Caching Name: KSullivan
Real Name: Kelly
1. How did you become involved in geocaching? A teacher next door to me was having students use gps devices to find containers in the school yard. It sounded intriguing. I borrowed the GPS (an eTrex yellow) and tried to look for geocaches. My husband and I found one. We had no idea what to look for searching for a micro on our second attempt. It was frustrating! It was a year before I picked up a GPS again. I was invited to participate in a Discovery Education Geocaching Day and I was paired with a cacher who knew the ropes. I had 7 finds by the end of the day and was hooked!
2. How did you choose your caching name? I tried to come up with the most exciting thing I could come up with!! Just kidding! I didn’t know what I was doing and used my name.
3. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual? Traditional caches are my favorite, followed by a field puzzle. I love a moderate hike to an ammo can!
4. Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally? I did a series in Indiana that was both physically and mentally challenging (GCMWZJ). There were 6 different caches and you had to pick up a field puzzle at each one to solve and get coordinates for the next one. The terrain was challenging as were each of the puzzles. I was not familiar with the area and had a limited time to complete it. Luckily it was with my sister and nieces so we worked together to do the puzzles. We all made it to final except for my one niece who hurt her ankle along the way.
5. What are your current geocaching goals? I hope to make it to a few geocaching events that I haven’t attended yet—West Bend, Going Caching, etc. I’d like to get some caches in the 13 states where I haven’t been geocaching.
6. Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?
I’m up for caching anywhere!! I really want to get some caches in places I have traveled before I started geocaching—like Scotland and Italy.
7. What is your most memorable caching experience? I have a good one and a bad one. I’d have to say November of 2016 when I broke my ankle. I feel in a huge hole and broke it in three places. Even though I hopped to the geocache, I couldn’t get it open. Apparently, I was trying to pry off a screw top lid! That experience changed my life and set me back a year!
My best one is a trip I look with Tabbikat out west for the sole purpose of geocaching in National Parks. I’ll never forget the fun we had, the beauty we saw, or the buffalo that almost gored us. (Okay, that’s a little exaggeration.) I remember getting a virtual cache, “Be Inspired” (GCG8XY) and standing on a cliff thinking, “I need more of this in my life.”
8. What do you like about geocaching? Everything! It’s become very social for me. I’ve met the BEST people geocaching. I also love hiking, finding a beautiful place that I didn’t know about, reading maps, leaving my signature on a park and grab to show I’ve been somewhere, planning routes, and learning things from virtual and Earthcaches.
9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area? I really like a kayak caches. There are quite a few in my area that are all favorites. Both the Duckayakanoe and the GeoBoat series were fun. I also like ones creative ones like (K)not our First Cache (GC39HPP) where you question if it’s a cache or how to retrieve the log. Another favorite is a real night cache (GC3G80) “Night Cache-If you go down in the woods tonight.”
10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests? I used to make quilts, but I don’t have as much time to work on them since I started geocaching. I have a side business (LuLaRoe) that I really enjoy even though it takes a lot of my time some weeks! I love to read and travel (but that always involves geocaching.)