COTM: model12

model12 has been voted this month’s Cacher of the Month. Lets see if we can pin this retiree down for a couple minutes to answer some questions.

Q and A with model12

Q: Where do you call home?

A: Home is Nepean (Ottawa), in Barrhaven.

Q: Where does the name model12 come from?

A: I first came to Geocaching off a hunting forum, so I just used my sameusername, model12. It’s the model of Winchester shotgun I use for small gamehunting, and the same one pictured on my path-tag, geocoin, stamp andavatars.

Q: When you are not caching, what do you do? (work and/or relax?)

A: I’m a retired Childcare-giver. After raising our 2 daughters, I went towork in childcare centres around Ottawa as a supply teacher. It developedinto a full time job for a few years. Then we got a cottage that needed alot of TLC so I concentrated my efforts there for a few years beforediscovering geocaching.

Q: How long have you been geocaching?

A: I found my first cache on April 20, 2006, so I’m approaching 29 months.

Q: How did you find out about geocaching?

A: I was surfing a hunting forum and it was between seasons, so things wereslow. Another forum member suggested I check out the geocaching section, soI did. I saw a photo of a tupperware container bungeed to a tree andthought, “that’s impossible,” – little did I know…

Q: Have you gotten anyone else involved in the sport?

A: Several. My wife Aldy and 2 girls, LisaMay & Mizuhana cache occasionally.Several other close friends have suffered my caching addiction while ontrips and have actually logged their finds!!

Q: What gear do you use for caching?

A: GPSMap60CSx, a palm pilot, cachemate, GSAK, Mapsource, and the usual bagof goodies that most cachers carry.

Q: Tell us some of your caching milestones. (First, most memorable etc.)

A: My fist cache was GAG7 – Change Exchange (now archived). It was 170metres from my front door. Other notables include Groundspeak Headquarters,while we were on a road trip to Seattle; the Original Stash Tribute Plaque -GCGV0P near Portland Oregon; Hawaii caches were fun and the most scenic ofalmost anywhere I’ve been.

Q: What are your favourite caches?

A: I like the ones that involve a nice walk through interesting forest – toan easy find. Especially if you can do the hike with friends or family.Canoe caches are great too. ATV caches are wonderful but usually invloveserious trips with lots of planning.

Q: What are your least favourite caches?

A: AMIATs at night…puzzles with difficult-to-find resources to use forsolving…I’d rather have an enjoyable walk rather than solve for hours atthe PC.

Q: Any recent highlights you would like to share?

A: It’s been Earthcache mania around here for the last little while, with alot of new ones getting published every day. I managed to grab Juicepig’snew one in North Bay the other day, and several new ones around Ottawa. Theytake you to interesting spots you wouldn’t have suspected were there!

Q: Any thoughts on caching you would like to share?

A: Geocaching is a fun recreational sport, full of enjoyment and wonders todiscover if you take the time to get out there and walk the trails. Sure,there are lots of less-than-scenic caches alongside the roadways, and thereare a few inappropriate urban hides in every town, but for the most partcaching can be a wonderfully pleasant experience – especially if enjoyed inthe company of good friends and family.

Thanks to model12 for taking time out between finding caches to share a few moments with all of us. Always looking forward to reading about your adventures.

About teamvoyagr

I am the webmaster for the Ontario Geocaching Association. I've been passionate about geocaching since 2006. You can find my articles about Geocaching on this site as well as on my blog for geocaching stories.
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