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Share Your Trackable Story – Trackable Week 2012

Eric Schudiske on September 17, 2012, 1:00 am

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Trackable Week | Travel Bugs

This is your chance to share your favorite Trackable stories. Trackables have completed missions to travel the globe, find famous landmarks and compete in Travel Bug races.

The three stories with the most likes at the end of the week of September 23rd, 2012 will all be entered to win a rare and coveted geocoin. The winner will receive the latest Moun10bike geocoin.

Enter your best Trackable story for a chance to win this geocoin

Submit your Trackable story by clicking on “Comments” below. Please include your Geocaching.com username in all entries. Then, explore the  Trackable stories other geocachers have posted.

One entry per geocacher. “Like” the caption that you think should win. Geocaching.com Lackeys will vote from the top finalists to decide the winner of the Moun10bike geocoin.

  Das ist Deine Chance, Deine favorisierte Trackable-Story mit anderen zu teilen. Die Trackables haben Ihre Missionen abgeschlossen wie: um die Welt reisen, berühmte Wahrzeichen zu finden und in Travel Bug Rennen zu konkurieren.

Die drei Geschichten mit den meisten “Gefällt mir”-Einträgen bis zum 23. September 2012, nehmen an der Verlosung einer seltenen und begehrten Geocoin teil. Der Gewinner erhält die neueste Moun10Bike Geocoin.

Reiche Deine Trackable-Story durch Klicken auf “Kommentare” weiter unten ein. Bitte gib Deinen Benutzernamen auf Geocaching.com bei allen Einträgen an. Danach entdecke Trackable-Geschichten welche andere Geocacher gepostet haben.

Es zählt nur ein Eintrag pro Geocacher. Drücke “Gefällt mir”, wenn Du der Meinung bist diese Geschichte sollte gewinnen. Die Geocaching.com Lackeys werden dann, aus den Finalisten, den Gewinner der Moun10Bike Geocoin auswählen.

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Check out the Travel Bug that’s traveled far enough to circle the globe 8 times… and is still moving (and moving, and moving…)

Schau Dir den Travel Bug an, der so weit gereist ist, um den Globus 8 Mal zu umrundenund er ist immer noch unterwegs (und bewegt sich und bewegt sich…)

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  • Crimsonsteel

    Hello my name is CrimsonSteel. I live in Alabama and yes I love Geocaching and football. My story starts off by an alert on my phone letting me know a new cache was in play. I made my way downtown to find not only a first to find but the best travel bug ever and a new friend. It said not a good one to do at night….i will let you be the judge. I had geo container in my hand trying to figure out a combination to open it. I see a fellow cacher Team No App Fire looking for it in this tree in the middle of downtown. So i say hey lets figure this thing out it took us a while in the middle of the night but i figured oit the combination….We both signed log and what he showed me next blew my mind. I discoverd two Travel Bugs 1st one a toy steering wheel. not a real big deal but the second one was A CHUCKY DOLL……from the horror movie CHUCKY…..I put the wheel in the hands of Chucky. Made for a classic picture. I also discovered some geocoins and my new friend gave me his old gps because i have been using app on my phone. Now i can do multi caches and have a new friend to cache with. Now it may just be a Southern thing but I am never affraid to go caching at night…..You never know what you might find….I know this is long but it was such an incredible geo find. Thanks for helping to make this possible . CRIMSONSTEEL

  • dawgdoc1

    This is a story in honor of a geocaching friend who loved to be out in nature until the last days of his life. His name is Glen, and his geocaching name is MSOZARKMAN.
    I met Glen in Springfield Missouri one fine day back in July of 2008. I was home on military leave with my family in Harrison Arkansas. I just randomly picked a cacher who had several hides in Springfield to contact for a day or two of caching. When we met, I noticed that Glen had difficulty walking, and was carrying an oxygen tank. He told me that he had advanced Multiple Sclerosis, and that he had release several MS Walk TB’s for travel. He presented me with one to take to Hawaii and another to go to Japan. I was honored to have the opportunity to help him travel through his trackables to places in the world that now were out of his reach. We had a great day of caching with Glen. It was like he and my family had known each other for years. A few days later (5 AUG 2008) I found his very first trackable MS Walk Medal # 1. (TB1FC2B). Here is my log from that day:

    Well my friend, it seems that our paths are destined to intertwine again!
    I have yet again rescued one of your TB’s, and will take it to Japan to
    further its mission to travel around the world. This TB was dropped in
    this cache yesterday. For some reason (now understood), I did not get
    around to this cache until today.
    There were three trackables listed in the cache, but the other two were gone.
    Take care,
    Doc

    Sadly, Glen passed away a few days following me picking up this TB. I was so touched by his kindness, and willingness to take us out caching despite his failing health, I decided to keep his TB, and take it with me where ever I traveled from that day forth.
    I am a soldier in the US Army. Fortunately I am sent on frequent missions around the globe. The MS Walk # 1 Medal TB currently has a total of 167607.9km (104147 miles) of total travels. I think of Glen often, and hope that he is watching, and enjoying the travels of his first TB from where ever he may be caching now. Rest in Peace my friend, and thank you for all you taught me about geocaching and life.

  • Clinton&Kelsey

    We live near Everett, WA. And this past week my boyfriend went away to Las Vegas. While he was there me and one of my really good friends went Geocaching near my house. Our best friend is away in Missouri right now at Basic Training. While we were Geocaching we found a cool trail that was rarely used. We walked down to realize that there were a few geocaches down it. We came upon one, and it was a toy soldier attached to a TB. It was really awesome, because our friend has been gone since mid July, and it just gave us a reason to share stories about him. We sent him a picture of the trackable, and told him that when he gets back we will go Geocaching. It was the best trackable I have ever found.
    Clinton&Kelsey

  • Bushwalker53

    My geocaching name is Bushwalker53 in Adelaide Australia.
    My trackable story is about one that I moved on, I had decided to take a few photos of the trackable on my hat which is in my profile photo. The trackable was a cut out piece of metal in the shape of a woman that you usually see on the back of trucks. I had loaded the pictures onto my school laptop. Big mistake! We had to get a few photos off our computers for a project. The teacher had to walk past my computer just at the wrong time to see the photos on my computer. Let’s just say That lunchtime wasn’t very fun :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/arunachala Ian Lindsay

    I began Geocaching in 2007 my Geocaching name is Kriyacacher
    and live in England, at the end of 2007 I visited India for the first time. I
    discovered how difficult Geocaching is in that country, with many exciting
    adventures ending in the disappointment of a DNF . On that trip I visited the
    town of Tiruvanamalai, an amazing and mystical place that has grown around the
    mountain of Arunachala. Hindus believe that the mountain was created from a
    column of fire that the God Shiva became to demonstrate his power. The famous yogi Ramana Maharishi spent years in total silence
    on the mountain and has an ashram at the foot of the mountain visited by
    spiritual seekers from all around the world. In this place, I myself had
    many experiences that have a special place in my heart.

    Almost directly after I left the area a Geocache
    was created on the mountain called Arunachala. It is a high Difficulty /
    Terrain bonus cache. There are two qualifying Multi-caches that involve
    Pradakshina, a walk of many Kilometres around the mountain. These walks are
    considered to bring great blessings and merit to the hundreds of thousands of
    pilgrims who visit the mountain each year.

    I told myself that if I returned to India I would come back
    to Arunachala and attempt the cache.

    Two years later I started planning a second trip to India
    and looked again at the Arunachala cache. It was then that I discovered that
    Jamaraja the creator of the cache had released 9 travel bugs called Toulava
    Myslenka 1-9 from Czechoslovakia. He called the Travel Bugs “wandering
    thoughts” and gave them the mission to go to the Arunachala cache. They had been
    released in 2007, and by 2010 were scattered around the world, but mostly in
    Europe.

    Straight away I wanted to find one of these Travel Bugs and
    have it accompany me on my journey to
    Arunachala, of course I was well aware that finding such a cache was no easy
    task and was still unfound after almost three years. The Toulava Myslenka 1 bug
    was in a Multicache called Two Wadings
    and a Funeral in Cambridgeshire more than 100 miles from my home, (or maybe
    destiny that it was so close !). It was
    August 2010 and four months before my
    trip, I was anxious not to miss the
    chance of having the opportunity to complete the mission for this Travel Bug.
    It was late in the evening by the time we reached the Final cache of the multi,
    and light was fading and a full moon was rising into the evening sky. Although
    the cache was an Ammo Can it took me 20 minutes or so to find it in the fading
    light. With the “Wandering Thought” safely in my hands it somehow gave an added
    symbolic meaning to my long journey to the holy mountain of Arunachala.

    It was January 2011 when I arrived in Tiruvanamalai with my
    partner Heather, a full three years since my previous visit, and the Arunachala
    cache was still unfound. Having the Toulava Myslenka Bug in my backpack added
    another dimension to the hunt. I really wanted to complete it’s mission. The
    first cache that I completed in the town was Nandin of Arunachala an Earthcache
    on the mountain. During the hunt I was crossing some rough ground near some
    lakes when a large cobra slid across the path in front of me, later Jamaraja
    posted a note to say this was a good omen, but that’s not what I was thinking
    at the time.

    Finding the Arunachala cache was a total adventure. Finding
    the two qualifying caches each took a day of walking. On the completion of the
    first Multi, again the light was fading and a thin crescent moon associated
    with the God Shiva appeared just above the mountain, contrasting with the full
    moon that was in the sky above Cambridgeshire when the Travel Bug was found. The final part of the second multicache had
    gone missing, but because we had the correct co-ordinates the owner gave us the
    required second half for the final cache.

    Arunachala stands 817 metres high, in the heat of Tamil Nadu
    an ascent up rugged terrain is no easy task, and requires setting off at dawn
    to make the most of the cooler part of the day. As you rise above the town with
    the morning sun illuminating the ornate white towers of the Shiva temple and
    the sun baked plains of India laid out at your feet, you know you are on a
    special journey. When we reached the summit, we could smell the burnt butter from the huge beacon
    that is lit on the top of the mountain once a year to celebrate Shivas
    appearance as a column of fire. We were invited into a small shack on the top
    of the mountain by a yogi who gave us delicious chai served in half coconut
    shells.

    Arriving in such a place every moment is filled with magic,
    and it was special to convey a travel bug named “Wandering Thought” to its
    destination on a Holy Mountain that is
    totally associated with meditation and deep spiritual practise. Arriving at the
    cache site I was unaware that I was finding the cache for the first time
    exactly three years after it had been set. The cache owner had left many nice
    objects in the cache, but the most important to me was another Travel Bug,
    Spirit of Arunachala, which had been waiting 3 years to begin its journey
    again. So, as one journey ends another begins.

    If you search for this Travel Bug the owner has changed its
    name to Spirit of Arunachala 1 and it has begun another wonderful journey with
    a different mission.

    Until this point, the Arunachala cache has not been found
    again, and I wonder if another Wandering Thought , (Toulava Myslenka) will
    complete its journey .

  • mysticquest

    My niece got me started with Geocaching in June 2012. Since then I’ve caught the geobug! I’ve lived in RI since 1966 and never went once to Block Island. I found a four corners geocoin that wanted to go to Block Island as one of its several wishes. I took my bike, loaded up caches on my GPS and went. I stepped off the ferry and all I can say is that I felt so blissful. What a beautiful place. I put the geocoin in a gorgeous spot(cache) and rode all over lower BI geocaching. One of the things I like THE MOST about geocaching is that it takes you to some of the most amazing places.

  • beehall

    I am BEEHALL. I live in Rhode Island. While out caching on 11/25/12 at GC37EQV “Batmom’s Voodo” I picked up the “2010 German Reviewers At Work GeoCoin” TB3A48N. IngoKnit in Germany set the mission for this coin to travel from Germany to Schenectady, New York, IntoKnit had lived at that address years ago. The task was to post a picture of the coin with the house in the background to the coin’s home page. This was a mission that I thought I could help complete, so I checked with WAMMER. He had introduced me to GeoCaching, WAMMER and I work for the same company. Him at the main office in Rome, New York and I in the Lincoln, Rhode Island facility. I asked him if he could complete the coin’s mission. “Yes” was his immediate answer. After emailing IngoKnit to verify that it would be OK to transfer the coin from BEEHALL to WAMMER directly. IngoKnit replied that it would be great if we could or would do so and approved the transfer. I packaged up the coin in a letter-size package so as to not raise eyebrows. Then spoke with fellow worker KIM (a non-cacher) who was very familiar with GeoCaching if she could take the package to WAMMER. She agreed and delivered the package on her weekly trek from RI to NY. WAMMER got the package, but whined to me about how overly secure the package was for a small coin. WAMMER was able to get to Schenectady and snap some photos of the coin with the house in the background. The photos were posted to the coin’s home page. Mission accomplished! Happy faces both here and in Germany. The mission for the coin is to make it back to Germany. As of today, the coin is moving around NY.

  • jetskier911

    All Major Tom
    wanted was an adventure. I’m jetskier911, who was lucky enough to find Major
    Tom in a local cache. His mission was to visit Kennedy Space Center; I just
    happened to work there. I sent an email to the eight year-old owner, told him
    where I worked, and asked if I could keep Major Tom a while. We had an upcoming
    rocket launch, astronaut rescue training, live fire aircraft training and Bike
    Week was coming up in Daytona. I thought Major Tom would like all the adventures! Major
    Tom came to work with me and helped me check out the fire truck. He rode in a
    pave hawk helicopter (the ones we use on the astronaut rescue team), during our
    simulated mock disaster. Major Tom did get to see a rocket launch while he was
    here. I had Major Tom for almost three weeks, during that time he also visited
    the beach, went on an airboat ride and did accompany me to Daytona Beach’s Bike
    Week activities. Although Major Tom is currently missing, you can visit his travel
    bug page to see about 50 photos from the adventure!

  • jetskier911

    Wanted to share a picture of Major Tom with the rocket launching behind him.

  • Geo&Martea

    We did a series that took us all over Mchenry County,Illinois. 15 caches in 15 forest preserves. You found the caches and in each cache was the answer to a question on your registration sheet. If you did the series in 1 day it would have been about 120 miles of driving and 5 miles on the trails. We did it on 3 different days. McHenry County Conservation District did this to showcase their facilities. The prize was a MCCD geocoin. We have only been caching 6 months and did not own a trackable. What an incentive to complete this!!! After lots of driving, hiking, and searching,the goal was in reach!!! But alas, ALL good things take effort and commitment to achieve as you will read in the following log entry……….

    TFTC MCCD!!! #15…series complete!!!! I would have tech problems on the LAST ONE!!! 1st, didnt have the right coords! After I looked at the sheet and entered the right ones in…off to the cache!!! Get in the area and there’s a big black cloud overhead….ARRGGGGHH!!! GPS is locking up, bad signal alarm goes off a few times, 1st its N…then its W…then its E. 10m…..100m….2m….2.5km!!! This is the last one….can’t give up!!! So I just kept looking…finally after 10 GZ’s, GPS settled in. Cache was over 100 meters from the 1st GZ!!!! Signed log, got the last answer, walked back to the car, hit the MCCD office. Turned in my completed sheet and received my AWESOME MCCD Geocoin!!!!

    I wish to thank the McHenry County Conservation District and Stephanie Michael for providing all of us a fantastic opportunity to explore, learn,and enjoy the districts facilities!!! I found interesting places. I learned about the history of the county and about its natural environment. I found some great fishing spots, hiking trails and beautiful scenery!!! We had a great time doing the series and after all the enjoyment we received Caching our Way through McHenry County on the trails, scenic roads, enjoying the fantastic facilities…….

    WE WERE REWARDED WITH A GEOCOIN….talk about a Win Win situation!!!!!!

    A BIG THANKS to all who made this possible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We have used this coin to track our geocaching experience and had/have it visit all our found caches. In 6 months of caching we have logged just over 5,000 miles in 4 states. I am going to try an attach a picture of the coin.

  • Geo&Martea

    Here is the coin we received

  • Team E4

    We started caching when our two kids were young, and they each sent out a travel bug consisting of a set of 3 pirates from a kids meal toy. We are big VeggieTales fans, so these two bugs shared the same goal – to travel to the destinations mentioned in the signature song of The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything:

    “Well, I’ve never been to Greenland and I’ve never been to Denver,
    and I’ve never buried treasure in St. Louis or St. Paul,
    and I’ve never been to Moscow and I’ve never been to Tampa,
    and I’ve never been to Boston in the fall.”

    We launched the bugs in Virginia and friendly cachers from Washington state retrieved one of the bugs and took it to the airport in St. Paul, taking lots of pictures, and the kids were delighted by their helpfulness. What’s fun is that the same Washington cachers came upon our other pirate TB in Wyoming and took that one to Moscow, ID, again with lots of photos to document the trip! Sadly, both bugs disappeared some time later, but we’ve been thrilled to be part of a hobby where strangers will take time to bring joy to a child’s day, helping that child virtually travel to fun places through a trinket with a tag!

  • Team E4

    One bug in St. Paul, the other in Moscow!

  • Geo&MarTea

    Our Geocache name is Geo&Martea and the log entry is for GC3TH9Y

  • Geo&MarTea

    Great story! Mission accomplished with a picture to boot!

  • WeMightBeGiants

    We are WeMightBeGiants & this is the only good story we have about any trackables:

    Hello fellow cacher! I have a story to share with you…hopefully you can follow along, as I’m not the best story teller…lol.

    I grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan. In early 2005, I started geocaching. Several months later, I relocated to Northwest Indiana, 2 hours from “home”.

    I am a pretty avid geocacher, and even my muggle friends know all about it, because it’s what I do, in any free minute I get. I also dabble in photography, so they very often see pictures of caches, their locations, etc.

    So I wasn’t really surprised when a friend from Battle Creek contacted me the other day and told me that her boyfriends kids stumbled upon a box, and that she recognized it right away as “one of those things you are always hunting!” What surprised me was that they took it when they found it, brought it home, and hid it until her daughter told on them. By the time my friend saw it, it was empty…save for the metal tag inside. I knew immediately that it was a travel bug tag. I got the number from her and traced it back to your motorcycle travel bug. Sadly…the motorcycle was gone. Because your TB had recently been placed in a cache, I was able to figure out what cache the kids had taken. Turns out, it was the final stage of a puzzle cache…go figure…lol. I made contact with the owner, and am in the process of making arrangements for him to pick up what is left of the cache from my friend.

    Meanwhile, I sent her the picture of your TB from the TB page. She used that photo to then search the boys’ room while they were in school today, and…FOUND YOUR TB!!!!!!!

    So, hopefully in the next few days, the CO will be retrieving the container, AND your travel bug, to be released back into the cache. I just didnt want you thinking the TB was sitting in this cache, not moving anywhere.

    Anyway, I HAD to share this story, because it’s not very often that something like this happens…lol. Hopefully it will get moving again soon!

    Happy Caching, Amber (momma of The Herd)

    So, we are thankful our TB turned up, even tho we didn’t know it was missing. Please take care with our (& other cacher’s TBs) TBs & make sure they’re not easily discovered by muggles so none of us lose our trackables.

  • taz427

    Here’s a picture of the Latest Night Time Ninja and his mom who were out with me when we where FTF on ‘NTNC #20′ cache. TeamPoliceBike36 decided to select the unactivated Geocoin as his prize while I took the NTNC TB.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=698116850 Angie Cooke

    thats one big tb, great story, you are brave, not for going out at night for the ftfs, but for the snakes, gators etc, **shudder** i think you need to post a pic of a feral hog? what is one of those? wicked :) (from angie from the fb group) ive voted :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/pierre.rousseau.925 Pierre Rousseau

    About my Carion Crow Geocoin (TB1PK8E), owner Tipete
    A tracktable coin as a FTF gift from Oiseau_ca. Released in March 2008, its mission was to fly randomly from cache to cache. It travelled the world.

    Wow, I receive an email from Roberino telling me he saw one of my log in a cache he visited which I visited as well in a previous trip to Germany. He said he would drop my own geocoin lauched from Canada a long time ago around the Frankfurt airport, and a few days later I could stop by while on layover from Montreal to Bahrain. Dunno if owners often “collide” with their TB/coin half-way around the planet!?!.
    I was soaking wet, the rain will not let go. But I was so happy to reconnect with my coin. Really, it was such a thrill, I hugged it for a while, I completed my trip, and a few weeks later I returned to Germany and redropped that same coin so it would resume its adventure.
    It then left for Macau, Hong-Kong, Minnesota (haha), Thailand, California, and is now in Hawaii!!

    Still following its trip!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lizardsally Sally Harper

    I was out night caching in Orlando, FL a few days ago and found a baggie on the ground near the GZ for the cache. Thinking the baggie was the cache and that the container had been muggled we opened it up to sign the logbook. But the book inside wasn’t the log, it was a TB dog tag called Deep Thoughts, attached to a notebook. What I had found was a bag of 4 TBs that hadn’t been logged since March 2010! The last cacher to have them apparently decided to just drop them off near the closest geocache while on vacation here from the UK. Too bad he didn’t find a bigger cache to leave them in, (this was a pill bottle in a tree) but at least he left them where another cacher was sure to find them! I took them home, cleaned them up (they were wet and rusty, and in the case of the book, moldy too) and logged that I had taken them from that last cacher and then dropped them into the cache and picked them back up from it, to correct their mileage. Each of the TB owners has emailed me to thank me for rescuing their TBs, but I don’t think I did anything that any other cacher wouldn’t have done!

  • http://www.facebook.com/henk.eland Henk Eland

    Unfortunatly I didn’t have found any TB yet. So no story from me.. I hope I will trace some TB’s in the future.

  • steben6

    steben6 – One of our favorite trackable stories is about our Geocoin Collecting geocoin (TB1WRFA). This coin had several owners after being activated in August 2007. We adopted it in March of 2010 and carried it with us for a while before releasing it on its journey in May 2010 with a goal of traveling from cache to cache. In July 2010, it made its way into a cache across the big pond to South Korea. We didn’t hear any more about it until October 2010, when releasethedogs found the coin buried under a demolished cache that had been completely destroyed in a typhoon. They dug out the cache and found our coin underneath! In Jan 2011, releasethedogs carried our coin back to Arizona and hosted a great event. We drove out to Scottsdale, AZ from California just for the event, and they returned our coin to us. We thought that was too cool! But that wasn’t the end of the story…we carried it around with us a little while, and finally placed in one of our new caches in April 2011. It traveled around California and New Mexico for about 9 months. In January 2012, we were on a four-week caching trip in our RV when we got an email that our coin had been dropped into a cache only 15 miles from where we were camping! So, of course, we drove out in the middle of the night to pick up our coin for the second time. We still have it with us…the odds of a coin returning to its owners once are infinitesimal….what do you think the odds are that one could return twice in a lifetime? =) It has traveled 15,358 miles and we think it’s good luck, so we’re keeping it with us for a while! Brings hope that others that go missing might show up someday!

  • Orosman

    Orosman – I have two stories and two different trackables to talk about the first being Geocoin EU 2011 Main Event Geocoin (TB4G1XK) I found this guy as one of my very first coins and took it to my first event about a week later it has traveled with me since to a lot of events and I will finally give it up and the 2012 SA MEGA GC3B0EJ (the first ever in South Africa) this has been my goal for the coin since I retrieved it and it will be sad to see it go but I am hoping that it will travel to a new Country and be able to attend many new event and be shared with many Cachers. The second is the Geocachers Tedelex (TBM2RW) it was grabbed by Killer Midget while she was still in Durban, South Africa while caching with her dad TechnoNut and followed her back to Johannesburg, South Africa. We kept it on us for awhile trying to get as many of our Caching friends to add their names to until we finally sorted out our part of it. The story of our contribution to the cache was a long and tedious hike ending in two glorious caches one being Northwest Best View (GCGYQA) which was in fact my 100th cache. We all stood at the top of the Mountain(1500M above sea level) and took a photo with great friends and family who came with me on the day. So far it is my best TB as it has a great memory attached to it which will follow it around the world and hopefully show the caching spirt to all those that see it.

  • Krista&Geert

    Hi!

    We are Krista&Geert and we have been geocaching since 2003. We released our first TB “Badge the Budgie” (TBEF1F) in December 2003. This is a story of her
    travels.
    We had always
    wanted to visit Australia, so we made it a goal for our TB. “Badge”
    began her journey from The Netherlands. It didn’t take long before she
    got a lift to England and then to Ireland. A little later she flew all
    the way to the USA. There she got to meet many friendly geocachers in
    different states (she even went to Hawaii, which was such a nice
    surprise for us!). The best part was that so many geocachers were taking
    pictures of her, so that we could also see where she was and what she
    was doing. “Badge” stayed in the USA until February 2005. Then she made a
    big jump across the Pacific Ocean to Singapore. “Wow!”, we thought. She
    was now so close to reaching her goal… would she make it to
    Australia?

    She
    sure did! An Australian geocacher found her in May 2005, and took her
    to Melbourne with him. We were so happy! It was actually almost hard to
    believe that such a tiny TB had traveled so far without getting lost or
    stolen along the way. Lucky little bird! We wanted “Badge” to see more
    of Australia, so we didn’t change her goal right away. She was traveling
    along the East Coast, seemingly having a great time. In early 2006 she
    ended up in the hands of someone who stopped geocaching after a couple
    of finds. After half a year of not hearing anything about our TB, we
    gave up on hope of
    ever seeing her again. We were sad to lose her, but at the same time we
    were also pleased that it had made it so far.

    At
    the end of 2006, against all our expectations, we got good news.
    “Badge” was back in business! The geocacher who had had her for so long,
    had handed her to another geocacher. In the meanwhile, our other TB
    “Rolle the Budgie” (TBDF2D) had traveled to Brisbane, Australia (he
    started his travels in Australia in late 2004). We were pretty amazed,
    when we found
    out that “Badge” was also in Brisbane. How cool would it be if they
    ended up in the same cache?! We didn’t think it would be possible, but
    they did get to meet each other in January 2007! Our two TB’s that
    started their journeys separately, got reunited on the other side of the
    world. Unbelievable! We decided to have them attached to each other, so
    that they could travel together from cache to cache. We also changed
    their goal – we were hoping to get them back in our hands.

    More
    than a year went by before the birds finally got a lift back to Europe.
    They were found by two Swedish geocachers who took the TB’s to Sweden
    with them in April 2008. The best part? We had met these two geocachers in a Finnish
    geocaching event in 2004. What a coincidence!! The birds traveled around Sweden for a while. They even got stuck in a difficult mystery cache for nearly 6 months. Fortunately they were eventually released from their “prison”, and they could continue toward their final goal: Finland. In February 2009 they made it to a TB hotel in Stockholm. To make things a little more exciting for us, there was an active TB thief in the city at the time. We were holding our breath, hoping someone would pick up our little travelers before the thief found them. They were too close to home to get lost forever! Luckily they were rescued by someone who kept them at his home until he was able to hand them to a Finnish geocacher. And that Finnish geocacher took the birds to Finland. They had made it! We were able to retrieve them from the cache they were place in during our holiday in Finland. On March 31st 2009 we had our little budgies back in our inventory! Happy times!

    We took the TB’s back to Australia with us in November 2009. We didn’t leave them there, but we did find the same cache where “Rolle the Budgie” was first placed in Australia back in 2004. It was nice to be able to see where one of our TB’s had stayed during its journey Down Under. In total our two TB’s traveled more than 170000km (or 106000 miles) in 6 years time :)

  • Spad31

    Once upon a time, there were two young Texas TBs who were madly in love: Romeo (TB2K1MW) & Juliet (TB2K1N0). Now, it was easy for all to see how much they cared for each other, as they were kissy-bears with magnetic noses! The couple had spent their lives together in East Texas when suddenly Romeo was called up by the U.S. Air Force and deployed to the far side of the world. Heartsick with longing for each other, the young couple tearfully separated and Romeo boarded the jet that would change his life. Romeo had promised his beautiful bride he would return, no matter the struggle, no matter the distance between them. True love waits and is patient and conquers all challenges. True love has faith. Upon his arrival in Qatar, Romeo immediately set about getting home to his Juliet. As soon as he was able, he hopped into “Rockin’ the Deid” (GC1NCZP) and waited for someone to help him get home. He bravely muscled his way through the long, cold winter desert nights. He didn’t wait long, as he was picked up in days and found himself all the way around the world again in California, in one trip! In Texas, meanwhile, Juliet longed for her man. She bided her time on horseback, fishing and taking care of home. One day, she decided she would explore the area around home. No plans to travel far, just a little sightseeing. She knew Romeo could find her; they were meant to be together. Her first stop was a baseball game “Homerun on 5” (GC18R18). From there, Juliet traveled through Texas, Utah and…California, in some place called “IE Cache Bash V” (GC1PBC4). Months passed. With no communication, the lovers dreamed of reunion, determined to see each other again. How could they know they were so close, yet so far away from each other? Each silently waited and prayed. One sunny California morning, a brand new geocacher on her very first hunt, found her very first cache “Bloodbath” (GC16YDH)! Inside, Romeo blinked at his sudden bright surroundings. Was this it? Had he been found again? He had! (Incidentally, Romeo & Juliet just happened to be the very first TBs ever released by their owners, Spad31) What Romeo couldn’t know was his love, Juliet, had been on an adventure of her own. In fact, she was only a few miles away! And…she’d been found only two days earlier and was safe! But Romeo couldn’t know these things, so he steeled himself for what was to come and thought of Juliet. He would find her; she promised she would wait for him. He loved her very much. Juliet despaired. She hadn’t intended to leave Texas, but here she was, in the wrong direction from Romeo. Was he okay? Was he in danger? How could her Romeo find her now that she was so far from home? Would he think she left? She’d promised she’d wait and now…OH! She was so far from home! She didn’t know what to do and quietly wept and waited. Suddenly, she was picked up and found herself safe once again. Her hope bloomed as brightly as her desire for her man. Now, in every good fairy tale, there is a fairy Godmother that shines a light for the hero to follow. This tale is no different. The brand new geocacher who found Romeo contacted his owner with pictures of Romeo enjoying the California sun. With that contact, a series of events were set in motion that would affect several lives. As it happens, Romeo and Juliet, unbeknownst to each other, had found themselves only a few miles apart. A message from their owner to each of the cachers in possession of the couple allowed a meeting to be arranged. On a fine, gorgeous California day in July of 2009, the cachers with Romeo & Juliet met and for the first time in almost 6 months, with ten thousand miles traveled between them and oceans, countries and continents crossed, Juliet finally pressed her little nose to Romeo’s, never to separate again. And they lived happily ever after. THE END -Note, R&J were my wife’s and my first TBs. When we released them, we were naively hopeful they could meet, but didn’t imagine they actually would. I would like to sincerely thank Romeo’s finder cacher OIM62 for contacting me, keeping him safe and returning the couple to us. R&J arrived back to us in Texas in late July, kissing, and surrounded by Romeo & Juliet performance ticket stubs, a photo album of each of their travels and their reunion, and an R&J tee-shirt, all in a nice painted tin box. We had so much fun with this. Caching is what brings people together (and magnetic-nose kissy bears!) Spad31

  • gmskippyp

    Ober the Adventure Seeker (TBJRWV) is my favorite TB to date. He started traveling 7 years ago with a mission to seek out high adventure. Among his list of duties, this soldier was instructed to skydive, sail, and fly. When my children and I found him on December 18, 2011, we convinced him to rest and spend the holidays with us. By then, he had lost an arm to the pursuit of adventure. He was cold and tired. Frankly, he didn’t look so good.
    We escorted Ober to areas around Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, including my mother’s house for Christmas eve dinner. We thought he was enjoying the rest, but instead, he was becoming restless. At one point during our meal, he started climbing the center piece on my mother’s table. Before long, I felt we were doing more harm than good by keeping him with us. I can still remember the look on his face when we put him back in the field. I’d swear he started to smile.
    While he only stayed with us a total of 12 days, his memory will live on in the hearts and minds of my children and I. We would always welcome him back, although we do not expect to ever see him again.

  • TRYPSYT

    Hi my name is TRYPSYT
    My story is a silly one but I like it. I was taking my sister out on her first geocaching trip. I had found a travel bug in a bug hotel in Utah and I was wanting to place it in CT where my sister lives. We found an area where there were a few caches, so we decided that the woods where they were located was a good place for us to start. As we went to our first cache we found it relatively easy and went to find the larger cache to place the bug. She was very excited for this and determined to find it. Well it had stormed so we had to hike in the hot summer afternoon through fallen trees, wet grass and tons of moss and mud. We eventually placed the bug and began our hike back to through the woods to get to our car.As we were getting to the end of the trail my sister nonchalantly leans over to me and says “Hey look there is a rooster”. So I said “ Why is there a rooster in the woods?”After deciding that this was an excellent time for a photo op, my sister began to walk over to the bird to get a picture to show everyone so they would believe us later.As she started walking over to it, it began to get angry and started flapping it’s wings and squawking. Not knowing what to do we tried walking around the bird to get through but every time we would go one way it would be two steps ahead of us blocking the way. To see if we could scare it I took of my backpack and started waving it at it. Well that made the situation worse and the rooster started chasing us. We ran as far back away from ti as we could,but it continuously stalked us slowly. As we panicked more my sister decided it was a good idea to call my mother to help us out of the situation. We waited a good 15 minutes and my mother came with a large stick and chased the rooster away from us so we could get out of the woods. Needless to say that was one of the best times I had placing a travel bug and I doubt I will ever be able to top it!! ( I have many pics of the rooster in the woods but of course none of us with it!!)

  • Arliecon

    Dear Ole’ Dad
    Hey all, my handle is Arliecon (Ron) and my wife is Freedancer (Pam) and we are from Billings Montana. We have been chauffeuring around Dad’s Generic Geo Coin ( TBTJRZ) through many geo-trips over many years. The coin is owned by The Neverlanders from New York state. It is in a race with two other geo-coins to see which one can race to the finish of 50 states and return to New York.
    Our first encounter with Dad’s Generic coin started in May of 2006 when we found it in a cache in New Mexico in a box in the hot dusty desert. We had planned our first big geo-caching trip to follow the old Route 66 and to place some of our own TB’s along the old Mother Road. Grabbing Dad’s geo coin we had a great deal of fun moving it up Route 66, it hitched hiked with us through NM, Tex, Okla., a short jaunt down to Arkansas and then to Kassas. Missouri and back up to Illinois which was our turn around point to head back to Montana. On the return trip Dad’s geo-coin meandered with us through Iowa, Nebr, the corner of Colorado, Wyo and back to our GZ of Billings, Montana. So during this geo-jaunt Dad’s coin was close to our hip and on the move. It had made the journey with us through 12 states. We reluctantly put it in Cinco De Myao cache in August of 2006.
    During Aug and Sept of 2006, PaulE911 picked up the coin and became the courier of Dad’s Generic Geo-Coin (DGGC) and moved it hither a yon adding many geo-miles taking the coin back East and then brought out West again to Idaho and leaving it in Utah at the UTAG event. PaulE moved it through several new states.
    During 2007, the coin moved North to Idaho, then SW to Nevada and California. DGGC wandered along Northern California and made it’s way to Washington state.
    Well we ever meet again…? The Intercept
    I, (Arliecon) had been watching Dad’s Geo coin move up the coast. My wife’s parents live in Washington and we were planning a trip to Yelm to visit them this summer. I told Freedancer the coin was in Washington and we talked about an “intercept” of the coin. At the end of June 2007, it was placed in a cache where we would grab the coin again in a few days. However it got grabbed by another cacher. We had to make arrangements with him to put it back in the same cache. Man, I was worried it would be gone again by the time we got there. But, yeah! On July 9, 2007 I again had Dad’s Geo-coin in my hands. Thank full to all that had carried it along and helped arrange the hand off.
    On the Road Again…..
    I had DGGC in my fat little geo-fist and headed first down to Astoria Oregon for a quick side trip to run Dad’s geo coin through this state and then pointed our van back to Montana, Dad’s coin working it’s way through Wash, Idaho and back to Montana.
    The Upper Peninsula of Michigan
    By this time, Freedancer and I were geo-caching in many new states and decided to make a trip to Northern Michigan. So revving up the motor in the old Ford Windstar we headed East, burning up the interstate through Mont, N Dak., Minn, through Wisc and up to the North country of Michigan with good old Dad’s geo-coin hitch hiking along for the ride and a few new states. DGCC was starting to pile the new states like crazy.
    On Sept. 9, 2007 I reluctantly set the geo-coin free in Wisc. and sent it on it’s way toward the North East states. I had no idea if I would ever see it again and was a wee bit worried that it would disappear.
    In the fall of 2007 and early 2008, Dad’s coin made a slow journey and moved from Wisc. Eastward, floating through NY, Conn. and New Jersey and finally came to a stand still in NY. Sadly, it got stuck in NY for an extended sojourn in the bottom of some drawer and sat dormant for about 2 years and 10 months.
    The New England Trip…. Fall colors.
    In late Sept, 2008 we had plans to visit the New England states and cache some new states. We had e-mailed an individual that had Dad’s geo-coin. But when we arrived in NY we were supposed to meet this cacher to pick up DGGC. No luck & we missed the connect up and had to move on with out the coin. I was quite let down we couldn’t move it through the New England
    Good fortune, Dad’s coin on the move again.
    A cacher by the handle of damong managed to get the coin back from the cacher that had held it for a long long time and grabbed the coin physically and got it moving again. Good job damong! Damong was able to move it around NY and NJ and made a jaunt up to Mass. He also gave Dad’s coin a trip to sunny California, adding another 4,800 miles. Damong probably accumulated some 5,500 miles with Dad’s coin.
    Sadly, during Dad’s coin down time, Freedancer and I made a trip to both Alaska and Hawaii and then a long road trip to the deep South to gather new states and geo cache down South. If we had had the coin in hand it would have gone to a lot of needed states.
    Delaware and D.C. Our last state
    Late August & Sept. 2012
    Freedancer and I had slowly been filling in our “stated cached in map” and only needed Delaware and Wash DC to complete all 50 states and the district. So guess what….. Road Trip! Our goal was primarily to get Delaware. I also knew damong had Dad’s coin in New York, and the states are small back East. I exchanged several e-mails with damong and he agreed to hide the coin nearby another cache in New Paltz NY. He was going to be out of town over the Labor Day weekend. How great for damong to do the “pass off” of Dad’s geo coin to me.
    My wife and I were so excited to get to New Paltz, NY to again meet our old friend Dad’s Generic Geo-Coin. A big Yippie Skippie when we found it in it’s covert hiding spot. How cool is that. I couldn’t believe I had the coin there in my hand, I never ever thought I would ever see it again.
    Thanks to dmong, … it is headed West again. Making the U turn in NY, we headed back down to Penn, Delaware and Washington DC to cache in those new states and run the coin through it’s needed states. As we headed back to Montana, smiling all the way, we logged Dad’s Geo coin through the needed states of Penn, Del, Wash DC, a short jaunt down to Virginia and on to W. Va. and lastly, picking up Indiana for Dad’s coin. Passing through the other mid western states & back to the Treasure state, Montana.
    Dad’s Generic Geo-coin will now have traveled through 36 U.S. states, across the US about 4 times and has garnered about 24,000 plus geo miles. It has only about 14 states left to visit. I have become quite attached to this little coin and the intercepts from coast to coast have been possible only through the cooperation of many other geo-cachers. What a great adventure,
    and a great hobby and I am still logging.
    What fun it has been….. And more caches to visit.
    Arliecon & Freedancer

  • Arliecon

    Dear Ole’ Dad Hey all, my handle is Arliecon (Ron) and my wife is Freedancer (Pam) and we are from Billings Montana. We have been chauffeuring around Dad’s Generic Geo Coin ( TBTJRZ) through many geo-trips over many years. The coin is owned by The Neverlanders from New York state. It is in a race with two other geo-coins to see which one can race to the finish of 50 states and return to New York. Our first encounter with Dad’s Generic coin started in May of 2006 when we found it in a cache in New Mexico in a box in the hot dusty desert. We had planned our first big geo-caching trip to follow the old Route 66 and to place some of our own TB’s along the old Mother Road. Grabbing Dad’s geo coin we had a great deal of fun moving it up Route 66, it hitched hiked with us through NM, Tex, Okla., a short jaunt down to Arkansas and then to Kassas. Missouri and back up to Illinois which was our turn around point to head back to Montana. On the return trip Dad’s geo-coin meandered with us through Iowa, Nebr, the corner of Colorado, Wyo and back to our GZ of Billings, Montana. So during this geo-jaunt Dad’s coin was close to our hip and on the move. It had made the journey with us through 12 states. We reluctantly put it in Cinco De Myao cache in August of 2006. During Aug and Sept of 2006, PaulE911 picked up the coin and became the courier of Dad’s Generic Geo-Coin (DGGC) and moved it hither a yon adding many geo-miles taking the coin back East and then brought out West again to Idaho and leaving it in Utah at the UTAG event. PaulE moved it through several new states. During 2007, the coin moved North to Idaho, then SW to Nevada and California. DGGC wandered along Northern California and made it’s way to Washington state. Well we ever meet again…? The Intercept I, (Arliecon) had been watching Dad’s Geo coin move up the coast. My wife’s parents live in Washington and we were planning a trip to Yelm to visit them this summer. I told Freedancer the coin was in Washington and we talked about an “intercept” of the coin. At the end of June 2007, it was placed in a cache where we would grab the coin again in a few days. However it got grabbed by another cacher. We had to make arrangements with him to put it back in the same cache. Man, I was worried it would be gone again by the time we got there. But, yeah! On July 9, 2007 I again had Dad’s Geo-coin in my hands. Thank full to all that had carried it along and helped arrange the hand off. On the Road Again….. I had DGGC in my fat little geo-fist and headed first down to Astoria Oregon for a quick side trip to run Dad’s geo coin through this state and then pointed our van back to Montana, Dad’s coin working it’s way through Wash, Idaho and back to Montana. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan By this time, Freedancer and I were geo-caching in many new states and decided to make a trip to Northern Michigan. So revving up the motor in the old Ford Windstar we headed East, burning up the interstate through Mont, N Dak., Minn, through Wisc and up to the North country of Michigan with good old Dad’s geo-coin hitch hiking along for the ride and a few new states. DGCC was starting to pile the new states like crazy. On Sept. 9, 2007 I reluctantly set the geo-coin free in Wisc. and sent it on it’s way toward the North East states. I had no idea if I would ever see it again and was a wee bit worried that it would disappear. In the fall of 2007 and early 2008, Dad’s coin made a slow journey and moved from Wisc. Eastward, floating through NY, Conn. and New Jersey and finally came to a stand still in NY. Sadly, it got stuck in NY for an extended sojourn in the bottom of some drawer and sat dormant for about 2 years and 10 months. The New England Trip…. Fall colors. In late Sept, 2008 we had plans to visit the New England states and cache some new states. We had e-mailed an individual that had Dad’s geo-coin. But when we arrived in NY we were supposed to meet this cacher to pick up DGGC. No luck & we missed the connect up and had to move on with out the coin. I was quite let down we couldn’t move it through the New England Good fortune, Dad’s coin on the move again. A cacher by the handle of damong managed to get the coin back from the cacher that had held it for a long long time and grabbed the coin physically and got it moving again. Good job damong! Damong was able to move it around NY and NJ and made a jaunt up to Mass. He also gave Dad’s coin a trip to sunny California, adding another 4,800 miles. Damong probably accumulated some 5,500 miles with Dad’s coin. Sadly, during Dad’s coin down time, Freedancer and I made a trip to both Alaska and Hawaii and then a long road trip to the deep South to gather new states and geo cache down South. If we had had the coin in hand it would have gone to a lot of needed states. Delaware and D.C. Our last state Late August & Sept. 2012 Freedancer and I had slowly been filling in our “stated cached in map” and only needed Delaware and Wash DC to complete all 50 states and the district. So guess what….. Road Trip! Our goal was primarily to get Delaware. I also knew damong had Dad’s coin in New York, and the states are small back East. I exchanged several e-mails with damong and he agreed to hide the coin nearby another cache in New Paltz NY. He was going to be out of town over the Labor Day weekend. How great for damong to do the “pass off” of Dad’s geo coin to me. My wife and I were so excited to get to New Paltz, NY to again meet our old friend Dad’s Generic Geo-Coin. A big Yippie Skippie when we found it in it’s covert hiding spot. How cool is that. I couldn’t believe I had the coin there in my hand, I never ever thought I would ever see it again. Thanks to dmong, … it is headed West again. Making the U turn in NY, we headed back down to Penn, Delaware and Washington DC to cache in those new states and run the coin through it’s needed states. As we headed back to Montana, smiling all the way, we logged Dad’s Geo coin through the needed states of Penn, Del, Wash DC, a short jaunt down to Virginia and on to W. Va. and lastly, picking up Indiana for Dad’s coin. Passing through the other mid western states & back to the Treasure state, Montana. Dad’s Generic Geo-coin will now have traveled through 36 U.S. states, across the US about 4 times and has garnered about 24,000 plus geo miles. It has only about 14 states left to visit. I have become quite attached to this little coin and the intercepts from coast to coast have been possible only through the cooperation of many other geo-cachers. What a great adventure, and a great hobby and I am still logging. What fun it has been….. And more caches to visit. Arliecon & Freedancer

  • Linda Wallace

    My Black Chow dog named Onyx born on 12-5-95 passed away on 5-25-10. I took his collar and put his photo on with some pins for people to add more pins. He visited Disney Land, Epcot, Washington DC and Hawaii twice. But the most exciting place was a photo of Onyx in the cockpit of a plane. As of today Onyx has traveled 43375.9 miles only in the USA. If you want to see photos of him on his trip go to TB3KMYP.

  • The Cestrian

    Hi I am The Cestrian from Chester and am relatively new to Geocaching. I planted a new cache on a green on my estate in memory of my mum a few months ago. Recently there was a CITO event nearby and more than twenty people found my cache in one day, all pretending to pick up litter, birdwatch or other suspicious activity! It is a rather visible cache with lots of muggle neighbours so i could imagine their consternation when all these folk started to turn up and rummage around under the trees! Mum would have loved all the fuss!

  • VerrueckteFrau

    We had trouble posting this, so eventually it double-posted. If you want to vote for this story, please do so under “SillyMoose”s entry.

  • BAT

    I am proud to be on of the many that has taken Percy on his travels including to the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai! Good luck my little friend!

  • taz427

    A couple images of Feral Hogs. Note that I don’t have any decent pics of my own and I pulled these off the internet. I’m not thinking about taking pics when I see one close enough to get a good pic. Now the gator. I took that pic, it’s about a 14 foot Gator.

  • Junebugdawn

    This is PEDRO’S story (TB4WXAB):
    After a day of caching with charly30us and I returned home and realized I was hearing a bird chirping inside the house. I followed the chirping and it lead me to the kitchen trash can. I then remembered that I had emptied out swag from a wet cache the night before. I dug down to find a soaking wet yellow chick chirping away. I tossed it into the big green outdoor trashcan where it continued to chirp.

    I posted in our group geocaching page about this chirping piece of swag and I got this message from charly30us in return. “That was Pedro.. [Cowgirl32's] chick if you got him out of your cache.. I bought her that for Easter last year!! So sad…We didn’t wrap him up in a baggy. Awww ” I responded with, “That makes me sad…poor Pedro.”
    A while later, I went outside to go to the store and heard Pedro STILL CHIRPING inside the trashcan! I went to the store and when I came back, I decided that if Pedro was tough enough to “survive” a soaked geocache, being tossed into a trashcan, begin peeping to be noticed, being tossed into the outdoor trashcan and peeping continuously for 18+ hours, that he deserved a second “life” in the world of geocaching. I retrieved him from the trash, brought him inside, removed his batteries to give his vocal cords a rest, bathed him in the sink (along with conditioner to make his down soft) and gave him a blowdry. I think Pedro has such an amazing survival story that he deserves to travel the world cache to cache as a Travel Bug. Now you have found Pedro. Please take good care of him. Take and post pictures of his travels and then send him on his way in another cache! ”

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