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Cacher of the Month - February 2011



I've known devildawg for many years. The first few times I remember seeing her, she was always accompanied by Harley, her dog. At first I thought she was shy, as she had only made it to a handful of events. But as I got to know her, that perception quickly disappeared. She always seems happy and talkative and is fun to hang around with. While we were out geocaching with Mhz last year, she surprised me with her monkey-like ability when she easily scaled a pine tree to retrieve one of the First In, Last Out caches. It was like she was defying gravity! As one of the city's Paramedics, I have a lot of respect for her. Now, if she'd only let me drive one of the ambulances with the sirens going, that'd be SWEET!

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. 2005

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. They guy at the store I bought my gps from mentioned it, and then I checked it out online.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. The thrill of finding things that nobody else knows about, often hidden right in plain sight. Also was a good excuse to get out and take Harley the dog for a walk.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. Yes, just not territories. I have 2 provinces left to cache in, one I'll hit this summer, and "the rock" next year. I've also done a little over the border to the south.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. A few friends accompany me, and a few co-workers have shown interest.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. High tech hide-and-go-seek. When I explain it, most people think it's a really cool thing.

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. I enjoy playing trumpet, so much in fact that I have a music degree. I love being outside, snowshoeing, hiking, fishing, canoeing.

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. I really dislike micros in the woods unless there is something that makes them very distinct. I also don't like caches placed in areas filled with trash. I don't like caches that neglected and aren't maintained by the owner.

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. I love the caches that take me to view spots. Locally, there are several in the Whiteshell that are great for that. I have a picture on my wall from a place I discovered geocaching.

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. I think for the adventure it provided, Hillside Hideaway (GCVDY3) It was my birthday and I got so dirty that I ended up bathing in a mud puddle to get clean. I have no recollection of what was actually in the cache though. The adventure was in getting to it. See log June 28, 2010.

  21. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  22. Pirate's Last Laugh. (GCKT9D) Aside from getting poison ivy for the first time ever at this cache, I thought it was well laid out, and I found crickets guarding it which were kind of freaky. Don't think they were supposed to be there but they sure added to the cool factor.

  23. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  24. My favorite caching story has to be the time I bushwacked into a cache. The path made itself visible on the way out. When I got back to the car, about a km of hiking later, I discovered that my camera was missing. I went back to the cache and it was not there. So I backtracked using the tracks, meter by meter. I guess what had happened was that the zippers on my backpack weren't quite closed. A branch I hit must have opened the bag further and snagged the strap on the camera case. Somewhere in the middle of the bush, there was my camera hanging from a tree branch. Had it not been for the gps, that camera would likely still be there.

    Or maybe it's the time my dad and I went on a caching day out to Libau where he grew up. He had great stories that day! From the house where he grew up, to the cemetery, to the wheat fields. A prime example of how caching can bring people together!

  25. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  26. Perhaps not in a cache, but 5 ft up a tree on a branch I once found a golf ball sized sphere of pressed deer dung. How it got in the tree I have no idea. Bizarre.

  27. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  28. If it's a close to the car cache, a pencil and my gps. If it's a distance, usually my backpack which has a pencil, knife, water, baggies, compass, paper, and miscellaneous other items in it for safety. Oh, and my camera.

  29. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  30. Garmin. Currently the Dakota 20.

  31. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  32. I seem to tie my shoes a lot, talk on the phone a lot, take pictures, and meander with the dog.

  33. What is the meaning of your username?
  34. My dog Harley's eyes shine like the devils in a picture taken with a flash in low light. Guess I called him that one day, then after I'd exhausted a few other names when signing up top geocaching.com it wasn't taken, so it stuck.

  35. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  36. Being a music lover, I rather liked Barbershop Bass. It was part of 4 travel bugs to make up the quartet that were dropped in various places with a mission to rejoin eachother. It was a smurf with a CD attached but the CD that didn't work but had a great link to the content online. I took a picture of the smurf playing trumpet before I took it to the second last cache it visited before arriving at its destination. Unfortunately, I think the other members of the quartet have gone missing.

  37. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  38. There are several big names, but mostly the cachers who get out there and do things, and the ones who make efforts to make the game better by doing small maintenance to caches. And the ones who you run into who make you feel like part of a community.

  39. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  40. Usually it's just me and Harley (my dog), but I rather enjoy a small group caching session. Feel free to call me up sometime!

  41. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  42. Since its winter here and we are covered by snow, and I like hiking, I'd have to say a warm climate like Australia. If it were summer, I'd love to explore northern Canada.

  43. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  44. None driving me nuts at the moment.

  45. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  46. 2 of my caches (McGillivray, Barren Heights) are placed in a couple of my favorite spots. I've spent a lot of time in those locations and wanted to share them. Good berries, good times, and good pictures.

  47. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  48. Mostly mysteries. I just finished The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. I also like to read medical journals.

  49. Can you play a musical instrument?
  50. Yup. Trumpet. And all brass instruments.

  51. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  52. It's a puzzle cache. I'm not very good at puzzles.

  53. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  54. I'm a little technologically challenged, but I have 2 computers, a few cameras, an ipod, and want a new cell phone.

  55. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  56. I like to go hiking, so use it for navigating too.

  57. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  58. Sarah McLachlan seems to get played a lot. I'm heading to the concert March 8. In reality, it's a very eclectic mix. You will find anything from classic rock, to alternative, to classical, to country, and everything in between.

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