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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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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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  • 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

  • tebowtime15

    Hi-
    I’m tebowtime15. I remember when me and my family retrieved our very FIRST travel bug. We were up at Lake Tahoe, vacationing, and decided to try this “thing” called geocaching. The cache that we found our first trackable in, was one of our first four caches that we have ever found. The trackable that we retrieved was simply a trackable tag, attached to a little blue jay stuffed animal. It’s name is Bluejay. We were fascinated, and wanted to learn how to move trackables. My interest in geocaching grew, and I wanted to go find more and more of them. Unfortunatley, Bluejay is currently missing, but below there is the owners photo of him. Bluejay lead me and my family to owning and buying geocoins on geocaching.com. Thank you Bluejay for sparking my interest in geocaching and trackables.

    I think trackables are the reason that have kept me geocaching over the years. Let me explain: After we left Lake Tahoe and went back home, I stopped geocaching for a while. But, I still had a geocoin that I needed to move along. I had to keep the coin moving, so we found a geocache near our home, and dropped the geocoin off at the cache.

    Bluejay (photo taken from Bluejay’s tb page)

    tebowtime15

  • 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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