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Bike_4_me was introduced to geocaching by junglehair when he accompanied her to find a geocache while on a business trip in Brandon in 2007. He was hooked, but as the father of three teen-aged children, he didn't have much time for geocaching. He managed to find 23 caches in his first year. As the kids got old enough to drive themselves to all their activities, he had a bit more time for his favourite activities: cycling and geocaching. Almost 6 years later, Manny has over 2500 finds and is working on an impressive geocaching streak which began on August 1, 2011. He is well past the 500 consective days of geocaching mark and is closing in on 600. Congratulations Bike_4_me for being named the MBGA's Cacher of the Month for February! (Special thanks to junglehair for writing this introduction)
Many of you will have started to notice logs on caches from our Cacher of the Month started appearing just over a year ago. At first, I thought it was a new cacher who had joined us. When I met her at an event, I was surprised at the number of finds she had (being a newbie and all). I was quite astonished to find out that she had been caching for over 7 years, and until that time we had never met. I think the reason her name seemed unfamiliar would be because in the not too distant past, she had changed from a previous name: rbt_trio. Now *that* name was familiar to me! I had been tracking it for some time for Cacher of the Month, then it fell into the black hole that all inactive cachers find themselves in when they hadn't cached in a while. It was nice to see the name rising through the ranks of my magic COTM spreadsheet to the point where she has achieved "cacher of the month". Welcome back into the fold, and congratulations on become the MBGA Cacher of the Month for January!
G and J
I know that I have met G and J on more than one occasion. Or, it could be old age creeping up on me. Snooping around their profile I see that they have one event claimed, so I must be hallucinating. I know for sure that I did see them there and had a quick chat with them. Very lovely people. OK, back to snooping around their profile. (BTW, one of the perks of doing these right ups is that I get to check out everyone's profiles). Here's an interesting stat: Over 99% of their finds are traditional caches. I know you might not think it's interesting, but I would find it hard to hit a 99% milestone in anything! Read on to learn more about October's Cacher of the Month.
Sunny Owl and Hubby
When I was 8 years old, I became a Brownie as part of the Girl Guides of Canada. More specifically, I was a "Sprite". I had only spent one year with this group, but I remember our two leaders: Brown Owl and Tawny Owl. When I saw the name of this caching team, I thought "Sunny 'Owl'"... I wonder if she is any relation to those two ladies long ago. And sure enough, she was! Both the Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada have embraced geocaching. Several units around the country have placed caches so they learn more about exploring, nature and conservation, and let other cachers learn about their groups. I love it when leaders and coaches also fully embrace geocaching and spread the word. Read on to learn more about September's Cachers of the Month: Sunny Owl and Hubby
Team Torossi has been on my Cacher of the Month radar for some time now, slowly climbing up to the top of my spreadsheet. I was pleased as punch to see the article "The Fastest Growing Outdoor Sport in the World" that featured them in the "Jewish Post and News" this year. It is well written, fun and very informative. It's fitting that Torossi found out about geocaching via the media and was then featured in an article. Perhaps, a few years from now the Cacher of the Month will have started caching because they read this article. Read on to meet July's Cacher of the Month ...
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!
If you're like me, when you hear a name like "Geo-Indy", your brain automatically starts into the classic theme song. I also bet that sometimes when you're out on a geocaching quest, climbing over fallen trees, and into small caves you're singing that song outloud, aren't you. C'mon ... tell the truth. There you go. We've all done it. I even know of a certain cacher who had it as a ringtone during a flash freeze mob event. OK, back to the cacher of the month... Reading their answers to the questionnaire they were sent, I found myself nodding my head. Yes, ruylopez' puzzle are crazy hard. Yes, Z'tirnats caches are super awesome. Yes, "No Hints" hints are pet peeves of mine too. Read on, fellow cachers, and learn more about Geo-Indy. (And if you click that theme song link above, you can have it playing in the background while you're reading their cacher of the month page).