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Cacher of the Month - November 2010

Pa_Bottle

Pa_Bottle

Pa_Bottle

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!!"


Cacher of the Month - October 2010

1PurpleMonkeyDishwasher1

1PurpleMonkeyDishwasher1
1PurpleMonkeyDishwasher1


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.


Cacher of the Month - September 2010

Flotsom and Jetsom

Flotsom and Jetsom

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.

Cacher of the Month - August 2010

lap

lap
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.


Cacher of the Month - July 2010

tracama

tracama

tracama

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.

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. August 2006. My nephew showed me how. Leo Mol Garden Cache was one of the first I found.

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. My brother bought me a GPS and got me hooked.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. 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.


Cacher of the Month - June 2010

Old Billygoat

Old Billygoat and HoneyBunch

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.

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. August, 2003

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. From surfing the internet when I was researching getting my first GPSr seven years ago


Cacher of the Month - May 2010

RW/RW

RW/RW

RW/RW

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).


Cacher of the Month - April 2010

SiaFhir

SiaFhir
SiaFhir

Siafhir - that is not something you get to say very often. I have met Siafhir at a few events and he insists that he has made no movies and does not go by the name of Matt Damon. Look at the pictures.
This investigative reporter has found some interesting co-incidences regarding the activities of "Siafhir". He was not heard from or seen here while the Oscars were on. (The TMZ reporter training school is really working for me now!) You would think that being Jason Bourne, traveling around the world he have found a few more international caches.
During the past year has worked on no less than 4 films and a voice for Happy Feet 2. This also explains the few caches he has found recently.
Here is wishing he maintains his duo identity (nudge, nudge wink, wink, say no more) and brings Julia Roberts and the rest of the Ocean's crew to town someday.

Cacher of the Month - February 2010

GeoPahkers

GeoPahkers
GeoPahkers

ernie&bert&elmo&grover would like to nominate GeoPahkers, two of the most generous and congenial cachers we've ever met. They were very patient with us (with two young kids) at our first ever geocaching event (Cache the Marsh 3) and have created some very fun and unique hides. The time, effort (and money) they put into Trick or Cache? was amazing. In our humble opinion, they are most deserving of being featured as "Cachers of the Month".

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
    August 2008

Cacher of the Month - January 2010

OH2MIC

OH2MIC
OH2MIC

Improvising Reporter has the scoop. OH2MIC has finally caved in and answered some questions for the CoTM honor. With that said lets be off to his profile page to write the intro. What does OH2MIC mean? Well I had to ask Chewys for the translation. No it is not the chemical composition of maple syrup. As usual we go the picture. From this one we can see that OH2MIC likes street signs. After a visit to his house I found he has every room in the house covered with street signs obtained from every province and country he has visited in the past few years. We also see that OH2MIC is the Special Events Coordinator for the Manitoba Geocaching Association. This really translates into: he knows how to organize a party. OH2MIC has found over 5200 caches in his short career. OH2MIC started caching just after his nemesis OHMIC started in March 2003. He has matched OHMIC cache for cache ever since. When he gets to 10000 caches, his skills of "Special Event Coordinator" will be utilized for the BIG party. We are all looking forward to the 10000 cache as I am sure there will be fireworks at this party.