"Meet December's Featured Cacher of the Month - goldribbon"
How long have you been geocaching?
7 ½ years
Are you a solo cacher or part of a team?
How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
I have to thank my daughter, Jean for getting me into geocaching. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 19. She went through 18 months of treatment and developed a craving for jellybeans. She got the nickname Jellybean Jean. She passed away on her 21st birthday almost 10 years ago now. The first holiday I had to celebrate without her was Easter and seeing jellybeans where ever I went made me miss her even more. Geocaching turned out to be my grief therapy. Mother’s Day is especially hard. The first mother ‘s day as a geocacher, I found a container with jellybeans on it.
How did you come up with your geocaching handle?
My daughter had a Primary Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET) which usually affects children under age 4 so she was treated at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics. The gold ribbon is for childhood cancer awareness. You may find one in a cache I have visited.
How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
I went to Fort Snelling State Park on Mother’s Day 2009 and attended the Geocaching 101 class. They lent me a GPS and my first find was the Fort Snelling State Park Wildlife Safari multi cache.
What/how many states/countries have you geocached?
I have cached in 27 states and Canada.
What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
I like the hikes through the woods and have visited all 77 state parks several times now.
What is a favorite caching memory of yours?
There are so many memories I have made while geocaching with people I met thanks to this hobby. My most memorable find was Silver Island Treasure (GCQF3T) for my 3000th find.
Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
I enjoy finding caches much more than hiding them.
What is your favorite type of cache hide?
I like the tree climb hides. It brings out the kid in me.
What do you do when you’re not geocaching?
There is this thing called work that gets in the way of geocaching. I like to solve puzzles so I have more caches to find.
Anything else you'd like folks to know about you?
I got a kayak this summer and that has expanded my horizons. I don’t have to wait until I can walk on water to get those high terrain caches.
I also went to MOGA 2016 in Ohio in April where the theme was the Cache Olympics. This was as close as I was ever going to get to participating in an Olympic event, so I signed up for the Individual punch card event. I came in first in my age group (50 and over) and tied the first place woman in the youngest age group. I would have beat her too if had had not lost my card in the woods and had to back track a ways to find it.