Cacher of the Month - November 2009
Yey... it's improvising time again. trag_cachers - what can I say about trag_cachers? Really...what can I say about trag_cachers? Well it was off to the profile page again. I am not sure if Mr. T is aware that a lot of us have a hard time looking at profile pictures that are only 1cm tall. Dragging out the magnifying glass, I must assume the 100 is the number of the caches they found or it could be a ransom amount for the kid. Now the light goes on - g - traG, part of his entourage. OK he is a family man. Maybe the 100 is the number of the kid. Wow that is a big family.
Well that is enough from my imagination. I know Mr.T is a huge Bomber fan. ( I wonder if trag_cachers are fans?) Too bad the Bombers have such a (insert negative adjective) coach. (But that is a whole new web page) I can see that this family enjoys caching and we will see more them (if they use a bigger profile pic) in the near future. Congrats trag_cachers for being the Cacher of the Month.
- When did you start Geocaching?
July 13, 2008.
- How did you find out about Geocaching?
Some colleagues at work told me about it after I mentioned that I was buying a GPS for a driving trip to Minneapolis.
- What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
Thought it might be something that the kids ("a" and "g" of trag_cachers) would like. They enjoy finding treasures and trading, my wife ("r") enjoys the walks, and I ("t") enjoy the whole thing as I am a techno-geek!
- Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
Yes, we have cached in Canada (Manitoba and Alberta), the USA (North Dakota, Minnesota, Nevada, and Alaska) and Germany! Saskatchewan will hopefully be added to our caching map later this month.
- Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
Yes, a few people. Their handles are moufty and Cdn_golfers. Our parents have also gone caching with us a few times. I talk about it to whoever will listen because we enjoy it so much. It is very addictive!
- How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
High-tech treasure hunt, finding hidden objects all over the world.
- What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
Playing and coaching soccer. Golfing. Health, wellness, and fitness. Cooking. Video games (how can you not be into this with two young boys in the house?! I'm living the good life!). Reading.
- What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
I hate DNF's. I also don't enjoy well hidden caches that don't give any hints to help you find it. The goal of the sport is to find the thing, not to upset people, right? I also hate poison ivy. I ran into some this summer at a geocaching event. That was not too much fun.
- What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
"t" from trag_cachers has done a fair amount of caching in Las Vegas, which is an interesting place, but the real interesting thing is that there are a lot of caches hidden in parking garages there. I must have seen most of the hotel parking garages on the strip. The hotels aren't near as flashy from the back!
- What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
I was looking for a cache in Anchorage, Alaska and at the time I only had a driving GPS so it only got me in the general area. I was walking down a sidewalk and my GPS announced "geocache" so I knew I was in the vicinity. I looked beside me and there was a pine tree and a light post. Walked around the tree to take a look and someone said "hello!". Turns out there was someone living underneath the tree! Freaked me out!! Did not find the cache, was too weirded out by finding a person instead of a cache.
- What is your favorite Caching Story?
The whole trag_cachers crew were geocaching at the U of M and we were looking for a cache called Blitz the Quarterback (GCVPYB). We were all looking around and the first person to find the cache was "g" who was 4 years old at the time. He was SO excited! It was so cute. He didn't stop talking about it for the next hour, he was so proud that he was the one that found the cache. That was a fun caching day!
- What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
I think the cache was an ammo container south of Winnipeg on Hwy 75. There was a roll of toilet paper in the cache?! I decided to not trade for that one.
- What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
We have what we call our Geocaching Bag in our trunk at all times. We carry some supplies to repair caches like camo tape, wire, notebooks, and a few tools. We also have a compass, flashlight, a small towel, and tradable items. Oh, and a reacher! Must-have for any cacher! Finally, we have a few purple pens as we always try to sign the logs in purple ink.
- What kind of GPSr do you use?
We did our first 33 caches with a driving GPS, the Magellan Maestro 3225. We liked the sport so much we decided to get a better Geocaching GPS so we are now using a Garmin ETrex Legend HCx.
- What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
I seem to need to tie my shoes a lot. And sometimes I just look lost. ;-) Night caching is also a good way to avoid detection. Having the kids along is often helpful as well, for some reason they help you blend into places better.
- What is the meaning of your username?
"trag" represents the first letters of each of the first names of myself, my wife, and my two boys.
- What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
I found one shortly after we started geocaching called La Piqure du Geocaching (TB1G9V6). There were some slogans on the coin such as "You WILL go Geocaching" and "Converting New Cachers One at a Time". The coin had hypnotic sort of markings. I thought this coin really summed-up how addictive this hobby is. I ended up keeping this coin for three months and I logged over 13,000 km on the coin, mostly because I took it to Germany with me, and brought it back again. I then released it into the wild for others to enjoy.
- Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
This is a tough one as there are so many great and kind cachers in the MBGA community. dani_carriere is near the top of my list as she has always made me feel welcome at the geocaching events, even when I hardly knew anyone. I am impressed with everything that Junglehair has accomplished in the geocaching world. I respect everyone that gives back to the caching community by hiding caches, these are the people that keep the hobby vibrant and thriving. I would list more, but it would take up too much space as everyone we have met has been so kind and helpful. This is the reason we love going to the events so much, everyone is so nice!
- With whom do you normally go geocaching?
The "t" from trag_cachers has been present for every find logged under our ID. The "r", "a", and "g" are often along, but not all the time. We have also gone on caching excursions with ernie&bert&elmo&grover, monti289, Google Eyes, moufty, and Rancor. If anyone ever wants to go caching, send me a message, we would love to go!
- If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
Hot places, tropical, with no bugs and no poison ivy. I love Texas and would love to spend some time caching there.
- Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
Wow, where do I start? Some days it feels like I have had a DNF on every cache in the city! Some that I am trying to knock off are:
Little Italy - Every time I go there are city workers sitting nearby, has limited my ability to search.
Work or Play - Have only been to this one once, but was stumped. Got some hints recently, need to go back.
- Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
I will always be fond of WRCC as it is our first hide and I think it is a good one. I also like A&G's Grandma and Grandpa cache as it is in my parents yard in Altona. I love hearing the stories from my dad saying that he saw someone looking in the area but too afraid to go into their yard. He goes up to them and tells them to look around. He is enjoying it and I am enjoying the stories he tells.
- What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
I like to read book to help me develop as a professional and as a human being. That and books about science and technology. The last book I read (well, just about finished anyway) is One Life, One Meeting by Mike Lipkin.
- Can you play a musical instrument?
I played clarinet and alto sax in high school, but that was a long time ago. Does Guitar Hero guitar on the Wii count?
- How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
The cache is 4.1 km away, Hold 'Em The Turn in Assiniboine Forrest. This one seemed to be missing for a while, but a few people have found it recently. Actually, the 9 closest caches to my house that we have not found are all in Assiniboine forest. I was going to go after them this summer, but then I got poison ivy. Hoping to do some of them soon!
- Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
I recently discovered GSAK and that has saved me a TON of time as I used to use bookmark lists to sort caches and I would then load all the .loc files into Mapsource. Using .gpx files and loading them into GSAK is way better. It also allows me to create html files with the descriptions, logs, and hints into my PDA. I have also started using the Geocaching application on my iPod Touch to store the cache descriptions, logs, and hints. I no longer print anything for caching unless a puzzle or multi cache requires it.
- Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
I have started using it on airplanes to track where we flew and at what speed. Has been interesting. I also use the trip computer sometimes when driving. We make good use of our Magellan Maestro when driving, especially when we are going somewhere that we are not all that familiar with. Sure reduces the stress of driving somewhere new.
- What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
A lot! Our most recent downloads are The E.N.D. by Black Eyed Peas, Collective Soul (Rabbit) by Collective Soul, and Crazy Love by Michael Buble.
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