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Cacher of the Month - October 2012

G and J

G and J

G and J

I know that I have met G and J on more than one occasion. Or, it could be old age creeping up on me. Snooping around their profile I see that they have one event claimed, so I must be hallucinating. I know for sure that I did see them there and had a quick chat with them. Very lovely people. OK, back to snooping around their profile. (BTW, one of the perks of doing these right ups is that I get to check out everyone's profiles). Here's an interesting stat: Over 99% of their finds are traditional caches. I know you might not think it's interesting, but I would find it hard to hit a 99% milestone in anything! Read on to learn more about October's Cacher of the Month.

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. Sept. 26, 2007

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. We attended a workshop that OHMIC put on at Oak Hammock Marsh and we were hooked. He has been an excellent source of information for us.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. It takes you to wonderful places and we've discovered parks and heritage sites in Manitoba that we never knew existed. It also gets us out of doors in the fresh air. We also enjoy the clever play on words that become evident in some of the cache names and hints.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. Yes, all provinces west of Quebec plus Minnesota and Florida in the U.S. and Greece, New Zealand, Australia, and the Cayman Islands. We've looked for caches in several other countries but came up empty handed.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. We've talked to a number of friends about geocaching and have taken G's brother and his wife out geocaching. I think that they will begin geocaching next year when he retires.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. We frequently describe it as "an adult treasure hunt using a GPS".

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. G is very interested in birding and writes a bi-monthly Bird News column for Nature Manitoba News. J is into crafting and for the last few years has made all our Christmas cards, birthday cards, etc. She also quilts, knits, crochets, is an avid reader of mystery books (over 1300 since she retired 10 years ago) and does a fair amount of golfing.

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. We don't like multi-caches that take you to 3 or 4 different places and then finally bring you back to where you started. That is waste of time and gasoline. Our pet peeve is cache owners that don't look after their caches. As an example, we found that when we logged in one cache we had looked for recently it had only DNF's for the past five months. That cache has obviously been muggled. We also do not believe that caches should be placed on private property or property that has been posted as "no trespassing".

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. Alice Springs, Australia.

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. The one that comes to mind was a cache in Rhodes, Greece. We really wanted to find a cache in Greece !!! The GPS led us through a large marble arch to a bench that was literally surrounded by muggles. We sidled up to the bench, sat down and nonchalantly felt under the bench for the cache. We got the smiley. Meanwhile, our daughter walked off several paces as she didn't want to have anything to do with us.

  21. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  22. Every new find is our favorite.

  23. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  24. We found a geocoin in New Zealand and brought it back to Winnipeg where we placed it in a cache. Three months later we again found this geocoin in a different cache and while carrying it back to the car from the cache it slipped out of its container and fell into three feet of snow. The geocoin was white, the snow was white and we never did find it even though we went back in the spring.

  25. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  26. A series of heritage cards in the Selkirk area.

  27. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  28. Our TOTT includes pliers, tweezers, step stool, barbecue tongs, extendible magnet, flashlight and duct tape.

  29. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  30. Garmin GPSmap 60Cx.

  31. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  32. We generally wait until the muggles leave or we leave and come back later.

  33. What is the meaning of your username?
  34. Our first initials.

  35. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  36. Our first travel bug was a "cow-pig" travel bug. We took his picture.

  37. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  38. We think that OHMIC has contributed a great deal to caching in Manitoba.

  39. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  40. Just the two of us.

  41. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  42. Hawaii.

  43. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  44. HUH

  45. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  46. J reads mystery books while G reads magazines such as National Geographic, Australian Geographic, Canadian Geographic and bird related magazines.

  47. Can you play a musical instrument?
  48. J can play an organ, G cannot play any type of instrument.

  49. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  50. 600 metres

  51. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  52. None

  53. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  54. No - we use a Garmin Nuvi 40LM when traveling to get us through large cities and find hotels.

  55. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  56. Several bird field guides that also have the bird's songs.

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