Cacher of the Month - March 2006
polarbeardiggers & little digger
- When did you start Geocaching?
- How did you find out about Geocaching?
- What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
- What is the meaning of your username?
- At the time of this survey, how many finds/hides do you have to your name?
- Do you prefer finding or hiding? Why ?
- How do you describe the sport of geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
- If you have learned one thing from geocaching, what would it be?
- What are other interest or hobbies that you have?
- What are some of the things you don't like about geocaching, pet peeves?
- What is the most interesting place geocaching has taken you?
- What is your favorite caching story?
- What is your most interesting item found ia a cache.?
- What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
- What kind of GPSr do you use?
- What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
- What type/size/difficulty/terrain do you prefer?
- What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
- What would you like to see for future cache events?
- Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
We started in the month of May in 2004.
In 2004, I just had purchased my first computer, eager to learn. We watched a weekend computer show on TV, when they did a spot on a couple with kids searching for treasure on the Vancouver shores with a GPS.. They listed the games web address.
Just the idea of treasure hunting brings out the inner child in us all. Finding it with the GPS, and making trades, was thrilling enough. Then there was the race for first to finds. That made the game more exciting as well.
When we were thinking of our name, we had just watched the polarbear and it’s cub drinking Coke. We thought it would be appropriate to add the word digger after the word polarbear. That’s always our favorite commercial.
Our current stats are 384 finds and 77 hides, with 60 first to finds attributed to our name.
Lately, I have enjoyed hiding treasure more than finding, and making up first to find certificates. But I still like finding treasure in most unique places
When I describe it to my family and friends, I try to keep it simple and easy to understand. But I try to emphasize the other benefits like family togetherness, great exercise, and discovery of new surroundings, where we would never have seen before, had it not been for this type of scavenger hunt styled game.
What I have learned from playing this game is to look at each place in a different view, for out of place items, marks, tells, that give a hiding spot away. And not to give up so easy, just walk away and come back fresh of mind. Being patient is the most important thing I have learned.
Well I like camping, and I used to hunt, but gave it up after my hunting dog passed on. Now I devote my energies to geocaching. I would have to say I’m mostly addicted to this game, always plotting my next move, my next cache location. I have no time to sleep, and very little time to eat, our appetite is fueled by the next find.
My only pet peeve are the people that knit pick at little things, the people that take this game so serious, and forget the real meaning of fun family activity.
I have seen many beautiful places that caching has taken us, like the Pembina Valley, visiting Lebret in Saskatchewan, along with the sand castles by the lake. I think every new place we visit due to geocaching is always memorable in its own way. That is really one of the greatest benefits of geocaching.
I truly have many, but the one that sticks out the most would have to be Long Grass Prairie cache (now archived). But that was our very first night hunt and our first to find certificate cache find. That cache had started the rivalry between the polarbeardiggers and the gumpy team for finding FTFs. It was a good fight, we lost our title for a short while, but regained our reign once again.
That's pretty hard to pin-point to one thing. But getting a First to Find certificate that a cacher has gone to the trouble to make is a great reward for me.
The trustworthy geko 301, and a couple of good flashlights, 3 cell mag-to a m6 (complimentary of gumpy)and a 2 million candle power portable light, a cell phone for when I lock myself out of the car., a camera and a few trade items, and my calling cards. And a cold beverage in the car, along with our walking sticks for the longer hikes.
I had two GPS's, a geko 201 that I gave to my sister, and currently my geko 301.
I usually just point around and explain certain features to little digger, pretending that we are tourists. On one occasion, I did use the GPS as a phone.
I really don't have a preference of size or terrain, other than puzzle caches, just too difficult for little digger to figure out.
One day scanning southern caches, I came across the Gregory TB, stuck in a pail near Piney, MB. After reading that it had traveled from Australia to England then to here, I really had to be a part of its historic travels, and off we went. I had picked him up a few more times around the city. But before I passed him off to hitch a ride to Florida, I put new baby socks on his feet. To this day he still wears them. This travel bug even carries a diary for cachers to log his unique visits. I wish the very best and safest return for this very special travel bug.
Well, I would like to see kids more involved in future cache events, after all its a family game.
A while back I knew winnipegk5 was heading to greatness, and he has proven that with impressive find totals. And not to forget the Queen and her 4 Jokers are having as a caching family goes. And I stand by my belief that Ertyu is
getting help with his fast finding efforts.