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Cacher of the Month - February 2013




Bike_4_me was introduced to geocaching by junglehair when he accompanied her to find a geocache while on a business trip in Brandon in 2007. He was hooked, but as the father of three teen-aged children, he didn't have much time for geocaching. He managed to find 23 caches in his first year. As the kids got old enough to drive themselves to all their activities, he had a bit more time for his favourite activities: cycling and geocaching. Almost 6 years later, Manny has over 2500 finds and is working on an impressive geocaching streak which began on August 1, 2011. He is well past the 500 consective days of geocaching mark and is closing in on 600. Congratulations Bike_4_me for being named the MBGA's Cacher of the Month for February! (Special thanks to junglehair for writing this introduction)

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. I started geocaching in April 2007. My first cache found was Swamp6 #23 of Where We Walk ... in Brandon (GC3H8W0) cache back in April 4, 2007. I didn't have a GPS but was tagging along with junglehair. I couldn't remember the name of the cache once we got back to Winnipeg to log it. Luck for me, junglehair had all the caches that were found by us on her GPS.

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. I was introduced to Geocaching by junglehair, who was also a co-worker. She first explained Geocaching to me. Then we had some work related meetings in Brandon and that is when she let me tag along and show me some caches out there. I didn't have a GPS, so she leant me her old Garmin eTrex. The first couple of years I only did a few caches per year, then I got my own GPS and started doing more caches.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. There are a lot of factors that got me hooked. I enjoy the searching for caches. I like that it involves both getting outdoors and also some computer time. It was great when my kids were younger, because they enjoyed going caching too.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. I have cached in 8 provinces and I am hoping to go to Quebec this summer and make it 9. I have cached in 8 US states. In the summer of 2009, my son's Bagpipe band was heading to Scotland to play at the World Bagpipe Championships and since I was going too, why not get in some Geocaching in? I was able to search for caches near the locations where the bus was going and near where we were staying.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. I've shown and talked about Geocaching to co-workers, family and friends. On a recent trip to Barrie, Ontario, I took my brother and his family caching. My niece and her daughter were very interested. One of my co-workers (Punk5Rock) who I introduced to Geocaching, has gone with me a few times. I introduced 0011mixam to gecaching at one of our kids' band trip to Regina.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. I tell them it is like an adult treasure hunt or scavenger hunt but with GPSr and computers. I then explain the different types of hides and sizes. I always try and promote geocaching as a family activity that the kids can enjoy too.

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. I enjoy getting out and going for a bike or just going for a walk. Some of the sports that I like are playing basketball and going golfing (even though Geocaching has replaced golfing). I also enjoy going to my kids activities.

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. The only thing that I don't like is when geocachers don't replace the cache exactly like they found it. I know that some cache owners go through a lot of work to set up their caches just right, or maybe that's my pet peeve.

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. There are a lot of interesting and unusual sites that Geocaching has shown me. Kiln Past (GC1DCHQ) in the Narrows area, was a great history lesson and getting to it on an ATV was a lot of fun. Some of the ones that I found in Scotland were fantastic, because they were near or on some old castles.

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. There are so many, but the one that I comes to mind is The 4 Corners Cache (GCJ067) a webcam cache. My wife had won a trip to Vegas. So I had coordinated with my younger son to be on the computer at home and screen-capture us when we appeared on the webcam photos. We were at the top of the escalator calling my son and asking him if he could see us now. He did manage to capture a photo of us at the top of the stairs. It was a fun experience for us, OK mostly me.

  21. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  22. I think my favourite cache in Manitoba is Tupper's Titanic Treasure (GC1ZT3Y). I like the researching required and the interesting history that was learned. The final cache location and camo were great too. There are other Manitoba caches that are great, but I just can't remember them.

  23. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  24. I went gecaching with my wife and we brought the dog. This cache (K9 Search and Recovery (GC3CW0C)) was a dog scented cache that a good hunting dog could trace and smell out the cache. Our dog isn't a good hunter. Well we proceed to walk in the direction of where the final cache was located. As we walked and searched along the river I noticed something near the shore. It was a large beaver chewing on some branches. As we approached the beaver, it looked up at us and didn't move. We took some pictures and our dog didn't even notice the beaver. So I continued searching for the cache and there it was just behind a big log next to the beaver. Now I was a little nervous because I wasn't sure how the beaver might react with me behind it and only three feet away. So with a stick in one hand to defend myself, I grabbed the cache, signed the log and returned it. The beaver never stopped chewing the sticks. It was dinner time and that's all that mattered for this beaver. I did post pictures with my log and stated "It's pretty amazing how CO has a trained beaver to guard the cache".

  25. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  26. I guess the most interesting thing I found would have to be some of the home-made jewelery, which I gave my wife.

  27. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  28. I usually carry my geocaching backpack, with some TOTT and about three flashlights. I also have some plastic bags, a few 35mm replacement caches and of course an assortment of writing utensils. Some garden gloves and in the winter, extra warm clothing. I have some tradable items in my backpack too.

  29. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  30. I have two GPS, my old one is a Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx and my new one is a Garmin Montana 650. I still sometimes go back to the old one, just because its direction arrow doesn't jump around as much as the new one's does.

  31. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  32. I usually try the 'tie my shoe' or pretend to be taking a picture. I have been asked if I lost something and have to think of something clever to tell them.

  33. What is the meaning of your username?
  34. It was a spur-of-the-moment name. I enjoy riding my bike and would choose to ride my bike to work, rather than take the bus. So my choice is Bike for me (Bike_4_me).

  35. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  36. The most memorable travel bug for me has to be the BAD PARROT!!! Get outta here! I ended up taking it to work and to my kid's band practice and showing it to friends. It was a small stuffed parrot that when you squeezed its stomach, it would have some crude sayings. Everyone thought it was funny.

  37. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  38. The list is endless. So here's a few that have helped me with puzzle solving, for which I am terrible at, junglehair, dani_carriere, klblue, Jean Déniche, Wagonmaker, crackerjackie and of course there are many more cache owners that have helped me out. JB and ruylopez, who I just recently met, have some amazing numbers, not to mention some great hides. Other cachers like 1purplemonkeydiswasher1, roddandtoddflanders, ernie&bert&elmo&grover, and many more (including the ones mentioned already) have some great hides. KeeGee stands out for his amazing daily streak of over 700 continuous days with at least one find.

  39. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  40. I do a lot of geocaching on my own, but do try and get together with 0011mixam every so often. I do some caching with my kids and wife, but usually just a few caches, they are not interested in caching all day . When we travel my wife and kids are very accepting and tag along to help me find caches.

  41. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  42. I would like to go caching down South, South America, Australia, New Zealand, any place in the world would be great. Hopefully when I retire, my wife and I can travel the world and I can do some caches in different countries.

  43. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  44. The cache which I have had some help on and I am still working on it is the Take 5 (GC1EAEV). It has required a lot of research and time to locate the final coordinates. There are a few Challenge caches which I am working on too.

  45. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  46. Well my favorite would have to be my first and only placed cache Welcome to Crescent Park (GC3BN99) (I do plan to place more caches in the near future). It has lasted for a lot longer than I thought it would. We'll see how it makes out over the spring melting.

  47. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  48. I am not much of a book reader. I usually read technical books for work and science magazines. My novel preference would be a science fiction book. The last novel book that I read was "The Silence of the Lambs" by Thomas Harris, before the movie came out.

  49. Can you play a musical instrument?
  50. No, but I sure wish I knew someone who could, then I could get some help with a few of the musical puzzle caches.

  51. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  52. The nearest unfound cache is about 1.5km away and I have tried a few times to locate it. It isn't winter friendly, so I have to wait until spring time to go after it again. I am hoping to find it soon, with a little help from a previous finder.

  53. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  54. I have Mapsouce, EasyGPS and Google Earth on my computer. Cacheberry on my Blackberry.

  55. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  56. Yes, I do use it for navigating to places, family or friends houses. I have used it on various road trips through the US.

  57. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  58. Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA and other songs.

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