Skoki and Geocache at Machu Picchu
I have met Skoki at several geocaching events over the last few years. The one I remember the most is a breakfast event at the Smitty's on south Pembina. I had a chance to chat with her, Swelbergen and icimondo. A great group of women! All very positive and smiles. Skoki is one of our valued educators in Winnipeg. Not only is she a school teacher, she often brings her students out to find caches. I'm sure many future generations of geocachers will come from these classrooms. Read on to find out more about this month's Cacher of the Month.
I had seen several cache logs by someone named "ruylopez". I recognized the name as being Spanish, but didn't know what it meant. I knew that "muy" means "many" or "very", so I just figured it was a spelling error and that he was just Very Lopez ... of course, I was wrong about that. Although, knowing the word muy helped with my pronunciation of this caching name ruylopez = Roo-ee-lo-pez. I did finally have a chance about a month ago to ask what the meaning of his name was, and had to face-palm when he told me, as I had recently been asking him many questions about how to solve the Bobby vs. Boris cache. Of course, he would know how to solve this cache!?! I had the opportunity to meet his wife and son at the 2010 Hallowe'en event at the corn maze. His son makes an adorable dragon. Ruylopez has been caching for just over a year and has already found over 3,000 geocaches. That's approximately 7 caches a day... quite impressive.
I remember the first time I had met MissionMode. It was at the 2009 Holiday Event that the MBGA hosts each year. I was fascinated in the fact that he cached with a Delorme unit. As far as I have seen, he was the only Manitoban at the time to have one, and only the second geocacher I had met who used one. Yet, both cachers were huge fans of their GPS's. As time has gone on, I have had the opportunity to get to know MissionMode and his daughter TechDeckPerson. As we can tell from their hidden caches, she is a skateboarder and he is a music fan. I was pleased to be the FTF on his new "Do You Cache Too" cache. MissionMode is active in our community, attending events and helping out with GeoVenture. He recently had found his 1,000th geocache, I am sure there are many more thousands in his future.
This month's cacher of the month is another geocacher that I have not had the opportunity to meet yet. However, I have heard his name in our caching community for many years. Hailing from Southwestern Manitoba, he is one of the more active cache hiders in the area with 50 distinct hides (so far). If you're looking for something to do on a weekend this summer, why not plan a trip to the Winkler/Morden area and check out some of his caches! I guarantee it would be worth the trip!
Several years ago the MBGA was approached by the Manitoba Metis Federation to train some of their executive on how to hide geocaches. Their goal was to host an event for their community that included a geocache hunt that took their members to areas significant to the Metis people. I was the representative of the board sent to assist them. Lynda was the first person I had met. She was very enthusiastic and had even prepped postcards describing historical landmarks that they were planning on using. Lynda soon became a fervent geocacher, placing many new caches around the city of Winnipeg and encorporating a lot of the Metis history into them. She has recently hit her 1,000th find after only 3 years in the game. Congratulations, Lynda!
Congratulations to the Clan for reaching their 1,000th cache milestone in the fall of 2010! The Lonewolfs (or Lonewolves, whichever is grammatically correct) started caching when there were only 3 of them. Now the clan has increased to 5!! Maybe they should rename themselves to "Clan not-so-Lonewolf"! I remember meeting them at one of the Turdle Ranch events in 2010. I had heard of them for years, but never had an opportunity to meet them before that. Let's hope we have many more opportunities to get together!
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!!"