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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Antihiro And Cache-Bandicoot
OK, picture it ... it's the summer of 2009 and you and your wife are expecting your first baby. You have first names for a boy or girl picked out, but nothing for the middle name. So, you decide, what's a better way of picking a name than having a cache pool with the winner given the right to give your new baby a middle name. That's what cachers Antihiro and his wife, MagenticGirl, did. They placed a cache in July of 2009, What's in a baby name?. All finders had to do was, in their on-line log, provide a guess for the date the baby was born, and it's weight (lbs and ounces). In addition, they would supply what they wanted the baby's middle name to be: one boy and one girl or one unisex name. Over the summer, many cachers found the cache and supplied name suggestions. How trusting can a parent be? They could have ended up with a baby named Susan Muggle Doe, or James Garmin Doe. God, forbid they'd have a baby named Ferdinand Magellan Doe. BTW, the family's last name isn't really Doe, I'm just using that for demonstrative purposes. Luckily, the name choices by all the finders were quite reasonable. Go to the cache page at the link above to see all the options. The baby, a girl (caches under the name Cache-Bandicoot), was given the middle name Ashley, as picked by the pool winner Glacier_ice. Read further to learn more about Antihiro and his caching exploits.
Please join us for the MBGA Annual General Meeting.
This is a great opportunity to find out what the Manitoba Geocaching Association has been up to for the past year and to find out what we are planning for the year ahead. We will also be having a potluck dinner and cook-off featuring BACON!
Date: Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Time: 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Fort Garry United Church, 800 Point Rd
There will be prizes for best main course, best side dish, and best dessert featuring BACON.
If you're like me, when you hear a name like "Geo-Indy", your brain automatically starts into the classic theme song. I also bet that sometimes when you're out on a geocaching quest, climbing over fallen trees, and into small caves you're singing that song outloud, aren't you. C'mon ... tell the truth. There you go. We've all done it. I even know of a certain cacher who had it as a ringtone during a flash freeze mob event. OK, back to the cacher of the month... Reading their answers to the questionnaire they were sent, I found myself nodding my head. Yes, ruylopez' puzzle are crazy hard. Yes, Z'tirnats caches are super awesome. Yes, "No Hints" hints are pet peeves of mine too. Read on, fellow cachers, and learn more about Geo-Indy. (And if you click that theme song link above, you can have it playing in the background while you're reading their cacher of the month page).
Are you sure you read that name right? It's Sting-E, not stingy (as in cheap). The mispronunciation definitely does not describe this geocaching pair. I have only known them for a couple of years, but I have found them to be one of the most generous couples I have ever met. They have made signature items made of glass that they put in many caches, and have created special items for individual cachers. I am the proud owner of 2 stingy bandit geo-jewels. One was made specifically for me, and another was found in a cache near Grand Beach. You can tell that they love making these creations as each one is as unique as they are. I have also found these bandits to be very gregarious and fun! During one of our karaoke nights, they wrote and performed their own geocaching related song and even had costumes and props!! I always love seeing them at events because I know we'll all have a good time!
Has she really been caching for just over a year? Yes! But it seems I've known her for much longer. AngelFreak is one of the most enthusiastic people I have ever met. When she gets interested in something, she dives right in. (Go ahead, ask her about couponing ... I dare you!) You can always count on her to be optimistic about upcoming events and I believe she really enjoys her role as the MBGA's Event Coordinator! Having assisted in that role over the years, I can tell you that sometimes it's not easy, and often hard to please everyone. I think she's doing a great job and is definitely an asset to the MBGA Executive. Having read through her responses below, I just realized that she missed an interesting item. Did you know that AngelFreak's first 507 geocache finds were done without the use of a GPS? I've heard other people have cached that way, but not to that extent. That takes a lot of dedication! Join me in congratulating AngelFreak on being the MBGA's Geocacher of the Month for November.