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When I was working on my Cacher of the Month's stats spreadsheet at the beginning of the month, I was thrilled to see who came to the top of my list. This cacher is the only Manitoba cacher that I know of who has his own entry into Wikipedia. Why? Because aside from his hobby as a geocacher, he is a former member of the band, "The Guess Who". That's right! This month's Cacher of the Month is a genuine Rock Star (yes, capital R, capital S). I have been to several geocaching events where he and his current band, Wallace, Creasey, and Gardner, has played. The most memorable to me was the event at the TurdleEggs' Jenga Ranch, "Rock the Turdle". The music was amazing and people were up and dancing for most of the evening. In 2001, he received an honorary doctorate from Brandon University. (editor's note: A member of The Guess Who *and* a doctor? Does that mean we can call you Dr. Who?) Along with his musical career, beancakes has taught at West Kildonan Collegiate covering the "Guitar", "Concert Band Ensemble", and "Geography" (all very appropriate for our musical geocacher). You'll notice that the format of this month's page is a little different from the previous ones. I think I like how he managed to answer our entire questionnaire in only a few short paragraphs. Read on to learn more about the Manitoba Geocaching Association's Cacher of the Month, beancakes.
T S K
How do I start my introductory paragraph about this month's MBGA Geocacher of the Month, T S K? How about with a number ... 573 ... that's the number of consecutive days T S K has been caching as of the writing of this page. By the time you read this, it could be considerably more. That's 573 days of non-stop caching without breaks for illness or emergencies. Very impressive. Hal of T S K is an avid cacher always seeking someone to do cache runs in the evening and attending most of our events. You'll know him to see him... often clad in very geocaching friendly overalls. I've been thinking of his overalls as a great choice for caching as there are so many easily accessible pockets that he can stash pens, extra log books, TOTT's, gloves and anything else a cacher may need while on the trail. He isn't burdened by carrying a disorganized bag like I do. T S K are very friendly folk, always enjoying lighthearted and in-depth conversations about geocaching. Congratulations on being selected as the MBGA's Geocacher of the Month for September!
The first time I met our geocacher of the month, jbduffman, was at Mhz's birthday event in the Whiteshell a few years ago. He came with his friend, and previous MBGA cacher of the month, ruylopez. Around the campfire, discussion was all about caching, and a particular underwater cache in nearby Falcon Lake, Sunken Treasure. Cachers lostinsociety and Lookiemonster offered up a pontoon boat to go and get it the next day. So, first thing in the morning, at least 12 of us piled into the pontoon boat and off we went. Once at GZ, the discussion of who was going to go into the water started, then a quick blur and a huge splash as jbduffman ran, then dove into the water. 4 others joined him, underwater pictures were taken by Mrs. Trove Chasers, and jbduffman found the cache! A very memorable day. Read on to learn more about the MBGA's Cacher of the Month for August.
Seems to me, someone wrote a song once about our Cacher of the Month ... I believe the chorus went something like this: (to the tune of Aqua's Barbie Girl)
She’s a Tuppergurl, in the caching world
Cache is plastic? It's fantastic!
We can go caching there, caching everywhere
Imagination, it’s our recreation ..
Congratulations to June's MBGA Cacher of the Month, Tuppergurl. She's been an active cacher for many years, often teaming up with crackerjackie to place some ingenious hides and to host some awesome pirate events. Always busy with her work and her hobbies, she's always full of energy and often lights up a room when she enters. She served on the MBGA Executive for several years and attends many events, sometimes in costume. This past year, she and crackerjackie came to a Hallowe'en event dressed as bison tubes!! (True story). Read on to learn more about the MBGA's Cacher of the Month for June 2013.
If I remember correctly, I first met Erocks at the Geoventure in 2011. He was caching with his friends Deaner777 and Fawnzy1987. He was very enthusiastic and by the evening of the Saturday was caching with a large group through the woods. Always smiling and friendly, he is a joy to be around. His good humour is quite contagious. The first time I was caching with him, was in a group who were tackling some caches in Beaudry Park. Afterward the group descended on a nearby truck stop for some refreshments and conversation. On the way back to the city, we stopped at Glacier Ice and my cache, Hoof Hearted (GC1MJ83). Until that time, I had never watched anyone try to retrieve it and my jaw just dropped. He actually climbed the structure, and hung there like a monkey while someone was signing the log. I was amazed. Over the years, Erocks has become more and more involved in the Manitoba Geocaching Association, serving on the executive for two years now. I find that he is engaging and involved and a great guy to have around. Keep reading to learn more about May's Cacher of the Month.
happymole (with Arkay950)
I remember meeting Happymole and Gabalo back at GeoVenture in 2010. At first they were a little shy, but soon they were playing cards with Mhz and I, caching with groups and conversing with lots of people. Over the years, happymole has become more and more involved with the Manitoba Geocaching Association and is currently serving on the Board of Directors as Secretary. I always love talking to her as she loves to travel and has been to many interesting places. I've offered to carry her suitcase to New York City for toy conventions that she attends for work, but she now has a live in suitcase carrier. I'm still hopeful, though. Please continue reading to learn about the MBGA's Geocacher of the Month for April, happymole.
Hailing from the Portage la Prairie area, Da_Bowz has been caching for several years now. They've come out to several events, and I've been able to go caching with them. Often when we get a chance to talk, it's about travelling, which all three of us love. I had noticed through the winter months (and by "winter months", I mean the real winter months, not April), that Mr. Da Bowz was doing a lot of caching in Winnipeg. So much so, that I suggested that they may want to considering relocating to our fair city. So far, they're still firmly planted in the Central Plains region of the province. Continue reading to find out more about this month's Cacher of the Month ...
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)
Many of you will have started to notice logs on caches from our Cacher of the Month started appearing just over a year ago. At first, I thought it was a new cacher who had joined us. When I met her at an event, I was surprised at the number of finds she had (being a newbie and all). I was quite astonished to find out that she had been caching for over 7 years, and until that time we had never met. I think the reason her name seemed unfamiliar would be because in the not too distant past, she had changed from a previous name: rbt_trio. Now *that* name was familiar to me! I had been tracking it for some time for Cacher of the Month, then it fell into the black hole that all inactive cachers find themselves in when they hadn't cached in a while. It was nice to see the name rising through the ranks of my magic COTM spreadsheet to the point where she has achieved "cacher of the month". Welcome back into the fold, and congratulations on become the MBGA Cacher of the Month for January!
G and J
I know that I have met G and J on more than one occasion. Or, it could be old age creeping up on me. Snooping around their profile I see that they have one event claimed, so I must be hallucinating. I know for sure that I did see them there and had a quick chat with them. Very lovely people. OK, back to snooping around their profile. (BTW, one of the perks of doing these right ups is that I get to check out everyone's profiles). Here's an interesting stat: Over 99% of their finds are traditional caches. I know you might not think it's interesting, but I would find it hard to hit a 99% milestone in anything! Read on to learn more about October's Cacher of the Month.