Meet April's Featured Cacher - piker
If you've cached around the area, you've either seen their names on logs, found one of their caches, or you've run into Bob and Herta at some point. Yes, piker is mostly Bob, but don't count Herta out either, as she is an integral part of the team. I'll never forget showing up for a first-to-find and seeing piker's vehicle, but piker was nowhere to be found - until I looked up and saw Bob atop a tall fence, in the dark, in the middle of winter. Here's a quick profile of Bob and Herta, otherwise known as "piker."
How long have you been geocaching?
We started April 2010 - four years.
How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Our son, Tom (CodyTSD) told us that there were a bunch of caches within walking distance of our house. This was just before all the kids and grand kids came here to celebrate our fiftieth wedding anniversary in Dec. Some of them went hiking in the deep snow and found several. Then in April we decided to give it a try. That got our other son and his wife (nvgoldfish), his boys (mtpike) and (XCfish), our daughter and her family (NVTaps), our other daughter (MI_Spike) started.
How did you come up with your geocaching handle?
At that time I used: Robert Pike. We found three caches on April 8th and two more on the 28th and in May we went out and found 3 more. Then we didn’t cache any more until we went to Sioux Ste. Marie, MI in August We met up with our daughter (MI_Spike) and did a lot of caching between watching the Tall Ships and freighters go through the locks. I tried logging back on, but my password wouldn’t work. So I tried (piker) and it was okay.
How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
Our first cache found was The B.I.G. Cache. It was close by, the coords were very good and the hint really helped.
What/how many states/countries have you geocached?
We have cached in the USA and Canada. 31 states and 4 provinces. We will be adding several more this spring as we travel to 3 graduations.
What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
We enjoy caching where ever we are. We don’t have any favorites.
What is a favorite caching memory of yours?
We have lots of them. The Survivor Wherigo we did with (butcherandswimmer) is one of Herta’s favorites. The Wherigo in downtown Greensboro, NC got her really acquainted with the downtown area.
Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
I like to make and hide caches, but I like to find them also.
What is your favorite type of cache hide?
I like the large as they have lots of swag possibilities and the wife likes Wherigos and creative types of containers.
What do you do when you’re not geocaching?
We downhill ski, canoe, camp, read, and visit our family. All our kids and grand kids are in different parts of the country. That provides lots of caching opportunities.
Anything else you'd like folks to know about you?
We think these activities are what keep us going and able to keep going.