Muz and girlie
I think the first time that I had met Muz and Girlie was at one of the MBGA's potluck dinners. It may have even been one of our annual holiday parties. They have been to many events, and I remember each time they both had big smiles on their faces. My biggest memory is more recent, and only really involves Girlie. I was leaving Geoventure 2011 at one point during the weekend, and as my car steered it's way onto highway 59 from Birds Hill Park, I saw a PT Cruiser zoom by with a telltale travel bug decal in its window. I decided I needed to "discover" this TB. So for several kilometres, I tried to catch up to the car, but the driver seemed to have a bit of a lead foot (which to me is surprising since I, myself, am a speed demon). Sometimes I would get close, but not close enough to read the TB number. Finally, after weaving in and out of traffic and trying to keep up with the car, we were getting close to Oak Point Hwy on the Perimeter and I was finally able to read it. I got home and logged the discovery right away. To my surprise, Girlie didn't even know that she was being tracked for over 10 kilometers. Read on to learn more about June's Geocachers of the Month ...
Myst354, Pattydog, and the 3 Beardogs
Our Cacher of the Month for May is also a resident of the WestMan region of the province, Myst354. This cacher has been caching for just under 5 years, and has amassed over 1,100 finds. It has been a long time since I've been in the Brandon area, so I think I'm long overdue for a roadtrip. In fact, I think the last time that I was in the area was for the Brandon Brews (GC1FK5J) pub nite in September of 2008. (edit. note: Holy cow! Has it really been that long?!?) This was my first opportunity to meet myst354 and Pattydog, but not the last. I'm hoping we'll see them at future events. Perhaps, one in Brandon(?!?) I'll have to keep my eye open for one. Congratulations to Myst354 on being the MBGA's Cacher of the Month!
This month's Cacher of the Month, Derivative, didn't believe me when I told them that they were this month's selection. I had to reassure them that the statistics didn't lie, they were indeed on the top of my list. Getting to the top is no mean feat either. You have to have longevity in the game, significant finds, a number of hides, and be actively using the GC.com website. In addition, you can garner brownie points by being nominated. Caching since August 2007, and hiding over 20 geocaches is probably what got them to the top this month. Hailing from the Westman region of the province, they have hidden many quality caches, including a challenge cache (my favourite type of cache). Reading through their responses to the questionnaire, I see they plan their roadtrips in a similar manner to myself. I set my sights on accomplishing certain challenge caches and use the roadtrip to fulfill the requirements. In fact, I have to travel out to Brandon to pick up their Unusual Violet cache to fulfill a challenge cache where you have to have the whole rainbow (ROYGBIV) of colours in cache finds. (I'm still looking for Indigo, hint, hint cache hiders!!). Read on to learn more about this month's Cacher of the Month, Derivative:
Sometimes I think that this should have been my geocaching user name, "Mindless Drifter". To me, it invokes the image of a feather in the wind, going wherever the air current takes them. Or, someone who walks around in a daze most of the time. Both descriptions would apply to me. But, this write up is not about me, it's about March's Cacher of the Month! Mindless Drifter has been caching for almost 5 years. For most of that time, he cached under the name of rnakonec, which is how I know him. In that time, he has amassed over 1,700 geocaches in at least 3 countries, including Panama. Taking a quick gander at his statistics page shows that for the month of March alone, he has hit over 450 caches!! Methinks someone is working on a power trail! Congratulations, Mindless Drifter, Happy GeoTrails to you!
Antihiro And Cache-Bandicoot
OK, picture it ... it's the summer of 2009 and you and your wife are expecting your first baby. You have first names for a boy or girl picked out, but nothing for the middle name. So, you decide, what's a better way of picking a name than having a cache pool with the winner given the right to give your new baby a middle name. That's what cachers Antihiro and his wife, MagenticGirl, did. They placed a cache in July of 2009, What's in a baby name?. All finders had to do was, in their on-line log, provide a guess for the date the baby was born, and it's weight (lbs and ounces). In addition, they would supply what they wanted the baby's middle name to be: one boy and one girl or one unisex name. Over the summer, many cachers found the cache and supplied name suggestions. How trusting can a parent be? They could have ended up with a baby named Susan Muggle Doe, or James Garmin Doe. God, forbid they'd have a baby named Ferdinand Magellan Doe. BTW, the family's last name isn't really Doe, I'm just using that for demonstrative purposes. Luckily, the name choices by all the finders were quite reasonable. Go to the cache page at the link above to see all the options. The baby, a girl (caches under the name Cache-Bandicoot), was given the middle name Ashley, as picked by the pool winner Glacier_ice. Read further to learn more about Antihiro and his caching exploits.