Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Leap year!!!

Leap day Caching and Events

From the Geocaching.com Blog: Once every four years, Leap Day gives us one extra day of geocaching. We think that’s worth celebrating! Of course, we are marking the occasion with a new souvenir. Heck, there will even be two souvenirs. Souvenirs are digital awards you can earn by completing a specific geocaching achievement, like finding a geocache in a new country or finding a geocache on Leap Day.

Groundspeak has 2 new Souvenir's to celebrate the Leap Year. The first one is for getting a traditional cache anytime between Feb 27 and Feb 29(Leap day), and The second one is for attending
any event on Feb 29th. I attended Leap day Open Mic Night, which was held by cachers 6NoisyHikers. It was set up so cachers could come out and do any talent they wanted to do. There was music, stories, poetry, and even Magic!!! (lol, you can guess who did the magic)
It was a smaller gathering of cachers but a great time was had by all in attendance!!

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Geocacher of the month

Each month, geocachers around the world nominate members of their community for the prestigious title of Geocacher of the Month. The people who earn this title are not superheroes in the traditional sense: instead of the power of flight, they possess the power to transform a park bench into a treasure chest; instead of teaching the baddies how to be good, they teach newbies good geocaching etiquette; instead of stopping monsters from tearing down the city, they stop decaying geocaches from being archived. Three geocachers each month from around the world are recognized for their extraordinary contributions to Geocaching and are recognized as the official Geocaching.com's Geocacher of the Month.
Although all the nominees will receive prizes, the featured Geocacher of the Month will receive the exclusive special edition Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, a Geocacher of the Month hat and a profile icon. They’ll also receive a certificate that recognizes their contributions, signed by Bryan Roth and Jeremy Irish, two of the founders of Geocaching.com.
Read the profiles of this month’s three nominees, and write a supportive comment below this post describing why you think this person should be recognized. A panel from Geocaching HQ will then use your comments to help guide the decision of which geocacher is awarded the Geocacher of the Month honor.

Geocacher of the month Feb 2012  (Flashback)

Back in 2012 on this month(February) I became Geocaching.com's "Geocacher of the Month"
I was nominated twice for this, once in August 2011 and again in February 2012. What an honor, to have won this prestigious award!! ( I had started writing my blog page after winning this, so never really got a chance to write about it, click on the link to read more about it)

Editor Note:
Facebook has a feature called "On this Day" and it tells you what you posted or was posted about you for several years back. Today(March 2) this popped up as a memory from 2012.

From Rory Brown(Fellow Geocacher)
Magicman65 is one of those persons that gets a passion for a hobby and not only pursues the hobby for personal enjoyment but also decides that there is merit in contributing to the hobby to promote and make it enjoyable for others.

Forever the showman, which undoubtedly helps with his ability to help the newbie and experienced geocacher alike, he continues to help with the growth of geocaching on Vancouver Island and throughout the Province of BC.  He has my vote. 
Thank you Rory for those awesome words!!!

Challenge caches

I started a new challenge called "Puzzle Masters Challenge : Alphabet Soup"
I stated my intent to start this cache on Feb 6th/16 on the cache page as it requires.
To complete this challenge, you have to find and log 13 puzzle caches and 13 traditional caches.....each one beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. You can only use each letter once , for either a puzzle or traditional cache, in other words 26 caches, one for each letter of the alphabet. Check back soon in one of my upcoming blogs to see how long it takes me. (I am sure I could do it in a short time or even one day if I wanted to, but I will just let it happen)

I also grabbed these challenge caches in this past month:
BC Chart Challenge: 365(6) DAYS OF CACHING

Archiving a cache
Sadly just days before Jenna(Angelcheeks) and My anniversary(5 years) I had to archive the cache we placed just down the road from where we got married in Panama , it was called Oot'n Aboot at the crab shack!! We had a great time in Panama and even did some caching with 3 other cachers that live there. It was a great experience to cache in a different country.

Grabbed an FTF recently called Shedding some light on burnaby mountain, it was a multi cache, which is a good thing as right now I am trying to get more multi's so I can complete a challenge cache that I am working on. (yup, it's a sickness. lol) Another cache came out close to my house about noon one day called Forest Fun, I was at work when this one came out so thought I would have no chance at the FTF, but on the way home I noticed it had not been logged yet, so I stopped by and was happy to find an empty log book. YAY!!! A few days later I was able to grab another FTF called "A Sharpe Cache"

While in Harrison Hot springs with Angelcheeks(AKA Jenna) for our 5th Anniversary we grabbed a few caches while there and on the way out of town, and we came across a couple of really cool tree's.

This Wild Oak tree was planted by Clarke Gable in August 1933. Pretty cool to see something like this.

I was also recognized for my creativity in Magic this month when I was presented the
Murray Sawchuck Creativity award from the Vancouver Magic Circle at their annual Installation and awards Banquet.
V.M.C. President Graham Kita presenting me the Award

Well that's it for this month
Keep on caching
Chris Yuill

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