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Cacher of the Month - June 2010

Old Billygoat

Old Billygoat and HoneyBunch

Old Billygoat and HoneyBunch

I was very pleased to see that Old Billygoat had been selected as Cacher of the Month for June. He was the first geocacher I had met face-to-face, way back in January of 2005. I was on my way to the first stage of Co-ordinate Conundrum up on Inkster Blvd. As I pulled up in my car, a big red truck was pulling away. They did a U-Turn and came back to say "Hi". It was Old Billygoat, and his friend Dragonfly. Until that point, I felt like the lone Manitoba Geocacher. It was finally nice to meet someone else. Since then, his name has become part of the Manitoba Geocaching lexicon as "OBG", even having an excellent challenge cache that many of us are struggling to complete.

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. August, 2003

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. From surfing the internet when I was researching getting my first GPSr seven years ago

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. The puzzle solving caches were my favorites, although they are getting a lot tougher to solve now. I also like it when I'm taken to some little gem of a park that I never knew existed.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. Besides the nearby ones, I've cached in California and Arizona.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. Several, the first being Dragonfly and her daughter Ladybug, also my sister [another] Ladybug likes to cache with me sometimes. Prospector Pick a co-worker cached for a while. My wife, Honeybunch and my sister's family, Us3Greens are the only ones still active in the sport.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. Like most, I describe it as an electronic form of treasure/scavenger hunt. Most seem impressed that it's an internet-based game where you keep up stats as you officially log your finds.

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. I have my Private Pilot's license, although I don't fly any longer. My main interest since retiring a couple of years ago has been house renovations with one more bathroom to go and maybe some basement finishing and then that's over with. I'm also interested in Wooden boats and am thinking of building an 18.5 foot camp cruiser, the REDWING 18.

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. I've been caching since 2003 so I don't think there's too much I don't like about it other than the obvious things such as the mosquitoes, tics, and poison ivy. As for caches I don't like, I just put them on my ignore list.

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. The MBGA trip to Churchill last year and the caching we did on the way there and back was great. So many wonderful people and memories. The day we spent marathon caching and wolf spotting in Thompson was so much fun.

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. It would have to be Needle in a Haystack by The-Stuntman. Dragonfly and I did it during a terrible blizzard one winter, but it was so well thought out and we were having so much fun we couldn't quit. The final location was quite amazing with all the large trees. It made all our work in the terrible winter conditions more than worthwhile.

  21. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  22. I was in Arizona for work and wanted to find a couple of caches during the trip, but was too busy to get out. One night I got up and drove out to the desert to find at least one cache, and as I was walking through the sand about a mile off the road, I heard noises rustling around on both sides of me, but carried on searching until I saw that several snakes were slithering all around me. I got out of there pretty fast and was able to find a cache in Casa Grande, near the motel I was staying at.

  23. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  24. A nail that was left in my Yellow Park-1 cache. It was left by a young couple who accidently discovered it while they were making out by the cache.

  25. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  26. I have a caching bag with the usual repair items in it, along with a supply of logbooks and pencils and some small tools I've added over the years. I usually have water, an apple and a baggie of trail mix.

  27. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  28. I started out with a Magellan Meridian Gold, and then got a Garmin 60CSx which Honeybunch still uses and I'm now caching with an Oregon200.

  29. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  30. I pretend to be taking pictures or talking on the phone.

  31. What is the meaning of your username?
  32. I've always had a beard and, when they were younger, my nieces and nephews used to call me Old Billygoat. It has been my nickname for the last 30 years.

  33. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  34. When I saw the bug on the back of Mhz's truck I knew I just had to have one and my sister, Us3Greens gave me one for Christmas.

  35. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  36. The cachers putting so much effort into the MBGA of course, but also two brothers, Kabuthunk for his great logs and purplemonkeydishwasher for all the great caches he has put out. I've found 45 of them and still have another 9 to go.

  37. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  38. I usually cache by myself, but in the nice weather Honeybunch likes to come with me. I cached a lot with Dragonfly one winter and JBrandt36 over another one, but mostly I cache alone.

  39. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  40. I would like to go to Seattle and find some of the original geocaches placed back in 2000.

  41. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  42. Mhz's What's in a Cacher Name (GC1MFEK). We made a side trip to Flin Flon to get our "6".

  43. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  44. The Zoo (GC28BET) is my favorite because Honeybunch and I thought of it and worked on it together.

  45. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  46. I like old Science fiction and just reread "To Your Scattered Bodies Go" by Philip Jose Farmer.

  47. Can you play a musical instrument?
  48. No I can't play any musical instruments, though like most others I wish I could and may still take something up.

  49. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  50. It's 7.74kms, a new cache by littlebug303.

  51. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  52. Now that I have my Oregon GPSr that's all I need besides my computer and camera. I download pocket queries and organize my waypoints with GSAK. I also use Google a lot to help with the puzzle caches.

  53. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  54. Yes, for driving around in unfamiliar places as I don't have a NUVI or a built-in car GPS system.

  55. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  56. Like a lot of my generation I prefer classic rock. I also like some Jazzy, Bluesy stuff and the last thing I listened to on my IPod is Adam Cohen, Leonard's son. If you can imagine, Honeybunch is convinced country is the best.

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