October : Murfster
This month we recognize Murfster. Murfster is one of the cold weather cachers. Living in northern Ontario I doubt he has much choice. Personally, I’m jealous of Murfster, what more can you ask for, clean air, good trails and caches to find.
Q and A with Murfster
Q: Where do you call home?A:Timmins.. ” City with a Heart of Gold ” BTW We are south of the 49th Parallel and still get referred to as Northern Ontario?? That I don’t understand. 😉
Q: Where does the name Murfster come from?
A:I just made it up as a variation on Murphy.. When I look back I was just joining and never thought out how it would stick.
Q: When you are not caching, what do you do to relax?
A:The past 31 years I have worked with the local school district in Information Technology. I retire in June and plan on traveling, caching and catching up to Res2100!!
When I’m not a work or caching I enjoy Movies, Photography, Stain Glass and Wood Working.
Q: How did you find out about geocaching?A:My wife ” Tink ” passed me a Discover Magazine article saying.. “You might find this interesting!”
We haven’t looked back. Like some of you, my total finds are not that outstanding, but when you look at my area, my find percentage is pretty good. We both love the game and most trips and holidays have a few caches attached.
Q:Have you gotten anyone else involved in the sport?
A:Yes.. There are actually still people out there who have never heard of the sport. Imagine!!
My first find was with my Son-In-Law “RubberDucks” they have continued to cache even now with BabyDuck!
Several friends and co-workers have taken it up as well.
Q:What gear do you use for caching?
A:I have my first GPSr, a Garmin Legend and also a Garmin 60c. I never head out without a compass, and bear spray. I did get lost once for a hour or so.. That little mistake taught me a lot. In my pack I have a small first aid kit, water, power bars and lots of bug spray! And I always carry a camera.
Q:Tell us some of your caching milestones.
A:That is a tough question.. My first cache was Matheson Cache found on a rainy Easter Sunday afternoon in April 2003! Caches that I liked were a “good hunt” and stand out more than say my 100th or 200th. Joe’s Place and other multies are fun. The picture here is of me finding Chapleau’s HWY129 Watershed Cache ..I bought a metal detector to find the amo can under a meter of snow in January. That was a memorable find.
Q:What are your favourite caches?
A:Regular and Multi.. I like quick finds also.. But the fun is in the hunt and I like a well designed hide. Seeing a white Tupperware 10 meters out is a real spoiler. Best is a cache near a neat spot that I would not of other wise have found. Eau Claire Gorge is a good example of that, or Dying To Be Memorable also was a surprise.
Q: What are your least favourite caches?
A:Locationless.. They were interesting at first but I soon lost interest.
Q: Any recent highlights you would like to share?
A:Cache events are great to meet other cachers! I was lucky to attend 2 this fall. “GHAGAFAP IV – May The Fours Be With You” and “Cache Back 2005”.
As a point of interest The CEC ( Canadian Ecology Centre ) will be hosting a National caching event on July 23rd 2006 ( Sunday ). Details will be out in the new year.
Q: Any thoughts on caching you would like to share?
A:Great game.. I hope to enjoy it for many years to come. See you all on the trails!!
Thanks to Murfster for sharing with us.