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June 2017: BWB3

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1. Tell us about your caching name.

The letters BWB3 are the initials for the BB half of the BWB3 team. At the time we opened our account, in 2007, we did not quite realize the importance of our Geocaching name. In fact, it was two years before we found our first cache.

Since then we have learned to appreciate the value of having a short, simple name that is easy to spell out in block letters.

2. How were you introduced to Geocaching and what was the first cache you found?

We were introduced to Geocaching by our good friend HZOI. It was with HZOI that we found our first geocache - King Tree Island in 2009. This was a D1.5/T5 cache hidden on an island in Lake Lanier. We reached the area by sailboat, then swam ashore and hiked through the woods to find the cache. It was amazing!

3. Tell us about your receiver and any other “tools” (hardware and software) that help you cache..

We cache by iPhone using the Geocaching app and the Cachly app. We use the Geocaching website and Project-GC to track our progress.

4. What essential items do you always carry in your cache bag?

We tend to carry a backpack with geotools such as tweezers, a log roller, extra log sheets, spare containers, plastic bags for cleanup, gloves, and things like that when we know we'll be out caching all day.

We always keep a mini-cache bag in The Big Merk (our car) for on-the-go caching. This is our yellow ID lanyard from the 2016 Hampton Roads Picnic. It has turned into our true tool bag with tweezers, pens, a small flathead screwdriver (great for prying stuck hide-a-keys open), a small pair of scissors, a log roller, band-aids, and an emergency log sheet. It's pretty full.

5. Do you trade items in and out of caches?

Rarely, but we have been known to do this when our friends' kids are caching with us. We do like finding and moving travel bugs around, though.

6. Do you have any signature items or ones in the works?

We have a stamp that HZOI designed for us, but we do not use chips or GeoGems. We think they're really cool and love discovering them in caches, but for now our little sailboat stamp will do.

7. What is your favorite thing about caching?

Geocaching gets us out of the house and moving around our community, the region, or even new places far away. It takes us to places we may never have gone and shows us things we may never have found. Geocaching adds a fun element of exploration to our lives. We also enjoy the social aspect of geocaching, especially visiting with our NoVaGo friends at events or on cache runs.

8. Do you cache by yourself or with another person? How often do you go caching?

We prefer to cache together - BB (Bailey) and Boo Boo (Angie). We sometimes cache alone, if one is working or busy. We also enjoy every opportunity to cache with our NoVAGO caching friends, the HZOI family and Angie's cousin Kbo97.

9. What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle, virtual etc.)?

Traditional caches are our favorite. We enjoy finding other types to add variety, and sometimes solving a hard puzzle and finding the cache is incredibly satisfying. In general, though, we enjoy the regular, traditional hides the most.

10. Tell us about your favorite cache.

There are so many favorite caches, and so many ways for a cache to be memorable! It is really hard to pick just one. So we won't! These are some of our favorites in the area.

Leave it to Beaver: Smithsonian NMNH GeoTour cache took us out to Huntley Meadow Park and had us exploring and learning for an entire afternoon. We ultimately finished the entire GeoTour.

HtGSC: Twinkle Twinkle by zgrav and foreveryoungs involves some of the most innovative and creative field problems we have ever seen.

Anything by The Grove at Arlington is definitely worth going out of your way to find, but especially The American Dream (), which had us stumped the first two times we looked, and then seemed to jump right out at us on the third attempt.

The whole NoVAGO Murder Mystery Series! We really enjoyed every cache in this series and had tons of fun teaming up for them with our fellow NoVAGO caching buddies.

We also really enjoyed Awesnap’s Metro Line Series and Ezio10’s Holmes Run Trail.

We could go on and on, but we will stop there for now. ;)

11. Tell us about a memorable caching experience that you have had.

The Earthcache Cape May Diamonds inspired an entire four day road trip. We started by crossing into Delaware, where we found a power trail for the first time. Then we spent a couple of days in Chincoteague Island, where we saw the ponies. Ultimately we crossed to New Jersey on the Lewes Ferry. The weather was pretty rough, but that did not stop us from running around the beach, in the gusting wind and rain, looking for Cape May Diamonds.

12. How many states and countries have you cached in?

We have cached in 16 US states and in four countries - The US, Germany, Austria, and South Korea.

13. If you could take a vacation anywhere to cache, where would you go?

This is hard! There are so many places with visiting! Maybe Ireland. Maybe Iceland. Maybe New Zealand. Maybe Brazil to make a run for the A.P.E. cache. But if we could go anywhere, absolutely anywhere, it would have to be the International Space Station.

14. Tell us about your other interests or talents.

We enjoy reading and listening to music, and we also enjoy things that get us outside. When we have the opportunity, we love to go sailing. We enjoy riding our bikes, too. We love spending time with friends and family, and of course, like all Geocachers, we love to travel!

15. Have you set any goals for yourself this year related to caching?

We are hoping to find 100 geocaches per month for a whole year. We started in November, 2016, and have been successful for seven months. Only five more months to go!

16. What would you like NoVAGO to focus on in the future?

We really enjoy the CITOs and cache series that NoVAGO has sponsored. We hope to do more with the community in the near future.

We have also enjoyed seeking out some challenging caches with a whole group of NoVAGO Geocachers.

Topic starter Posted : 19/06/2017 9:00 am
Eminent Member

A fun read! Thanks for sharing!! 😀

Posted : 21/06/2017 3:28 pm