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DQ 2.0-19

It’s time!

Time to travel around Delaware and seek 19 geocaches that satisfy the 19 Quests!

The first link will show you the DQ 2.0-19 Quest List and Guidelines.
https://www.geocachingde.com/files/2019/09/DQ2019-Quest-List.pdf

The second link is your Completion Certificate.
https://www.geocachingde.com/files/2019/09/DQ2019-Certificate.pdf

The DQ 2.0-19 Quest begins September 19, 2019 and must be completed by Nov 19, 2019

DelaQuest 2.0-19

For 2019 Delaware Geocaching is presenting “DelaQuest 2.0-19” to encourage geocachers to take a journey around Delaware.

DelaQuest 2.0-19 is Version 2 of DelaQuest 2008 with 19 Quests.

The DelaQuest 2.0-19 Quest List (with Guidelines) will be posted on September 19 about 20:19 (8:19PM)

-link on Delaware Geocaching webpage, www.geocachingde.com

-under Files on Delaware Geocachers Facebook Group

2019 Challenge

Delaware Geocaching’s

2019 Challenge

 

Begins on September 19, 2019 and ends on November 19, 2019

……More later!

December 2018 – Cacher of the Month

Caching Name: Tabbikat
Real Name: Christine McKinney Greentaner

1. How did you become involved in geocaching?      A friend who was active with the scouts told me about geocaching because at the time I was in a hiking group from MD. The first cache I did was “71” and I was hooked.

2. How did you choose your caching name?       I’m a cat lover (all animals really) and my first cat named Tigger who lived to the age of 19 was a gray tabby so I went with that.

3. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?      I never pass a virtual whether old or new. They take you to such cool places. I enjoy fun field puzzles as well as gadget caches. I do earth caches too but they can be so much work!

4. Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?       An adventure that was very hard work was the ET trail. A great experience but more than I could ever imagine c&d’s to be.
I just recently solved a puzzle that took me over a week so sometimes puzzles aren’t my friends. :)
One hike last year was tough, CAM 2018 Rocky Gap.

5. What are your current geocaching goals?       Next summer I will complete my goal of going to all 50 states which took a while! I went to Hawaii before caching, so I must go back and get a cache one day. I am also a fan of the star geoart in each state and Evanspack and myself have been working on them. We have 10 done and always planning for the next trip!

6. Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?         After I finish all 50 states next year, I would like to cache more in Canada and go to Europe. Bermuda looks fun too!

7. What is your most memorable caching experience?       One of my most memorable experiences was working with the MD team for Geowoodstock 2015. What an amazing group of people and so much fun!
I have loved my caching trips around the country and they are all so memorable!
I also love lab caches at Mega events :)
Doing Mingo GC30 was a fun experience, along with GC21 Lake Lanier and GC20 Marooned. And I’ve gotten a cache at 14,000 feet GC4P5BM Pikes Peak Summit and one at -240 feet GC1RBAD Death Valley.

One of my favorite caches was in Louisville KY, called Raining Letters, GC2D90K. I have never seen anything like this before.

8. What do you like about geocaching?       The friends of course! I’ve been caching for 10 years and have made wonderful friends. We have had so many cool adventures and I treasure them so much. I also like that when I plan trips, it’s easy to see so much by caching.

9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area?        My favorite cache in Delaware is no longer there; Collin’s Beach. It was an awesome historic creepy spot for a cache. I remember having a great time with the Lord of the Rings series and just recently FSC 2018 – The Maze cache. I have enjoyed placing caches too especially working with Evanspack to create the Delaware Star Geoart and loved working with organizations to set up caches at the Collins-Sharp House in Odessa, Belmont Hall in Smyrna, FYC caches in MD and 2014 CAM cache in Kent County MD.

10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests?        I enjoy home decorating and making creative things for the house. I enjoy Netflix or Hulu or Amazon series. Love spending time with my two nephews and love to travel. In my spare time, I help take care of two feral cats communities.

 

November 2018 – Cacher of the Month

Caching Name: Drew136
Real Name: Drew Horseman

1. How did you become involved in geocaching?      I had a friend who had some car trouble and I was able to get her car back on the road. She was grateful and gave me a brand-new Garmin Etrex as a thank you gift. I had heard of geocaching before, so the next day, I took my sons out to find our first few caches. I was hooked. I guess I’m an explorer by nature.

2. How did you choose your caching name?
Pretty simple: my name and address.

3. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?
I enjoy hunting all types, however, I tend to chase caches that are old, with high favorite points or are in interesting or new-to-me areas. I also hunt down challenge caches, caches to complete challenges and lonely caches.

4. Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?
I find that the most challenging caches for me are those that take me out of my comfort zone. Crawling through tunnels, long hikes in rough terrain or mental challenges are equally challenging. A tough hike I just completed was for GCD Geocache in Washington state, a rough tunnel crawl was for GC2WY7T Krachtpatser Afwateren up in Pennsylvania and a tough but cool puzzle I just solved and got was GC45MBR Oh, Valentine Puzzle down near Seaford.

5. What are your current geocaching goals?
I want to cache in all 50 states, get the oldest cache in all 50 states, grab all the year 2000 caches in the US…and then go on to Europe!

6. Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?
Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, China, Japan, Australia…I guess I just want to see the world.

7. What is your most memorable caching experience?
I have had a lot of great trips with my caching friends. I loved them all in their own way; but I have had a caching trip with each of my sons (one to New England and one to the Northwest) and those are near the top.

8. What do you like about geocaching?
I enjoy the friends I have made, the adventures I have been on and all the places I have been.

9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area?
Bison Tube Puzzle Box #1 and #2 (GC71A7Y and GC7BFZH) by Martin Mitchell,
the two Tunnel of Doom caches (GC20Z4Q and GC20Z5D) by Mike Ott,
The Cache of Wolfenstein Enigma (GC3YTTM) and A Song of Ice Cold Beer and Fire (GC4ZHRK) by captnkirk17, FSC-2018-The Maze (GC7QVRB) by Joe Wessels and, of course, Talley 10,000 for Drew136 (GC4MJJD) by JeffS47. We have some great cache hiders around here.

10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
I enjoy spending time with my two sons and I play tennis quite a bit.

October 2018 – Cacher of the Month

Caching Name: REHOBCH

Real Name: Jerry

1.     How did you become involved in geocaching?     In 2005 I bought a GPS unit just because they were “cool.” A few months later a friend mentioned a use for the unit- Geocaching. I joined on the last day of Dec., 2005 and found my first cache in January.

2.       How did you choose your caching name?     While living in NJ, we had been coming to Rehoboth Beach since 1985. We had a NJ personalized license plate “REHOBCH”. Many of the locals here call Rehoboth, Reho , so it seemed like a natural for me.

3.     What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?     When I first started, I liked them all- especially puzzles. As I’ve tended to slow down on finding caches, I mostly go for traditionals and a few puzzles that I have solved here & there.

4.       Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?       The most challenging caches physically have always been the long hikes- especially in hilly areas. The most mentally challenging caches were puzzles from JohnnyKay, Spatial Distortion, and hostanut.

5.     What are your current geocaching goals?     We’re not caching as much as we used to but we have finds in the whole Eastern section of the country- over half the states. We might try for a few more states and countries.

6.     Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?      Probably California and Oregon.

7.     What is your most memorable caching experience?     My most memorable caching experience was in Barbados. The GPS unit did not have any local maps in it, so we had to use a local paper map and just the compass pointer on the GPS. It certainly took a little longer but we found 4 of the 5 caches in Barbados at the time (the other was missing).

8.     What do you like about geocaching?     I like the challenge of solving puzzles and finding caches. But we have met some very good friends through Geocaching including IMSpider, 2B’s, hostanut & LadyH, and many others, so meeting new people and seeing new places that you would not have seen is also great. News flash- of course I also really like to create puzzles and currently have placed 227 of them as well as having created several them for other cachers. I might still rely on red herrings but my puzzles will be getting easier not harder (no more Evil 5 star puzzles).

9.       Do you have some favorite caches in the area?     JohnnyKay, Spatial Distortion, hostanut, & I kind of had a puzzle challenge going on for years. Sometimes we would get together to solve puzzles, but when they would create a puzzle, it was always a challenge. One of my favorites is “Stop” the Herrings- GC38Q3R, which JohnnyKay and Spatial Distortion placed down in this area as a tribute puzzle. I really struggled with that one for a while. I’ve struggled with several hostanut puzzles, but always liked them. I also really liked “Intoxicated” by soflfamily of Florida who placed that cache in MD. Again, after a struggle, I was first to solve and find on that one as we had never gotten a FTF in MD before. We now have FTFs in 11 states (including Maine, Florida, and Missouri) and 2 countries (US & Canada).

10.   Do you have any other hobbies or interests?     I am a docent at the University of Delaware in Lewes. We give tours through the Marine Science buildings here. We also get to audit the professor’s classes free, which are all graduate classes. I also volunteer on a Condo and a Homeowners Association board of directors.

 

FSC-2018 Maps

September 2018 – Cacher of the Month

Caching Name: Parker & Mom
Real Name: Brynne (and Parker)

1. How did you become involved in geocaching?
I heard about geocaching in 2012. I thought it would be a fun activity to do with the boys who were 9 and 11 at the time. We didn’t have a GPS, just a cellphone with a very minimal ability to use coordinates to find a cache. I was actually printing the cache pages because I don’t think I had ability to get the geocaching website from the phone! Needless to say it was really difficult without the TOTT. I really didn’t know what we were doing and we ended up finding a grand total of 7 caches and then quit. It was way too hard in our opinion. Fast forward to 2015, something made me think about geocaching again. I downloaded the app (new phone!) and found that suddenly this was a lot more fun and easier!

2. How did you choose your caching name?
Parker was the one that really liked caching at the time, and I was the chauffer. I think the true name should be Mom & fill in the blank. (Parker, Harrison, Carson, or Abby) because I have really cached with all the kids and a ton with the dog!

3. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?
I’m less likely to choose caches based on their type and more on their favorite points. I love the Whereigo’s. Multis would be my second favorite, when done well and I can find all the stages. Nothing stinks more than doing 8/9 stages and then getting stuck!

4. Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?
I’m a good hiker I think, so I like when caches take me on trails. I don’t care about the hills or rocks I just go for it. Actually the most challenging are the puzzles. In Ohio (we moved here two years ago), I did a series called the 39 steps. It was really well done and the puzzles were so hard, but really worth it. The caches themselves had physical puzzles inside that helped lead to the next. Unfortunately the series was disabled while we were in the midst of it. If you look in the archives you will find some great ideas for puzzles though!

5. What are your current geocaching goals?
I’m heading back to West Virginia to the Tim’s SMART caches. We are also planning the abandoned PA turnpike caches. I always have a list going, but I’d like to fill out my DT chart. I need 15 boxes. My husband wonders why I have a sudden interest in kayaking. 

6. Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?
I’d say Europe, specifically Germany or the Netherlands. There are some amazing caches out there.

7. What is your most memorable caching experience?
For sure it would have to be Manauka Chunk Tunnels in NJ. I took my brother, Harrison and Parker for a fun day. We got halfway through the tunnel and my brother didn’t want to keep going but the boys did. So my brother and I hiked OVER the tunnel while the boys went through. We did find the cache, and the boys got thigh deep in silt and mud. We went to a diner afterwards to eat and Parker somehow hadn’t really cleaned himself off. He went to the bathroom to do so and left a swamp monster trail in the diner. Needless to say we left a good tip. Unfortunately this was archived shortly after we did it. We were actually the last cachers to get it so I was glad we had the chance. It was an awesome experience.

8. What do you like about geocaching?
I love the interesting places it takes me and the things that I see that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. I love that I get exercise while I play and that I’ve made some great friends doing so. I like the ability to add caching ideas to vacation and go places that are unique and not tourist traps.

9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area?
Martin Mitchell’s two puzzle box caches. SpookyDame’s troll toes. All the FSC caches, old and new. Mike Ott’s caches because I always know I won’t have to bushwack too much. All of Middle Run because I love hiking there. Anything in a state park. Your Key to Cache, because it’s just weird. Fishing Cat in Iron Hill because it’s awesome.  I’m sure there are more, the best cache is the one you have yet to find.

10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests?         Is geocaching a hobby? I thought it was a sport. I also cook but not bake, like to knit but not sew, and solve puzzles and mystery games like the Nancy Drew PC games. I’ve done all 32 with my daughter Carson!

FSC-2018 Cache Form

FSC-2018 CACHE FORM

FSC-2018 Rules

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