Bluelamb03 from Ottawa was voted this month’s Cacher of the Month. In just 3.5 years of geocaching he is on the verge of finding his 2000th geocache. That is quite the accomplishment.
Q and A with bluelamb03
Q: Where do you call home?
A: Ottawa, the Ottawa valley, which includes Western Quebec, the Outaouais.
Q: Where does the name bluelamb03 come from?
A: It was a name I made up for eBay, using their ‘make up a name’ suggestions, and I used it the first time I logged on and decided to keep it.
Q: When you are not caching, what do you do? (work and/or relax?)
A: I work for the Home Depot as a kitchen and bath designer. In my free time (???) I like to travel (and geocache while traveling), and read.
Q: How long have you been geocaching?
A: Four years next July, so about three and a half years now.
Q: How did you find out about geocaching?
A: The first cache I found, ‘The Knob’, on Cape Cod was back in July 2003. My brother in law, soon to be Remote Sensor, had brought a Magellan 315 with him, a friend, soon to be D-Filer, had heard of this thing called ‘geocaching’, and we tried for the nearest cache to our summer rental on the 20th. We didn’t find it! We tried again on the 21st, this time armed with the hint, and found it! We were hooked. .
Q: Have you gotten anyone else involved in the sport?
A: I have always proselytized for Geocaching, introducing several cachers to the sport, and helping others master their GPSr’s, but few have stayed ‘active’ in the game over the years…
Q: What gear do you use for caching?
A: Garmin eTrex Legend. No, the old one with monochromatic screen. It was the first I bought and I’ll keep it until a unit that will pick up GPS and Galileo signals becomes available. I use Garmin topographic maps if possible, Roads and Rec. maps if necessary. No PDA or Pocket Computer, though a mobile phone and Scarlett03 at home on the desktop has come in handy a few times! *grin*
Q: Tell us some of your caching milestones. (First, most memorable etc.)
A: My first cache was “The Knob”, GC5DFC, in Massachusetts. I still have a fond memory of that area and try to revisit when we go back to Cape Cod on vacation. My first ‘binthair’ cache, “Far Out” GCC4B5, was a proud moment back in December 2003. But perhaps my two most memorable caches are one I found, and one I didn’t find: the one I found was Lost Posts, Broomlee Lough GCF047, which took my son GreyElf and I through a gate in Hadrian’s Wall and onto the moors for a dash to the cache in which we raced the setting sun and the break in the storm for a find. We got the find and made it back before dark, but got soaked anyway… The cache I didn’t find was a challenging hike over the Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, through a fog so thick you could cut it with a knife, to Kilmar Tor. The fog cleared as we (my wife, Scarlett03, and GreyElf too) started to climb the Tor, giving us tremendous views over the Moor. We didn’t find that one, but who cares!
Q: What are your favourite caches?
A: I have many caches I think of as my favourites, but my favourite type of cache is the one that involves a long hike over interesting terrain, requires some navigational skill, and has an easy find at the end.
Q: What are your least favourite caches?
A: The caches I dislike are the ones that leave you thrashing about in the area looking for a cache that could be anywhere! I’ve seen many cache sites that look like a tornado has touched down as cachers tore up the area looking for a container! I don’t like spending a hour looking for the ultra-nano-micro hidden within a ten meter radius full of hiding spots. I’d rather spend that hour hiking down a great trail, thank you.
Q: Any recent highlights you would like to share?
A: “TriangleS”, GCZ736, by cron. Woof!
Q: Any thoughts on caching you would like to share?
A: I’ve enjoyed finding many a great cache, trekking down some lovely paths, but while I like the personal challenge of caching I’ve discovered that I really enjoy the social aspect of caching! As a member of Mudlark’s Saturday Morning Caching Club I’ve gone on group caching expeditions on a regular basis and enjoyed the company of friends on the trail, and in the pub afterward too! I’ve met many great people who would’ve remained unknown to me if not for this interesting pastime!
Thanks to bluelamb03 for taking time out to share a few moments with all of us. Looking forward to seeing you reach the 2000th find milestone.