With both of us being cachers for many years, I would have hoped to meet goldfinch99. Looking at his stats, I see that we only have 1 event in common, and I cannot remember if I had an opportunity to talk to him. I must work on my social skills! Not having any anecdotes to tell you about him, I'll have to rely on his caching stats to speak to me. He's been caching for almost six years now and has found over 2200 caches. Seeing that he took a 3 year hiatus, I think that's quite a feat, having amassed all but 4 of those in the last 2.5 years. I am glad that he has returned to active caching, and look forward to meeting him. Read on to learn more about the July MBGA Cacher of the Month, goldfinch99.
I've known this month's caching team for quite some time. Mr. Okeeffek seems quiet and thoughtful, and has put out some challenging puzzle caches (which I love!). Mrs. Okeeffek is very exhuberant and lively. She now sits on the MBGA board. Together, with their daughter, inga101, they've accumulated over 5,250 finds in a seemingly short time period. They'd also started a caching streak in July of 2013, and I think they're still going and should soon hit the milestone 366 consecutive days! Good luck guys! I wish I had the stamina to do that ... but after last winter? Brrrrrr ... At least the worst is over! Read on to learn more about this month's Cacher of the Month, Okeeffek!
Beware the Jabbywockyz, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun the frumious Bandersnatch!
(Holy Dinah! I just scared myself!)
I haven't cached in the Dauphin area since 2007. Back then there were 3 (yes, three) whole caches in town. All of which were hidden by the Dragonfreys who lived an hour south in Onanole. This surprised me to no end as Dauphin is the largest town in the area, and Swan River (the next largest town) had dozens of caches! Well, it seems that things have changed and the cache hides are coming fast and furious! And now there's GeoArt in the province! Well done!!
"'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, and the mome raths outgrabe." What Lewis Carroll is trying to say here is: Congratulations and read on to learn more about the MBGA Geocachers of the Month, Jabbywockyz!
This month's cachers, pugbaby, are a family of five. Aside from Mr and Mrs Pugbaby, there's lilpug, who's an elementary school aged son, and also 1 year old twin sons. Aside from their human babies, there are also their furbabies, the pugs. Although my memory is dodgy at times, I do believe one of the first times that I met Mr and Mrs was at an MBGA Karoake event. Mrs Pugbaby was brave enough to sing a few times. We had a blast listening to our group get up and sing Geocaching themed variations of classic songs ... along with some "pickled" locals. All in all it was a fun night. Since that night in September 2010, I watched as the young family grew from two, to three, and then lept to five. Even with their growing family, they still find time to go caching. Read on to learn about April's MBGA Cacher of the Month, pugbaby!
Stonagal serves on the Board of Directors for the MBGA. He's listed as the "MBGA Statistician" ... so, let's see how his stats hold up. In 2013, he found an average of 5.1342 caches per day (I have to use that many decimals because we're talking statistics here ... we need to be accurate). This year, his average has fallen to 1.1915 caches per day. (Like I'm the one to talk ... my average is only 0.0638 caches per day!) I know he's an active cacher, so we'll chalk that up to the unending winter that we're experiencing this year. I also wouldn't be surprised if, by the end of the year, his average goes back up near last year's numbers. He has almost found a cache placed on each calendar day. I promise not to archive my February 29th cache for a while yet. Looking at his stats page I'm quite envious of the travelling he's done. I know he'll soon be eligible for the Earth to the Moon Challenge (GC3D00T).
Enough about the numbers... Stonagal has been a fixture at many MBGA events. Even though he has been going to college in The Pas for the last few months, he does his best to keep in touch, urging others to find caches and attend events. I find his personality very positive and exuberant, and he is very supportive. I also have to add, after years of creating these Cacher of the Month pages and over a decade's experience of writing HTML code, that for the first time, I've had to look up the code to put emoticons on a web page. I was going to skip them, but they did enhance his story. Read on, and learn more about the MBGA's Cacher of the Month: Stonagal.