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Cacher of the Month - March 2011
Congratulations to the Clan for reaching their 1,000th cache milestone in the fall of 2010! The Lonewolfs (or Lonewolves, whichever is grammatically correct) started caching when there were only 3 of them. Now the clan has increased to 5!! Maybe they should rename themselves to "Clan not-so-Lonewolf"! I remember meeting them at one of the Turdle Ranch events in 2010. I had heard of them for years, but never had an opportunity to meet them before that. Let's hope we have many more opportunities to get together!
- When did you start Geocaching?
- How did you find out about Geocaching?
- What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
- Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
- Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
- How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
- What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
- What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
- What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
- What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
- What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
- What is your favorite Caching Story?
- What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
- What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
- What kind of GPSr do you use?
- What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
- What is the meaning of your username?
- What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
- Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
- With whom do you normally go geocaching?
- If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
- Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
- Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
- What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
- Can you play a musical instrument?
- How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
- Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
- Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
- What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
May 27, 2007
A friend told us about some of his caching adventures. Then we checked out the Geocaching.com site and a few days later we bought a GPS and went caching.
The fun aspect was a big draw for us and that this is a great way for us, as a family, to go on adventures as we search out hidden "treasures."
So far we've cached in Canada and the United States, five provinces and ten states.
We've introduced a few people to the sport, one of which is Me and My Ducklings.
We tell them that it's a world-wide "treasure hunt" using a GPS. We also tell them of some of our adventures and let them know how much fun we have doing it. Occasionally, if they are willing we take them along to find a few.
Fishing, playing chess, fishing, reading, writing, fishing some more, scrap booking and for the wolf pups I'll add playing with toys. Oh yeah, we also like to go fishing.
Can't say that we really have any problems with geocaching but we do have a pet peeve. Our pet peeve would be when a cache is placed by a less-than-experienced cacher and there is a problem with the cache (location, bad co-ords, etc…) and the cache owner is informed of the problem but chooses to either not believe those first on the scene or chooses to disregard their input and allow the cache to suffer. Thankfully, this doesn't happen often.
That's a tough question since we took a road trip in 2010 and drove from Manitoba to BC, down into Washington and back east through some amazing areas. We've seen Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, stopped at the Continental Divide (our highest altitude cache to-date) and all through the Black Hills in South Dakota.
Our most memorable cache find would be a cache titled, Stumped? (GC1BTZC) by HR Plett. Very interesting site! Check it out!
There are quite a few that we enjoyed but one that jumps to our thoughts would be Deadwood (GCQT6Y) by ertyu. It was one of the most interesting multis that we've done.
Daddy Wolf would have to say that it was the time when he went and found the cache titled, "these trees have eyes" (GC11546) by Wilderness Dancer . What makes that particular adventure so great were all the obstacles that had to be overcome in order to get to the cache. A long hike, bushwhacking for hours, an insane amount of bloodthirsty mosquitoes and a swim in his underwear, then more bushwhacking, all that just to reach GZ. Of course, there was also the fact of getting FTF to help make it even more worthwhile.
We once found a cache that upon opening of the container there was something inside that gave off a loud, screechy, scream sound. While Daddy Wolf was in no way startled, C-Wolf did jump. Thinking quickly, they closed it and went back to Mommy Wolf and convinced her that the lid was stuck and that we hoped that she'd be able to get it open. She did… the way she jumped… priceless!
Our GPSr, several pens, our Clan Lonewolf personal stamp, a binder with cache printouts sorted according to area (we haven't yet made the transition to paperless caching). We also have a bag of swag and several other odds and ends that occasionally come in handy.
We use a Magellan Explorist 500.
Depending on our location we employ different techniques. Sometimes our children give us cover such as near playgrounds. In more rural or wooded areas we quite often crouch down and freeze in place until the muggles have passed by unaware. Mostly, we just try to blend in and not draw attention to ourselves. Occasionally, if it seems too likely that we'll be seen or found out, we'll leave the area and try again another time.
The Lonewolf part is partly due to our love of wolves while the Clan part is because it encompasses all of us as a family unit.
There are two that come to mind. 1) There was a big Ball 'n Chain TB that we had to lug back to our car after finding it in a cache in the middle of a grassy field. 2) There was a cute, little green frog that had one of the funniest laughs ever when he was squeezed.
1Queenand4Jokers stand out the most to us because we have found a large number of their hides. Also, they have created several puzzle caches that are still giving us headaches.
Most of the time it would be just ourselves. Clan Lonewolf is comprised of Daddy Wolf, Mommy Wolf, C-Wolf (son), K-Wolf (daughter) and Z-Wolf (son).
While Daddy Wolf agrees with Mommy Wolf that caching across Europe would be great, he does have a not-so secret desire to cache on Antarctica.
This would be the OBG Bingo Cache. While we've found the actual container, to find caches on each day of the year will take us several years to complete. Being located rurally has it advantages and disadvantages when it comes to caching. Mostly, it is the driving sixty miles roundtrip every day that is holding us back, but we'll keep chipping away at it.
Horse'n Around is our favourite because it sees more visitors than our more rural hides and it seems that geocachers enjoy the area next to GZ.
For Mommy Wolf, lover of the Christian Romances, it was the Sisters of Holmes County series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. While Daddy Wolf prefers almost everything and anything, the last book read was an oldie, but a goodie, titled: The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham.
Yes, we can play all musical instruments! It just wouldn't sound very good since we haven't had any lessons and we don't have any natural talent towards music.
The closest two would be 10 and 17 miles away, unfortunately, they don't seem to be winter friendly. After that, the next closest would be just shy of 30 miles away.
We've been known to use walkie-talkies to communicate, a flashlight for night caching and occasionally our son for those hard-to-reach areas.
There's other uses for a GPS besides Geocaching?
In the CD player are five discs; Aaron Tippin (country), Mercy Me (Inspirational), Shakira (pop?), Lady Gaga (pop?) and Veggie Tales (Children's songs).