Cacher of the Month - May 2008
- 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 are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
- What are some things you don’t like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
- 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)?
- Which geocachers do you respect or stand out to you the most?
- What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
- Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
- What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
I bought my GPS just after the Canada Day long weekend in 2007. My whole family went out that night with me for the first few caches. I have been hooked ever since!
I first heard about Geocaching from my co-worker Jaypeg in the summer of 2006. Everyday he would tell tales of his adventures on his expeditions. However I never tried geocaching until June of 2007 when Jaypeg took me to my very first cache. We had the FTF on that one but I didn’t have a Geocaching account and didn’t log it until later.
I am a former workaholic. I had no hobbies because I only worked. When I changed jobs I resigned from the workaholic lifestyle but found myself with much spare time and nothing to do. Geocaching gave me a hobby, a passion! I get out of the house and drive, bike or walk to caches. It turns out to be great exercise and takes me to so many interesting places. I love all the effort that everyone puts into their hides, the locations, the funny stories and of course the hunt itself. I never knew that there were so many wonderful and interesting places within the city! I also love creating caches, it addresses my desire to build and create pointless stuff!
I used to play a lot of guitar. I also taught guitar and wrote/recorded my own music. However my inspiration has vanished and I rarely play these days. I used to golf as well, but poverty struck while I was in university and the pursuit of that hobby has also vanished. I had cycled a lot (loved it!) as well but I injured my knee so I cannot bike like I used too. So, I have a lot of “used to” hobbies but nothing was really current until Geocaching. I’d say continuing my education has never stopped and I have a rather large personal library of technical books, the kind that seem to put people to sleep.
I’ll admit that I am that “messy desk person”, I don’t spend time organizing like I should. So, I sometimes find myself chasing an archived cache or looking for a cache that I later determine wasn’t at the posted coordinates. I need to tidy up the GPS a little better. My problem, my fault! Pet peeves…I am not a fan of the cache in the middle of a very big bush. I don’t like having to get my face (eyes) so close to branches and twigs. I sustained an eye injury a few years back and still vividly remember the agony. Reaching into a bush makes be cringe as I imagine getting a stick in the eye! However, I look at it this way, just because the cache exists doesn’t mean you have to find it. Having placed a few caches myself you really begin to appreciate the effort that is involved, so every cache, whether in a pine tree or under a bridge, whether a 20L bucket or a nano, is a good cache! Pet peeve, when people complain about a cache.
Someday I hope to do some caching out of the city, however geocaching has taken me to this wonderful place called Winnipeg that is filled with all sorts of parks and treasures! You are the worst tourist in the place you live. Geocaching is my local tour guide, it has shown me and my family places in the city that I would have never seen otherwise. But there was this one place, it was driving me nuts! Solve it and find it!
A three way tie, two were MOE caches and the third wasn’t a MOE but should have been! The two MOES were Geeny Gmeeny Gminy G-Moe and Bus Stops at the MOE:Post. I have never worked so hard on a cache or been so paranoid as when I attempted several times to open Bus Stops at the MOE:Post. So getting second to find on that one was a very sweet victory! But, Geeny Gmeeny Gminy G-Moe was so spectacular, each element so much fun! I would say more but for those that haven’t been I do not want to give anything away! However the Travel Bug Prison was a multi waypoint journey of clever hides and wicked fun! Great stages all around! The effort that people put into their caches is fantastic!
Geocachers seem to be a pretty good lot of people! So far all the people I have met at events or on the hunt have been great people. I really respect all the cachers that have placed caches for others to find. However, Jaypeg tops my list because his passion and enthusiasm really drove me to this hobby! He has been my sounding board for ideas, guidance in the beginning and has been great to go caching with! And he helped immensely with the MW in the SNOW series, I would have never completed the idea or placed those caches without him.
The backpack full of goodies! I have a digital camera now to capture some of those rare but great moments (like Jaypeg crawling like a baby out of waist deep snow!) Always a couple of flashlights, the ever present Leatherman multi-tool, another pocket knife, twine, fish line, first aid kit, paper, pens, pencils, spare batteries, tape, telescoping walking stick, mosquito repellent, etc, etc. I like to be prepared to retrieve a cache and repair if necessary. I probably should also start carrying a rope ladder!
I really liked the containers for the MW in the SNOW series, especially the Gargellan and the “Ice Caked Boot”, of course by now it is just a boot. But my favourite has to be Piper’s Puzzle. I really tried for something unique with that one. However, I already have two caches built awaiting deployment and a couple more ideas that will hopefully lead to some good caches in the future!
I am huge Michael Crichton fan anxiously awaiting his next novel. I just started reading Duma Key by Steven King but the last book I read was on Intrusion Detection Analysis.