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Cacher of the Month - August 2014




This introduction starts off with a big Congratulations to the 100th Cacher of the Month for the MBGA, H.Erectus&Lucy . H.Erectus (known henceforth as H.e) is a retired biology teacher. He's an avid outdoorsman who helps maintain ski trails in The Pas area of Northern Manitoba. It's quite evident from their stats that they spend a good deal of the winter in Arizona as more than half of their finds are in that state. As good as H.e is at caching, when he is stumped, Lucy (Mrs H.e), can always find what his eyes miss. With the departure from The Pas of slippery_1 and Stonagal, they're really the only avid cachers left in the area. This makes my heart sad. We need to recruit new hiders and finders in that area! Stat!

Their photo was a selfie taken at Kiss - GwPS #10 (GC48G65). This was the cache where they earned their "comma" (1,000th cache found).

Please congratulate H.erectus&Lucy on being the MBGA Cachers of the Month for August, and for being the 100th COTM selected.

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. (H.e) I found my first geocache in May 2008 and did not pursue it any further until Jan '13 while spending the winter in Arizona. My bad.

    (Lucy) He made me reach down into a hollow fence post because his hand was too big… and this is what came out.
    stuffed rat

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. (H.e) I had been aware of the geocaching as an activity but really had not paid much attention to it. My son-in-law was visiting us in the spring of '08 and suggested we check Geocaching.com for any caches in the area. Sure enough there was one light my fire (GC1WB7B) on the island just offshore from where I live. We paddled out and hunted it down. I was the one to actually spot it first and not only was it my first find, it was an FTF for this cache.

    (Lucy) From H.e.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. (H.e) I cannot recall how I became serious about caching in the first place but that little burst of adrenalin whenever a find is made, the never-ending variety of locations and creativity of cache containers keeps me saying "Just one more and then we'll stop for the day….NOT!

    (Lucy) If I wanted to see H.e occasionally, I had to tag along.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. At this point we have cached in MB, SK, and BC but the majority of our caching has been in the United States.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. (H.e) I have tried to get some likely candidates to try it out but so far the only taker I know of has been Lucy.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. With great difficulty. It is an ongoing treasure hunt with many unexpected payoffs.

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. (H.e) Birding, kayaking, mountain biking, scuba diving, gardening.

    (Lucy) Quilting (is the latest), knitting, cross-stitching, sewing, reading, reading, reading, kayaking, and flower gardening.

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. Caches that are not monitored and maintained by their CO and cache web pages that are not proofread and updated when TBs and geocoins are no longer present. So called geocachers who "retrieve" geocoins but do not log them, aka, pilferers. So called geocachers who log a "Found It" when they have not actually met the requirements set out by the CO.

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. There have been so many; the top of Lone Mountain (GC1MDJ9), Pinal City Wagon Tracks (GC1PPW2), Earth Fissures of Apache Junction (GC17MQ9), Show Low, …….

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. This one is easy. There is a cache called The Raven's Labyrinth (GC35BKD) that immediately comes to mind when we are asked about geocaching. It would take too long to explain it here to my satisfaction. The best I can say is check out the web page and if you are ever near Prescott, AZ. DO NOT pass this one by…. And if you do, do not tell me.

  21. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  22. (H.e) Wow, that's a "tuffy". I will give the nod to crackerjackie's jukebox (GC4GJ1Z) on that one.

    (Lucy) My vote is for BIRD WATCHING…..Cacher Style (GC48NC5) by TroveChasers

  23. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  24. One of the strangest experiences we had occurred in Mesa, AZ while we were caching the Historical District series. This is the log we had entered at one of those caches H.D. West Second Street (GC40PRF):

    "Had a very interesting experience on the way to this cache from HD Robson. Long story short: We had just passed a Benz SEL parked on this quiet street and we parked just ahead of it. We had just stopped when the Benz pulled up beside us and the lone fellow in the car offered to buy our car right there on the spot. He waved a fist full of Benjamin's that would choke a horse. Unfortunately we had to decline the offer. We were asking TWO fists full."

  25. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  26. Several 'geogems' made by StingyBandits.

  27. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  28. My backpack with flashlight, various extraction tools, leatherman, extra logs, baggies, CITO bags, gloves, bug repellent, water, munchies for Lucy (got to keep 'the help' fed and watered), pen.

  29. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  30. (H.e) Currently using Lucy's Oregon 650t (because I left my new Garmin 78s at 'Matt's cache 2' in South Mountain Park on March 7 and by the time I hiked back to the cache, Mr. Garmin decided to wander off on his own).

    (Lucy) I like using my iPhone 5s.

  31. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  32. (H.e) We wear Freddie Kruger masks.

    (Lucy) What's a muggle? LOL

  33. What is the meaning of your username?
  34. I (H.e) have an avid interest in human origins and since we are a couple of 'old fossils' ourselves, I thought Homo erectus, the species name for one stage in human ancestry, would be appropriate for me. Lucy (she) is the nickname given to an extraordinary find of a female Australopithecus afarensis fossil from Ethopia's Afar Triangle. (….And Lucy is extraordinary…. And she was in Ethiopia in 1998 participating in a Rotary Study Exchange program.)

  35. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  36. Another tough question. It would have to be Not My Cup of Tea! which I found in a cache at the top of Lone Mountain (in the desert NE of Phoenix). I proudly brought it back to Lucy who is a tea connoisseur and enjoys her morning "cuppa". It was a surprise find since it was not logged into the cache. We found out that it had gone MIA over two years earlier so the TB owners were very happy to see it reappear. We had a chance to meet up and exchange stories. Unfortunately, after many adventures in the company of Willy Wasser (another favourite), it has gone missing again after being placed in the Krown TB Hotel in Winnipeg. So if anyone out there knows where it's at, please log it and put it back in circulation.

  37. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  38. Cschooner, crackerjackie, and TroveChasers for their dedication to placing caches that are creative and highly entertaining; stonagal for all the help he has been to us in becoming a more proficient cachers.

  39. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  40. Usually on my own or in the company of Lucy. Our success rate is always better when Lucy is there.

  41. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  42. (H.e) Wherever there's a cache to be found.

    (Lucy) New Zealand

  43. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  44. Nothing locally.

  45. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  46. The Christmas Tree CWL (GC4VP47) It was our first cache and the Multi-event 11-12-13 Geocoin we gave to SAMS School for the FTF has made its way through Asia and is now in Australia but on its way back to Europe..

  47. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  48. (H.e) Nonfiction related to natural history and science history, humour. Last read: "The Serpent of Venice" (Christopher Moore)

    (Lucy) Fiction books that tackle social issues and the complexities of human relationships, historical novels, humour. Recently read: "The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden".

  49. Can you play a musical instrument?
  50. (H.e) Nope

    (Lucy) piano ….. not so much anymore.

  51. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  52. Depends how you interpret this question. We have an unfound cache at the head of our driveway. The nearest unfound cache that we ourselves could log is 93.47 km away.

  53. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  54. We use GSAK and Basecamp software. We also use our iPhones with the Geocaching App whenever possible. Google Earth comes in handing at times.

  55. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  56. (H.e) I use the unit when I go wilderness camping in remote areas that are new to me. I also use it to keep a record of distance and time when I go cycling or paddling.
    (Lucy) Nope, no reason to. H.e does it all.

  57. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  58. (H.e) What's an iPod???? wink

    (Lucy) My "Grovin' Movin'" Collection

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