TreasurerWhat is your geocaching name?
KanukGirlWhat is your real name?
Christiane MitchellWhat is the origin of your caching name?
Because of my name, many people ask whether I’m Canadian… well, indeed I am!! As far back as 1835, one of the first uses of "Canuck" — in the form of "Kanuk" — specifically referred to any Dutch or French Canadians (which I am – from Montreal). Then, in 1974, a Montrealer founded a company named “Kanuk” which specializes in the production of winter coats, parkas and jackets. You’ll often see me sporting my trademark red
spring or winter Kanuk jackets. So of course, as a way to tie-in with my roots and my favorite outdoor-wear, it seemed fitting to create the name “KanukGirl” as my geocaching handle!When did you start geocaching and what was the first cache that you found? How did you find it?
I learned about Geocaching as far back as 2003 when we were living in California. It’s a shame I didn’t catch the “bug” back then because there is some cool caching on the west coast. It wasn’t until April 2008, on and for my birthday, that I joined when I received a GPS and finally adopted this new hobby.
My first full year of geocaching was my most intense, filled with FTF races, a thirst for lots of smilies on the map and a dedication to add to the fun by placing my own caches (GeoAerobics Class - Limited Spaces JOIN NOW!
), my first placed cache is still alive and well!).
The first traditional cache I ever found was called Sage’s Stash 1 (dog cache)
) (now archived) near my home in May 2008 with my husband and kids in tow. I remember being very excited (and not very stealthy!) to find it and suddenly my new best friend, who would come with me everywhere I went, was my Garmin60CSx.What was the first event you ever attended?
The first event cache I ever attended was a WWFM (Flash Mob)
located in Centerville back in November 2008. I remember being thrilled to meet so many local geocachers face-to-face finally, especially after seeing many of their names in logs. I never realized it would become such a social experience and I never fathomed at the time how my circle of friends would grow from all the wonderful people I’ve met playing this “game”.What is your favorite geocache?
My all time favorite caches are the ones where I have to get my feet wet! I’ll always remember the first kayak-involving FTF I did…Mytheria
) remains my favorite cache ever! (Thanks Moose!)
Five years later, I still very much enjoy geocaching, however I’ve greatly slowed the pace (still hovering around 700
finds total). Being part of NoVAGO’s Officer team (as Treasurer) certainly keeps me involved in the community and I am often seen at events.
More recently, through my involvement with Girl Scouts, I’ve helped create a geocaching program within the Nation’s Capital Council by setting-up a permanent geocaching circuit in one of the local Girl Scout camps. I’ve also offered my support by training many leaders and teaching over 500 girls – geocaching safeties, etiquette, GPS use, etc! I've also co-organized 2 annual Girl Scout letterbox-hikes attracting a whopping 550 treasure seekers! It has been wonderful being able to combine these 2 hobbies; Girl Scouting & Geocaching!
I am pleased to, once again, be part of a great team who are dedicated to supporting the Northern Virginia geocaching community. I look
forward to meeting all the new faces of 2014 as well as reminiscing with the more experienced folks and “old” friends.