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Cache of the Month – November 2010

Winnie’s Big Cache

We are honoured to have Winnie chosen as Cache of the Month. Here is our little blurp and attached pic:

Our very first cache find was on June 21, 2006. It was a puzzle cache called The Ditch Digger. We were very intrigued about the significant history of “The Ditch Digger” and found this aspect of Geocaching fascinating. What a fun learning tool! Can you imagine hiding caches where you can learn some history and discover places you would never have seen? On July 18, 2006, almost one month after our very first find we would launch our very first cache hide, Winnie’s Big Cache. We spent much of that month researching the history of Winnie the Bear and the significance to Winnipeg. This would all be compiled and presented at the posted co-ordinates. We knew this cache would be a multi as there was much to learn and places to see. We thought of our grandchildren and how much fun they would have hunting down Winnie’s Big Cache, learning the history and being rewarded with a unique container, creatively coloured, hidden in the perfect spot and full of everything Winnie. We would make every attempt to use Geocaching as a fun, learning experience for all.

We have very special memories of Winnie’s FTF cacher. This was 1701eh, a cacher from Ontario who was visiting Winnipeg. When he arrived at the posted coordinates he knew he was the first to take on this multi so he continued on the adventure until he reached the cache container. It was his very first FTF outside of his home province, Ontario. We emailed 1701eh to congratulate him and so ensued a multitude of emails back & forth. Having never met 1701eh we still felt we had known him forever. Sadly, later that summer, 1701eh died in a highway traffic accident. A huge loss for his family and the Geocaching community.

Thank you for choosing Winnie’s Big Cache as Cache of the Month. Winnie doesn’t do winter shoveling so his cache is not very winter friendly but for the adventurous cacher it can be done. Winnie gets very excited when visitors stop by.
--Ztirnats & Zad

Cache of the Month – October 2010

CSI:Winnipeg – SPLASH!

CSI:Winnipeg – SPLASH!

I have really enjoyed the positive reception that CSI:Winnipeg has had. We had a lot of fun putting it together. Whenever we place a cache, we try to make it unique in some way. That is unless we are placing it to honour an interesting area. I had the idea for the video a few months previous. Not the specific script, mind you. Just that I wanted to use a video as a clue for a puzzle cache. At the time, YouTube wasn't as ubiquitous as it is now. So I had to convince the cache reviewer that it was OK to have a user need to install the Adobe Flash Player necessary to view videos on the site.

As I mentioned, the script was nothing less than a work in progress even as we were filming. We just kind of made it up as we went. I started in the afternoon in the back yard sandbox (discovery of The-Stuntman's body). Later that afternoon, I got my wife Tannasaurus involved. She put herself in charge of set design, and I took over the job of blocking the scenes, and voicing all but one of the actors. After 2 hours or so of filming, and another hour of laughing (and some Cuba Libre's), we wrapped for the night with all but one scene left to shoot. The next morning, I headed out to where I wanted the cachers to "start" their search. As can be seen in the video, there is a busy street nearby. There was nobody in the park, and was able to scoot around on my knees and film the characters while trying to remember the voices I had used for each one of them the night before. I didn't feel too self conscious because, as I said, there was nobody around and the street seemed far enough away. But now, whenever I drive down that street, I can clearly see the area that I was crouched in. It would not be difficult to make out a 225 pound man playing with plastic action figures in the sand and I suspect I raised a few eyebrows on the drivers that went past that day.

From there I went to the final location and did the filming I needed to do here. I was getting pretty good at this point, and the actors were hitting all their cues so things wrapped quickly. The final is located in a fairly secluded area, but there are private yards nearby. As I was wrapping up, I could clearly hear people talking. Oh well, more raised eyebrows.

The editing was completed later that afternoon at the Second Cup on Graham Ave. Took me about 2 hours total to chop all the scenes together and hack up the CSI intro to include the new "cast". That part of the process would have been FAR less embarrassing if I had remembered to bring headphones. As it was, Second Cup patrons were treated to an advance preview.

Thank you for considering this cache as a Cache of the Month. We really appreciate being recognized by such an awesome group!

Cache of the Month – September 2010

Scooby’s Lunch

Scooby’s Lunch

Scooby's Lunch was the brainchild of goertzen who placed this cache in 2003, nearly a year before we started caching. This unique fun cache was the 3rd container/log book cache that we found and even today it is one of our all-time favorites. In 2005, when the original lunch box had a hole in it, with goertzen's permission, we replaced it with an ammo box. We continued to look after our favorite cache and in 2007, goertzen allowed us to adopt Scooby's Lunch. Any geocacher who hasn't found this cache yet, just doesn't know what they're missing. These are just a few of the comments from other finders: What a great find - one of a kind. This was a very cool cache to find and lots of fun. Wow...great idea. A real interesting cache. Not just your average Hidden Behind a Bush Cache. Great fun. Best fun we've had caching yet. This cache was AWESOME! Very creative. Thanks for a truly unique cache idea! This was a cool cache. Cleverly done! Great concept for a cache.
--Peter and Gloria

Cache of the Month – August 2010

Elk Island Splash

Elk Island Splash

Elk Island Provincial Park was simply a vague rumour to me until 2006. That summer I met a life long resident of Victoria Beach while holidaying there for a few days. Our conversation about the Island piqued my curiousity. I soon checked it out using Google Earth which has very good resolution in the area. That revealed a mile long beach on the Island’s western shore. I was hooked and decided I had to visit it. After a couple of exploratory hikes I realized what a beautiful and elusive piece of nature it is; and not a geocache in sight! With the incentive of the 2007 MBGA “Splash” cache hiding event and inspiration from my favourite wilderness cache “Mantario Majestic”, I decided to design a challenging multi cache that would give geocachers the opportunity to explore the Island.

Cache of the Month - July 2010

The Frozen Pirate’s Treasure

Here be a photo 'o a Devil sea monster that was guardin' me Treasure

So me Treasure has be named Treasure 'o th' month, what an interestin' honour. Interestin' in that 'tis chest was one that I had found in me garage 'n was 'bout to throw it out. But we had a great raid on a merchanct ship 'n our haul was more than our holds could carry. So 'tis chest was painted wit' our symbol, filled wit' th' Treasure 'n hidden in a deeply wooded spot in th' far North.

Here be a photo 'o a Devil sea monster that was guardin' me Treasure.

But, a scurvy pirate dont want his treasure to be found by thieves, so 'tis tricky to speak 'bout 'tis one. I have hidden it quite well, so I be confident that th' thieves 'n muggles gunna not be able to find it. However, i reckon perhaps that th' tale 'o 'tis treasure be best told by them who have sought it out.

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