June 10, 2013 08:34 PM CDT
Get to know your Board of Directors
James Bliefnick and Brian Kling
Author: Rebecca Lillo.
Copyright © by Wisconsin Geocaching Association
Get to know James Bliefnick a.k.a JimandLinda, WGA President
1. How did you get started geocaching? We started geocaching as a way to rehab my right knee after knee surgery. I started with 1 star hides and it was all uphill after that!
2. How long have you been a WGA Board of Director? I am currently serving my 2nd year of my first term on the WGA BODs. I am also serving my second year as President.
3. In your opinion, what is the WGA's greatest strength? The WGAs greatest strength is the members and their willingness to step up and volunteer with the different Events during the year, whether WGA sponsored or not. We've got one of the most active groups in America and we should all be proud to be members!
4. What is your favorite type of geocache? Our favorite type of cache is either one that shares some local history (like a WSQ) or one that takes you to a rarely visited area in the backwoods.
5. Describe your most memorable caching experience? My most memorable cache was KVR-HILO, which is now archived. It was a Lonely Cache with 9 waypoints and I was racing an approaching snow storm on the last day of gun deer season. Located in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, it had a stunning view from atop a bluff. It took about 3 hours to do, but that was what made it so memorable. I took some family members there the next year, just to walk up to the top of the bluff!
6. Do you prefer hiding or finding geocaches? We don't really have preference between hiding and finding caches. You can't do one without the other and we appreciate the cache owners that hide and maintain quality caches everywhere in Wisconsin.
7. What type of tree do you identify with the most? And why? I relate to the willow tree. I can be pretty flexible in my opinions and enjoy fast growth in learning situations.
8. How many ticks have you gotten so far this year? Only 1 tick so far this year! Now that I think about it, it feels like one on my leg now!
9. Do you have any pets? We have one cat. She's a Manx with just a stub of a tail, which is common in that breed of cat. You can see her picture on our Profile Page. If you’re wondering, she eats at 5 AM and 5 PM!(CIF = Cat Is Fed)
10. Outside of geocaching, what are your hobbies? Geocaching has been our main hobby in the last 5+ years, with looking for arrowheads on our land near the Rock River a close second, and visiting the 5 grandchildren as much as possible.
Get to know Brian Kling a.k.a. Team Black-Cat
1. How did you get started geocaching? In 2006, I was given a GPS, a yellow eTrex, for Fathers' day. I played around with it for a year but didn't really use it. I was searching the web for something to do with it and came across Geocaching.com. I spent the rest of the afternoon reading everything I could find on this strange game. I was amazed that there was this "hidden world" that few people knew about. I told my family about it and they were mildly interested. We went out and found our first geocache. It was a micro in a gazebo. My teenage daughter and I were seriously hooked. We went out and found several dozen more over the next week, and hundreds more by the end of the summer. The whole family would come along once in a while, but it was mostly her and I which was quite special to me.
2. How long have you been a WGA Board of Director? This is my fourth year on the board.
3. In your opinion, what is the WGA's greatest strength? One of the things that the WGA does very well is to the sport/hobby/game of geocaching from the international level down to something more relevant to geocachers in Wisconsin. The WGA continues to work the DNR and other state and local organizations to make sure that geocaching is presented in a good light.
4. What is your favorite type of geocache? A half mile hike on a decent trail through the woods to an ammo can hidden under a pile of sticks overlooking a lake or stream. That just never gets old.
5. Describe your most memorable caching experience? Wow, there really have been quite a few. Six months of solving, a disastrous DNF followed by a STF on Sagasu's Sinister Semantic Search (GC182D3) comes quickly to mind. Snipeing an FTF from the locals in Harrisberg, PA on a puzzle by CCCoperAgency was quite fun. The most memorable experience would have to be the many hours spent with family and friends, hitting every corner of the state of Wisconsin.
6. Do you prefer hiding or finding geocaches? Finding. I do enjoy hiding geocaches too, but finding new places to hide them is getting harder and harder.
7. What type of tree do you identify with the most? And why? Remember the tree that Charlie Brown picked out for the play? Yeah, that one. Why? Um... because it's the best tree ever.
8. How many ticks have you gotten so far this year? Just one, but I haven't been caching very much yet. Thanks for asking. Now I feel one crawling up my leg.
9. Do you have any pets? Yep. Two cats. Neither one is black.
10. Outside of geocaching, what are your hobbies? Last fall I purchase a rough around the edges Corvette that I have been working on fixing up. I also enjoy RC racing, reading or watching Sci-Fi and long walks on the beach.
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