1. What is your real name?
Catherine and Eric Smith
2. Where is your home location?
3. When did you start Geocaching?
Catherine created the account in May 2009 after using a loaner GPS at Fontana Park to find marked wildflowers in the park. It was not until April 2010 that Catherine and our kids found GC1PRGX Runnin’ the Roads placed by AlteredStar. The first geocache that we found as a family was GHWX3 Westward Ho’ The Wagons placed by PJM in Independence, Oregon. That cache was memorable because we had to enter the town’s museum and say the words “Westward Ho’ the Wagons, Ye Haw” to be given the container.
4. How did you learn about Geocaching?
Catherine learned about geocaching from a Buchanan County Conservation at Fontana Park.
5. What is your favorite part of Geocaching?
The most interesting part of Geocaching is to find places that I would not have otherwise visited. We have seen historical sites like the historic silo in Cascade, Iowa, Montauk in Claremont, Iowa, the Eisenhower Presidential Library, and webcam on the Canadian capital.
6. What types of caches do you enjoy most?
We enjoy the caches that entail an adventure. Those that take us off the beaten path to visit a park, waterfall, or monument. In addition, I like to find significant caches that help with stat challenges, like attributes or a specific date find.
7. What is the favorite cache you’ve found?
One of the most epic geocaches that we have found was GC68HN5 Ultimate Guide to Field of Dreams Film Locations. It took many trips through Dubuque County to gather the necessary information. Finally, one day between high school marching band competitions we drove along Highway 151 to stop at the last few locations and visit the final. The film is the greatest movie ever, so we enjoyed stopped at the film locations and placing them into context of the movie
8. Outside of Geocaching, what other hobbies/interests do you enjoy?
Catherine enjoys gardening in a couple community gardens. Eric collects farm toy tractors. Recently, we have started to stop at Iowa breweries and wineries while out looking for geocaches.