Cacher of the Month - November 2011

AngelFreak

AngelFreak

AngelFreak


Has she really been caching for just over a year? Yes! But it seems I've known her for much longer. AngelFreak is one of the most enthusiastic people I have ever met. When she gets interested in something, she dives right in. (Go ahead, ask her about couponing ... I dare you!) You can always count on her to be optimistic about upcoming events and I believe she really enjoys her role as the MBGA's Event Coordinator! Having assisted in that role over the years, I can tell you that sometimes it's not easy, and often hard to please everyone. I think she's doing a great job and is definitely an asset to the MBGA Executive. Having read through her responses below, I just realized that she missed an interesting item. Did you know that AngelFreak's first 507 geocache finds were done without the use of a GPS? I've heard other people have cached that way, but not to that extent. That takes a lot of dedication! Join me in congratulating AngelFreak on being the MBGA's Geocacher of the Month for November.

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. I found my first cache July 21, 2010.

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. My friend was posting about it on facebook.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. I liked seeing new places and the thrill of the hunt.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. I went for my first real vacation this past summer, which was to visit my sister in Toronto,Ontario. I loved the experience of being a tourist and geocaching along my journey.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. I have taken many friends and some co-workers out, some of them like it and a few signed up but they are not very active with it.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. It is a really fun treasure hunt game that you can do everywhere you go. Most players use gps units but it's possible to play without one, like I had done.

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. I have started extreme couponing a few months ago. It is amazing how much money you can save and the stuff you can also get for free.

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. Muggles are a pet peeve, mainly when they make it tough to maintain caches.

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. I always have fun climbing trees or going under bridges but it is really interesting when a cache brings you inside a building. There is also a cache called Sweet Spot (GC2RN75) that has an interesting feature. And if you visit Toronto there is a cache called Bridge Boutique (GCXCEX) which is a trolley stand set up for people to put items they wish to giveaway! I also really enjoyed geocaching in Niagara Falls. It was absolutely beautiful to see!

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. There are a lot of great caches out there but one I remember well for my own reasons is Lotsa Deer Here (GC229PE) because I found this micro cache in a large bush area in winter without a gps and it only took 25 minutes from the time I left my car to the time I got back to it! It was very satisfying.

  21. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  22. Just recently this became The Key to Moe's Heart, but there are so many more that I love!

  23. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  24. It's a tie. The first one is when TXNCHK and Kimmy1013 and I were going after The Last Telegraph Post (GC1G9MT) and I managed to get my Rondo stuck on the muddy path that had started as a gravel road. It's a log worth reading for a good laugh. My other favorite is when I was caching with TXNCHK and Captain Cheater in the Living Prairie Museum Park instead of trudging through more wetlands I decided to climb the eight foot fence in my rubber boots to find Living Prairie Oaks (GC2DX79). It is really interesting that I remember the chain of events one way but the way they remember seeing it happen is a little different, a little scarier than it actually felt like to me.

  25. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  26. I bring home collectible pins for one daughter and rocks or Stingy Bandit jewels for my other daughter.

  27. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  28. I always have a couple pens, a pencil, a flashlight or two and batteries. I try to have extra log sheets and baggies in case a cache needs this to be replaced. I will also bring other tools if I think I will need them.

  29. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  30. Garmin Dakota 20

  31. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  32. Sometimes I pretend to be lost and on the phone for directions, other times I do a few stretches.

  33. What is the meaning of your username?
  34. I've been collecting angels since I was sixteen, when my sister bought me an angel figurine and keychain as a birthday gift. From that time on I couldn't resist buying one if I saw it. Soon enough my family and friends started giving them as gifts all the time. I now have two curio cabinets full of angel figurines and trinkets, numerous angels decorating my walls, etc. I absolutely love angels! I even used angels as part of my wedding décor! One of these days I will have to count how many angel items I have, out of curiosity myself.

  35. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  36. I still think the first one I found was really neat: TB15BXY ScurvyDog's LOOK ALIKE WANABE but I also recently came across one that I liked a lot: TB2JQFZ Schutzengel A.

  37. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  38. If I had to pick my top ten it would be OHMIC, Glacier Ice, Dani_Carriere, TurdleEggs, TxnChk, Stingy Bandits, Trag Cachers, KlBlue, MissionMode, Tuppergurl, Crackerjackie, Happymole, Pa Bottle, Jean Deniche, NetleyHunter, Cache and Cary… Oh, I passed ten already?! But there are so many more!

  39. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  40. The person I go caching with the most now is TXNCHK.

  41. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  42. I'm pretty happy wherever I am.

  43. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  44. I'd like to get Lego Island but I'm sort of scared to go get it, to cross over water.

  45. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  46. Mac Daddy's Angels is one of my favorites as I love the picture but also because it is a more tricky retrieval.

  47. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  48. I like science fiction and fantasy. When I really like a book then I have a hard time putting it down before I finish it. I just finished The Van Alen Legacy, A Blue Bloods Novel by Melissa De La Cruz. It's the fourth one in the series.

  49. Can you play a musical instrument?
  50. Not really.

  51. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  52. 0.3 miles, it's a puzzle I haven't solved.

  53. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  54. I use notepad or word to make a list of caches on the route for each trip. I also use gsak for a few things.

  55. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  56. I sometimes use it for directions to an address, or to find the nearest location of something I'm looking for, like a restaurant or gas station, etc.

  57. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  58. Twilight

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