Featured Cacher- BP Finders

Meet BP Finders

1. How did you become involved in geocaching. When did you start?

My family and I first heard about it a few months before we actually did our first search. After I did some research about the hobby, one weekend in May (5/17/09) we headed out without a GPSr and my wife actually made our first find.(GCQ4KX)

2. How did you choose your caching name?

We wanted a name that reflected where we live and what we do. B(elle) P(laine) Finders. After awhile the kids wanted their own accounts, so we spun their names from that. (Superfinder Gal, Finders Keepers', and BP Scouter)

3. How many caches have you found so far?

Roughly 2168.

4. What brand/type of GPS do you use?

I am on my 3rd GPSr. Garmin E-trex Venture HC. First two were Garmin's E-trex H.

5. What programs/software or hardware (PDA/laptop/phone) do you use to make caching easier?

Depending on the phones I have had over the years, I have used: Trimble app (feature phone), Geocaching for WebOS (palm pre+), and now Groundspeaks' Official Geocaching app (Samsung Infuse).

6. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, puzzle, virtual?

Puzzles are my weakest link. I have no clue on how to solve 90% of them. I really enjoy virtuals and earthcaches when I am out of town because they tend to take us to historic sites and scenic sites which I love to explore and learn about. When I am with the kids, I try to plan on a lot of traditional Large caches and when I am caching alone: whatever is nearest to me.

7. Which caches were the most challenging – physically/mentally? Why?

Puzzles caches are the most challenging for me since the ones I tend to look at are so encrypted I don't even know where to start.

8. Do you have a favorite or favourites among the Minnesota caches that you’ve found?

There are a few MN favorite caches. One in particular that we attempted to find this past weekend but since GPS was misplaced and my phone died 190 ft from the correct beacon, we had to DNF the Up and Up: Barn Bluff (GC2F3MA). The hike was awesome and the view was spectacular. Where and how this cache was placed is the number one reason why I like to geocache. The fact that you get to go outside with the family and hike around and explore areas that you normally wouldn’t go to or know about. Driving through Red Wing to Wabasha, we saw the flag up on the bluff and I thought I wonder if there is a cache up there. Sure enough there was; there are several. The only thing stopping us was finding out how to get there, which wasn't that hard to do.

9. What’s the most unusual thing that you’ve ever found in a cache?

Nothing has been to unusual yet. Just normal swag stuff.

10. What are your current caching goals? Is there a certain cache that you can’t wait to do?

I started this year out with the intention of caching every day, but once I got sick in late February that put things to a halt. Now its just to see how quickly I can get my next hundred and/or how many I can get in a day. I would really like to find one underwater. I have seen that there are a few in the metro. Just haven't been in the right place at the right time.

11. How many caches have you placed? Do you have a current hiding goal?

I have placed 35 of my own caches with an additional 4 adopted for a total of 39. I try to make family friendly hides.

12. What advice would you give someone that wants to place a cache? What steps do YOU take when placing a cache?

One advice I give is make sure the land your placing on is public. The style and type of hide is up to them. I use the links in the MNGCA site for land ownership and then typically want to hide a cache somewhere and then sigh about losing the spot when someone places a cache there before me since I waited so long to place one there.

13. How often do you go caching?

I go when I can. It's very sporadic. Some weeks I go days at a time then things get hectic and I stop for awhile. I do try to find a cache in the city's that my kids are playing a sport in on that particular day.

14. Who do you usually cache with?

Usually I bring one of the kids with me. Each of the three has different skills that I might need in order to make the find: youngest likes to climb, middle is really good at finding micros in the woods, and the oldest makes a race out of the hunt.

15. What advice would you give a beginning geocacher?

Try to go for the large traditional caches first for a sense on how people hide caches. Then when feeling brave work on the smaller caches.

16. What type of gear do you carry with you on your caching trips? What’s in your geopack?

Lots of pens. Replacement log baggies. Cache containers ready to go but are never hidden (see previous answer for Q12). Duct tape--camo and grey. Scouting multi tool.

17. What is your most memorable caching experience?

Find #1,800. On a trip to visit family in Kansas and we did a power run for the day that included making a new personal record of 42 finds in a day. #1,800 was located where the Sante Fe and Oregon Trails split. The wagon ruts are still visible in the ground. Across the street was a virtual that was at the farmstead of what some consider the first gun fight of the Civil War.

18. What is your best caching story?

That same day we found a cache near the oldest library in Kansas and up until her recent retirement earlier in the year (2011), at the age of 106, had the oldest active librarian in the country/world. GC2WTRG

19. What do you like about geocaching? What keeps you going?

I like traveling to areas that are off the beaten path--places that are normally driven past in order to save time. The thrill of the hunt keeps me going. Knowing that it's "GOT TO BE SOMEWHERE HERE" (One of the thoughts that goes through my head when I am stuck at GZ.)

20. Besides geocaching, what other things do you like to do?

Coaching my kids, lead a pack of Cub Scouts, and photograph the world around me.

21. What question did you expect us to ask but didn’t. What is the answer?

What cache did you just find when you got this email? A FTF at GC3CW8K

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