Cacher of the Month - February 2009

Ginny212

Ginny212
Ginny212 (with brother-in-law, neice, nephew and geomutt)

Tobey of 3T's&aG writes: "Ginny212 (aka Jilly) is an awesome friend and always up for a good time. Jilly prefers the nice hikes to find a cache or three and is famous for her cache races, deep fried turkey, and her wonderful sense of balance (sorry Jilly but honestly, she's always had amazing balance when out caching with me). A kindred spirit in the hating of micros, I look forward to finding more caches with the one and only ginny212!"

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. I started caching March 5, 2006. Halter Park was the closest cache to the house we were in at the time.

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. Team Go 4 it had read an article about this new game you can play using a GPS, thought it sounded fun, and told Tag212 about it. Tag212 was looking for an excuse to buy a GPS for hunting and fishing. He tried to convince me that, with geocaching, we could use the GPS for more than just hunting and fishing, so it was a good investment. He has only gotten the GPS to use for fishing twice.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. I like being able to go for a walk with a purpose, you can see places that you would have never normally seen. There are many parks that are little hidden gems in Winnipeg, I never would have known they were there.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. Sure, besides Manitoba - North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. Yes, we introduced Jaypeg to caching. We were at the cabin in Winnipeg Beach and wanted to show Jaypeg how fun it was. He was skeptical, but enjoyed it immediately. Now look at the monster I have created. Also tippyannod was interested before I mentioned it to her, I taught her everything I could, but it seems that photography is pulling her away from caching.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. It's a world wide scavenger hunt using a GPS. Then usually after the dazed look, I say - never mind it's for nerds.

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. I go to dog agility classes with geomutt, but we don't compete. I am a compulsive baker. I love riding my scooter, but it's hard to watch the GPS and the road at the same time. I need to MacGyver a mounting bracket for the handlebars (bike handle bars are not the same).

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. My pet peeves are; the sun going down before you have found all of the caches on the list, my fingers freezing off trying to open the cache container, getting ginormous burrs stuck in my hair, and falling every time I go caching with Jaypeg.

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. All of the parks in Minneapolis are very interesting to me. They have huge and wonderful parks there, with caches that are a good walk away from each other.

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. I would have to say that going to D-Quest 2 with OHMIC, Junglehair, and 3T's&aG was the most memorable I think. Ummm…that's all I have to say about that.

  21. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  22. I guess my favorite stories are the ones from the Who's Caching Reigns Supreme? Cache races at Winnipeg Beach. I love watching everyone leave, and then jumping in the car to see who finds the decoys the fastest.

  23. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  24. I don't think that I have one that sticks out in my mind. I do remember the "illegal" things that I have found in caches, that's always interesting to me.

  25. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  26. My geomutt, GPS, Pens, that's about all I can carry without falling over.

  27. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  28. For caching I use a Garmin GPSmap 60C, for getting lost directions I use a Nuvi 250.

  29. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  30. Usually I have geomutt with me, so I pretend to pick up…um…deposits. No one wants to watch you while you are doing that. If he's not with me, I pretend that I am looking at the trees, ground, or sky. Generally if people think that you are crazy, they will leave you alone.

  31. What is the meaning of your username?
  32. The first family dog we had was named Ginny, and my husband is Tag212. I became Ginny212. Not terribly imaginative, I know.

  33. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  34. Pharaoh White Hood, my first TB, I retrieved him from The Zoo Train and placed him in Message in a Bottle Opener. Now he is in Switzerland.

  35. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  36. I have a lot of respect for the cachers that will go out in the freezing cold, walk through a snow drift, get frostbite, just to go caching for fun. I can't do that.

  37. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  38. I usually go with Go 4 it (they don't usually log the finds, just enjoy the hunt), 3T's&aG, JayPeg, dani_carriere, and many other great friends that I have met.

  39. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  40. I would like to go back to Donaghadee, just to see the spots where there were caches before I knew what geocaching was. Also to Schwarme for the exact same reason.

  41. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  42. I see the cache location every Wednesday, but haven't been around in the daylight for Holy Widget! (GC1EQMN) by Sean and Widget. Someday I will get you, some day!!!!

  43. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  44. I think my favorite cache is "Falcon Beach" Blitz (GCVXWD), it was the first one I placed and it is still in one of my favorite spots. I love the beach and the water, and it is a nice walk along both.

  45. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  46. I like any book that can keep my attention, of course when that happens I don't do anything else but read until it is done.

    Last book, The Double Helix by James D. Watson.

  47. Can you play a musical instrument?
  48. I used to play piano, and clarinet. No, I can't play them now.

  49. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  50. 1.1km ICU - 1 60KMH (GC1FY4G) by EyeofSauron, not brave enough for that one yet.

  51. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  52. Nothing, I can't figure that stuff out.

  53. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  54. Apparently there are waypoints with good fishing locations on it, but I don't know why they are there…..
    I use my Nuvi 250 (thanks Tim Horton's) for telling me where to go.

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