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I started geocaching almost immediately after receiving my first GPS unit as a Christmas present in December 2005. Although Geometry has been on my teaching load for all of the 26 years I've been in education, I have a terrible sense of direction but a real love of mapping and data so this was the perfect gift for me. However, upon opening the package I wanted to do something with my new toy, so I signed up for an account on geocaching.com and within a few days had one find in each of PA, NY and NJ. I was really impressed by the accuracy of my Garmin 60cs and by the excitement involved in finding a cache.

I enjoy seeking a variety of caches, mostly nontraditional caches and especially puzzle caches. I appreciate caches at historical sites, caches tastefully hidden in unusual places, near old cemeteries, and tunnel/underground caches. I love it when a cache surprises you with seeing an old, abandoned ruin of some kind. I really enjoy finding a cache that has some sort of creative placement or container - a great cache should stimulate the mind as well as the body. I'm more likely to remember a carefully-thought-out hide that makes you think outside the box or one in a memorable spot. Finding a state's or province's oldest geocache is also a personal favorite. A special bonus is the way this sport has led me to discover many cool sites I'd never have found any other way, some right in my home area. And there's nothing like the fraternity of geocachers I've met while caching and at events.

View tracks and photos of some of my documented Garmin Adventures! I've recently started documenting some memorable geocache hikes using Garmin Adventures.

The Tri-State Geocachers on Facebook - chat with other geocachers and keep up to date on local events

Interview on Cacheamaniacs.com... see Cacheamaniacs Show #102

Featured on Geocaching Puzzle of the Day for my puzzle cache, PO Box.

Download slides from my presentation, "Learning Math & Science via Geocaching," from the Brandwein Institute Teacher Inservice, October 5, 2013

Download slides from my presentation, "Enhancing Mathematics Instruction via Earthcaching," from the First International Earthcache Event, September 2, 2012

Favorite experience in geocaching: Completion of all of PA's 67 counties for the PA All Counties Challenge - so widely varying sites and experiences, nothing can touch the Keystone State! This is still the most fun I've had in geocaching.

Favorite geocache: Sight Unseen (GC15NP2)

Geo-Bucket List:

  • Finish finding caches in each of the 50 states and DC; only Alaska and Hawaii to go.

Numbers-stuff:

  • at least 15 finds in each of 48 states, 7 provinces, and DC
  • hides in 10 states and one province: PA, NY, NJ, RI, LA, SD, FL, AL, CO, TX, NS
  • Earthcache finds in the following 52 states/provinces/federal city: PA, NJ, NY, WV, MA, WY, CA, VA, UT, RI, BC, OR, WA, OK, TX, NM, IN, KY, MD, DE, DC, ON, MI, OH, QC, WI, MN, ND, SD, KS, MO, NE, IA, NH, CT, NC, LA, MS, AL, NV, AZ, ID, MT, SC, CO, IL, GA, FL, NS, PE, NB, VT.
  • attended events in 21 states and 2 foreign countries, hosted in 10* and one foreign country: PA*, NY*, NJ*, UT, MD, WA, CT, AL*, SC, VA, MO*, ME, TX*, CO*, OH*, MN, FL*, MD*, NE, MI, Haiti*, MA, NB
  • FTFs in 12 "states": PA, NJ, NY, OH, TX, NE, MO, DC, KS, MI, MN, FL, GA
  • finds on 32 states' oldest active caches and 2 provinces: KS, UT, DE, ME, DC, MO, TX, CO, NJ, CT, NH, RI, NE, IN, IL, NC, GA, PA, VT, MA, NY, MD, MI, MN, MB, ND, SD, IA, FL, NS, VA, SC, AL, MS
  • finds in all of PA's 67 counties
  • Triple-Jasmer complete (at least three caches found for each month since 5/2000
  • a streak of over 500 consecutive days with at least one find.
  • found caches as low as (below) sea-level and as high as over 14K feet.