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Cacher of the Month - July 2012




Team Torossi has been on my Cacher of the Month radar for some time now, slowly climbing up to the top of my spreadsheet. I was pleased as punch to see the article "The Fastest Growing Outdoor Sport in the World" that featured them in the "Jewish Post and News" this year. It is well written, fun and very informative. It's fitting that Torossi found out about geocaching via the media and was then featured in an article. Perhaps, a few years from now the Cacher of the Month will have started caching because they read this article. Read on to meet July's Cacher of the Month ...

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. August 11, 2007. I had bought a Garmin StreetPilot for a road trip to Minneapolis and used it to find Poker Stash #5 (GCQRTD) after we got home.

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. I heard about it in the media, but got really interested when I heard a coworker (Bergmannfamily) mention it. Then with the new StreetPilot there was a link for geocaching....so we had to try it.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. That very first find! It was hidden at a base of a tree in a plastic tube with a huge spider web over it. All I could think of is wow, I'm just like Indiana Jones as I stuck my hand through the web to get the cache.....never mind the fact you got to use a cool gadget and satellites to find it in the first place.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. Up to now our travels take us south.....so only one Province (sad I know) we have found caches in 9 US States....(Walt Disney World and Disneyland have some of our favorites) we have also found caches in Mexico and a few Caribbean Islands!

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. We have. If you ever meet us you will soon find out that our family loves all things Disney. With that we have been fortunate to meet up with fellow Disney nuts like us via Internet Web Boards. Two summers ago we introduced a Disney friend in Florida to geocaching.......please see my most interesting story answer for more!

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. I think usually I try to describe it more in detail than the standard "We use multi billion dollar US Government satellites to find Tupperware in the woods".......however I am usually met with blank stares afterwards.......

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. All things Disney is our family's other passion. Also, I have recently started playing with solar power devices......so I am happy to say that I can geocache almost fully on solar power!!

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. Any Nano hide, but Nanos in the forest!!!!! Come on people what's with that! My kids aren't too keen on the wood tick/insect part of the sport!!

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. We have been so fortunate to be able to travel, and there is nothing better than taking the GPSr along and geocache at a port of call while on a cruise. Walking a Caribbean Beach in January looking for treasure......heaven!

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. Both of the Archimedes caches by the Queen and her jokers are well done puzzle caches.........had to think and look hard for those!

  21. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  22. You're Out (GC1F2AK) by Kildonan61. I can't explain why because it will be a huge spoiler.......let's just say if you find me at Shaw Park watching a Goldeyes game, I will be doing this.

  23. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  24. Getting back to our Disney friend in Florida, she so wanted to learn about Geocaching, that she was kind enough to pick me up at our hotel and take us to a nearby residential community called Celebration. During the drive I had told her that usually the most dangerous things about geocaching in Manitoba are the bugs, wood ticks, poison ivy and frostbite in the winter, and I wanted her to tell me if there were things I should watch out for in Florida. Well in her wonderful southern accent she kindly pointed out that "most of the snakes aren't poisonous and that you should assume every pond has a gator in it y'all".....ok! Our first cache was a travel bug hotel hidden under a small bridge......near a pond! She was so excited to find it, and to discover all the travelers in it......then suddenly......she stopped......looked at me and said....."oh where is my southern hospitality, I should be watching your back". We turned around to look at the pond......"see those two moving stones??? That's a gator! " I quickly put the cache back and we walked briskly back to the car!!!

  25. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  26. I asked my girls that......I think we haven't found it yet!

  27. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  28. My fannypack with pen, pencils and multi tool. I now also have a pre packed back pack with compass, spare batteries, headlamps, solar battery charger, first aid kit, zip lock bags, paper, water etc. We also usually wear our trackable baseball caps from shopgeogear.com. The girls bring SWAG to trade!

  29. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  30. I just upgraded to a Garmin Etrex 20. The kids use an Etrex Legend, and there is a Garmin Nuvi in the car.

  31. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  32. The old pretend your GPSr is a cell phone trick! For caches in playgrounds......I bring the kids for cover!

  33. What is the meaning of your username?
  34. Well when I signed up to geocaching.com I was doing an administrative type job and for some reason I wasn't thinking and did what I did at work and just used our last name......I know not very exciting!! If we ever email a fellow geocacher we usually sign that as Team Torossi. If I were to re do it......it would be Geodoc99....my Twitter name.

  35. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  36. My Groundspeak HQ geocoin......it was more of a gift than a find. I happened to be in Seattle for a conference with Bergmannfamily, and he got an invite to the "Lillypad" and was kind enough to invite me along!!

  37. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  38. Bergmannfamily

  39. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  40. My daughters, Bergmannfamily, Devildawg

  41. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  42. Going overseas and visiting Scotland and Italy, the places where our families are from.

  43. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  44. Actually we have our sites on doing ruylopez's Enterprise power trail with Bergmannfamily and Devildawg. Unfortunately we had an expedition planned in June but had to postpone.

  45. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  46. Take Me Out to the Ballgame (GC1WNRN). Since its located downtown it gets the most out of town finders. Each and everyone of them comment on how hard this one is to retrieve due to muggles!!!

  47. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  48. I prefer biographies and autobiographies of Business people. Last read Steve Jobs biography. My oldest daughter is into the Hunger Game books.

  49. Can you play a musical instrument?
  50. I used to play the organ and trombone. Now I just play drums on Rockband for the Wii!! My girls play piano.

  51. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  52. 0.9 km.....it's a puzzle cache I haven't taken the time to figure out yet.

  53. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  54. My iPhone 4 with the geocaching.com app......best $10 I ever spent! I use the same app on my iPad to log all our finds I also use Easy GPS with the Etrex Legend.

  55. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  56. trips in the minivan!

  57. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  58. On my iPod you will find many titles of movie music! I just love soundtrack scores. For example I have stuff from Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future, The Avengers) Bill Conti (The Right Stuff), Michael Giacchino (Star Trek). And several scores by John Williams.......hmmm Indiana Jones!!

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