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!

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