Meet June's Featured Cacher - pattayadave
One of the local cachers who has more finds farther than home than near home is pattayadave. There's a nearby challenge that has you add up all the miles between finds - and I know pattayadave probably exceeded that one without even trying. If there's a cacher who's been to the four corners of earth, it's pattayadave. When it came time to pick this month's featured cacher, I thought about Dave's journeys and some of his interesting experiences when caching around the world.
How long have you been geocaching?
How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Stitchmonster, another Flight Attendant (coworker). We had an eight day trip together with layovers in Nagoya, Guam, Shanghai, and Nagoya again. I asked him what he was doing on his layover, and it sounded like fun. He said I was welcome to join. The first cache was two blocks from our hotel: GC1N3JJ, Nayabashi Bridge. It was a small fake flower pot with fake ivy that blends in with the real stuff incredibly well. It also had a geocoin, so I was able to learn about them at the same time. The next cache, he let me navigate and that was pretty much all it took for me. My next question was where to get a GPS.
How did you come up with your geocaching handle?
I took my handle pattayadave from my email address, which I got by using the city in which I lived at the time, Pattaya Beach, Thailand, and my name. There are times I wish I would have chosen something shorter.
How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
I finally received my Garmin in the mail. I went to Detroit to start my next trip to Hong Kong and decided to test it out. That's when I found my first solo, behind a hotel under a pine tree - near the airport, of course; Good Riddance Assistance Travel Bug Hotel, GC233MC, and since archived. I also found my first geocoin there.
What/how many states/countries have you geocached?
Too many to name them all, but you can check my stats: 20 states (1900+ in MN); 17 countries (1900+), including 8 in Asia, 4 in Europe, Guam, Northern Marianas, Canada, and Brazil. No,I haven't gotten to the APE cache yet. But if I can get a 2 day layover in Sao Paulo,I'm there!
What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Of course I enjoy caching in Minnesota because I spend a few days per month here, and I know the area so well and have a car here. But mostly I enjoy caching in far away places and with the friends I've met over the years. Hong Kong, Guam, and more recently South Korea come to mind because of my friends there and the long mountain hikes and spectacular views.
What is a favorite caching memory of yours?
There are many, but last month I went to Geo Woodstock XII with two friends from Michigan. I picked up a car in St. Louis and drove to Colorado to meet them and drove back to the event. Along the way we found 13 cache types and many challenges that we have completed or have yet to complete. 6 days of caching in which we found some old ones as well. GC18 Tarryall, GC31 Arikaree, and GC30 Mingo. Caching in Colorado is amazing. I could spend a lot of time there and never be bored.
Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
I guess I like finding more than hiding. I give much thought to my hides, however. They are mostly titles of songs. I know you probably can't get to them, but check out GC4A61T "Break on Through to the Other Side". The cache is a "haunted" house, surely the largest cache in Thailand, just a log sheet on a wall and GC53JK5 "One Thing Leads to Another", The Fixx.
What is your favorite type of cache hide?
I like the challenges, and new to me, the Wherigo caches.
What do you do when you’re not geocaching?
I spend time at home with my family. Most of my caching time is during my layover time at work.
Anything else you'd like folks to know about you?
I like to cook and make BBQ. I make some pretty good brisket, pulled pork, and my own sauces. I'd like to open up a BBQ joint in Thailand when I retire from flying. I'll make some things spicy for the Thai taste buds.