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Cacher of the Month - November 2006
The bevro team
- When did you start Geocaching? Your first cache?
- How did you find out about Geocaching?
- What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
- Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
- Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
- How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
- What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
- What do you take with you when you go geocaching?
- What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
- What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)
- What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
- What kind of GPSr do you use?
- What is the meaning of your username?
- With whom do you normally go geocaching?
- If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
- Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
- Have you considered getting Ozzie and Chopper their own GC.com username?
- Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
- Are you looking forward to, or dreading caching in the winter?
- Is there a particular cache you have your sights on right now?
park2 was a former supplier of mine from Alberta. He is a real techno weenie (check out his profile). He was in the process of marrying Trimble survey grade GPS with a cable/pipe locator I was selling for him and he dragged me along for an expedition out in the flatlands. I moved to a different company with similar products and they supplied me with my first GPS for, ahem…, working applications.
A couple of reasons. I travel quite a bit in SK, MB and NW ON so anything to break the monotony of another drive to Maple Creek or Marathon is welcome. I actually look forward to going on the road now to get off the main highways and explore new countryside. It also gets me out of the hotel rooms instead of sitting on the ‘puter all evening. I am a firm believer in the old adage, ‘If your dog is getting fat, you need to get off the couch’ so it propels me and the two labs to explore lots of new areas around Winnipeg we might not venture to.
About 30% of my finds are out of province. I am lucky/cursed that I do a lot of traveling in my work. I started at an opportune time with lots of personal travel as well. I have cached in Holland, Germany, Belgium, France and Mexico (just missed Cuba). I have cached from Vancouver to Ottawa in Canada and business recently took me to Chicago and Dallas for some interesting finds. I have my sights set on a trip to Tampa Bay early next year.
I have taken a number of family members and friends along with me but only my son in Ottawa has stayed with it. We took a new friend in BC on a couple of finds and she enjoyed it and wants to join us again when she is back here next year.
I explain it as a web based world wide scavenger hunt to the uninformed. I also explain to them that many of the locations are spots that the locals want you to come and visit that the normal travel guides miss.
During the winter months, I curl a few times a week and currently I am quite involved in the logistics of setting up a dinner theater for our church (feeding and entertaining 900 paying customers over 2 weekends). Travel is always in the background, both for pleasure and business. In the summer, we spend a lot of time at our trailer near Kenora doing the ‘lake thing’.
Not a lot, really. I look at this activity as a release from work and try to keep things as simple as possible. Generally I have one or two GPSrs, my cell phone, writing stick and swag when I am by myself. If I am caching on the weekends or evening, the dogs tag along and I bring doggie bags (which can sometimes be used for emergency cache repairs). I have a backpack near the front door full of caching stuff (bags, logs, pens) but I’ve been a bit of a slug in bringing this along as of late.
I have been to many interesting locations. The virtuals in France and Germany were very memorable and Rush Hour in Dallas still stands out. When we were in Mexico, my compadres were impressed with the cache in a bar!
I was in Chicago this June looking for a cache near a statue of Christopher Columbus when a female police officer on a Segway snuck up behind me and wanted to know if I was up to mischief. She had just come back from a two week anti-terrorism course and was ready to put it to use. Luckily I had printed the web page of the cache and showed her the details of geocaching but she was ready to start blowing up any kind of mystery package she couldn’t identify. I think she went through the motions of helping me look for this cache to make sure I didn’t have any ulterior motives. We never did find the thing.
I rescued a travel bug from a now defunct TB hotel in the Thunder Bay airport parking lot that had come from a Boy Scout troop in Holland. Their group was named after a Canadian aviator from Morden who had died near their village in WWII. They wanted the bug to go to Morden and get its picture taken and then come back to their village. I moved it to Winkler and then picked it up in Starbuck and brought it over to Belgium and left it for its final journey home. Kind of neat to see this happen.
Work supplied me with a Thales Mobilemapper. This is the industrial strength Magellan with mapping software installed. After I, er…., dropped it, I had to find a quick replacement while it was being repaired. I purchased a Lowrance iFinder basic unit. I use the iFinder most of the time as it is a quick and simple product with the ability to add maps and store data. Its also way easier on batteries than the color display of the Thales (tha-leez).
As TurdleEggs discovered, it is the name of a company I used to work for. I was working for Bevro when park2 introduced me to this activity. The company was bought out about 5 years ago and no longer exists.
Generally, I am on my own. Because of my traveling, its me and the bevrobile heading to Snakebite, SK or Mudflap, MB for a week of caching in wild and exotic locales. When I am at home, I try and drag my two black labs along, Ozzie and Chopper, for some exercise. I would like to get together with more local cachers but my schedule keeps me jumping around.
Warm places are always a treat but in this activity I’ve found wherever you go, there’s going to be a cache.
Pass By Kenora is probably my favourite, only because its close to the trailer at the lake. My New Year’s resolution for 2006 was to start placing medium and large caches outside of the Winnipeg area to spread around the finds. That’s my focus.
No, but interesting idea, kind of like a gumpy/MI thing. Hmmmm. I do have another profile I use in SK for their fledgling group.
I am supposed to be using my Thales for product demonstrations linking cable and pipe locating with GPS mapping. In reality, we are lagging far behind in this application in MB. I only know of two or three surveyors/contract locators working in the SK/AB oilfields that actually offer this service.
I enjoy winter caching. The dogs and I spent pretty much every weekend last year getting out, and finding a cache on a snowy day is always a bonus. I have been saving up the caches in Birdshill park for this winter and will probably make an excursion or two down to Morden and the Whiteshell if I can fit a weekend into my schedule (I try and plan 3 months out).
Not so much a cache but a cache style. My ‘Dani’ number is rather large due to the mystery and multi caches I haven’t done. I plan on settling into a warm cozy chair and figuring out some of these so the geohounds and I have somewhere to go on the winter weekends.