreed to try it. One of the introductory geocaches was a multi at the San Francisco Bart (Bay Area Rail Transit) Terminal. It was designed for folks with mobility problems. Each stage of this multi brought us to a nearby bench. We also did a multi placed by a man and wife where the last stage was in a park where you needed to find specific trees. (They had numbers on them.) The final hide suggested the finder look over at the nearby houses, pick a specific one, and wave. It went on to explain that was the home of the geocachers who had placed this one and they were probably looking out the window to see who was out there making the find. We found this geocaching thing to be great fun but we also thought it might be some kind of unusual California activity. Our son, who had formerly been a surveyor when he lived in Delaware, told us it was an international activity and, when we were back in his home, he figured out the coordinates for our home, fired up his computer, logged into geocaching.com and showed us there was a hide about 500 feet from our back yard. At that point we registered as a geocaching team. While looking at what was in the New Castle area we spotted one called “They Don’t Make House Calls Anymore” and another referencing Davy Crockett and his unusual and brief stop in New Castle Delaware. We knew where each of those had to be and made plans to seek them once we were back in Delaware. On the drive back east every time we topped my wife and I would wonder if, perhaps, a geocache might be hidden there. When we got home we ordered a Garmin GPS but couldn’t wait for it to arrive before we successfully found the two geocaches mentioned above. Once the gps arrived we began hitting the geocaching trail on a regular basis. One other thing I did was to seek out a local geocaching group. We discovered there was one and Mike Ott seemed to be in charge and they were planning an event that would happen in a few weeks. We attended, met a lot of geocachers and began a friendship with Mike. I mentioned I ran my own web-service and volunteered to create a website for the Delaware Geocachers. Working together Mike and I developed the original site. Since I owned the service and the servers there was no cost to Delaware Geocaching for this. I eventually turned the operation over to someone else but they were good enough to keep the original banner I designed for the site. If you look carefully at the banner you can spot me. I am the white-haired guy in the brown jacket seeking and finding a geocache.

I promise all my other answers will be shorter.

2. How did you choose your caching name?
This was something that was given little thought. Our son had used the first initials of all his family members for his geocaching name so they were SP& Z. Since we under a bit of pressure to come up with a name in order to be able to log our first several finds my wife and I agreed on using a variation of my name. At that point she was not sure she’d be able to continue geocaching on a regular basis.

3. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?
Having geocached since 2005 my wife and I have seen the sport change quite a bit over the years. We really liked finding the traditional geocaches since they usually contained a great variety of trading items. We also really enjoyed finding virtual geocache since these took us to places we’d probably never have visited if it weren’t for geocaching.

4. Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?
Physically there are two that stand out. Here in Delaware there was one called “Getting Around To It. located at Churchman’s Marsh. It required a very long bushwhack around the marsh to a little spit of land within sight of I-95. At times the trail was a dirt path with deep water on both sides and a foot path allowing only single file passage. Additionally the marsh is tidal. You had to get out there, make the find, and get back before the tides changed. The other was in South Dakota – Skyline Wilderness. This one required driving to the top of a mountain where there was a parking lot then finding a footpath down the face of the mountain which would lead you to the hide zone. The mountain was somewhere about 2000 feet high. The mountain face was sloped rather than vertical but you still had to watch every step to keep from losing your balance. After climbing down about 1000 feet the find was made. Then the issue was climbing back up those 1000 feet to get back to the car. It was rough going but my goodness what a view. As for the most mentally difficult it has to be M4 a California based puzzle. Its description is a story which involves breaking a code created on the Enigma machine used by the Germans in World War II. This hide went up in August 2005. My son and I started working on it and initially got nowhere. Each time we’d visit we would work on it again. After 10 years of work we found the solution! Won’t give it away but it was almost on the grounds of a major computer corporation in Silicon Valley. We were in high spirits as we drove there but when we arrived it the hide zone our spirits plummeted because the shrub line in which it HAD to have been placed had been chopped down. Fortunately no one had yet removed all the cut down branches. We searched them and – FOUND IT still attached to a now dead branch. We replaced the container (a bison tube) in a spot where it should be safe and later contacted the CO who was quite happy we had saved his hide.

5. What are your current geocaching goals?
My wife and I continue to have health issues and she has curtailed her geocaching quite a bit still the two of us hope to do two things. 1. Make finds in the 18 states we have missed in previous travels. 2. Get to 4000 finds somewhere around the same time.

6. Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?
For our 50th wedding anniversary my wife and I along with our son and his family had planned a cruise up the inner passage to Alaska. Curiously our and his wife were marking the 25th anniversary that same year. Unfortunately my wife suffered a fall that did additional damage to her spine about 3 months before the trip. We had to cancel but still hop to get up there some day.

7. What is your most memorable caching experience?
While we were still learning about geocaching back in 2005, we learned of a new hide just activated very near the San Francisco Airport. It was a travel bug hotel and our son wanted us to see what this was all about Turned out the hide was in a small park close to the an active runway. When the jets departed there was quite a roar. We made the find quickly and discovered one of the items was an 8 inch tall Charley Brown doll with movable arms and legs and hands and head. It wanted to visit his creator Charles Schulz’s studio in Santa Rosa which was 70 miles north of us. Well we had already driven more than 3000 miles to get here and didn’t see another 70 miles as being that much of a drive. Won’t go into all the details of what we discovered but it was far more than we expected including visiting the hockey rink Schulz built for his the folks in his community to use and Schulz’s grave. This was the find that confirmed my wife and I were going to be geocaching for a long time to come.

8. What do you like about geocaching?
Two things stand out. The first is the creativity of the hiders. This is demonstrated on two levels. First there is the hide itself. Finding just the right spot to conceal a container is a challenge but very often the hider also created an imaginative type container that sometimes can be left in plain sight. I love that kind as it always makes we wonder just how many people have looked right at the container but never saw it for what it really is. The second is where geocacher choose to put their hides. Since the rules say you have to live close enough to a hide to be able to provide maintenance for it, this makes all geocaches items that are local to the hider. As a result, even here in the state my wife and I have lived in for over 7 decades, we are led to places the general public has no idea exists. On out travels we have found that if you really want to get to see the country, geocaching will give you that chance.

9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area?
The short answers to this is – far too many to list. Delaware is loaded with great hides. Instead of listing specific hides I would suggest seeking anything hidden by shorttripp, SpookyDame, Oliver’s Outing, and Mike Ott.

10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
Building – Reading – Music – Movies.
I have done most of the alterations to our present home including adding a large deck. I’ve been a reader since age 3 when some kind neighbors taught me to read in German. My media room features a self-made floor to ceiling wall-to-wall bookcase filled with volumes some published this year other dating back to the 1880’s. As for music I play piano, organ, guitar and banjo and in my teens led my own rock band. I’m also a record collector. My taste is music goes all over the place. My feeling is that there is good to be found in every genre. The key is an outstanding performance. My collection ranges from opera to heavy metal with folk, jazz, country mixed in. The collection, like the books, includes items old and new. There are 78rpms 45rpms, lps, cassette tapes, and digital files. Then there are the movies. I started out collecting films when I was in my late teens. These were 16mm films. When VHS tape came along I moved into that media. Over the years I have replaced most of the tape with DVDs in both standard definition and blu ray. That collection is now close to 1200 titles. To help keep the movie information straight I’ve also written a 7 volume listing of information about each title.

Now, if I may, I’d like to add one thing you didn’t ask about. Some thoughts on how geocaching has changed and needs to continue to evolve.

When my wife and I first started geocaching owning a hand-held gps device was a requirement. To get coordinates into it you had to connect it to a computer and download the data from geocaching.com. Once out in the field all you had for assistance was the gps telling you if you were headed in the right direction and approximately how close you were to the hide zone. When we made our first coast to coast geocaching trip we printed up the full description of over 150 geocaches along the way. They were put into a small filing cabinet in our van and sorted by state. That was a real logistics challenge.

Eventually hand held phones arrived on the scene and it wasn’t long before these devices made it possible to use an app to get all that data that formerly had to be downloaded. Chances are good this electronic evolution will continue and 10 years from now even the hand-held device will look as outdated as the old gps.

When we stated the “regular” container was an ammo can filled with tradable trinkets. In today’s geocaching the ammo can is now a rare item and for good reason. Being observed placing or finding an ammo can in a “secret” location could lead to trouble with authorities. The bison tube now prevails but there are also a large number of creative geocachers making their own specialty containers.
The point of all this is that the game/sport of geocaching will to continue to evolve. The most important reason is the game must continue to attract new players. They will join the game using newer technologies and have had a different set of life experiences from the “pioneers”. Where the game goes from here will be in their hands.
Bottom line – geocaching will continue to exist as long as it provides a rewarding experience for the players.

Thank you for asking me to be your geocacher of the month.

 

Not very good news

Gerald “Jerry” Maxwell known to geocachers as Maxiam died at age 76 on the morning of June 29. He had been in declining health for a while. For those who might wish to send a message of condolence the spicer Milliken web site is providing an on-line service. The obituary is there also along  with details for the funeral service.
http://spicermullikin.com/obituari

JUNE 2017 – Cacher of the Month

Caching Name: Lockwood5

Real Name:  Tammy Lockwood (& family)

1)     How did you become involved in geocaching?   My good friend Gail (Huntingkids04)  introduced me to geocaching almost 2 years ago.

2)     How did you choose your caching name?  It’s funny how creative some folks are with their caching names and how others are fairly simple.  I think it has something to do with how patient you are when signing up in the app and your first, second, and third choices are already taken.  I was planning for caching to be a family activity so we wanted something to represent us all.  We tried several versions using the letters of our first names and then just picked our last name and the number of people in our family.

3)     What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?  We love both traditional and virtual caches, but for very different reasons.  Traditional caches are fun because of the opportunity to be out in nature.  Our favorite setting is hiking a park trail with multiple caches along the way.  We also like to travel and take many road trips each year.  Virtual caches give us the opportunity to quickly grab caches without taking us too far off our planned schedule.  We also love how informative virtual caches can be about nature or history.  This is now how I cache without the kids actually realizing we are caching.

4)      Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?  Earth caches seem to give us the most challenge.  We don’t mind jumping through hoops physically for a cache and love learning new things about the planet, but sometimes the logging requirements for an earth cache require a degree in geology or physics.  If it takes 3 hours of research or calculations,  we just move on to the next one.

5)     What are your current geocaching goals?  My current goal is just to fill in my daily calendar.  Between work and family, I don’t usually have large chunks of time to dedicate to caching so this seems like the most achievable goal for me to pursue.  We’d also like to check off as many states as possible.  We’ve already got 26 states in under 2 years which is pretty good.

6)     Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?  We don’t plan specific places to cache.  We cache where we go so there isn’t really any place specific on our “to do” list.

7)     What is your most memorable caching experience?  I have 2 favorite caching trips.  Huntingkids04 and I ventured out to MOGA in the Cincinnati area last year.  We had no plan, not even hotels when we left Delaware.  We wandered through four or five states, grabbing whatever caches we came upon along the way including the flame geo-art for the event.  We met some great people, went to some fun events, and the whole road trip was reminiscent of Thelma and Louise.  Very recently, I had the opportunity to go on my first climbing cache.  A fellow cacher supplied the gear and the encouraging instruction and up the tree I went for a 3/5 D/T.  I loved it and want to do more climbers!

8)     What do you like about geocaching?  There are so many reasons to like geocaching.  I have always loved the outdoors and caching gives me the push to keep getting out there.  I also love the camaraderie between fellow cachers.  People are quick to help when you ask and there’s always another cache to go after.

9)     Do you have some favorite caches in the area?  I loved Bigg on Color in Dover which is no longer active.  We actually ended up touring the Biggs museum which had an amazing foil art exhibit at the time.  We had a lot of fun with the Bump in the Night series, the best of which is in Middletown (GC3YHKH).

10)    Do you have any other hobbies or interests?  With a family and a full time job, there isn’t time for much else.  We’re big fans of the beach and can’t wait to put a dent in the Rehoboth caches this summer.  I will have to brush up on my puzzle solving skills!

MAY 2017 – Cacher of the Month

 

Caching Name: THE DAM TROLLS
Real Name: Robert & Sheri Marley

1. How did you become involved in geocaching? Way back in year 2000, Mr Troll saw an article on a Hamradio Usenet group about Geocaching, We already had a GPS in our vehicles since we both have APRS Trackers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_Packet_Reporting_System) in them. So if you have a gps, use them to find hidden items out in the woods. Our first find was GC149, Nittany Lion Cache (New and Improved) It was near Mr Trolls parents’ home in State College PA, (Penn State University) It was cold, snowy and icy but we made the find. Since then we were hooked!

2. How did you choose your caching name? We first started hiding caches near local dams, hence THE DAM TROLLS

3. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?
We mostly find Traditional caches, we struggle with most puzzle caches and only do a few, Especially in Rehoboth DE!

4. Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?
A few caches in PA and MD, High & Low, GCQNG5 involved climbing a tree, then the final was in a cave! Dark, GCH1GM A cache Patapsco State Park, it was in a tunnel under the Amtrak rails. We always love all the cache hides by Hart612, very creative hider.

5. What are your current geocaching goals? Finally finished our Jasmer Challenge last year. We have also completed the PA Delorme Challenge, just have to go and find the final cache.
6. Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?We would like to explore more of the center part of the US. Also to go to California and see the Redwoods.

7. What is your most memorable caching experience?  Winning the Magellan Challenge 3 years in a row! We won a new gps for each year. We had fun figuring out all the clues and waiting to see where the final would be. One year we were only less than 500’ from the final location. Great to see others come and find it after we already did.

We were also the first finders of the MD/ DE Delorme Challenge. We actually found the container out in the field, the other guy did not.

8. What do you like about geocaching?
Exploring and seeing everyone’s favorite place to be.

9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area?   Who does not love GC3DYYT Your Key to cache!
Also all cAche_n|nja Caches, very prolific hider all over the east coast.
Mike Ott Has all the local history! From the Mason Dixon Markers, to all the cool trails in White Clay.

10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests? We go camping often, kayak when we can,( if there is a cache nearby) Fishing, and boating. We are both also very active in a few Masonic Organizations. Order of the Eastern Star & the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Both raise millions of dollars annually for charity.

April 2017 – Cacher of the Month

Caching Name: dukemom1

Real Name: Linda Conner

How did you become involved in geocaching?
flipflopski invited our group of retired Seaford teachers to try geocaching.  Our first outing was on June 23, 2015, and I was hooked!
How did you choose your caching name?
At the time, my daughter was a graduate student at Duke University.  I convinced my husband to try geocaching, and he chose the name, dukedad.  Because dukemom was already taken, I decided on dukemom 1.
What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?
Traditional for sure!  I am not puzzle-oriented, so unless it’s an easy field puzzle I prefer traditional caches or multi caches that have only a couple of stages.  It is frustrating to have gathered coordinates from five to seven stages only to find that the final stage has been muggled.  That has actually happened twice.
Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?
Terrain and long trails can be a big physical challenge for me, so I need to find geocaches with easy access and nearby parking.  My husband and I recently celebrated Valentine’s Day by finding the oldest cache in Delaware.  It was a beautiful weather day.  It took a lot of effort to walk that far, but spending a glorious Valentine afternoon walking in the woods with the man I have loved for so many years was worth the Aleve and the recuperation period!
What are your current geocaching goals?
I make little challenges for myself.  I have found geocaches beginning with every letter of the alphabet, qualifying for tabbikat’s “Delaware’s Alphabet Soup Challenge”, but I can’t log it until I get upstate to find the final!   I have conquered hiding a geocache for every letter of the alphabet, and now I am working on creating and sending out a TB for every letter of the alphabet.  It’s the little things in life that keep us going!
Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?
Because I was already a senior citizen when I started geocaching, I have missed many lifetime opportunities to geocache in states that I have visited.  So, from this time forward, my goal is to geocache in every state that I visit.  No specific location.
What is your most memorable caching experience?
Driving on the beach at Daytona Beach and introducing geocaching to my brother and sister-in-law was a memorable day.  We parked on the sand and proceeded to look under the boardwalk for GC69D5K.  After looking around, we found nothing unusual except for a dead rat up in the corner.   My sister-in law ran!  I cautiously observed “the rat” for a moment or two and then displayed my bravery (or stupidity) by picking up an empty beer bottle and nudging the thing a few times before determining that it was actually Velcro-d in place!   I don’t know what kind of REAL fur was covering that “thing”, but nobody else would touch it!   Scored a FIND and replaced as found!
What do you like about geocaching?
I like that geocaching takes us to places we ordinarily would never discover.  While geocaching Delmarva or elsewhere, I am totally in love with the discovery!
Do you have some favorite caches in the area?
I have awarded favorites to lots of geocaches for many different reasons.  I like geocaches that stir an emotion:   I like historical geocaches such as churches, historical markers, cemeteries, etc., but we are so fortunate that our peninsula also offers us the scenic beauty of the Chesapeake Bay areas and the Atlantic beaches.  I appreciate the effort and creativity that geocachers put into their hides, and I love the geocaches that are safe and interesting to children.  Some favorite geocaches just make me laugh or sing!
Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
I don’t go sailing, do sports, or ride a motorcycle anymore.  I enjoy reading, writing, watching TV, camping, beachcombing, and eating out!