logger&trail from the Niagara region have been voted this month’s Cacher of the Month. They won by quite a margin this month. They have both done a great deal for the Ontario Geocaching Association to help it become successful.
Q and A with logger&trail
Q: Where do you call home?
A: In the sunny climate of southern Ontario, below the Hamilton smogline, in the garden city of St. Catharines.
Q: Where does the name logger&trail come from?
A: Originally we started out as Logger & Ail , which was a twist on an old Kim Mitchell song but after a number of misfortunate mishaps we figured that the name was a bit of a curse and changed it to Logger & Trail.
Q: When you are not caching, what do you do? (work and/or relax?)
A: Logger (Joe) is a Broadcast Engineer while Trail (Karyn) is a High School Librarian here in St. Catharines. In our spare time, outside of Geocaching and work, Trail is an avid reader and craftster who can often be found knitting or sewing. Logger enjoys woodworking when there is free time.
Q: How long have you been geocaching?
A: We officially joined the game in August of 2003.
Q: How did you find out about geocaching?
A: Logger had a GPS for quite some time which was used mainly for work and hiking. One day we were on a company boat cruise of Lake Ontario we took the GPS along (it was a yellow Etrex) so that we could map the boats trackline when we got home. A co-worker saw the GPS and had mentioned this game called Geocaching she had tried with a friend and suggested we try it. When we got home we looked it up and found that there was a Geocache close by (GC9BD0 – Quasy Cache 02 – 12 Mile Creek) and decided to try it. We really enjoyed it and after finding out that it was a series we decided we had to do them all to see where this was leading. We have to thank Blue Quasar for putting out that series which peaked our curiosity, otherwise we may have stopped after the first cache.
Q: Have you gotten anyone else involved in the sport?
A: It’s hard to tell how many people that have gotten involved because of us. But since we are big supporters we tend to drag out as many people as we can. On some it sticks, and others just think we are plain nuts. We’re still working on Logger’s Dad who thinks that we have lost our marbles.
Q: What gear do you use for caching?
A: We started out with a Yellow Etrex, moved to an Etrex Legend, then to and Etrex Vista and added a GPS-18 and Nroute for the laptop navigation, then a 76CS and now a 76CSx. Logger uses a pocket PC with CacheMate and GPX sonar when at the cache and a laptop equipped with a GPS-18 puck and Nroute to navigate to the cache. On top of the usual caching gear, Logger tends to carry around far too much junk in his cache pack including the multitude of flashlights that seem to be collecting around the house. If we ever have another major blackout, just look for the glow on the horizon that’s us.
Q: Tell us some of your caching milestones. (First, most memorable etc.)
A: The first set of caches we found were the Quasy Cache Series. This started the ball rolling for us. One of the more memorable caches for Logger was a canoe trip into Algonquin with Nozzletime (thanks Nozz) to search out Lost Baby Joe’s , To Beth Lake and Burnt Island Cache. After paddling 32km in one day to find the 3 caches sleep came easily that night. The most memorable cache for Trail was Screaming Skulls, while the cache itself is very simple, the fields of concrete statues is a must see. We recommend that if you are driving up Highway 11 near Burks Falls that you visit this one.
Q: What are your favourite caches?
A: Logger really enjoys a cache with a historical education to it or a walk in the great outdoors. Trail on the otherhand tends to like the more scenic caches. Overall any cache that makes you say “Wow I’m glad you brought me here” ranks top on our list.
Q: What are your least favourite caches?
A: Pine tree parking lot micros, and the evil “Bunny Made Me Do It”, (the only Niagara cache I have not been able to do … Yet!!!) Sorry res I’m sure it will become a favourite when it moves to the found column on my list.
Q: Any recent highlights you would like to share?
A: There have been so many highlights recently that it would be hard to list them all. But we can say that our best memories are those spent group caching with friends which is by far the best way to cache. Many thanks to all those friends we have gone out caching with. We won’t list them all but you know who you are. You guys are the greatest!
Q: Any thoughts on caching you would like to share?
A: Geocaching has become a big part of our lives. The most important part of the sport are the people. We have met so many truly wonderful people. Geocaching has taken us to places that we might not have otherwise seen, and taught us things that might otherwise have been overlooked.
Thanks to logger&trail for taking time out to share a few moments with all of us. We all know that all the work you do for OGA is greatly appreciated.