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Cacher of the Month - March 2007

Sam and Lily

Leo & Ruth
Leo & Ruth
  1. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  2. Through my sister “Teamtonin”, in Ontario. She got hooked on it after being introduced to the sport by my older brother “Uncle Ralph”. My younger brother also caches, “Markhammer”.

  3. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  4. The thrill of the hunt and most especially, enjoying the gift of sharing someone’s special place. Oh yeah, and sibling rivalry.

  5. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  6. Yes, in Canada: Ontario and Alberta. In the U.S.: North Dakota, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island & Massachusetts.

  7. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  8. My job as a painter/decorator takes me into a lot of homes. I’m constantly sharing my enthusiasm for the sport with others. I hope some have been interested enough to take it up.

  9. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  10. It’s an opportunity to feel like a kid again. You get to hunt, explore, hide, and laugh with abandon.

  11. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  12. Leo loves to golf. I love anything to do with design. My job allows me to indulge that passion and it’s a constant learning curve. I’m an avid reader. I love making jewelry and had a studio downtown for many years. Our family keeps us very busy and while that means some interests are currently sidelined the reward of raising our kids more than fulfills us.

  13. What are some things you don’t like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  14. Really nothing. I find that even if I’m not fond of a particular cache the hike and the hunt always make up for it. My pet peeve is Manitoba winters.

  15. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  16. My sister and I did a multi-cache in Rhode Island called ‘Rest In Peace’. It’s since been archived. The caches were hidden in a cemetery where there rests one southern confederate soldier. In an effort to discover some of the history surrounding this soldier, we were advised to talk to an elderly step aunt – the local historian. Quite amazingly, not only did she know all about him, she had recently been honored as his grave rests in her personal plot at Greenwood Cemetery. We thoroughly enjoyed the cache and especially loved talking to our step dads beautiful 90 year old Aunt Ruth.
    Locally, the most interesting cache we’ve done is Camp Hughes TCDNMB by The MB Cochranes. I would recommend this cache to everyone. It’s an amazing location, probably best viewed in spring or fall where summer growth or winter snow don’t obscure the views of the trenches. We were frankly gob-smacked.

  17. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  18. Hip waders at ‘Too Risky’, a Dragonfreys cache.

  19. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  20. Lipstick…also batteries, extra baggies, log paper, pencils, jewelry to leave as trades, flashlight and water.

  21. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  22. It depends on what I’m wearing. If I’m in painters whites, people tend to view me as someone on the job, even if its in the middle of a group of trees at a park. Our gps also doubles as a camera at more public cache hides. Leo covered his tracks once by adopting the role of city arborist when asked what he was doing with his arm stuck in a tree. He went into a detailed tirade about how disease affects our parks…

  23. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  24. Greece and Wisconsin. I’d love to mix history and mythology with caching. And Wisconsin? It’s close and I want to see the Dells.

  25. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  26. Archimedes Adventure by 1Queenand4Jokers. This one intrigues me.

  27. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  28. Kibbles and Blitz’, because it was our first and is in our very pretty neighborhood park.

  29. Can you play a musical instrument?
  30. Both Leo and I played electric bass guitar for years in different bands. I played in an all girl punk band called the ‘Ruggedy Annes’ and Leo in a band called ‘New Man Celebration’.

  31. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  32. The closest unfound cache is 2.7 kms from us…Snidely Whiplash in Training by MuStash. I just haven’t been able to wrap my head around this one but do plan to try.

  33. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  34. Haha! Yes, to relocate my hotel when traveling and to find my vehicle in parking lots when out of town.

  35. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  36. Paolo Nutini, Phoenix, David Gray, Coldplay, Kathleen Edwards, & Crystal Method.

The last 2 questions are for the REAL Sam and Lily:

Sam & Lily
Sam & Lily
  1. How often do your owners take you out caching with them?
  2. Lily: “Not often enough. Mum tends to favor taking Sam with her even though he whines a lot in the van and barks at cows. The only good thing about it is I get a break from him and can catch more beauty rest. I love that his fur has a thing for burs and he has to endure one of Mum’s awful patchy haircuts after a day of caching.”
    Sam: “Mum will take me out for geo-adventure days. She calls me her ‘Geo-Pet’. She sometimes brings Lily too but Mum winds up carrying her because she’s such a princess and doesn’t like getting her paws dirty. I really don’t like the van rides but it’s fun to explore and smell things. I especially enjoy rolling in doo-doo…Mum always rewards me for doing that by driving home with all the windows open.”

  3. Have you ever found a cache on your own? Do you have a favorite?
  4. We’ve never personally found one but definitely do have a favorite. We spent a day hiking the Morden area. We were going to do four caches in the Shannon Dales. On our third cache, ‘The Creek’, by lap, we found ourselves on a path with a herd of cows. Sam started barking at them and the cows became agitated. So it was Sam’s favorite cache because he got to be Uber-Alpha Poodle and my favorite one because Mum carried me as we high-tailed it out of there.

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