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Cacher of the Month - June 2012

Muz and girlie

Muz and girlie

Muz and girlie

I think the first time that I had met Muz and Girlie was at one of the MBGA's potluck dinners. It may have even been one of our annual holiday parties. They have been to many events, and I remember each time they both had big smiles on their faces. My biggest memory is more recent, and only really involves Girlie. I was leaving Geoventure 2011 at one point during the weekend, and as my car steered it's way onto highway 59 from Birds Hill Park, I saw a PT Cruiser zoom by with a telltale travel bug decal in its window. I decided I needed to "discover" this TB. So for several kilometres, I tried to catch up to the car, but the driver seemed to have a bit of a lead foot (which to me is surprising since I, myself, am a speed demon). Sometimes I would get close, but not close enough to read the TB number. Finally, after weaving in and out of traffic and trying to keep up with the car, we were getting close to Oak Point Hwy on the Perimeter and I was finally able to read it. I got home and logged the discovery right away. To my surprise, Girlie didn't even know that she was being tracked for over 10 kilometers. Read on to learn more about June's Geocachers of the Month ...

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. Shortly after we were married in the summer of 2009

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. We were going to get married at Old Pinawa Dam, and were looking up information about it online. When we googled the location, a link came up for Ancient Ruins (GCPQ0C), which sounded interesting. So, we followed the link and found out about geocaching. A few weeks later, we bought a GPSr and went searching for it, and haven't looked back since.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. We really enjoy the places caching takes us to. We've explored more of Manitoba because of geocaching than we'd ever seen of it before.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. The majority of Canadian provinces and 11 states so far.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. We introduced some friends in Winnipeg to caching (Pepe and Penelope) and have established an annual tradition of doing a 24-hour caching marathon together with them every year. Girlie travels a lot, and got a few people started on the east coast.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. The standard phrase; "Using billion dollar satellites to find Tupperware in the forest"

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. Endless home renovations. We are both a couple of geeks, so Star Trek and Firefly are favorites.

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. Musty, wet, stinky caches

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. Ruby Falls in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It's a beautiful 100' waterfall inside the heart of a mountain, and you have to walk a long trail through amazing stalactites and stalagmites just to get there. It is an amazing bit of geology and local history.

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. The Cache of the Stone People (GCDCF), a Manitoba heritage cache in Nopiming Provincial Park. It took the better part of a day to paddle there by canoe, three portages, had great camping, and a death-defying climb up a cliff to get to GZ, only to find out there was a trail we could have used. A beautiful and serene place that should be the reason why people geocache.

  21. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  22. The Chimney Cache (GC16HNT) near Rennie. It's not a particularly challenging cache, except that Muz mis-programmed the GPSr coordinates, and found himself 100m off the highway, standing thigh deep in a swamp at what the device said was GZ. Once Girlie had re-checked the coordinates, we discovered the cache was hidden at the side of the road, only 10m from where we had parked. We laughed for days about that one.

  23. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  24. While on our honeymoon in Alberta, we found a cache called To Remember Frosty (GCJVJ8) near Drumheller. The cache is at the top of a hill that required considerable effort to climb, but at the top was a small memorial marker commemorating a fellow nicknamed Frosty, who had loved that beautiful and quiet spot, and had proposed to his wife there. It was a very poignant place.

  25. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  26. A 40 pound TB that was a steel ball and chain that wanted to travel to weddings and have its picture taken with the happy couple.

  27. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  28. Our geocaching backpack, which contains headlamps (lots of night caching), batteries (we buy in bulk), camera, bug spray, hand warmers, a bit of swag, and our knitted geocaching toques.

  29. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  30. Garmin GPSMap 60CXs

  31. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  32. We cache a lot at night, and in the forest where the muggle levels are pretty low

  33. What is the meaning of your username?
  34. Muz has had that nickname since he was a kid. Girlie is his girlie, and has been since we met

  35. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  36. We found and took a space shuttle TB from Manitoba to Cape Canaveral, which was its objective. It had started its trip in Germany. This one was memorable because we got it to its final destination, and because Girlie's brother is a retired NASA shuttle mission specialist, so it was cool to take it there.

  37. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  38. We've met so many interesting people through caching. We appreciate OHMIC because he does lots to promote the sport and, as well as being a prolific cacher, also takes the time to create many new caches for others to find. dani_carriere also deserves a big tip of the hat for all her work to organize caching events.

  39. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  40. Occasionally we take our muggle son with us, and if we go with other cachers, it's often Pepe and Penelope.

  41. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  42. Tibet. There are not many caches there, and many of them are at altitude, but it sounds like a very cool place to go and explore.

  43. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  44. There are a couple of very remote wilderness caches that are still waiting to be found for the first time, and we figure it's a couple of day's journey (canoe) to get there, that we're considering. Anyone interested in a joint expedition should get a hold of us.

  45. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  46. We had a lot of fun putting both the Einstein Cache (GC33ZHD) and the Micro in the Forest - Manitoba Style (GC33ZH7) caches together, because we think they offer a bit of a twist on traditional caching, and people seem to enjoy them.

  47. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  48. Muz reads anything and everything. Last book read was a history of Erwin Rommel. Girlie is a fan of science fiction and Nora Roberts books. Last book read was Chasing Fire.

  49. Can you play a musical instrument?
  50. Nope. Not even a little bit.

  51. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  52. About 1km

  53. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  54. SPOT GPS for safety when we travel to more remote locations to explore and cache.

  55. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  56. It's helpful for creating a "bread crumb" trail when we're hiking or canoeing in the backwoods, so we can find our way home again. It also came in handy when we were recently hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and told us what the altitude was (12,000'). No wonder we didn't have any air...

  57. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  58. Everything. iPod has about 1,400 songs of every flavor of music we enjoy.

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