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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:
Local MBGA member, Greg Torossi is featured in a great article by local journalist, Scott Taylor.