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Geocaching is a worldwide adventure sport which utilizes GPS devices to hide and seek hidden containers called geocaches. (Learn more about geocaching) To get started geocaching, all you need is a GPS receiver and a geocache location. (Learn more about getting started) You can find a nearby geocache location at geocaching.com by entering an address or town into the search box.

The Manitoba Geocaching Association (MBGA) strives to advance the sport of geocaching through social activities, public education and promotion of geocaching. (Learn more about the MBGA).

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Travel Bug FAQ

What is a Groundspeak Travel Bug?
Simply put, a Groundspeak Travel Bug is a trackable tag that you attach to an item. This allows you to track your item on Geocaching.com. The item becomes a hitchhiker that is carried from cache to cache (or person to person) in the real world and you can follow its progress online.
What does a Travel Bug do?
It's up to the owner of the Bug to give it whatever task they desire. Or no task at all. Part of the fun in owning a Travel Bug is inventing new goals for the Bug to achieve.

Operation: BattleCache ][!

The Manitoba Geocaching Association is pleased to present a new winter contest that starts on November 1st, 2010 and runs until February 28, 2011.

Operation BattleCache ][

Object:

Find enough caches to cover as much of the game board as possible in the hope that the hidden Aircraft Carrier, Battleship, Destroyer, Submarine, and Patrol Boat are found and sunk.

Learn more at the Operation: BattleCache ][! page or submit your shot now.

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!
--Lizardo

Cacher of the Month - October 2010

1PurpleMonkeyDishwasher1

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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.