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Isn't our lovely Miss December resplendent in strawberry? Before I had met her, I had read her name in several logs. To this day, I cannot just say "crackerjackie" without repeating it at least three times "crackerjackie, crackerjackie, crackerjackie". I have no idea why, I just love the rhythm of the name. I, like many other people, thought that this cacher's name actually was Jackie. I was wrong. I've finally had an opportunity to meet her, and learn her true identity, and to hang out with her at many geocaching events, meetings, and outings. I remember one of the first times I was on a group outing with her, there was a mad rush between her, Wagonmaker and tuppergurl to be the first to find the cache. And I'm not talking *the* FTF, just the first from our group. It was hilarious watching them fall all over each other to get to the cache. I was very happy when she accepted a role on the 2010 MBGA Board of Directors, taking up the position of Training Coordinator. Always fun to be around, crackerjackie is a definite asset to our association.
I remember one of the first times that I had met Pa_Bottle. It was after an event at the Round Table restaurant. The last group of us meandered into the parking lot, talking of geocaching. Pa_Bottle said that he had recently been in a southern Manitoba community doing some caching while he was running a fireworks display for their Canada Day celebrations. Then he popped open the back of his car to show us many plastic containers filled with various pyrotechnics. He pulled a few of them out, and started setting them off in the parking lot of restaurant. A great way to end a geocaching event, and an interesting way to be introduced to another cacher. To this day, I cannot say the name "Pa_Bottle" without thinking "Bottle Rocket". To me, he'll always be Pa_Bottle_Rocket, the man who likes to make things go "Ka-Boom!!"
When you were a kid, did you ever play that game "Telephone"? You know the one where you and your friends sit in a circle, and one person starts by whispering in the ear of the person next to them. They'd say something fairly benign like "You know, I heard Skinner say the teachers will crack any minute." By the time it gets around the circle, invariably, the quote has been changed to "Skinner said the teachers will crack any minute purple monkey dishwasher." Oh, and that gets everyone riled up, especially about that "Purple Monkey Dishwasher" remark!! Well, it seems that this month's Cacher of the Month was picked during a rousing game of MBGA Telephone! Just kidding! 1PurpleMonkeyDishwasher1 has been an avid cache hider in the Winnipeg area for the last few years. Also, a lot of his cache finds have been done via a HPV (Human Powered Vehicle) ... aka a bike. Because of his ability to hide interesting caches and his ever growing cache find count, we've selected 1PMDW1 as October's Cacher of the Month.
Flotsom and Jetsom
The first time I had an opportunity to meet Flotsom and Jetsom was at an event held at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in 2008. They worked with the Manitoba Zoological Society (of which, they are members), and with the MBGA to create several themed and educational caches within the zoo, an event, and a challenge. They had cachers roaming around the zoo, attempting to be stealthy with the myriad of zoo muggles also wandering about. The day was a lot of fun, family friendly and very well organized. Since then, they have also hosted and co-ordinated two more Zoo events with new caches and new challenges each year. Many new geocachers are introduced to the sport through these events. I'm very proud to have them as our Zoo ambassadors to geocaching.
lap (far left) with his grandsons and son-in-law.
I remember back to mid-2005 when a series of caches started to pop up in the Morden area of the province. At the time, there were not many caches in this area. I think that lap has single-handedly increased the geo-tourism in the area. Many caching excursions have been planned to find all the caches in SouthWestern Manitoba with a lot of focus being placed in this area. Fast forward to 2010 and we now have many other cachers hiding in this area, and it's still a destination for caching weekends. With the Morden Corn and Apple festival having just completed, I'm sure he's seen more hits on his caches.