Hidnseek has been voted this month’s Cacher of the Month. Hopefully she isn’t buried under too much snow up in our nations capital to answer a few of our questions.
Q and A with Hidnseek
Q: Where do you call home?
A: I am originally from the Vancouver B.C. I moved to Ottawa for University in 1992 and never moved back. I call Ottawa home now.
Q: Where does the name Hidnseek come from?
A: Originally I wanted another nickname, but it was taken. I tried several others but they too were taken. hidnseek came to mind. To me geocaching at first seemed like a game of hide and seek, but I will have ‘hid’ caches ‘n’ I would be ‘seek’ing them.
Q: When you are not caching, what do you do? (work and/or relax?)
A: I am a stay at home mom. I have two children, a son age 3.5, and daughter age 5.5, often referred to as team sharp eyes in my logs. Hubby is a non geocacher and is often referred to as the parole officer, as he calls wonder when I will be home. I teach Infant Massage on the side and do various other intersting jobs. But really when am I not doing something geocaching related!! My down time is spent planning events, designing the CCC geocoins, chatting with fellow cachers and solving puzzles.
Q: How long have you been geocaching?
A: I started caching in April 2005
Q: How did you find out about geocaching?
A: I was looking at another website (flylady.net about getting our house organized) in February of 2005 Someone mentioned geocaching as a date night activity. I had to google the word not knowing what it ment. After looking around the geocaching website for an hour, I called 3 friends that I thought may own a GPS. Nobody had heard of geocaching or had a GPS, so I dropped it. In April my husband gave me an early birthday present and a GPS class at the local MEC. ( a gift he curses giving to this day) I spent the first 2.5 months geocaching by myself and with the kids not knowing anyone else who owned a GPS or did geocaching. At 2.5 months I found 2 other geocachers sitting at a waypoint I was having trouble with. Thanks to ‘the burrow’ and ‘the sniffer’ for giving me advice that day.
Q: Have you gotten anyone else involved in the sport?
A: Yes. I have taken my chiropractor and her sister out. They had me jumping fences and climbing trees. At one point I landed odd to which my chiropractor said ‘let me see that’ and reached over to look at the gps and see where to go to next. I have gotten several people into the sport. I also host month events in Ottawa and we see newbies every month, it is great.
Q: What gear do you use for caching?
A: Magellan exporist 500, GSAK, palm 505m with cachemate, trying the ipod now with the GSAK micro. and a bag filled with numerous things to many to mention (geocaching gear and kids gear too)
Q: Tell us some of your caching milestones. (First, most memorable etc.)
A: currently over 700 finds1st cache:GCJWZH William’s first (was also the last to find, though the owners were last to see it)1st cache I met other cachers on: GCPB63 good things come in small packagesfavorite multi: GCD73D Leprechaun1st hide: GCTTDM translation please (first nano in Ottawa too)1st FTF: GCPRGR CMWAugust 2007 – biking 150km with fellow CCC ( Canada’s Capital Cachers) members for MSgreatest binthair adventure day: GC524B Mossback, was the start Our family does not own a car. Bike, bus and feet are my mood of transportation. My fellow cachers know this and make sure I never miss an adventure. I have been boating on the Rideau, snowshoeing with the Saturday Moring Mob, to events in Kingston and Montreal, 4wheeling, lost in snow a storms and have made many geocaching friends that I have cached with in the region, thanks for all the rides guys!
Q: What are your favourite caches?
A: Really depends on my mood. I enjoy getting out and caching on my own, doing quick grabs with kids, caching with fellow cachers and just enjoying a drink and some fine food to tell stories over at events.
Q: What are your least favourite caches?
A: Ones that are stinky and wet and not taken care of.
Q: Any recent highlights you would like to share?
A: I told this one one the CCC forums: I have everything within 4kms of home (over 100 caches) without a car and 2 young kids this about my limit for a quick outing. Once I told them that I had about 7 new caches about 5 I was FTF on and one was 100m from my door! Thanks to Model12.
Q: Any thoughts on caching you would like to share?
A: My goals for 2008 are to finish the binthair challenge http://binthair.mikron.ca/ , get the 24 remaining caches within 5 km of home and over 1000 finds. I have been conntacted by and will be working with another orgainization on getting people with disabilites out geocaching. This is something that should be taking off in the spring when the snow melts. So I will be expecting a rated 1 terrain cache to be wheelchair friendly from downloading the page to grabing the cache.
Thanks to Hidnseek for taking time out between finding caches to share a few moments with all of us. Always looking forward to reading about your adventures.