September : Hamgran
Q and A with Hamgran
Q: Where do you call home?
A:Ingersoll, so I can be really close to work (any driving time I can save in a day, gives me extra time for geocaching!)
Q: Where does the name Hamgran come from?
A:It’s my Raging Granny nickname, derived from my last name (check out www.geocities.com/woodstockrg). I’ve been a member of the Woodstock gaggle for nearly ten years.
Q: When you are not caching, what do you do to relax?
A:I enjoy bike riding, bird watching, ATVing, canoeing, camping… but increasingly I find myself combining these activities with geocaching!
Q: How did you find out about geocaching?
A:Husband PumpkinOneA brought an ATV magazine home, in the spring of 2003. I flipped through it, and read an article about geocaching. I thought it sounded interesting, so in the summer when I was on a trip to Pelee Island with friends, I brought his GPSr with me and found my first cache, “Southernmost Stash” (which has since been archived). I was pretty thrilled about finding it, and have since been hooked.
Q:Have you gotten anyone else involved in the sport?
A:Directly, probably about ten people, some who are avid cachers now, but you know the story – I showed ten people, they showed ten people…
Q:What gear do you use for caching?
A:At first it was an ancient Garmin GPS38, but I soon graduated to a Garmin ETrex Vista, and have just last week acquired a Vista C, which I’m still trying to work my way around
Q:Tell us some of your caching milestones.
A:First cache (as mentioned above) was “Southernmost Stash” (GC4F0D).
100th cache was “The Talented Mr. Bean”, (GCHM4W).
500th cache was “To the Queens of Caching”, (GCMQJD).
I’ve also created (either by myself or in conjunction with other cachers) ten caches; favourites (judging by the logs) include Beantown (GCN24V) in St. Marys, Yggdrasil (GCP7ZY, a nighttime cache modeled after one I found in B.C. called Cougar Bait – GCJ160), and Tour of Ingersoll (GCJ4PQ).
Q:What are your favourite caches?
A:I love ingeniously disguised caches hidden in a conservation area. I’ve seen them disguised as rocks, logs, branches… the cleverer the hide, the better.
Q: What are your least favourite caches?
A:I’m not a fan of micros in urban areas, unless they’re clever hides like “Mo-Jo” Cincinnati Style (GCGW6J), which, after three tries, I still haven’t found. (Thanks, Annie, for the hint – I’ll get it next time for sure). I’m also not much of a fan of quick highway caches, but I’ll always do ‘em if they’re there!
Q: Any recent highlights you would like to share?
A:Knitter, DNStephens and I just put on an event night, “Harvestfest 2005” (GCP94Z). Lots of fun organizing it, and putting together the cache that went with it. And so wonderful to meet the many, many cachers who came!
Q: Any thoughts on caching you would like to share?
A:I really enjoy caching with other cachers, so if anyone thinks we may be able to team up sometime, send me an e-mail. Also, I’ve been waiting patiently – for months – to get my hands on one of the Golden Horseshoe Cachers’ geotags (hint, hint!)
Thanks to Hamgran for sharing with us.