Cacher of the Month - June 2008
- When did you start 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 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?)?
- What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
- What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
- What kind of GPSr do you use?
- What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
- What is the meaning of your username?
- What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
- Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
- With whom do you normally go geocaching?
- If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
- Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
- 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?
- Can you play a musical instrument?
- How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
- Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
- Does living out of town offer you any specific advantages or disadvantages with respect to caching?
- Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
- What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
- You have a very unique "calling card" item that you place in your found caches. Please describe them for everyone and tell us how you found them!
Jon purchased a Garmin Etrex Legend CX to mark some fishing holes in June of 2007. He then checked out the internet to see what other applications this device could be used for. He found geocaching.com and we noticed three caches by Wagonmaker within miles of our cottage at St Laurent. We tried to find all three and on June 21st we logged 1 smiley at Île-près-du-marais (mode of transportation was a porta-boat) and 2 frowns at Point de Marais and Sentier-sur-Marais. Later went back and found Sentier-sur-Marais. Point de Marais was missing and is now archived.
Initially, it was the technology and thrill of the hunt but now it is a combination of many things. We both love the outdoors and now we are seeing so many beautiful areas and interesting places at the same time as getting some exercise. We also enjoy the socialization that has become part and parcel of the game.
So far, we have found caches in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Missouri and we are looking forward to expanding this in the future.
Yes, we have introduced caching to a number of people; our son who will likely take it up as soon as our grandson gets a little older, our daughter Janalicious who caches occasionally, Jon's niece Seeing Eye Dog who also caches occasionally, Dar's brother and his family The Mad Trekkers and Dance Cacher, a colleague at Jon's work - Legoman5, and several other family members and friends.
We describe geocaching as high tech treasure hunting.
We like the tranquility of the woods and forest trails, but we are not real fond of the bushwhacking aspect of some geocaches. We would really appreciate if cache owners would post a note after numerous DNFs have been logged.
The most unusual cache was under a bridge in Bemidji, Minnesota. The cache was not unusual but the circumstances surrounding the find were.
There have been many but one that stands out is Farm by the Lake near Bemidji, Minnesota. It is in a very beautiful area and if there was a perfect scenic place to live, that would be it.
We found a large approx 3" diameter calling card. We thought it was so unique that we kept it in our collection of neat things found. That is until were received an email asking us to please move the geocoin along.
We carry the usual swag bag filled with various trade items, calling cards and chips, date and name stamps, spare batteries, and cache repair items but we also like to keep near us, either in a backpack or in the Geo-G6 the following: telescoping mirror, Mr. Reachy, telescopic magnetic retrieval tool, multi tool, several sizes of adjustable strap wrenches, various flash and headlights as well as a 1M candle spot light, a couple walk aids, magnifying glass, step stool and kitchen sink.
Jon has the original Magellan 210(returned the Garmin) that he likes to use on the trail but also uses a HP Ipaq 5915 Pocket PC with built in Tom Tom GPSr for automotive navigation, paperless caching and voice recording finds. Dar has a new Magellan Triton 2000 handheld GPSr with built in voice recorder, flashlight and camera and uses a Magellan 400 for backup.
We each carry the Chameleon cloak of stealth as well as the spell of invisibility. Our age and eccentricity also helps.
We originally called ourselves jondar but we were never happy with that handle and kept searching for a name that we were happy with. We wanted to be called Treasure Hunters as it fit with what we were doing however every variation of that name was used up just after Noah arrived. Pressing the Thesaurus into play, we came up with the synonym of trove for treasure and thus became the Trove Chasers. It simply means we are chasing after treasures.
The Skull Compass Geocoin: (Link Warning: Questionable Content) It was sent out on a mission TO GET AROUND more than his ex wife did. We thought that was kind of funny.
Most of the cachers we have met are outstanding specimens of the human race and Manitoba cachers are even a cut above the rest, but to us, TurdleEggs has been an inspiration, always making an effort to make time for everyone at the functions and never having a negative thing to say.
We enjoy caching by ourselves but we do on occasion get together with the Mad Trekkers.
After covering all of Eastern Canada, the US and Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, the Caribbean and Hawaiian islands, it would be nice to cache around Ireland, Scotland and Great Britain.
Yes, we are up to stage 3 of the International Mobility Portal. It is proving to be a challenge and unfortunately, we have not had any time to spend on it in the last month and a half.
We both like mystery and intrigue books and before caching came along, Dar was a book-a-day avid reader. Jon's latest book is 21 by Ben Mezrich. Dar's last book was The Bancroft Strategy by Robert Ludlum.
The only instruments we are both good at playing is the boom box and a little bit of Guitar Hero. I guess our talents lie elsewhere and as soon as we find out where, we'll let you know!
We won a copy of GSAK at the Geocaching Software Training in November and have been using it religiously ever since. GSAK definitely took us to the next level. We also use the IPAQ for automotive navigation, paperless caching and voice recording the finds. Add to the mix, Microsoft Streets and Trips for planning the major outings.
Living out of town can be a disadvantage as we have to drive longer distances to get to the caches, However; we then try to plan our routes carefully and make a full enjoyable day or weekend of caching in the city, sometimes not getting back to the serenity of our rural home until the wee hours of the morning.
Marking fishing spots and occasionally figuring yardage on the golf course. Last August we had a treasure hunt at the cottage for our young nieces and our then 2 year old grandson. They found it great fun (toys and candy for reward in the buried treasure chest).
Right now a mix of mp3's from the 2000's, generally pop and rock but we have been known to listen to country as long as there is not too much twang and even classic on occasion. Favorites are Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Eagles, Leonard Cohen, and Neil Diamond, to name a few.
Since our name means Treasure Hunters, we thought that a Treasure Chest filled with bling would be fitting swag. It is amazing what you can find on the internet!