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November 22, 2013 11:02 PM CST

Get to know your Board of Directors

Get to know Walking Adventure

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1. What is your geocaching name?


2. How did you choose your geocaching name?

Sitting in front of the computer, I signed up for our account back a little before Memorial Day in 2005. When it came to asking a team name, I sat stuck trying to think of something that would be fitting. Polling the family for ideas didn’t help out that much so it was up to me. I knew the idea of caching was to go on mini-adventures, exploring the area we lived in. We’d had moved to Neenah in 2001 from Indiana and I was doing all I could to learn about my new home town and the area around it. Playing on our last name (Walker), I added that to the “adventure” and there was out team name. In hindsight, I probably would have chosen a shorter name- maybe Supercalifragilisticexpialidoshus. You’ll see on the cache log sheets my signature goes from WalkingAdventure early in the day to WalkAdv to finally WA at the end of the day. What was I thinking with a name this long…

3. What has been your role as a WGA Board of Director?

My 1st role I assumed after being elected was to be the FireBug for the Chili Event in Green Bay. With modest success, I was able to fulfill these duties. These days I have taken on the WGA State Park Series. I am the contact person with the DNR’s lead naturalist DNR and with all the Trail Bosses who are placing and maintaining all of the caches in our state parks. We hope that with working alongside the WDNR, we can provide a quality geocaching experience that promotes the family-friendly activity of geocaching and the adventures that come with exploring the outdoors. This has been very rewarding as I read all of the great logs from the cachers who are out and exploring the parks they may have otherwise over looked. Down fall of reading all the logs and seeing the cache pages is I can’t wait to go out and visit each of them.

4. What do you like best about being involved with the WGA?

Being a part of the WGA gives me the chance to socialize with all the other people out there that share the same obsession I have. I like doing something that is a little out of the ordinary and with all the different members, you have a chance to seek out the diversity we have. There are the social cachers, the individualists, the numbers folks and the quality over quantity people. Being a part of the WGA gives me the opportunity to spend time with whatever type of cacher that suits my needs at the time. It’s a great time to come together and share experiences with people that enjoy the same activities that you do also enjoy.

5. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

Now that my son has moved out on his own (he just turned 23) it is just my wife, daughter (almost 1Cool and I. Dinner at home usually is a chicken breast (preferably grilled) with pasta and whatever sauce we are trying out at the time.

6. Do you like to camp?

Camping was always a lot of fun when the kids were younger. The 1st few years we were tent campers but after a few adventures filled with rain, we moved up to a pop-up camper. This made camping so much easier (and drier) and we were all happier for it. We had the camper for about 5-6 years and just adopted “Beatrice” out to a new family. For the foreseeable future, it looks like “camping” will involve checking to see if the hotel rooms carry the Discovery channel. The only food that will be cooked over an open flame will happen at the grills at the Spring Campouts and Fall Picnics.

7. Have you had any geocaching-related injuries?

Normal scrapes and bruises. I once stood up when in a pine tree and caught my back on a broken branch. That was pretty cool and cut the shirt and left a nice little wound that was about 2 ½” long. Stupid pine trees. There have been other “memories” from out in the field that were more memorable than any injury. Once while out in a marsh, I went through the weed bed of a marsh while in my waders. I was only 6 feet from shore but couldn’t get out and was not able to touch bottom either. I thought I was going to have to stay there until summer drought. Glad someone was there to pull me free. Still didn’t get the cache that was only a few feet away.

8. What is your favorite food?

Too hard to nail down any one food. I am picky at times but generally, it is anything my wife cooks.

9. What kitchen utensil is most like you?

I’m a Spoon. Multipurpose, sharp like a knife if I have to be, perfect for desserts but not a lot of help around spaghetti, good for digging myself a hole.

10. Besides geocaching, what are your interests/hobbies?

I like to spend my time watching my daughter play soccer. As a Senior, the days left to watch her play are getting fewer. A little over a year ago I started running again after several years away from it and just finished my 1st Half- Marathon in September. My newest hobby I have returned to, will be trail riding in our Jeep. As a younger (and single guy) I used to spend time out in the woods and forests exploring and with the encouragement of my wife, am going to do a few modifications and we’ll begin touring the Northwoods and hope to head out on the Jeep Jamboree in 2014.

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