Cacher of the Month - May 2009
Shinook & White Juan
Having never met Shinook and White Juan I was asked to provide an intro for the cacher of the month honor. After a visit to their profile page this is what I found:
Shinook aka Macho Man, aka Randy Savage, moved to Canada in 2004 after retiring from pro wrestling. The constant hounding of the Paparazzi drove this duo to Northern Manitoba. With all the new found spare time they began Geocaching as a way to stay in shape.
Along with White Juan they have travelled all across Canada making guest appearances at local wrestling events. This provided the opportunity to find caches in 9 provinces. With over a 1000 cache finds and 35 hides I am sure we will see more Shinook and White Juan in the future.
As a great improvising reporter, I am sure I got it right.
- When did you start Geocaching?
June 20, 2004.
- How did you find out about Geocaching?
I was visiting some family in Cape Breton and my cousin "Anonyx" (she was already a geocacher) said lets go geocaching, I didn't think it was such a good idea so I reluctantly went. We went to my first cache and I found it right away. Uisge Ban Tree GCH2KK. I was hooked.
- What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
The fact that we found one on the first try at a very interesting spot. We were able to see something that we wouldn't have seen otherwise.
- Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
Only in Canada but in all provinces except Newfoundland, Yukon, NWT and Nunavut.
- Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
Yes, my brothers who didn't really take to it but some friends. Fishstix in Saskatchewan.
- How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
I use a GPS to find a container in the woods with a logbook and some trade items, go to geocaching.com and log it. If that doesn't work, I take them to one.
- What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
We love fishing, camping, canoeing.
- What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
What we don't like are caches near schools and children's playgrounds and we aren't a fan of caches in high traffic areas like bus terminals and street corners. Other than that, we love geocaching. Our pet peeves is when we launch a geocoin and it goes missing within a few finders. As a result, we no longer launch our own geocoins.
- What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
Birdwatchers Delight (GCJME0) took us for a hike along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean near Donkin, Cape Breton. The day was beautiful, the wind was right and the ocean was just awesome to see crashing against the bank, which was about 100 feet below us.
- What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
Northern Tip Of Cape Breton (GCG407). It was where we I proposed to my wife. And what a view from the top.
- What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
It was a travel bug, too big to fit inside the cache. It was a piece of railroad attached to a travel bug tag.
- What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
GPSr, pens, backpack, cache repair kit, some trade items, a few chocolate bars and some water.
- What kind of GPSr do you use?
Garmin Legend hasn't failed us yet.
- What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
We pretend that our GPSr is a camera and pretend to take pictures.
- What is the meaning of your username?
Shinook is the name of a little wolf that we encountered in northern Manitoba in 1999 in a community called Lac Brochet. The day after we landed at my fathers house in Nova Scotia while on vacation, a winter storm hit. It snowed so much, it completely covered all the vehicles in the yard as well as many of the neighbors. We were snowed in for 2 days until the storm finally passed. It was named White Juan, after Hurricane Juan hit Halifax a few months earlier.
- What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
The Hantsport Clipper, probably because it was the first one we ever found.
- Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
- With whom do you normally go geocaching?
When we go home to NS, we cache with Caper34, other than then that, we cache on our own.
- If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
Antarctica or Greenland.
- Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
Yes there are two. Island View (GC1Q271) and Sandy Beach Remote Cache (GCQC79). They are only ones nearest to home that we haven't found yet.
- Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
Shinook & White Juan's Cape Split Adventure (#1) GCP0EQ. Although it was adopted out, we still consider it one of ours. It is a 5 hour round trip hike to the cache, and when you get there what an awesome view. I recommend if any Manitobans go to Nova Scotia, you should look for this series.
- What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
I like autobiography. The last book I read was Walking With Legends by Ralph Mellanby.
- 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?
We use a PalmTX along with Cachemate and Easy GPS.
- Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
Mark favorite fishing spots.
- What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
Van Halen's Where have all the good times gone.
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