Cacher of the Month - October 2013
When I was working on my Cacher of the Month's stats spreadsheet at the beginning of the month, I was thrilled to see who came to the top of my list. This cacher is the only Manitoba cacher that I know of who has his own entry into Wikipedia. Why? Because aside from his hobby as a geocacher, he is a former member of the band, "The Guess Who". That's right! This month's Cacher of the Month is a genuine Rock Star (yes, capital R, capital S). I have been to several geocaching events where he and his current band, Wallace, Creasey, and Gardner, has played. The most memorable to me was the event at the TurdleEggs' Jenga Ranch, "Rock the Turdle". The music was amazing and people were up and dancing for most of the evening. In 2001, he received an honorary doctorate from Brandon University. (editor's note: A member of The Guess Who *and* a doctor? Does that mean we can call you Dr. Who?) Along with his musical career, beancakes has taught at West Kildonan Collegiate covering the "Guitar", "Concert Band Ensemble", and "Geography" (all very appropriate for our musical geocacher). You'll notice that the format of this month's page is a little different from the previous ones. I think I like how he managed to answer our entire questionnaire in only a few short paragraphs. Read on to learn more about the Manitoba Geocaching Association's Cacher of the Month, beancakes.
I first went caching in Kenora, after attending a teacher's inservice on geocaching that was presented by OHMIC. I was using a GPS Map 76S with lake charts that my wife had given me for navigational purposes, as we have a sailboat based out of Kenora. My wife Debbie is a stained glass artist, and spends a lot of time on stone and glass projects while we are at the lake, and I needed to find something to do, so I tried geocaching. My first find was Husky the Musky (GC11XK3), which was also my 700th find (GC2K6F9).
I enjoy caching by myself, especially in winter on snowshoes in and around Kenora, or by planning a bike route in Winnipeg in the spring or fall based on caching. I have also placed remote caches on Lake of the Woods using a snowmobile and my sailboat. I enjoy taking my granddaughter and her cousin on caching expeditions. They like collecting swag, but never really want to put new swag back in the cache container. I have also cached with moonsocket in and around Kenora. We once went to Emerson Lake in the winter and walked across the ice to a cache that we were skunked on. Moonsocket has all kinds of clever and interesting caches in and around Kenora, some easy and some fairly difficult, including lots of puzzle caches, which are not my favourites. I also absolutely detest caches which are placed in commercially planted blue spruce trees, and sometimes don't even bother to look for them when I arrive at GZ.
I had been using a new eTrex 30, which must have fallen out of my sweater pocket, as I couldn't seem to locate it anywhere as I left for the lake a couple of days ago. It had replaced my yellow eTrex H, which was lost from the same sweater pocket a couple of years ago near Laclu at Where the faeries live (GC31QX2). To get to that particular location, one must proceed through a tunnel under the CP mainline (its actually a drainage ditch). When I returned later on in the summer to make the find, I was thrown off the right of way by the CPR police, who informed me I was trespassing and subject to prosecution. Today (Oct. 22nd), I went to Walmart in Kenora, and purchased a Magellan 310 as a replacement, which I did not like and subsequently returned. (The printed graphics were too small). So for now, I am back to hand loading my old GPSmap 76S. ( The GPSmap 76S proved once again to be very jumpy and hard to work with, putting me about 23 metres off, so I purchased a new eTrex 10 as a stopgap measure. I will ask my wife for a quality unit with a detailed map for Xmas, if my eTrex 30 cannot be located.)
In spite of this, I still am fascinated by anything railway. I used to be into model trains, and still have a large collection of "O" gauge Lionel stuff, which is currently not set up. I placed a cache GWWD Crossing (Late Mach) (GC4DGQX), close to where the GWWD Railway crosses the Trans Canada highway near Prawda. This cache features a hand-decorated gondola car with GWWD logos as part of the cache, which is in an ammo can. This cache was originally for MACH month, but due to weather conditions, spent about five months in my truck before it was actually placed in the spring. I would like to place some more caches in this genre, so be on the lookout, and I am looking to upgrade the quality of my future hides. I also enjoy placing and locating caches that have some sort of historical significance and come with a good write up or link. I am also into kayaking and canoeing, having done part of the Caddy Lake canoe route this July with my grandson.
As some of you already know, I am involved in music. I play trombone in a big band every Tuesday, and sometimes we do concerts or dances at venues that include imbibing and a price of admission. A musical highlight last fall was playing at TurdleEggs' geo-picnic Rock the Turdle (GC3TAWQ) with WALLACE-CREASEY-GARDNER at the Jenga Ranch somewhere close to Ste. Genevieve. We also play often at THE PEMBY: All Geocachers are welcome all the time, as most of you already know.
Some caches have become a nemesis after several DNFs, and I give up on them. The cache closest to my house that is chronically on my DNF list is Holmes #1 (GC27B57) on the Harte Trail. Another is (was) the multi-cache hidden somewhere under the WW II tank at the Charleswood Legion . Recently, I cleared a couple of other chronic DNFs from my list, one being WOLFPACK: MONTREAL 2013, DEUTSCHLAND (GC46356), on the Rona lot in Genericville. I finally logged this one after reading recent logs and discovering that the coordinates were about 26 m. off.
Cachers I have met while caching:
While caching in Little Mountain Park, ruylopez appeared as though he had crawled right out of the snow as I was trying to locate a cache. We proceeded to log in a couple of previously unlogged hides. Another time, I ran into Jean Deniche in a bush in the Maples. He had a ladder on the roof of his car for getting to the" hard to reach" hides. We then proceeded to Little Mountain Park to make a couple of joint discoveries.
Cachers that I respect the most due to the quality or quantity of their hides:
Trove Chasers have some of the best quality hides. GWOS (GC1XHQ7), in particular, comes to mind. For quantity, I love rekal's power trails along some of the gravel roads in NW Ontario. What will happen when the production of non-digital camera film ceases???