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Featured Cacher For November 2007 - Wolf Grrl

Wolf Grrl of Central Valley, CA.
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How did you learn about caching?
Wolf Grrl: A friend of mine introduced me to it. We were cycling on a path in my old home town, Morgan Hill. She said, “I have some coordinates in my GPS would you like to find a few caches?” I replied, “Sure.” I actually found the caches on my own. That was back in 2004. On Mother’s Day in 2005 I received an eTrex Legend and the fun started.

What kind of equipment used (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)?
Wolf Grrl: My GPS’r is a Garmin Vista Cx. I use my Treo for paperless caching. I utilize GSAK and De Lorme Mapping.
What are your all-time favorite cache/s and or adventure while caching?
Wolf Grrl: WOW…hmmm…there are quite a few. As far as adventures, I really enjoyed doing Touch the Twilight (GCHZKQ) and Wait Until Dark (GCG8QV) caches. Those are both night caches in the Bay Area. They were fun and I had a blast!
I have done some pretty bold things to find a cache. I’ve climbed more objects, scaled more hills, and I hate heights. It doesn’t seem to phase me when I’m caching.
There was a time I was trying to find Laguna Second GCG3MZ at night. I had a Bacardi O3 in my back pocket and I was doing the army crawl on my stomach under bushes with a 15’ drop close by at night. I didn’t find the cache. I went back in the day light the next day and just about when I was ready to give up, I found it. That was cool.
There are few caches that I felt were some of the best camo I’ve come across. They are; the first stage in Lee Made Squid Rib GCJB2M (located in San Jose), Out On A Limb GC13WB0 (located in Oakdale), Flickenger Duex GCMNXQ (located in San Jose), and Twister GCNBZM (located in Milpitas).
As far as the “Best View from a Cache”, hands down Spouting Horn GC51F1 in Kauai, Hawaii.

Do you have any other hobbies?
Wolf Grrl: Outside of spending time with my husband and daughter, I have too many. I love to cycle! It’s a passion of mine. In fact, training for events often gets in the way of geocaching. I also love photography. I take hundreds of pictures every month. Thank goodness for digital! I also enjoy scrapbooking, camping, hiking, waterskiing and now kayaking.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
Wolf Grrl: I was cycling and geocaching on a trail and we stopped to grab a cache. It was located at the top of a loose dirt hillside. I climbed the hillside to go locate the cache, fell on my bum and slid down the hillside right into a tree. I was laughing so hard I didn’t feel a thing. I eventually made it back up to make the grab. In my defense, I was wearing my cycling shoes in which I clogged up with dirt and had to pedal without being clicked in for the remainder of my ride.

How did you decide on your caching name?
Wolf Grrl: It was originally ""kaesky"" which is the beginning of one of my emails. I didn’t like it as it was too hard to come up with a sig item. I was able to change it and keep my stats literally weeks before gc.com put an end to name changes. I changed it to Wolf Grrl because I have always loved wolves. The “Grrl” is for girl but the “rr” in the “Grrl” is the growl of a wolf. Now I have a trackable signature item and pathtags that represent my caching name.

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
Wolf Grrl: I know this is going to sound cliché, however I enjoy all caches. If a cacher took the time and effort to place a cache for all to find then I am going to enjoy it regardless of the level of difficulty. I do not enjoy puzzle caches that much. That is simply because I can not solve those ones that are mathematical in any way, binary or does not explain how to begin to solve it. I don’t mind solving the SuDoKu or crossword puzzles caches because I can do those. It depends on my mood and the timeframe if I will do multi’s. I really enjoy virtual's because I learn something at the site. I’m a hands-on learner and that is how I will retain any kind of history knowledge. I wish they still allowed virtual’s and locationless.

Tell us about your cache mobile.
Wolf Grrl: It is a 2002 Saturn L300. It has a lot of mileage on it and it’s in the repair shop more than I care to count. I’m in the process of saving and looking for a new cache mobile.

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
Wolf Grrl: Of course I do! Doesn’t everyone? I wish to find my 1000th cache before the end of the year. However, my 1000th cache has to be the Original Stash Tribute Plaque in Oregon. Right now I’m sitting at about 860 finds. I have caches that I still need to log from recent caching runs. I feel I can do that with no problem. I’d like to hit another 1000 next year. However, I’m increasing my class schedule next year which will probably slow me down.

Is it all about the numbers?
Wolf Grrl: Of course it is?! Oh wait…nah. Actually I am very competitive with myself. I see that I have a certain amount of finds and realize I haven’t been caching so I challenge myself and I start caching again. I think sometimes Dyfen and I are secretively competitive towards each other’s caching goals. Shhh…don’t tell her!

You have cached in the Houston area. Do you find our style of hiding much different that those in California? If so, how are they different.
Wolf Grrl: I’m not sure you can say the actual hides themselves differ all that much although the elements in which you Texans cache in is a whole other ball game! I have said several times, “If I lived in Texas I wouldn’t cache.” You all are crazy and I mean that in an endearing way. You honestly have the most and the biggest mosie’s I have ever seen. The humidity is suffocating. The snakes, fire ants, and spiders…EEK!
I have lived in California all my life. I have hiked hundreds of miles, camped, and cycled all over the place. Not once have I encountered a snake. While visiting Houston for about a week I encountered an ugly creepy coral snake right downtown! In the flippin’ city even! That same week, I get bit from head to toe by mosie’s and I get bit up on my feet in a shopping center parking lot by fire ants! How do ya’ll do it?
In California all we worry about is the heat, a dry heat. We may worry about ticks and snakes on the trails but it’s rare that one sees one let alone gets bit. You Houston folks are so brave and are extreme cachers!

How often do you find yourself driving down the road and thinking about places for cache hides?
Wolf Grrl: All the time here! I just moved to the Central Valley last year from the Bay Area. The Bay Area is inundated in caches while the Central Valley isn’t. In my town there are only 14 caches and 4 of those are mine. I plan on rectifying that. I have to travel anywhere from 5 miles on up to find caches. So, naturally I’m looking so I can saturate the area.

Thanks for this interview. Is there anything you would like to add?
Wolf Grrl: Honestly, I can’t believe I was nominated for this! What an honor!! I say that whole-heartedly. When I was visiting Houston, we ran into quite a few cachers. Every single one was extremely nice. Your forums are so friendly. There is a forum here, well in the Bay Area that is so judgmental, rude, bitter and down right nasty. Not once have I encountered that in the Houston forums or in Houston. It is truly refreshing. I don’t believe there is room in any life for such negativity towards other cachers. It’s a game and I believe in having fun and getting along with everyone and hopefully making new friends along the way.
I really do appreciate the fact you all allow me to be a member of the HGCS and am also very thankful you have chosen me to be “Featured Cacher of the Month”. Thank you to all who nominated me! I hope to meet a lot more of you on my next trip to Houston.