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Cacher of the Month - April 2014




This month's cachers, pugbaby, are a family of five. Aside from Mr and Mrs Pugbaby, there's lilpug, who's an elementary school aged son, and also 1 year old twin sons. Aside from their human babies, there are also their furbabies, the pugs. Although my memory is dodgy at times, I do believe one of the first times that I met Mr and Mrs was at an MBGA Karoake event. Mrs Pugbaby was brave enough to sing a few times. We had a blast listening to our group get up and sing Geocaching themed variations of classic songs ... along with some "pickled" locals. All in all it was a fun night. Since that night in September 2010, I watched as the young family grew from two, to three, and then lept to five. Even with their growing family, they still find time to go caching. Read on to learn about April's MBGA Cacher of the Month, pugbaby!

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. Our first find is recorded as May 20, 2010 in King's Park near the University of Manitoba. We had our geocaches, Bailey and Brutus, with us.

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. Mrs. Pugbaby likes to write in her spare time. In her search for a believable plot device to bring characters into the woods, she stumbled upon geocaching on the internet. She was intrigued and was looking for a new hobby to with Mr. Pugbaby and geocaching fit the bill!

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. The allure of knowing about the "hidden" in plain sight.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. Within in Canada, we have only geocached in Manitoba and that is something we would like to change soon. We have geocached in 12 states.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. Yes, several people. But, TXNCHK is the one that has taken the introduction and ran with it.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. Hunting for Tupperware in the woods using a billion plus dollar satellite system.

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
    • The entire family (except the babies) involved in Shotokan Karate. Eric is currently a purple belt, Tara is a brown belt and Sam is an orange belt. We workout in a dojo in St. Norbert.
    • We like to bike ride as a family.
    • Mrs. Pugbaby writes in her spare time.

  14. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  15. CO's that don't maintain their hides.

  16. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  17. Red Rock Canyon in Colorado and Mount Rushmore.

  18. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  19. Don't remember exactly which cache it was but when we were in South Dakota, we stopped to find a cache that was on top of one of the tunnels along the highway close to Mt Rushmore. We had to climb up a steep trail along a rock face to GZ where there was a stunning view of the monument from about 5 miles out.

  20. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  21. Out in the town of Killarney there is the 1st cache placed in Manitoba: C1BUA - cache 1n a builtup area (GC21C)

  22. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  23. Mrs. Pugbaby was keen to start geocaching but Mr. Pugbaby was reluctant. He was less than thrilled at the start… then we attempted to go after Urban/Rural ? (GC1R8GH) and we got our first DNF. And our second DNF, and third DNF. It took us about three or four times to find the cache and Mr. Pugbaby was hooked!

  24. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  25. Telling you would be inappropriate ;)

  26. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  27. GPSr, iPhone, tweezers, pen, magnetic reachy tool, grappling reachy tool, pending on the time of year, snowshoes and extra clothing, extra logs and baggies to repair caches.

  28. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  29. Garmin Oregon 200 and iphone

  30. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  31. Cache at night, cache during snowstorms, cache in dog parks with dogs, leave the kid who announces he found it at the top of his lungs at home, wear clothing that blends with trees (in suburban areas only, rural areas get bright clothing)

  32. What is the meaning of your username?
  33. We have two pugs. When we got our first pug, Bailey, and before we had kids, we used to call her our pugbaby.

  34. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  35. Raffi the Giraffe (TB32XNJ); He was one of our first and he was with us on of our most memorable caching trips to Camp Hughes by Carberry, MB

  36. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  37. The cachers who have been doing this for a long time. Peter and Gloria, OHMIC, and Dani Carriere. It takes dedication to the hobby to keep going year after year and through all life's changes. And others like KeeGee who's dedication to the streak has produced some impressive numbers.

  38. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  39. Mr. Pugbaby will do a lot on his own but enjoys meeting up with TXNCHK once in a while for a spree. We try to get out as a family when we can and the weather is nice. Eric has also cached with KLBlue.

  40. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  41. Iceland for Mr. Pugbaby, Ireland for Mrs. Pugbaby and Disneyworld for Lilpug (the twins have yet to form an opinion)

  42. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  43. HUH? in King's Park has eluded us for several seasons. We tried again in April 2014 with the geopugs for cover but it still remained hidden.

  44. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  45. Nightflight to Venus (GC2EA46) Has our most original cache container and is our first hide.

  46. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  47. Mrs. Pugbaby prefers sci-fi and fantasy books and Mr. Pugbaby likes suspense books. The last book we read was "The Paperbag Princess" by Robert Munsch

  48. Can you play a musical instrument?
  49. Not well!

  50. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  51. Sadly, Jasmer Challenge 2011 - MB edition (GC443GZ) is only 0.74 km from home and we haven't been out to sign the log despite meeting the criteria

  52. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
    • Iphone in a pinch
    • Tweezers
    • Just the geocaching.com website. Haven't used the benefits of GSAK or another program yet.

  53. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  54. Occasionally for "pinpointing" the beginning of a trail so we don't get lost while hiking!

  55. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  56. Mostly podcasts and children's music but when Mr Pugbaby is on his own, can be found listening to Disturbed (Mrs Pugbaby is disturbed by it).

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