TrimblesTrek has been voted this month’s Cacher of the Month. Now that GHAGAFAP is over lets see if he has some time to sit down and answer our questions.
Q and A with TrimblesTrek
Q: Where do you call home?
A: Home is Guelph. The Royal City. Founded by John Galt. Birthplace ofColonel John McCrae (“In Flanders Fields”), Home to Robert Munsch.Consistently voted one of Canada’s top ten places to live (but they neverask me). Home to Sleeman Brewery. Was the only municipality in the BritishCommonwealth to own its railway line. (Still running today too.) The NorthAmerican test site for the Mondex card. Home to pretty green, blue andclear garbage bags every Tuesday. Home to the Biltmore Hat Company whoinvented the term “hat trick”. (It’s true). There. Now you know as muchabout Guelph as I do.
Q: Where does the name TrimblesTrek come from?
A: Trimble is my name (sadly, not related to the Trimble GPS people). Trekis a “slow and sometimes arduous journey”. TrimblesTrek. Slow Trimbles,journeying arduously. That’s us.
Q: When you are not caching, what do you do? (work and/or relax?)
A: Like so many other cachers, I work in IT. Specifically, web applicationdesign, and networking chickens and pigs. Yes, it’s every bit as excitingas it sounds.
Q: How long have you been geocaching?
A: Since May of 2002.
Q: How did you find out about geocaching?
A: Back in 2002 I had a premonition of a future CSI episode where peoplewere digging up treasures with a shovel. I didn’t really like the shovelpart, but the whole concept was pretty cool. So I Googled a bit and thereit was!
Q: Have you gotten anyone else involved in the sport?
A: A few. But I mostly like to keep it a secret.
Q: What gear do you use for caching?
A: Started with an old Etrex Legend. Moved to a Garmin 60C. Broke it andgot another. I also use a Garmin GPS18 puck in the car, connected to afancy new HP tablet/lappy for NRoute/GSAK/Mapsource. I had a Mio Digiwalkerfor a month or so but was unimpressed so it went back to the store. I’veused a PocketPC off and on for Cachemate and the like. My next purchasewill probably be a cheap Palm of some sort. Then the new Garmin withBluetooth. Oops…shhhhhhh.
Q: Tell us some of your caching milestones. (First, most memorable etc.)
A: First cache was Timberframer’s Delight right here in Guelph. ttJr (4years old at the time) wanted to dig up the floorboards of the bridge tofind the cache. Most memorable? There have been so many memorable caches,for all kinds of different reasons. Every cache I found with my wife Lindawas special.
Q: What are your favourite caches?
A: My favourite caches are pretty much anything found while I’m groupcaching. I love group caching. Even if it’s a group of two. Means I don’thave to search so hard or so long. My favourites are when somebody else isalready signing the logbook, while I’m still hunting for the cache. Happensto me all the time. It’s the main reason Flick named me Doofus.
Q: What are your least favourite caches?
A: Micros in trees. But I enjoy them if somebody else does the searching.
Q: Any recent highlights you would like to share?
A: GHAGAFAP is the highlight for me each year. What I began as a simplefall picnic with 39 people, has become an all weekend event with camping,caching, kids and adults picnic games, live entertainment, movies, lots offood, and tons and tons of fun. Every year it gets better, thanks to thegreat team of helpers I have recruited. Next year will be our seventhannual, with no end in sight! Will it get to be a Mega Event? I hope not!Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better.
Q: Any thoughts on caching you would like to share?
A: Only this. Enjoy them all. You’ve only got a short amount of time here.
Thanks to TrimblesTrek for taking time out between finding caches to share a few moments with all of us. Always looking forward to reading about your adventures.