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Cacher of the Month - January 2012




If you're like me, when you hear a name like "Geo-Indy", your brain automatically starts into the classic theme song. I also bet that sometimes when you're out on a geocaching quest, climbing over fallen trees, and into small caves you're singing that song outloud, aren't you. C'mon ... tell the truth. There you go. We've all done it. I even know of a certain cacher who had it as a ringtone during a flash freeze mob event. OK, back to the cacher of the month... Reading their answers to the questionnaire they were sent, I found myself nodding my head. Yes, ruylopez' puzzle are crazy hard. Yes, Z'tirnats caches are super awesome. Yes, "No Hints" hints are pet peeves of mine too. Read on, fellow cachers, and learn more about Geo-Indy. (And if you click that theme song link above, you can have it playing in the background while you're reading their cacher of the month page).

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. July 2008

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. Meemomydog had just started and mentioned it to M. We talked about it a bit but didn't really look into it to much. Shortly afterwards we were camping in Saskatchewan at Moose Mountain provincial park. The park office lent us a handheld GPSr with a few geocaches preloaded. I was skeptical at first and remember being very surprised when we found the cache exactly where the GPSr said it would be.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. Partly the hunt, but mostly it's just getting out of the house and exploring different areas.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. We have cached in Mb, Sk, Ab, BC, On. North Dakota, Minnesota, Scotland and England.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. My younger brother and my father.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. Just that it's basically a treasure hunt that you can do at your own pace. Plus you get to play with some pretty cool electronic toys.

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. Not much else. Mostly family related stuff. I was quite involved coaching H's soccer over the last couple of years, however her skill level has outstripped my abilities, so now I am content to watch and cheer from the sidelines.

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. Putting hints in the description that when decoded read "No hints", "Too easy for a hint" etc. If you're not going to give a hint, don't put one in. Some people still decode them by hand.

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. Downtown London, England and the far end of Loch Ness in Scotland.

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. Gneevil's Apology and the Remember # series. Or for that matter anything by Ztirnats

  21. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  22. "Lost Civilization". Great puzzle and neat final location hidden deep in the forest

  23. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  24. My adventure (or misadventure) at "Hector and Hector".

  25. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  26. Nothing comes to mind. I don't usually have anything to trade, so I don't pay much attention to what's in a cache.

  27. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  28. Usually just a pencil, GPSr and phone

  29. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  30. Garmin Colorado 300. It didn't get very good reviews but most of the bugs have been worked out of it and it suits my needs just fine. I also have a SE Xperia X10 android phone with a couple of caching apps install. I find that works almost as well as a dedicated handheld unit.

  31. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  32. You can't beat the Old Loose Shoelace trick. You can use it anywhere at anytime.

  33. What is the meaning of your username?
  34. Named after our dog and she's named from one of my favourite lines from the Indiana Jones movies. "We named the dog Indiana" Said with a slow Scottish brogue.

  35. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  36. The first TB that I found was a Green Jeep that almost exactly matched my real Green Jeep. I was very reluctant to let it go and move it along on it's journey.

  37. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  38. OHMIC of course for his outstanding number of finds. Bergmannfamily for all their hides. Ztirnats for their creativity. Anybody who can figure out a Ruylopez puzzle without clues or help from him.

  39. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  40. I usually fly solo. I work rotating shifts so most of my days off are during the week. It's also getting harder to get the kids to come along.

  41. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  42. Egypt, India, Australia. Someplace exotic, however I was in Dryden On, last week and had a good time grabbing a couple there.

  43. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  44. Klblue's Blue's MOE Hide #1. I've tried several times and will keep banging my head against that wall till I do find it.

  45. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  46. I really enjoyed setting and running my World Cup 2012 series last summer. The response was outstanding. Of those caches Group B was my favourite.

  47. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  48. Fiction. Lately it's been old spy thrillers,, such as Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Etc.

  49. Can you play a musical instrument?
  50. M plays the piano. D is very good at guitar and played trombone in his high school jazz band. H is getting very good at the flute and will be on a tour of Europe next summer with her high school orchestra. S and I are pretty much tone deaf.

  51. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  52. About 800m. Peek-a-Boo. If anybody can give a clue what to do there I would appreciate it.

  53. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  54. On my Android phone I use Neongeo and the official GC app. Neongeo is fantastic. GSAK.

  55. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  56. No

  57. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  58. A collection of rock from the 70's and 80's. Lynyrd Skynyrd 'Gimme back my bullets' is playing right now.

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