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Cacher of the Month - July 2006


Turdle-femme & TurdleEggs
  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. Power Up was my first on April 8, 2005. CarBellSeekers had just read about GeoCaching in an Air Canada EnRoute magazine and told me about it. One of my coworkers had a GPS with him, so I entered the coordinates into GC.com and much to my surprise there was a cache about 200 m from where I work. I went out at coffee break and found the cache was hidden in a wind generator that used to be by my family’s cottage.

  3. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  4. First and foremost it got me out, took me to beautiful places and showed me sights that I might not have seen otherwise. Combine that with GPS navigation and internet research and it’s even more fun. It also makes me feel mischievous knowing all those hidden treasures are out there and the non-GeoCaching public have no idea they’re right under their feet! Soon I discovered I loved everything about GeoCaching. I really enjoy the very clever location specific hides and all of the great puzzles and riddles that make me stretch my brain. I admit I get a little adrenalin rush when a new cache comes out and I like trying for FTFs. Mostly though it’s about the people. I’ve never met a more agreeable group that I seem to have so much in common with. Manitoba GeoCachers are up for anything – and on a moments notice! I also really like how geocaching is philanthropic – hiders are investing their time and money so someone they may not even know will have the enjoyment of finding their cache. How cool is that!

  5. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  6. ON, SK, BC and TX

  7. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  8. Cache and Carry and polaris2006

  9. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  10. "Oh Deer" Saltspring Cache. It was a wild run up the mountain side and the view was spectacular.

  11. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  12. We have found many intriguing and creative things in caches. Gumpy’s hand tied flies were certainly a treasure. The-Stuntman’s Poker Chips were also quite interesting ? One of my favorite items isn’t so much in a cache, but the cache itself at MuStash’s The Turdle Got Blitzed.

  13. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  14. An eTrex Legend, Palm m515 PDA, cell phone, digital camera, LED headlamp, Turdle stamp, an assortment of trade items, pencils, sharpeners, log books, baggies, wallet and credit cards.

  15. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  16. I stand very still. Sometimes I look up. I’m not very creative at muggle-avoidance, so usually I’ll just wander off and come back when the coast is clear.

  17. What is the meaning of your username?
  18. It’s a combination of the Turdle-femme’s and my last name. I added "eggs" because I imagined a Turdle-nest is like a cache of little treasures.

  19. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  20. Know Your Role !!!! This is a 10" figurine of The Rock who lost a leg in action somewhere along the way. We carved him a wooden leg out of sturdy Manitoba Oak and put him in a clear plastic case. After that he pretty much needed an ammo box to reside in. Somewhere in New York he met with an unfortunate accident and now wears his prosthetic limb slung about his middle. Another favorite is the The Cache Eating Monster conceived by a diabolical genius!

  21. Other than finding and placing caches, what other Geocaching related interests do you have (coins, CITO, Waymarking, etc)?
  22. I enjoy collecting GeoCoins, though not quite fanatically yet. I haven’t used the waymarking site but managed to complete eleven Locationless (Reverse) Caches before they went the way of the dodo. My favorite Geocaching related activities these days are all the lunches, suppers and group events with other cachers.

  23. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  24. CarBellSeekers, Cache and Cary, Lizardo, ertyu, grnbrg, 3T's&aG and MHz. What can I say, I like all their company!

  25. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  26. Hawaii. I figure, what the heck, I may as well cache somewhere beautiful where a human being can survive naked all year long.

  27. Is there a challenging/interesting local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  28. I can’t wait to do 1Q4J’s "BLITZ": Raiders of the Cache Stash - it sounds like so much fun. Also the Hulda Ostman (R.I.P) cache sounds very spooky.

  29. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  30. We had a lot of fun putting out all our caches, but the Exchange District cache would have to be my favorite right now. I just had a lot of fun building and camouflaging the cache. I really like that it’s a hidden-in-plain-view cache in a high traffic area. This cache seems to be attracting a lot of great stories too.

  31. Your Scrabble game was very popular. Do you have any other games planned?
  32. If cachers had half as much fun finding the Scrabble caches as I did watching people race for them, then I’m very pleased. I wanted to contribute to keeping caching interesting through the winter, and Scrabble sure made the winter months fly by for me. I would like to do another game and I’d probably put it out it in the winter again. It’s quite a challenge coming up with a game that’s fun, appealing to people, and is open and fair to as many players as possible. Of course once the games over, the caches remain and I’d like them to be interesting on their own.

  33. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  34. Paper backs, they’re lighter. Fantasy specifically; Guy Gavriel Kay’s my favorite author. Recently I read Perdido Street station which blew me away. I also enjoy reading speculative writing. There’s a great Canadian publication of short stories out of Calgary called On Spec.

  35. Can you play a musical instrument?
  36. Djemebe - an African hand drum. I love music but I’m instrument challenged and failed miserably trying to learn piano, guitar and accordion. I thought I might be able to manage two tones, sometimes three, so the Turdle-femme and I took Djembe classes with Jordan Hanson. We each have a Remo Djemebe now and those two tones really start to sound great in a polyrhythm.

  37. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  38. MetroGuide Canada for mapping, Google Earth for seeing what I’m up against, EasyGPS for keeping track of multis and puzzles I’ve found and ClayJar’s Watcher for filtering waypoints. I’d always thought I’d like a metal detector - one that can detect poker chips in a Lock ‘n Lock under 18" of snow.

  39. Does living out of town offer you any specific advantages or disadvantages with respect to caching?
  40. Well, we’re 45 minutes closer to The Whiteshell and there’re lots of great caches there! An advantage might be that I quite enjoy driving so am not averse to going great distances for a cache. I work in Winnipeg but only tend to have a shot at FTF’s if they come out during office hours :)

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