Cacher of the Month - April 2012
This month's Cacher of the Month, Derivative, didn't believe me when I told them that they were this month's selection. I had to reassure them that the statistics didn't lie, they were indeed on the top of my list. Getting to the top is no mean feat either. You have to have longevity in the game, significant finds, a number of hides, and be actively using the GC.com website. In addition, you can garner brownie points by being nominated. Caching since August 2007, and hiding over 20 geocaches is probably what got them to the top this month. Hailing from the Westman region of the province, they have hidden many quality caches, including a challenge cache (my favourite type of cache). Reading through their responses to the questionnaire, I see they plan their roadtrips in a similar manner to myself. I set my sights on accomplishing certain challenge caches and use the roadtrip to fulfill the requirements. In fact, I have to travel out to Brandon to pick up their Unusual Violet cache to fulfill a challenge cache where you have to have the whole rainbow (ROYGBIV) of colours in cache finds. (I'm still looking for Indigo, hint, hint cache hiders!!). Read on to learn more about this month's Cacher of the Month, Derivative:
- When did you start Geocaching? How did you find out about Geocaching?
- What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
- Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
- Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
- How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
- What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
- What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
- What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
- What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
- What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
- What is your favorite Caching Story?
- What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
- What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
- What kind of GPSr do you use?
- What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
- What is the meaning of your username?
- What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
- Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
- With whom do you normally go geocaching?
- If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
- Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
- Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
- What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
- Can you play a musical instrument?
- How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
- Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
- Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
- What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
In the summer of 2007 there was a picture on the front page of the Brandon Sun showing soldiers from Shilo geocaching in the parks in Brandon. It seemed like a fun use for the Garmin Etrex our daughter had given us for Christmas. I immediately registered online and we found our first cache that evening, a cache within easy walking distance of our home and placed by Mosesrip.
The clever urban micros placed by Mosesrip, the puzzles and walks in the woods submitted by Dragonfreys and the chance to play outside have been irresistible.
We have a colorful assortment of souvenirs from six provinces and 23 states and we found one cache in France.
We have taken every family member out to find a few and have talked to lots of people about it. One of those people was a staff member at the school where I taught. Now she and her husband are cachers.
We use a battery powered GPS unit to find containers in the parks or the woods. We sign the log in the container and online. It's wonderful motivation to get off the couch and go for a walk.
We are both avid readers. We dabble in photographing the birds and animals we see. We're season ticket holders for the local junior hockey team and active church members.
Garbage in public places! Everyone who's been out for a walk understands that.
Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan. We spent two days walking those hills. It's a really different area, very solitary, wide open vistas and just enough animal life to spy on.
Finding Beverly (GC28) was really special because of its age, Manual GPS Trilateration (GCWBHN) was the most challenging puzzle, Brown (GC1BJD8) took us the most tries to find (Who else but Hogger Jeff would put a nano in the woods!).
Our favorite caching experiences tend to be the ones that have great walks. Brambles (GC1C2Q7) and Einstein's Challenge (GCV4QF) for summer and Wildlife Tracking Telemetry (GCTA3N) in the snow with snowshoes. Old Stone (GC8643) in the fall.
We had stopped on the way home from Grasslands National Park to look for Birds, Saskatchewan TCDNSK (GCMYFE). D2 (the offline member of this team) had found the envelope made from an inner tube and reached inside to get the cache. With a shriek, he pulled out his hand with 2 or 3 mice running across it.
haven't found it yet
We usually carry a pen, but we have borrowed one from a nearby hotel and bought one at a university cafeteria. If we take the backpack, there's a camera, flashlight, tweezers, magnet with extendable handle, towel, zipper bags, and CITO bags.
Garmin GPSMap 62
shoe tying and talking on cell phone - not too creative, often we tell adults in the area about geocaching to avoid just looking creepy as we prowl around
In math, a derivative gives a rate at which something is changing. We took up caching at a point when we were both about to retire. The structure of our lives was changing and our use of technology was changing. In common use, the word means something that is derived from or the product of something else. Who we are is very much a result of our experiences. As I registered for geocaching, it seemed like the people we already were were about to be affected by this new activity.
It was the biggest, Curious George sitting in a big yellow wooden car about 20 or 25 cm long.
Besides those mentioned already, OHMIC for Caching the Marsh and the prolific array of informative caches.
just the 2 of us
Mosesrip has recently published his 6th incarnation of Swamp. We took a look and will need to take a couple more.
Unusual Violet (GC36AR3) is the first Manitoba cache to make use of ultraviolet light and invisible ink. Yellow Quill (GC2FCAJ) overlooks the junction of the Souris and Assiniboine Rivers and is a great walk.
Mostly we read well-written fiction, lately the series of mysteries by Charles Todd.
D2 plays the guitar
Last month it was 47 km. Last week it was 12.5 km. Today it is 0.75 km. See what I mean about the rate at which things change?
GSAK, Google Earth and a topographic map of Canada are basic these days. There's a story about caching before we started using Google Earth that's too complicated to tell here but involves a long walk on a cowpath and no cache at the end.
Occasionally we've used it to find our way on the road and I have checked the date on it.
Better question would be what's the next challenge cache you plan to complete? After finishing Manitoba ABC, the provincial parks and the cache attributes, we took on the alphanumeric cacher names. We'll be heading to Morris next week to sign the log on that one. Actually, we find those the most addictive caches and they have helped guide some excellent road trips