Cacher of the Month - May 2011

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This month's cacher of the month is another geocacher that I have not had the opportunity to meet yet. However, I have heard his name in our caching community for many years. Hailing from Southwestern Manitoba, he is one of the more active cache hiders in the area with 50 distinct hides (so far). If you're looking for something to do on a weekend this summer, why not plan a trip to the Winkler/Morden area and check out some of his caches! I guarantee it would be worth the trip!

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. September 2005

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. From a friend…lap is his geocaching name

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. I have always been interested in the outdoors. I was hooked by the challenge of following the coordinate directions to a location and then looking for something hidden in many different ways.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. Yes, I have cached in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island, and in North Dakota & Minnesota and in Mexico as well.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. I have introduced several people to geocaching…some of my co-workers and one of the technical sales people that deal with my work and my grand children.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. It is a challenge…sometimes like a Mensa quiz…to decipher many types of directions and clues to arrive at a destination and then try to find the caches

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. I have always been interested in sports…both playing especially baseball & hockey and watching most sports. I enjoy watching our grandchildren in their sports and school endeavors, and now am enjoying travelling a bit more. My wife & I have been involved in mission trips to an orphanage in Querétaro, Mexico for the last 10 years and continue to be involved.

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. There is very little I do not appreciate about geocaching. I enjoy all aspects of caching. One of my pet peeves might be that the caches are not always respected by non-geocachers.

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. I really appreciate many of the places that geocaching takes you…we hear this often from other cachers and I agree with them…"Thanks for taking me to this interesting place…I might otherwise not have seen this area where the cache has been placed." One of the most interesting places that I have been taken while caching is to the cache called "GRUSOME" (GCF1C6) in Guanajuato, Mexico. This cache is located just outside a museum called "Los Momias"…The Mummies…and yes…the museum is a display of mummies. It should be noted that one of my geocaching buddies and I, when we found this cache, did not venture inside the museum. Guanajuato is one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico!

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. The most memorable cache find for me was Riel's Sherwood (GCM2X6). I found this cache about 3 months after starting to cache, and only on my second attempt. What really impressed me in my new cacher experience was the container. I was intrigued with the container and the hide…so much so that many of my hides have influenced by 1Queen4Jokers.

  21. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  22. Riel's Sherwood

  23. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  24. While caching at the Assiniboine Park Zoo a couple of years ago, my wife and I had found the cache we were looking for, and had it in hand sitting on a park bench signing in. When I turned around to replace the cache, which had been hanging in plain site…it was one of those caches that could be visible 24/7…we saw two families of cachers looking for the cache that I had in my hands. One of the cachers was standing under the exact coordinates of the cache, and I didn't want them to have to log a DNF…so I walked up to the young lady and asked her to turn around while I replace the cache, right over her head…and we all had a good laugh.

  25. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  26. A one-of-a-kind small container that I had left in another cache…but the cache that I had left it in was quite some distance from the cache that I observed it in.

  27. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  28. I carry a small backpack with trade items, spare log books to put in caches whose log books are full, writing instruments, tools for extricating caches from hiding places, an extendable instrument like one would use for the Elm Park bridge cache, and lots of other things that save me many steps returning to my vehicle for…and a second GPSr.

  29. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  30. Etrex Legend and Etrex Legend C

  31. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  32. Not much…my wife says I'm not very good at looking inconspicuous..

  33. What is the meaning of your username?
  34. From our mission trips to Mexico, I have attempted to learn the Spanish language as much as I could. My initials are BB…and the Spanish work for "bee" is abeja. When I first opened my geocaching account and list my user name, I wanted to have Abeja²…for BB…but could not find the correct character for " ² …so I had to use 2 instead.

  35. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  36. Alex's Brown Bug…It was in a cache that I found near Morden…but it did not have any TB tag attached to it. I recognized the TB number on the picture of the TB & tag when I logged it as found…so I contacted the owner who sent me the backup TB tag from his home in Texas and I attached the backup TB tag to Alex's Brown Bug and sent it on its way again.

  37. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  38. 1Queen4Jokers… and all the cachers who take the time and effort to hide quality caches for others like me to seek out.

  39. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  40. I quite often cache alone, but have often cached with "lap" when he is home from his Florida winter home.

  41. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  42. Australia.

  43. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  44. My challenge right now is to find the time to get out to cache, so that is my main challenge. Retirement is on the horizon, and then the time will be there for me.

  45. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  46. Mount'N (GCQQ1V) is named for Mount Nebo where the cache is hidden. I have tried to place most of my cache hides in locations that would be of interest to other cachers. Mount'N is in a location on the edge of the Pembina Hills escarpment from which you can see, on a clear day, to Lowe Farm and almost to Morris from it's coordinates NE of Morden.

  47. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  48. Max Lucado's books. Last book read was "Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado

  49. Can you play a musical instrument?
  50. No, not well.

  51. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  52. 0.5km

  53. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  54. Extendible mirror, pliers…see #14

  55. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  56. Yes…distance calculation when travelling, and reference when talking to others about geocaching.

  57. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  58. Lots of pictures…and very little music.

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