Updated: Jan 29, 2020
Meet Cosmic Cachers!
1. What is your real name? Our caching name is shared by my wife Marcia and me, Art Temple.
2. When did you start Geocaching? We signed up for geocaching December 27, 2007.
3. How did you learn about Geocaching? We were visiting our son and his family in Houston Texas for the holidays. He and his wife were going to have a New Year’s Eve all day party for their friends and asked us for some ideas. They wanted to have a Scavenger Hunt sending their friends to several different places by using a GPS. That was a new term to us and he told us about a new “thing” called Geocaching which sounded very interesting. We thought this could be a fun hobby that we could do together so we signed up. The party was so much fun that we couldn’t wait to learn more about this new game using a GPS. We finally purchased our own GPS and found our first cache January 14, 2008 in a suburb of Houston called Katy, Texas. The cache was called Katy’s Easiest (GC100EX).
4. What is your favorite part of Geocaching? In the beginning, we were so excited to find caches that someone else had placed and to think that the rest of the “muggle” world new nothing about! Once returning home, we discovered that there were even caches hidden in our small community. Then we began meeting other geocachers in the area. They were all so friendly and helpful that we began spending more time with these new friends. I believe we found over 100 geocaches before we felt comfortable enough to hide a geocache of our own. We placed it in honor of our son who got us started in this fantastic hobby. It’s called An Apple For The Teacher! (GC19MMX) and it is still an active cache today.
Thanks to Geocaching I overcame a serious health problem that may not have been discovered early enough otherwise. Eventually, we moved to Cedar Rapids to be closer to family. Our Geocaching activity continued to grow and Geocaching events became an important part of this hobby as we began to meet more geocachers from this new area. In conclusion, we can’t choose a favorite part of Geocaching. It’s an all-inclusive activity that makes this such a wonderful experience.
5. What is the favorite cache you’ve found? Choosing a favorite cache is difficult. One that comes to mind is a cache called 10,000 Days (GC1FPYT). Perhaps the reason it is so special is because of how it all came about. It was about 3 months after I recovered from a major surgery that a group of geocachers convoyed over an hour to this location in three vehicles, one of which had a 34-foot ladder attached to the roof of his vehicle. Once after arriving and putting the ladder in place we each took turns signing the log. There are so many special geocaches that it is difficult to name just one.
6. Outside of Geocaching, what other hobbies/interests do you enjoy? Outside of geocaching, our favorite pastime is spending time with family and attending our grandchildren’s activities. In addition to that, Marcia and I have been dabbling in acrylic painting.