Cacher of the Month - November 2010

Pa_Bottle

Pa_Bottle

Pa_Bottle

I remember one of the first times that I had met Pa_Bottle. It was after an event at the Round Table restaurant. The last group of us meandered into the parking lot, talking of geocaching. Pa_Bottle said that he had recently been in a southern Manitoba community doing some caching while he was running a fireworks display for their Canada Day celebrations. Then he popped open the back of his car to show us many plastic containers filled with various pyrotechnics. He pulled a few of them out, and started setting them off in the parking lot of restaurant. A great way to end a geocaching event, and an interesting way to be introduced to another cacher. To this day, I cannot say the name "Pa_Bottle" without thinking "Bottle Rocket". To me, he'll always be Pa_Bottle_Rocket, the man who likes to make things go "Ka-Boom!!"

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. My first cache was on Aug 04,2007, West Hawk Wonder

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. My friend Glacier_ice asked us to go on a day trip to the Whiteshell.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. The thrill of the hunt. Never knowing what you will find or see.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. I have cached in Ontario, and Alberta. Sask or PQ are next on the list

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. I introduced littlebug303, goofyball, and Cookie_gal72 to the wonderful world.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. I tell them that it is using satellites to find Tupperware in the wilderness. Once I have them confused I explain how we download the coordinates and then go hunting for the containers, and the process in which we log them. I usually will pull a cache container out and show them what it could look like as well.

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. As some of the local caching society can attest to, FIREWORKS......Need I say anything more.

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. As someone who has a few cache hides out there, I guess one of my biggest peeves is when other cachers move or alter the manner in which your cache was hidden. This can not only make it harder than originally planned, but it can make for cache maintenance harder.

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. It is hard to pick just one place as I have gotten to see parts of my own province I never knew existed. But if I was to pick on it would have been McGillvary falls in the Whiteshell.

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. That is easy, it has to be Huh? (GC12W1Y), because of the 20+ person search party I organized to get that cache for my #1000. It was a great time of laughs and caching.

  21. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  22. Again that would be Huh? (GC12W1Y), it was a great time and I met alot of cachers I didn't really know.

  23. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  24. My favorite story would definitely have to be the very first summer solstice cache-a-thon with Glacier_ice. We had decided that we would go out on the summer solstice and try for the most caches in one day that either one of us had. We left the city at 5 in the morning and started the cache-a-thon. We covered a good chunk of the south central portion on the province and came up with over 70 caches. We wandered through farm fields, through small towns and down back country roads. We finally called it a day after approx. 21 hours of caching. It was a total blast yet exhausting.

  25. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  26. That is easy, it would be a old style A&W brown touque with the brown Pom Pom on top.

  27. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  28. GPS, sharpie pen, flashlight

  29. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  30. Garmin GPSmap 60Cx

  31. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  32. I will use the "I need to tie my shoe lace" tactic. I have used the pretend I was talking on the phone, but I don't use that one anymore since I used it once and while I was pretending the phone actually rang. Now I will use the leaning against an object and "accidentally " drop my keys.

  33. What is the meaning of your username?
  34. The meaning is simple, the Pa part is due to I have children and then my last name.

  35. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  36. It would be the piece of railway tie that I found on the summer solstice cache-a-thon. We carried it for a few hours till we found a new home for it.

  37. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  38. Glacier_ice, bergmannfamily, villiam, missionMode, Jean Déniche, Old Billygoat, Kabuthunk, TurdleEggs, OHMIC, dani_carriere, I apologize if I have forgotten anyone, there are alot of cachers I look up to.

  39. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  40. Glacier_ice, littlebug303, Cookie_gal72, and anyone else I can go with. But I do also go out alone quite a bit. It is my quiet time.

  41. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  42. I would love to go caching in Europe.

  43. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  44. It is a puzzle cache QM...EADGBE (GC2692M) and some of the other puzzle caches in my Dani Radius.

  45. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  46. That is really hard to pick just one. I am going to have to pick 3. '40' (GC2BQG8) because of its meaning, Baby Bottle's snowball revised (GC1ZHER) cause it was my first cache hide and named after my little girl, and Pa_Bottle's Alpha Ghetti (GC299FN) because of the challenge that it presents.

  47. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  48. I don't read too often, but it is usually educational or similar. I am currently reading "supply chain in the Pharmaceutical industry".

  49. Can you play a musical instrument?
  50. Do spoons count?

  51. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  52. 978 metres, (GC2692M) QM...EADGBE

  53. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  54. I use cache sense on the blackberry, I use the internet on the berry to access geocaching.com, and sometimes my Ipod for notes and such.

  55. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  56. It is always in the car with me, and gets used for directions or just general guidance.

  57. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  58. Wow, I have over 350 songs in the Ipod right now. They range from Country, hip hop, rock, 80's music, and Trans Siberian Orchestra.

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