GoLI Member Spotlight July 2020
What does your cacher name mean? When I first began caching, I logged in with my name, Bro. Karl. I am one of 17 Brothers who live and teach at Chaminade HS.
When did you start caching and how did you find out about it? During the summer of 2005, while I was attending classes at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, with another Brother, we went for a walk with a classmate who told us about geocaching.
Describe your first find. When I got back from Maine, I went and found No Commercial Vehicles, GC7D5, the oldest active micro on Long Island at the time.
How many finds do you have? 4,062
Find count by type: 3,087 traditionals, 356 mysteries, 174 lab caches, 136 virtuals, 104 multis, 94 events, including 1 giga and 8 megas, 47 letterboxes, 35 earth caches, 20 wherigos, 8 webcams, and 1 gps adventure exhibit.
Favorite find type? Anything that doesn’t involve a nano or a lurvig!
Pick one favorite find? While at the Berkshire Bash, I enjoyed My Wife Thinks I’m Nuts, GC1GMW7. Lots of red herrings with a clever hide for the cache.
How many caches have you hidden? 86
Hide count by type 30 traditionals, 26 events, 9 letterboxes, 6 mysteries, 6 wherigos, 5 lab caches, 3 multis and 1 virtual.
Favorite hide type? I like them all.
Pick one favorite cache that you’ve hidden? BK-4 Whale Skull at COA, GC14N9X, in Maine where I went to summer school. It has over 3,000 visitors and 139 favorite points.
Stats review -
How many state and country souvenirs? 6 countries and 27 states.
Jasmer challenge? Missing the first 6 months
Fizzy challenge? 8 more to go.
Calendar days? 366
Best caching week? Weekend? I did 104 caches in one day on a power trail in Florida, making it my best week and weekend. My parents live in Florida and I have 706 finds there. My months with the most finds occur in February when I visit my parents and in July when there is no school.
Do you trade SWAG? Any signature SWAG items? I have been leaving poker chips where possible. They have varied over time -- plain, Vegas, DaVinci, Presidents, Fishin’ Chips.
Like to move trackables? How many do you own? I like trackables, but you don’t see them around anymore. Thanks to Rich of TeamDoubleA who keeps some going! I have a nice collection I like to share at events.
Cache with GPS or Phone? Nowadays I alway bring my GPS. The phone has me all over the place.
Do you have any geocaching goals? I like using Project-GC, along with their badge and belt counts, as they give me different goals to shoot for. And I love being a member of GoLI! Thanks to Jamie and Ben and everyone else who keep this group going with fun and exciting events and challenges.
Do you cache with anyone? Not on a regular basis.
Tell a memorable caching story: I have been stopped by a state trooper, I got yelled at by a lady who was upset that I was looking for a benchmark by her curb, but probably the most memorable was when I was with joerx214 and BlueDogRulz doing Iggy’s West Shore caches. We took two cars so that we could park one at each end. About two thirds of the way into the hike I realized I left the keys in the car we came from! Here’s the log.
Bucket list cache? Of course I would like to get an APE cache, visit HQ and complete the Jasmer.
Besides geocaching, what else should we know about you? I teach math to seniors at Chaminade and this year will be my fortieth year teaching. And I’m a Pisces. And I like sea salt caramels.
What do you want GoLI to work on? I would like to see a geotour set up on Long Island. Or set up a Geo Challenge in cooperation with Long Island State Parks, like they did here. (https://www.olana.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Taconic-Region-Geocache-Brochure.pdf) Maybe some more geoart? BTW thanks again to Andy, Marilyn and Bob for their great work!