1. What is your real name?
Jan and Richard (Dick) Dehrkoop – we log caches as Sidetrax2. A few years back, my husband decided to get his own Geocaching name, thus IHCC149 (International Harvester Cub Cadet 149) was born. But then he decided not to start logging the finds separately. I often add his name to a log, but we seldom cache separately.
2. Where is your home location?
We have a Marshalltown mailing address, but live east of LeGrand off of highway 30 just inside Tama County.
3. When did you start Geocaching?
We signed up on February 24, 2014. We found our first cache on February 27, 2014. It was Albion Cemetery, a Team Schnauzer cache. We found it based on description, because we couldn’t make our new GPS work.
4. How did you learn about Geocaching?
I read a brief article in the newspaper concerning Geocaching and thought it seemed like something we might like to do, as at that time we both would be retiring soon. Then in the fall of 2013, there was a class called “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” being taught at Springbrook State Park. Most of the sessions were things that I had done often, but there was a class on Geocaching being presented and so I went mainly to learn from that class. It turned out to be taught by geocacher SEAM Smiley. Well I was hooked and talked my husband into getting a GPS unit….and the rest is history.
5. What is your favorite part of Geocaching?
Probably the favorite part is just getting out and going to new places and seeing new things. Many are things that we would never have found or gotten to visit without Geocaching. We also usually set a goal for the year….which gives us motivation to get and go to some new places. Our goals for this year have been stymied with the “Stay at Home” recommendations for this spring however.
6. What types of caches do you enjoy most?
We like historical sites, and those make up a large number of caches we have placed as well. We like to try the puzzles, but don’t always get them figured out. Earthcaches and Virtuals are also some of the more interesting geocaches to find.
7. What is the favorite cache you’ve found?
Can’t just name one. Completing a particularly challenging cache or challenge either in difficulty or terrain gives us great satisfaction. It is also great to complete a geoart that we can now see on the map. We had fun finding the caches at the Coon Hound Cemetery in Arkansas….one of those unusual spots we never would have been too without the hobby.
8. Outside of Geocaching, what other hobbies/interests do you enjoy?
We have a large garden each year, with much of the produce shared with family and the local foodbox. We have enjoyed fishing and camping in the past, but are getting pretty stiff for tent camping any more. Just love to be outdoors in general. And then there are the grandkids…..we waited a long time to have some….so we try to make the most of any opportunities we have with them.