December : Isquba&Nawty
This month we interviewed IsqubaAndNawty.
Q and A with IsqubaAndNawty
Q: Where do you call home?
Q: Where does the name IsqubaAndNawty come from?
A:Chris’ car license plate is ISQUBA as he enjoys scuba diving and ISCUBA was not available. Renate’s car license plate is NAWTY and no explanation is required. No really, it is an endearing way of saying Renate (pronounced Re-naw-teh).
Q: When you are not caching, what do you do? (work and/or relax?)
A:Once we got hooked on geocaching we had to retire from our full-time jobs to make time for the activity. We now enjoy home improvement projects in our home as well as other people’s homes. Our outdoor activities include cycling, hiking, sailing, scuba diving and traveling.
Q: How did you find out about geocaching?
A:We purchased a gps for road and water navigation as we had just acquired a sailboat. A co-worker of Nawty told us about geocaching and we tried it on a vacation on Vancouver Island and became hooked.
Q:Have you gotten anyone else involved in the sport?
A:We promote the activity to anyone who will listen. Most seem genuinely interested but we are unsure who or how many have actually taken up the sport.
Q:What gear do you use for caching?
A: We started with a Garmin Etrex Vista which worked well for sailing. And then last Christmas we upgraded to a Garmin GPSMAP60 CS. When you combine that gps with pocket queries, MapSource and GSAK you can do some serious Geocaching. Then we make sure that Isquba is not holding the gps or we end up going in circles as his magnetic personality throws off the compass (that is our theory).
Q:Tell us some of your caching milestones. (First, most memorable etc.)
10/20/2002 1st Find – GC61F2 Cheaper than the Casino, Victoria, BC
08/23/2005 1000th Find – GCKNEH Casino View, Elora, ON
12/4/2005 1300th Find – GCFFF7 #91 Who Let The Dogs Out, NSW Australia
Q:What are your favourite caches?
A:Any cache that takes us to a special place that we would not have discovered on our own.
Q: What are your least favourite caches?
A:Some Puzzles caches as we don’t seem to be able to break the code. Another least favourite is multi-caches with broken links. It is frustrating to get to a missing stage 5 with one more stage to go.
Q: Any recent highlights you would like to share?
A:Mid-October to mid-December we conducted a Travel Bug tour in Australia. And May 2005 we conducted a TB tour to the southern most spot of Texas. Before departing on these tours, we collected a few TBs and logged them in and out of caches along the way. When we picked up a new TB we often dropped one of the tour members taking into consideration the TB’s goal.
Q: Any thoughts on caching you would like to share?
A:It is a great outdoor activity that takes you to places you would not normally find on your own. At times it challenges you physically and mentally as you climb, stretch and search. On our Travel Bug tours we have discovered spectacular sights and interesting historical areas many of which are not in tourist guides. Is there a better excuse to break up a long drive and walk down a beautiful trail? We are already in the planning stages for our next 2 TB tours.
Is anyone planning to geocache in Australia? Bring your hiking boots as a 4 difficulty at home would be a 2 in Australia. Also, consider heavy gardening gloves to protect you from poisonous spiders and snakes when you reach into the many dark crevices. Fun, wow – makes geocaching in the snow seem easy and safer.
Thanks to IsqubaAndNawty for taking time out from their world travels to share a bit about themselves with us. Hope to see you arrive home soon and safely. We welcome you back to our 2 foot snow drifts and sub-zero temperatures, but we promise no poisonous spiders and snakes.