How did your family get into geocaching and when did you start?
Our friends had mentioned geocaching as something they do while camping. In preparation for our first camping trip with them, we created an account on May 28th of 2011, we found our first cache the next day, and were hooked immediately and started caching every time and place we could! Now we’re trying to convince them that geocaching isn’t just for camping!
Can you tell the readers how you came up with your geocaching name?
Well, we didn’t expect this to become such an integral part of our life or we definitely would have come up with something cooler. We were just in a rush to try this thing out before our camping trip, and of course needed an account to see the coordinates, so we just grabbed our first names and threw them together and came up with RyanLisaKayla.
Urban caching or hiking through the woods?
They both have a very important place for us. When it is a beautiful day outside and the weather and bugs are mild, it is such an enjoyable experience to be in the woods. On the other hand, not all days are ideal for hiking through the woods, so urban caching is great for that. Also, one thing that we enjoy is completing various challenges, we’ve done the KB Challenge: 100 Caches, 1 Day and are currently working on the A Cache A Day … For 365 Days? and the Minnstars Challenge – The 100 A Month Club, which would be impossible for us without urban caching.
Puzzle caches, multi caches or traditionals?
All 3!! I (Lisa) am definitely the puzzle fanatic in our family. I love solving them and I love going after the unknown/puzzle challenges. Traditionals are ideal for Kayla – especially the big ones that have toys inside. And while we don’t have that many multi caches under our belt yet, the ones we have done have always been a memorable experience.
How many finds/hides do you have and what is your favorite hide?
1,097 finds (RLK-Ryan with 500, RLK-Lisa with 998, RLK-Kayla with 354) and we have 4 hides. One hide for each of our names and another to complete Naked Scrabble. We love Ryan’s placement, Lisa’s represents my favorite puzzle-type, and Kayla’s was her favorite container. But surprisingly, the Scrabble one, EEEEEEK is for Eagan! is our most popular hide with 7 favorite points!
Where is your favorite place in MN to go geocaching and why?
We really like the Duluth/North Shore area because of the beautiful trails and many of the caches have been very memorable. We’ve enjoyed caching in the Stillwater and William O’Brien State Parks also. Here in the Twins Cities, caching along the Mississippi river has been beautiful.
What is it about geocaching that you and your family love the most?
We love how it brings us to new places and gives us something fun to do as a family. We also love the social aspect of going to events and meeting new people and getting to know familiar faces over time. I (Lisa) love the puzzles and the challenges and the bookkeeping and statistics of it all. Ryan loves the thrill of the find and finding cool stuff in the caches, like travel bugs to move along. And Kayla loves finding toys and when there are other little kids at the events to play with.
Can you tell us about your best geocaching adventure or memory?
Our quest to hit 1,000 on our first geo-anniversary. We were meticulous for several months prior, making sure we could manage our daily streak, 100-a-month, MOGA, and still land on 1,000 exactly, and we did it! We decided to do Iowa Webcam One @ ISU which was our first Webcam for the milestone. We made these ginormous signs, which were an adventure of their own, but we got great pictures!
Any upcoming geocaching trips in the near future?
Yes! In early August is West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$h 2012 in Wisconsin. September will be the 2012 Million Shades of Autumn at William O’Brien State Park, and then November will be Finish What You Started in Iowa at Honey Creek Resort State Park.
Any tips or advice for the new geocachers out there?
Expand your search area. Touch everything. Your “geosense” will come with time. And most importantly, go to as many events as you can. It’s wonderful to meet other geocachers and there isn’t a nicer group of people!
Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you and happy caching everyone!