Meet our Featured Cacher, hfrisco!
Enjoy getting to know our featured cacher hfrisco
What is your occupation?
I was a structural designer working for engineering consulting firms in Portland, Oregon, specializing in the pulp and paper industries, municipal water/wastewater treatment plants, and oil refineries. In the winter of 1984/85, my company sent me to International Falls, MN to work at the Boise Paper Mill. That winter had lots of minus 40s, and I decided then and there that this is the place to retire when the time came. Fifteen years later the time had come, except the place moved south to a “warmer” climate, namely Grand Rapids. After moving here, I kept myself busy driving an Arrowhead city bus for 1 ½ years and a school bus for District 318 for 8 ½ years. I think I have finally really retired as of August 2013.
How long have you been geocaching?
Since June 2007.
How did you end up getting into this hobby?
My son in Portland, OR who is also a geocacher introduced me to this great hobby.
How did you come up with your geocaching handle?
When I signed up with geocaching.com, I thought I had to put down my existing email user name which is just my name because I didn’t know any better.
How did you find your first geocache, and which one was it?
When I started looking at all the caches on the geocaching map in the Grand Rapids area and beyond, I planned to attack them starting with the closest ones from home and then spread out in a circle, favoring the north half. Showboat Landing GCKN6Q by saw557 was my first cache. I really had mixed feelings about investigating it. Eventually bravery on my part prevailed. (I don’t want to say anymore without fear of giving something away.)
You have a reputation as an evil re-hider after you make the find. What is your secret?
I like the evil part, that means I am doing a good job of rehiding. I guess my geocaching philosophy is to hide it better than when found, of course all within the stipulated guidelines of geocaching.com. I feel that the geocacher after me should not be deprived of the challenge of making the find. Isn’t this what geocaching is all about?
What/how many states/countries have you geocached?
I have cached in 13 states and 5 Canadian provinces.
What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
I am partial to my hometown of Grand Rapids and the vast open woods up north. I do enjoy caching in the Hibbing area with all that overburden to crawl around.
What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Either a 4-wheel drive ¾ ton pickup or a Subaru Outback (with both I don’t have to worry about clearance to a point), and of course my mountain bike thrown in for good measure. I do miss my 84 passenger yellow Geobus. I was hoping the school district would give it to me as a retirement present.
You photograph every find you make. How did this come about?
You can say it’s my personal reward for finding a cache. I like to take two pictures, one a close up of the cache and the other one of its surroundings. It really makes a nice remembrance, and with digital photos, the cost is zero. I just have to keep remembering not ever again even for a second to put the camera on top of the car after coming back from caching and then driving away.
What is a favorite caching memory of yours?
It must be Highline GC3EHXK by Esko Climber. That was a real challenge.
Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Finding a cache of course is my favorite. But now being retired, I do have to think of doing some more cache planting.
What is your favorite type of cache hide?
Really any cache except puzzle caches, but Sudoku puzzles are OK. To be in my favorite category the cache must be in an area where no one can see me doing my thing.
What do you do when you’re not geocaching?
I have not quite figured that out yet. Home and yard as always will keep me busy, and then there is the honey do list a mile long.
Personal note from the cacher to end with.
I love being outdoors, exploring new areas, whether by car, kayak, canoe or bike and in the winter x-country skiing. So geocaching is a natural. The biggest enjoyment of this hobby is that it takes you to those out-of-the-way places you might otherwise never ever see.