Cacher of the Month - August 2006

Dragonfreys

Dragonfreys
Dragonfreys
  1. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  2. In 2002 there was a discussion thread on an internal electronic bulletin board about geocaching at Papa Dragonfreys work (Parks Canada), which talked about whether geocaching was something that should be promoted or restricted from national parks. Later in 2003 I set up an account (Georectifed) to see if there were any geocaches in the park or surrounding area. At that point caches were fairly few and far between in Manitoba, and I remained a lurker. Then in 2005 there seemed to be a lot more activity afoot and on a whim I convinced my family to check out a cache nearby. Mama Dragonfrey took to it like a frog to a swamp, and our little guy enjoyed the adventure and treasures: a geocaching team was born.

  3. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  4. The creativity, imagination, interesting places, being outside and having something fun to do as a family are just a few of things that got us hooked. When we completed MLKoop’s Riding Around Multicache our eyes were opened to the opportunities geocaching could provide. The puzzles and night hides drew us more heavily into the addiction and now it is taking over our lives. We’d seek professional help, but who has the time?

  5. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  6. Outside of Manitoba we’ve cached in Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and North Dakota.

  7. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  8. We say, "Come with us" and take them caching. The experience defies explanation for the average person, and a detailed description usually alienates them more than entices them.

  9. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  10. As a family we like canoeing, camping, swimming, hiking, cycling, skiing, snowshoeing, and skating. Mama Dragonfrey is also heavily addicted to scrapbooking, which has given her some useful tricks for logbook construction. Littlest Dragonfrey enjoys trains, flying kites, anything outdoors, playing with other kids and toying with his parents. We all play hockey and ultimate. Mama Dragonfrey is also a skip in the odd curling bonspiel. We are volunteers for Ducks Unlimited on the Proven Marsh Committee.

  11. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  12. Well we probably would have never been to Hooters, as a family, if not for geocaching. Some of the more interesting places include TurdleEggs home with all the other cachers, scenic hikes like the Pembina Valley and Pineridge Lover’s Leap, a hot spring in the mountains we’d never been to before, a tidal island on the stormy west coast, WWI training trenches and lots of cool historic spots we would never of looked twice at before. It also took us down to Minot, which even though it is popular with many locals; we had never found reason to go to before.

  13. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  14. Well the most memorable one that ‘got away’ was SomewhereInAPark-01000010 01101001 01110100 (GCQFM7), which was one of the first puzzles we solved. We were determined to find the cache in the dark and went back in the daylight but there was a snowstorm and a strong wind a few days before that had drifted in the patch of bush we had to search. There were also two triangulation multicaches that weekend that we solved but the final eluded us in the fall leaves. The Ultimate Challenge will stick in our minds for a long time, thanks Peter.

  15. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  16. Well we found a Woody in a cache...little Dragonfrey had the matching Buzz Lightyear toy with him so it was a very big hit. It’s always interesting to see what’s in the cache, even if only to look, but nothing else is burned into our brain so far, and perhaps that is a good thing.

  17. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  18. At the moment we are using a Garmin GPSMap 60cx with a Garmin 12 for backup.

  19. What is the meaning of your username?
  20. Mama Dragonfrey coined it right after we finished our first cache. It is a fusion of our favourite totem and our surname.

  21. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  22. We respect the hiders and geocaching community builders like 1Queen&4Jokers, Gramma & Pat, Peter & Gloria, TurdleEggs, Lizardo & Tannasaurus and associated reptiles, slippery_1, grnbrg, polarbeardiggers, ertyu, MLKoop, Master Instigator, MHz, Dani, 3T’s&aG, skaven, bevro and winnipegk5 to name a few.

  23. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  24. We mostly cache on our own, but sometimes with Sallowstump or when we are in the same neck of the woods, Gramma & Pat.

  25. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  26. New Zealand and Australia would be pretty cool. Europe would be very interesting as well.

  27. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  28. Well, we couldn’t narrow it down. We like Manual GPS - Trilateration Blitz for it’s relevant puzzle, Haunted Halloween Hunt for it’s night time fun, Paddling Octopus Blitz for it’s scenic splendor and Vintage Library for it’s theme.

  29. Are you considering any more events this year that will bring cachers out to your beautiful area?
  30. Yes, we are hoping to have one in the winter. We are also contemplating a joint fall event in Spruce Woods.

  31. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  32. We have a compass for backup and thick bush, an iPaq PDA for cache notes and details/hints, a cell phone for phone a friend (used once), and watertight container for swag and other cache repair items. For software we use: GSAK (thanks Lizardo), Google Earth, Mapsource Topo Canada, GPS Trackmaker and EasyGPS to name a few.

  33. Does living out of town offer you any specific advantages or disadvantages with respect to caching?
  34. There is less competition, but fewer caches. More travel is required to get to caching hot spots.

  35. Your log books are amazing. Do you create a logbook to match the cache? Or find a hiding spot to match a logbook idea?
  36. The majority are made after a location has been scouted or an idea hatched.

  37. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  38. Yes, almost daily at work, training other staff and using various models for field work. I also get to field test new models for different applications. Mama Dragonfrey has also used GPSr for teaching math and physics.

  39. Your puzzles are legendary. Are you working on anything new you can talk about?
  40. Whenever we get an idea we collect them in our to do pile and there are generally a half dozen or so waiting to be built. Right now we are working on a fun challenge uttered by a reptilian friend of ours, called Lost in Translation, which may be a series of caches with a similar theme. There are a couple of big ones that we’ve been waiting for the right conditions to implement.

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