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Cacher of the Month - September 2006



First of all thank you to my nominator for this honor of being recognized as cacher of the month. I can think of many others who are equally deserving of this honor.
As a new cacher it just goes to show the respect that is given to everyone in this activity no matter how long you have been caching.

  1. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  2. In May/06 I had purchased a new GPS and knew very little about how to use it. A co-worker who is very active in the cubs/scouting movement knew someone who was an active Geocacher and asked him about it on my behalf. They in turn referred me to Geocaching.com and the rest is history. The addiction is real, the compassion is real etc.

  3. What was it about Geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  4. If I was to narrow it down it would be the passion cachers have, the unselfishness they display to others, the thrill of the hunt and anxiety when unable to find.
    Realistically it is the unselfish sharing that everyone I have met in this that has made this to be what it is, fun. Their passion is just so infectious that it is pure enjoyment to find and share finds with everyone I have met.

  5. Have you ever introduced someone to Geocaching? If so, who?
  6. Actually, yes I have, two great people who in public I call my friends, but in private we call each other whatever comes to mind (jokes). The Minnow-Mashers are what they are called, they have found a few caches, hid one but have plans for more but just can’t seem to find the time at this moment.

  7. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  8. I always love watching others’ faces when I say to non cachers, lets call them normal people, I'm going out to find a cache.
    I always refer to this as modern day treasure hunting and the prize is not the bounty of pirates (sorry Redbeard) but the sheer enjoyment of searching for the bounty.
    Most people I explain this to always leave with a common statement, “that sounds like fun.” I also tell them that once they start I dare them to try and stop, because there is no antibiotic for this.

  9. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  10. I have a goal, “that every person accepts others for who, and what they are.”
    Since my son became affected with schizophrenia, I have been an active advocate and voice for Mental Health. I encourage others to learn more about this illness because I always say this: you never know when one of yours may become affected. It is the leading mental illness and affects men more than women, and there is no cure, just treatment. To learn more go to www.schizophrenia.ca or www.schizophrenia.com, these two sites are great.

  11. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  12. I am new to this, and do not travel a lot out of this province, but it has given me an opportunity to go places I experienced as a child, Minnedosa, Riding Mountain, Brandon etc.
    More recently Mrs. Spongebob and I went to a remote lake in Northern Manitoba to search for a cache and the co-ordinates were wrong, however both her and I where persistent enough to eventually find the cache by reading the description and using old fashioned jail guard training, searching with hands and eyes…grins. Ok who said people never get their moneys worth from civil servants using training we receive in public life now…impressive.

  13. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  14. There are so many memories I have since starting that picking just one always leads to another story now. I suppose if I just picked one it would be the enjoyment I had caching with everyone at the Bison Madness and finding Winsent's Cousin.

  15. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  16. I always have what I call my ready bag, it is my trusted fanny pack filled with my stamp, goodies, extra GPS, food, whistle, pen and pencil. Oh ya a bar or two helps ward off those stomach grumbles.

  17. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  18. I use the Garmin GPSmap76Cx - great unit, thanks to Peter for showing me his, and Dragonfrey’s for steering me to Prairie Geomatics to buy it.

  19. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  20. Without a doubt that would be this one, DNF-Unlucky. Every time I read about this bug there has been a new story attached to it.

  21. Which Geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  22. How do you just pick one or two cachers in this unselfish sport? I would acknowledge grnbrg, ertyu, Mhz, Dragonfrey’s, Spongebob Family and Capt kirk and McDee as to being just a small few who stand out but acknowledge the entire geocaching community as outstanding people.

  23. With whom do you normally go Geocaching?
  24. Again this would be my ever faithful caching companion, princess, she is a doll, about 3 and a half feet tall, weighs in around 80 lbs and never ever complains. All she asks of me is to buy her a treat now and again, she’s my black lab dog.
    Otherwise I am usually solo but for challenging distant caching well I pick our other local cacher here. Mrs. Spongebob, she’s always game for a good day of caching. Up here when we say day of caching that means like 2-3 caches…lol

  25. What time does the Slippery_1 Shuttle Bus leave Winnipeg to take all these city cachers out to God’s Country?
  26. Oh you heard about that eh!
    I am currently engaged in talks with a local company here who is interested in geocaching and they may be steering me to a tour bus outfitter (or whatever they are called) so it may not be this year but I hope I can finalize the arrangements soon, but I do see big problems trying to get some bus company agreeing to take their bus down some logging road to a few caches…but who knows.

  27. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  28. Manitoba, the why is I have seen the world when I was younger; I traveled and found there is no place like home. Besides if you’ve been watching no way can one person keep up to all the caches here at home just finding those here seems like it could fill an entire retirement portfolio. Sorry if that sounds boring.

  29. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  30. This one is tough, because again I believe the greatest form of flattery is copying someone else’s idea for a hide. I know, I know in some circles that may be rude but here I se it as flattery.
    So what I see as great someone else may see it as ho-Hum. Big Mac’s Revenge was my true first challenging one I placed here in The North

  31. Are you considering any events this year that will bring cachers out to your beautiful area?
  32. Now that you mention it that sounds like a great idea…but will let everyone know when I consult with the others…

  33. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  34. I am very diverse when it comes to writer styles and what I read, so no one writer sticks out, I like murder mystery - who done it types, and techno who done it books.

  35. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  36. Oh I love my laptop, it allows me to be creative, communicate, complete tasks for work etc. Then again my DVD player, watching movies or listening to music is also a great passion of mine.

  37. Does living out of town offer you any specific advantages or disadvantages with respect to caching?
  38. Out of town, don’t you mean an almost entirely different universe here. Living in the North is like no other place anyone can experience, it has it all except the population and close proximity to other communities, so this is a distinct disadvantage to geocaching. If you look at my stats, it clearly shows the disadvantage, when you guys in the south go out caching 12-13 caches a night is normal, here we go out for a day it’s like 80 bucks for gas and 2 or 3 caches.
    But the trade off, the scenery. I drive by 3 lakes within 12 miles of my house, the wildlife, the solitude when you want it. The fishing from pike, walleye( pickerel) Lake Trout etc.
    I live within 25 kms of the third largest Blue lake in the world, Clearwater Lake.

  39. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  40. I have a GPS mount in my boat for fishing, I used it to mark reefs, good fishing spots, routes etc.
    I also recently flew from The Pas to Prince Albert with a local here and acted as his navigator using my GPS, his intention I think was to get me interested in Civil Air Search and Rescue. That was fun and a new level to using my GPS.

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