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Cacher of the Month - May 2014




Beware the Jabbywockyz, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun the frumious Bandersnatch!

(Holy Dinah! I just scared myself!)

I haven't cached in the Dauphin area since 2007. Back then there were 3 (yes, three) whole caches in town. All of which were hidden by the Dragonfreys who lived an hour south in Onanole. This surprised me to no end as Dauphin is the largest town in the area, and Swan River (the next largest town) had dozens of caches! Well, it seems that things have changed and the cache hides are coming fast and furious! And now there's GeoArt in the province! Well done!!

"'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, and the mome raths outgrabe." What Lewis Carroll is trying to say here is: Congratulations and read on to learn more about the MBGA Geocachers of the Month, Jabbywockyz!

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. September 2010 Jabbywockyz was formed.

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. Candace learned of this crazy thing called Geocaching from her snowbird aunt and uncle. She tried it out with her family and told me(Jay) that I had to give it a try. We went out to find a cache located at Bowness Park in Calgary. After finding my first cache, a larger than life plastic rat hiding under a bridge I was hooked.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. It's a fun hobby that combines all of our favorite things (outdoors, tech, strategy, travelling, inventions, adrenaline rush) What other game do spend hours and hours driving down back roads in the middle of the night, getting covered in wood ticks and pretending to tie your shoes with a GPSr glued to your ear? It's a new adventure every time you play the game.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC. Fun fact: Our son was the blue bombers kid captain at the 2011 Grey Cup so naturally we had to find at least one cache in BC. We are hoping to expand to other provinces and the US soon.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. Yes, we tell everyone we know about geocaching. Nanabearpaw, cocomoe, ezryder1959 to name a few. We try to convert as many muggles as we can.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. A new kind of scavenger hunt on steroids. You get to use tech gadgets to search for hidden treasure. That usually gets people interested or they walk away questioning my sanity.

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. Camping and hiking/snowshoeing, we love to be outdoors. Football! I am a huge blue bomber fan. Canucks, Flames and Jets fans as well. Candace has a real knack for making creative logbooks. We enjoy working with Tourism Dauphin to help promote geocaching in Dauphin. We volunteer with our local Scouts group that our son belongs to. Ever hear of a little thing called Game of Thrones? It's a big time interest of ours. Winter is coming. We plan on incorporating it into our caching realm.

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. Cache owners that neglect their caches. We applaud those that look after theirs.

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta is amazing. Manitoba has so many interesting places that people don't know about as well. We are very thankful to all the cache hiders that have brought us to these hidden locations. We found an unusual place in our own backyard that we call the rock gorge. After going for a tour of it we just had to place a cache there. GC4KKET Rock Bottom

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. There has been so many memorable ones. Hard to pick just one. GCR035 Haunted Halloween Hunt is an excellent cache. Lots of memories were made finding this one.

  21. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  22. Wow, we have so many favorites! We can't just pick one. GC13AEN Splash News: Who Killed Duke? by Dragonfreys is an awesome cache. It rained the entire time we spent looking for it but that didn't take away from it at all. GC2F5CW Lane's End by Gimligliders is what caching is all about. Captivating story, history and a tour around Brandon left us wanting more! Derivative's MB series of GeoArt is a fun trail of caches, wildlife and sightseeing. GC4N5VG Whitmore Farm Troll by Mclaban is a must see. It's a unique and very well crafted cache. We really could go on and on and list so many more.

  23. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  24. We made a caching trip into Winnipeg for the weekend. On the first night we were doing some night caching around midnight when a cop spotted us by a hydro pole. He pulled up and asked us what we were doing so we explained geocaching to him. Not really sure if he believed us but he drove off and we set off for the next cache. The second day we had a great day and found a ton of caches. We decided to do the TTP cache series on our way back home. We spent about four hours getting as many as we could without having to pull out a canoe. Those ditches are deep! We got to the end of the trail with only a couple more to go and it was about 1AM. We were driving thru a construction zone near Portage when the dashlights on our geomobile started flickering. Then the headlights started going dim and the alternator warning light came on. It was pitch black out and there were cars behind us and our headlights kept going on and off. There was nowhere to pullover as we were driving between rows of pylons. I managed to steer us into the nearest crossroad without incident as the geomobile died. Made some calls to the local tow truck but they were unable to make it out to us until morning. Being resourceful geocachers we were always prepared to spend the night in our vehice. Before we crashed for the night I checked the GPSr and we happened to be parked only 263 feet from the nearest cache. It was a happy end to a crazy caching trip!

  25. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  26. Bumblebee. We woke him up from his nap when we opened the cache.

  27. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  28. We have a pretty sweet backpack courtesy of Cabela's that we carry all our gear. We try to incorporate camo apparel whenever we can. Our pack consists of Flashlight, Space pen, water pack, Tweezers, Extendable grabber, magnets, pencil, pocket knife, UV light, batteries, spare logs, screwdriver, orange safety gear and of course our GPSr and smartphone.

  29. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  30. Garmin GPSMAP 62S

  31. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  32. Our son really comes in handy to distract people.

  33. What is the meaning of your username?
  34. Our name is a combination of the name of our cat, Jabby and the jabberwock mythical monster. We are both fans of mythology and putting the 2 names together worked for us. Jabbywockyz is born.

  35. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  36. Cowbell with a travel bug attached to it that we found in Medicine Hat. It took us at least a hundred caches later before we found a cache big enough to house the massive bell.

  37. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  38. Dragonfreys really inspired us to get into building and putting out our own caches, Derivative and Gimligliders for their fun selection of puzzles, challenges and thinking outside the box, JB and Ruylopez for being the high octane cache finding fiends we strive to be some day! MosesRIP for being a mentor in our early days of caching and putting out so many unique caches.

  39. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  40. The 2 of us always cache together. Our son often comes with us when he is up for it. We also go on caching trips with nanabearpaw. When we travel out to Alberta we team up with seekers in sneakers

  41. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  42. Caches that are located at major landmarks. We would love to find a cache in every province and state. I hear outer space is nice this time of year.

  43. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  44. GC16A8B Where we hike…..to Bald Hill. It's a long hike and in the heart of bear country. Still trying to find a day that will work to go and get it.

  45. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  46. GC4MA6Y Water World. I built this cache for last year's Cachefest. People that know me know that I absolutely love creating caches. I put a lot of time and effort into this one and feel it really paid off in the end. I like to give cachers a memorable experience. It's my favorite because of the fun I had making it and the feedback I get after someone visits it. People seem to love this one.

  47. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  48. Candace loves reading Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones(the latest book is her most recent read) I like reading news articles online.

  49. Can you play a musical instrument?
  50. Does air guitar count?

  51. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  52. 37 miles

  53. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  54. Smartphone for research on the trail. Starting to learn how to use GSAK.

  55. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  56. Hiking and navigate around cities.

  57. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  58. Steady stream of Metallica

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