Rideau Rangers have been voted this month’s Cacher of the Month. It’s always good to see a family that does things together and you can tell that they really enjoy geocaching.
Q and A with Rideau Rangers
Q: Where do you call home?
A: Mississauga is our home for the last 17 years, but the Maritimes will always be “home”.
Q: Where does the name Rideau Rangers come from?
A: We lived in Ottawa before moving to Mississauga where we bought a cat and named him after the local landmark – Rideau Canal . Rideau was a big personality in our family right up to his passing in January at the age of 19 so it seemed to suit us.
Q: When you are not caching, what do you do? (work and/or relax?)
A: Alex is a consulting acoustical engineer, Anne is an HR and disability management advisor and Cub leader, the boys are active in karate, Scouts, and electronic games.
Q: How long have you been geocaching?
A: We have been caching since November 2003.
Q: How did you find out about geocaching?
A: Anne’s brother (FallRiverFoursome – Nova Scotia ) and sister (sandyrae seekers – PEI) in the Maritimes had both mentioned the hobby. When the sandyrae seekers were visiting in October 2003 they took us on our first expedition (GC9B5A) – and our first DNF (GC4FBD). We were hooked. We need to mention that Anne originally scoffed at the whole thing as another geeky computer thing – anyone who knows us knows who instantly became the real addict on the team!
Q: Have you gotten anyone else involved in the sport?
A: We have taken lots of family and friends with us – some who just come with us and some who have joined on their own. There are now 4 cachers at Alex’s workplace of only 12 people! The youngest Ranger gave a speech on geocaching in school and a classmate yelled – hey, we geocache too!
Q: What gear do you use for caching?
A: As little as possible, but always a pen in the pocket! We are on our third GPS – first using a PDA with antenna then two Magellans.
Q: Tell us some of your caching milestones. (First, most memorable etc.)
A: First cachers we met – Flick and then Buttons and Beaux.
Ranger 4s favourite – the car cache GCHHE5 – we scoured the rocks for over an hour and then he found the cache by mistake!
Keith Watson’s micro series was memorable for us not because of the caches per se, but because it provided us lots of reasons to get out on the trails in winter with the kids.
The Hilton Falls Loop – Cache 2300 Completing this trek with a great group of people has to be one of our best days on the trails.
Q: What are your favourite caches?
A: Our favourites are the ones that combine history/geology with caching (Dex4’s are great) OR that surprise us! Fizbot is really creative with his cache containers and it is fun to be surprised by what you find either the container or the surroundings.
Our favourite cache that we have placed so far is the letterbox. The log book is like a little piece of art so we are planning on placing another letterbox in the near future.
Q: What are your least favourite caches?
A: Any micro placed on a large piece of military equipment with poor coordinates OR one that takes you on a substantial hike and then does not give a hint that lets you find it before the long walk back out (res2100 has clever hides, but always a hint to make sure you are successful).
Q: Any recent highlights you would like to share?
A: Alex grabbed a cache on a trip to Dubai – 11111 km from home!
Q: Any thoughts on caching you would like to share?
A: For a hobby that is fairly solitary for most of the time, the community of geocachers have big hearts and can be counted on for lots of things – travel advice, friendly competition, spirited debate, but always a warm welcome at an event. We have enjoyed every new milestone and look forward to more travels and gatherings on the trails ahead.
Thanks to Rideau Rangers for taking time out to share a few moments with all of us. Looking forward to reading more of your future adventures.