July’s Geocacher of the Month: True Mentor and Friend

Leftygator
July 2014 Geocacher of the Month: Leftygator

Sometimes the world is a big place.

 

It’s a daunting place with crisscrossing borders and politics, and for many it’s often isolating. Then there’s geocaching. The Geocacher of the Month taught us a lesson. The world of geocaching is small, connected and ready to celebrate the contributions of other geocachers.

We met three geocachers from different countries. Each delivers serious geocaching joy to their local geocaching communities, whether it’s gadget geocaches, inspiration and encouragement or a groundbreaking series of geocaches, or even all three.

Each of the geocachers will receive special recognition and a prize package for their contribution to the adventure of geocaching. Before naming the Geocacher of the Month, Geocaching HQ reviews community input and blog comments. Each comment is read and posts in native languages are encouraged.

It was a difficult decision.

 

With over a decade of geocaching and ambassador expertise, this adventurer can now claim the title “Geocacher of the Month”.

Leftygator is known throughout the Mississippi geocaching community for his contagious smile, extensive GPS knowledge and round-the-clock helpfulness.  With over 100 hides under his belt, he is also a master at hiding. Rumor has it that his are the toughest and best in the area.

One geocacher writes, “Ricky and I first met Lefty in August 2008 at our very first event that we went to. When Ricky saw Lefty he told me he was going to hang onto Lefty’s coat tail and learn everything he could about geocaching and hang on we did. We went on a number of caching trips with him and he took time to show us how to load caches and how to use GSAK. Ricky was diagnosed with leukemia on Sept. 5, 2011 and Lefty visited with Ricky quite often while he was in the hospital and would take Ricky’s phone calls anytime of the day or night. Ricky went into remission and we had eight good months of caching before Ricky passed on Nov. 17, 2012. Lefty was there for me as well as many of our geocaching friends. Leftygator is my friend and hero.”

Another geocacher says, “He was the first cacher I came across while on the hunt and stopped to talk to me for a few minutes even though he could have just continued on his way. His hides always make you think, “If I was Lefty where would I hide this cache?” He never hesitates to help, not only in the geocaching world but he passes on advice as a military veteran to the active military in the community. I consider it an honor to have Leftygator as one of my caching mentors.”

Lefygator taking a break to pose with his handy gps
Lefygator taking a break to pose with his handy gps

Congratulations again to Leftygator for earning the July 2014 title of Geocacher of the Month.

The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin
The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin

If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform.

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Help Name the Next Geocacher of the Month

The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin
The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin

Geocachers are known for being adventurous, friendly, a little quirky, and just plain fun.

June’s Geocacher of the Month nominees are no exception.

In addition to earning an impressive number of smileys, these geocachers have hidden quality geocaches admired by many, and they never fail to bring laughter, joy, and helpful hints to all those they meet. If you’re out on the trail and need to Phone-a-Friend, these are the geocachers you want on speed dial.

Each of the nominees below is an essential part of the global geocaching community and will receive a prize package from Geocaching HQ in Seattle, but only one will be the next Geocacher of the Month. A  panel from Geocaching HQ will use your comments, community input and other data to decide the winner.

Now it’s your turn to help us select the next Geocacher of the Month: write a supportive comment for the nominated geocacher you feel should be awarded the title.

 

Leftygator 

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Leftygator says hi to a gator (and a lion).

Afwingman writes, “Leftygator has been geocaching since 2003, before geocaching had become the hobby it is today with Pocket Queries and advancements in GPS technology. We first met leftygator just after we started geocaching in November 2009. We met for breakfast and have become great friends ever since. Leftygator has put out outstanding geocaches and does not hesitate to offer guidance and assistance to all the new geocachers in and around the Mississippi Gulf Coast area. Stumped on a cache? Call leftygator and he will go out his way to give you the nudge you need to get you back on track. With Keesler Air Force base located in Biloxi, he has taken airman under his wing that became interested in geocaching. They then take the hobby world wide in their travels and adventures and get other airman involved who get their friends into geocaching. He is a great asset and ambassador to the geocaching community and it would be an honor to have him considered for Geocacher of the Month.”

 

.Jpeg

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.Jpeg at Mount Rushmore.

 

Dhaulaghiri writes, “After overcoming the shock of moving to Houston, TX we met a great bunch of local cachers that have provided us with lot’s of caching fun. .Jpeg particularly stands out because of the ingenious nature of his hides and the variety of hides he’s put out, but also because of his wonderful, thoughtful and sometimes even downright funny logs on caches he finds.

.Jpeg is an inspiration to me and other cachers I know in the Houston area, always willing to help out a fellow cacher, go on a hunt on short notice and last but certainly not least a truly wonderful human being!”

 

gillywig

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Gillywig finds GC1JPEQ.

animalbiker67(ab67) writes, “The caches that gillywig puts out are interesting to do. [She is} always willing to assist in every way and is always bubbly and full of energy. Gillywig assists finders with her Puzzle ones too, but will still not give the game away – brilliant hints. She is a joy to communicate with and she never lets me down.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform.

The Newest Geocachers of the Month – A Geocache Series Creator

sadexploration – Geocacher of the Month

Sometimes the world is a big place.

 

It’s a daunting place with crisscrossing borders and politics, and for many it’s often isolating. Then there’s geocaching. The Geocacher of the Month taught us a lesson. The world of geocaching is small, connected and ready to celebrate the contributions of other geocachers.

We met three geocachers from different countries. Each delivers serious geocaching joy to their local geocaching communities, whether it’s gadget geocaches, inspiration and encouragement or a groundbreaking series of geocaches, or even all three.

Each of the geocachers will receive special recognition and a prize package for their contribution to the adventure of geocaching. Before naming the Geocacher of the Month, Geocaching HQ reviews community input and blog comments. Each comment is read and posts in native languages are encouraged.

It was a difficult decision.

 

A geocache series creator and geocaching ambassador to new players takes home the title, “Geocacher of the Month”.

sadexploration has called himself a geocacher for nearly a decade, added to the adventure by orchestrating a series of geocaches through the United Kingdom, and those who know him best do not stop there.

One geocacher writes, “I’d like to vote for Steve, Sadexploration. Not only did he create the fabulous Church Micro series, but he has set hundreds of amazing caches, His Devils Dyke Circular series remains one of my most memorable caching expeditions. It’s full of handmade and lovingly crafted containers many of which have ingenious gadgets attached and it’s not surprising that each cache on the series garners so many favourite points – well in to the hundreds. His caches are pretty special and as well as being a conscientious CO who maintains them all to a high standard, he’s a very friendly bloke who made me feel especially welcome at an caching event when I met him for the first time.”

he earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin

The other nominees for Geocacher of the Month also made huge contributions to geocaching. If you haven’t already, read Mr. Gadget #2’s comment about Geocacher of the Month.

Congratulations again to sadexploration for earning the May 2014 title of Geocacher of the Month.

 

 

If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform.

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May the Geocacher of the Month Be With You: Comment Now

The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin
The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin

Each month the global geocaching community meets three outstanding geocachers. Their task is to help decide which one will be known forevermore as a Geocacher of the Month. This month, we’re fittingly deciding the May Geocacher of the Month. So to the all the geocachers listed below… May the Geocacher of the Month be with you.

The geocachers showcased below lead by example—thousands and thousands of examples. While their find counts are superhuman, they’re more than personable to new geocachers, and more than amazing when it comes to geocache hides.

Each of the nominees below is an essential part of the global geocaching community and will receive a prize package from Geocaching HQ in Seattle, but only one will be the next Geocacher of the Month. A  panel from Geocaching HQ will use your comments, community input and other data to decide the winner.

Now it’s your turn to help us select the next Geocacher of the Month: write a supportive comment for the nominated geocacher you feel should be awarded the title.

 

 

meandmydogs

meandmydogs2 - Nominee for Geocacher of the Month
meandmydogs2 – Nominee for Geocacher of the Month

Bandyrooster writes, “Kim, “meandmydogs”, is such an enthusiastic New Hampshire geocacher! She has been geocaching since 2005 and has 14,493 finds in 29 states and 2 countries. She has promoted geocaching by putting out or sponsoring 561 caches, 64 of them having been event caches. She runs the largest event in NH every year with the goal of making it a mega event this year. Her daily find rate is 4.49 for the almost 9 yrs she has been caching. She has found caches on each day of the calendar and one or more of each difficulty and terrain type. Her longest caching streak is 499 days with her longest non-caching streak only 17 days. The list of other challenges she has completed is too long to mention.
Kim is friendly and welcoming to every new cacher and has worked very hard to promote geocaching in New England. She is the backbone of caching in our state and everyone loves going along with Kim on a caching adventure! If anyone has a question about geocaching Kim is the go to person. Kim is so deserving of being cacher of the month!”

 

 

sadexploration

sadexploration - Nominee for Geocacher of the Month
sadexploration – Nominee for Geocacher of the Month

 

Sludge Bucket writes, “I would like to nominate Steve primarily for has work in starting the Church Micro series within the UK. This series is probably the largest series of geocaches in the world! There are currently over 5000 throughout the UK, giving much pleasure to the UK caching community. Church Micros are caches near Churches throughout the UK, from St Paul’s Cathedral in London to village churches in the wilds of the countryside. Steve has found over 15,000 caches and owns nearly 230. The quality of his caches is exceptional. Steve has been caching since August 2004. His series at Devil’s Dyke, Sussex in the UK has many favorite points. All in all I believe Steve is a worthy recipient of Geocacher of the month. I hope you think so too!”

 

 

 

 

Mr. Gadget #2

Mr Gadget 2 – Nominee for Geocacher of the Month

Barnabirdy(s) writes, “Mr. Gadget #2 has frequently been the inspiration and driving force behind Geocaching in his area. He has served as Chapter Representative several times and single handedly has drummed up the support and membership to keep our sometimes struggling Chapter alive.
His caching name fits him perfectly; he seems to possess every gadget applicable to Geocaching and is always ready to share his experience with other cachers, experienced as well as newbies.
From his first cache hide he quickly gained the reputation for creating original and challenging hides with a new slant on caching. Finding Mr. Gadget’s caches is not usually difficult, then the real trick is figuring out how to gain access to the contents.”

 

 

Comment below to tell us who you think should be the April Geocacher of the Month. Comments accepted through through June 27.

If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform.

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The Newest Geocacher of the Month is….

he earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin (sun flare optional)
The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin

Feel’n down? Feel’n like the world’s missing good people? Check out the comments in the North American Edition of Geocacher of the Month. All three nominees for Geocacher of the Month contribute to their local communities and inspire geocachers around the globe. They’re good-hearted, welcoming folks who are passionate about sharing the joys of geocaching.

Each of the geocachers will receive special recognition and a prize package for their contribution to the adventure of geocaching. Before naming the Geocacher of the Month, Geocaching HQ reviews community input and blog comments. Each comment is read and posts in native languages are encouraged.

hurleyanne – Geocacher of the Month

In a tough decision, the irrepressibly enthusiastic hurleyanne is named the Geocacher of the Month for April 2014. One comment reads, “She’s enthusiastic about teaching others and makes sure no one is excluded. She’s a superb asset to the geocaching community!”

Another read, “She is one of the most generous cachers around, always quick to offer assistance to newbie cachers online and in person, and has the experience to back it up. She has taken it upon herself to compile lists of caches in the area that need maintenance and organize maintenance for those geocaches by those willing to help, and other interesting ‘bucket lists’ of caches, that inspire people to get out of town and explore our beautiful province. Just to show how much she enjoys the friends she has made through geocaching, she made her own wedding into a geocaching event!”

Congratulations again to hurleyanne for earning the Geocacher of the Month for April.

If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform.