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I've known devildawg for many years. The first few times I remember seeing her, she was always accompanied by Harley, her dog. At first I thought she was shy, as she had only made it to a handful of events. But as I got to know her, that perception quickly disappeared. She always seems happy and talkative and is fun to hang around with. While we were out geocaching with Mhz last year, she surprised me with her monkey-like ability when she easily scaled a pine tree to retrieve one of the First In, Last Out caches. It was like she was defying gravity! As one of the city's Paramedics, I have a lot of respect for her. Now, if she'd only let me drive one of the ambulances with the sirens going, that'd be SWEET!
Netleyhunter is another one of those cachers who was initially an enigma. You saw his logs, and heard his name, but you never saw him. Or, did you? Often clad in camouflage, he blends in to the wooded areas quite nicely. This ability was probably developed over the years of being a hunter. The first time I had met netleyhunter was after the first Oak Hammock Marsh "Caching the Marsh" event. Junglehair and I were in search of the easternmost cache of the day. As we approached the area, netleyhunter was leaving the area with a DNF look on his face. He joined us and we soon had the cache in hand. In the vein of "many hands make light work", we found that "many eyes make quick finds". I've gotten to know netleyhunter over the years. He is a great guy to be partnered up with for any of the OHM events as he knows the lay of the land, and a lot of the data on the birds. In the handful of times that I've cached with him, I've always had a great time and have always learned a thing or two.
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.
This month's Cacher was nominated due to her longevity as a local cacher, the number and quality of her cache hides, and number of cache finds. I have not had the opportunity to meet her yet, but hope to at one of our many cache events.
- When did you start Geocaching?
- How did you find out about Geocaching?
- What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
August 2006. My nephew showed me how. Leo Mol Garden Cache was one of the first I found.
My brother bought me a GPS and got me hooked.
The sense of adventure, exercise for me and the dogs and going places I've never been before. The challenge and meeting new people. It is also a great way to cure the blues.
Old Billygoat and HoneyBunch
I was very pleased to see that Old Billygoat had been selected as Cacher of the Month for June. He was the first geocacher I had met face-to-face, way back in January of 2005. I was on my way to the first stage of Co-ordinate Conundrum up on Inkster Blvd. As I pulled up in my car, a big red truck was pulling away. They did a U-Turn and came back to say "Hi". It was Old Billygoat, and his friend Dragonfly. Until that point, I felt like the lone Manitoba Geocacher. It was finally nice to meet someone else. Since then, his name has become part of the Manitoba Geocaching lexicon as "OBG", even having an excellent challenge cache that many of us are struggling to complete.
- When did you start Geocaching?
- How did you find out about Geocaching?
From surfing the internet when I was researching getting my first GPSr seven years ago
One of the rewarding things about looking after the Cacher of the Month page is the ability to learn new things about cachers that you think you know. This month we go to the NorMan area of the province to find our Cachers of the Month, RW/RW. I was surprised to read that they do not live in the province full time, spending their winters on Vancouver Island. I have it from a reputable source (me), that the best kind of people are from Vancouver Island. Having recently found their 3,000th geocache, it appropriate that they are recognized this month for their efforts. If you get an opportunity, visit their profile page to see a beautiful oil painting by RW(he).