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Cacher of the Month - May 2012



Myst354, Pattydog, and the 3 Beardogs

Our Cacher of the Month for May is also a resident of the WestMan region of the province, Myst354. This cacher has been caching for just under 5 years, and has amassed over 1,100 finds. It has been a long time since I've been in the Brandon area, so I think I'm long overdue for a roadtrip. In fact, I think the last time that I was in the area was for the Brandon Brews (GC1FK5J) pub nite in September of 2008. (edit. note: Holy cow! Has it really been that long?!?) This was my first opportunity to meet myst354 and Pattydog, but not the last. I'm hoping we'll see them at future events. Perhaps, one in Brandon(?!?) I'll have to keep my eye open for one. Congratulations to Myst354 on being the MBGA's Cacher of the Month!

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. In 2007 when I turned 50 my wife got me an EtrexHC as a present and that's when we started.

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. I remember reading about it on line a couple of years earlier thinking that it would be fun t try.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. It was something my wife and I could do while we walked the dogs. It also provides me with something to do while she is attending Rally Obedience trials and Agility trials with our dogs.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. I have found a few in the United States and all the western provinces.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. Yes I have introduced a couple of people at work Hosta Hunter and Festucafinder. I also introduced another agility/rally obedience person from Regina to it, Peppermint P.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. I usually use the standard answer about looking for peanut butter jars and ammo boxes with high tech military satellites.

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. I like to do some photography, gardening(this sometimes interferes with caching) and I do like to cook.

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. I'm not too fussy on the wood ticks. What are your pet peeves? People who don't maintain their caches and people who pick up a travel bug and then never place it in a cache again.

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. In Abbotsford BC there was an old quarry that had been turned into a lake for waterskiing. We would never have found it if there weren't caches around it. One of them was Water Skiers Haven (GC1QQMN).

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. RIght now the most memorable cache that I found was Misadventures in Parallel Parking (GC33GP9). I think this one took me the longest to find. I think I found it on my 6th visit.

  21. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  22. Right now it has to be the Trove Chasers Betwixt & Between Trove TCDNMB YLHD (GC15HRZ) and Do You Measure Up (GC3J0GC)

  23. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  24. I can't think of any right now.

  25. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  26. I can't think of anything other than a few interesting travel bugs.

  27. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  28. I have a back pack that has all you standard tools (magnet, multitool, tweezers, gloves, mirror, flashlight, dog poo bags, and of course extra batteries). It also carries the swag for trading and some extra log sheets and baggies. There is also a collapsible water dish for the Geodogs.

  29. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  30. I'm using an Oregon 300 now in combination with a Nuvi 255. The Nuvi is used mainly in the cities I load the caches into it and then use it to drive me to the general area. I then get out and use the Oregon for off road.

  31. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  32. A lot of the time I have one of the dogs with me or if it is an urban cache I just circle the block and come back to it.

  33. What is the meaning of your username?
  34. When I signed up to Geocaching .com I just used my email address name. I took my email name from the game Myst that I was playing back in the late 90's.

  35. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  36. It has to be Fluffy (TBG1PK) that I found in Cache Grove Halt! TCDNMB (GCXC1Z).

  37. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  38. The Trove Chaser and Peewee4 for their excellent disguises, and a Regina cacher Olemaz for his devious puzzle caches.

  39. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  40. I like to go with my wife and the Geodogs Taz, Juno and Fyn, but if she is busy at a trial I will go out with Festucafinder and Hosta Hunter.

  41. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  42. I would like to go to Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland.

  43. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  44. Would like to get the PFRA Night Cache (GC1C1HH) since I used to work for them before they became AESB.

  45. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  46. I like my Country in the City (GC214YA) cache. Its not a hard one to find but it is a nice area and is full of swag for the kids.

  47. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  48. I like mysteries and whodunits I also like some SciFi booksand cookbooks. The last book I read not counting the cookbooks was 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs.

  49. Can you play a musical instrument?
  50. No the only thing I can play is my ipod.

  51. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  52. 2 Popsicles and a Cup of Coffee (GC3G2CF) in the Brandon Hills. But hopefully I will have found it by the time this is published.

  53. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  54. I use the Geocaching app from Geocaching .com on my IPod Touch, I use Google Earth to get a look at the air photos of the site and the topography maps that I Purchased for the Garmin.

  55. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  56. Yes I use the Nuvi when we are travelling. Much easier to use then having all the paper maps around that never seem to get refolded properly.

  57. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  58. All kinds of rock music, everything from Aerosmith, The Beatles, Black Keys to ZZTop.

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