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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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  • Mietzecacherin

    The story of our Trackable is pretty short. I went to Florida on vacation some time ago and took on of our trackables (misson: travel home to germany) with me. I have placed it in a cache on the Florida Keys and thought it would take pretty long until it will travel back home. So what happened? Geman Cachers took the trackable some days after I placed it there and without beeing dropped off in any other cache it came back home just a some weeks after I returned :)

  • Vicky Hallenbeck

    One of my early travel bugs—DUDE-lebug!—is now home! You can see about his travels here: http://coord.info/TB3887 (scroll down to see his battle-scarred final look!) DUDE-lebug!
    was released in September, 2002. Over the years, he has traveled over
    41,000 miles and been to many places. The person who picked him up last
    let me know, that after 9+ years of traveling, he needs some repair and
    offered to send him home. I’ve never seen one of my bugs after this
    long — often they go missing, although occasionally one re-surfaces.
    I’ve had a good time just looking at him and thinking about his
    adventures. I wish I was as well-traveled as some of my trackables are!

    Vicky (honeychile)

  • Vicky Hallenbeck

    Maybe you should make the new mission for the bug to get BACK to the Florida keys. :grin:

  • Nexus69

    The found and lost story!
    A short and sad story. TB1P8ET started his travel on the 20.10.2010. After a trip of 73.7 km the user Heisenberg81 retrieved the coin on the 10.03.2011. Now we have 18 months later and he hold it and hold it and hold it. I get no reaction on any email. But a few weeks ago he changed his username to Startseite.
    A longer trip but also a sad finish. TB3K1TN started his travel on the 05.01.2010. After a trip of 12205.8 km the user wanderinggnome retrieved the coin on the 15.10.2011 from the Geocoinfest U.S. 2011. Now we have 11 months later and she hold it and hold it and hold it. I get no reaction on any email.
    What a nice part of our hobby. Nexus69

  • crash77

    On of my TB’s, “USA All the Way” (http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=95909), released to the ‘wild’ on June 27, 2004, has logged over 46,000 miles and is still traveling on its way to visiting all states in the US. Unlike many high-mileage TB’s, this one has not been held by us, so has lived the risky life of being entrusted to the general geocaching community, with all it’s ups and downs. Thanks to all those who have picked it up and moved it further towards completing it’s mission.

  • Barb Coates

    I places “Dads Dream” out in Searchlight NV on 11/25/2011 to go back to Germany for a visit. It stayed in Calif and Nv for a while but then he took off. He went to Kuwait 7,705.05 miles then to Kyrgyzstan 1,762 miles then Oatar 1,800.08 miles back to Kuwait then to Georgia 7,147.53 miles back to NV 1,743.84
    I go under Redhatter 52 but the group name is MO CREW which includes me, my brother BH52 and my cousin Dale madog54
    My dad drove a racecar # 52 and Butch drove 52jr so thats the 52 in our names.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rgnissen Rodney Nissen

    Hey, NoNameYet202 here!
    I’m writing in today about a lost but recently found trackable I own called TB2EVNM Lucky Dog Tags. This trackable was lost sometime around September 2010, and I finally marked it missing in Febuary of this year (2012). This remained the case for over five months until I got that email that every trackable owner wishes to see. The last person to have it had discovered it! Apparently they had lost in in a random box during a move, and had finally unpacked that box and discovered the lost trackable!
    I quickly reset it’s mission to return home.
    It seemed to be meandering it way around, as trackable were want to do, when it finally made it to the Midwest Geobash. This was perfect, I thought, as I had a local cacher freind who would be going! I quickly set it up with him to try and get it, and tried to get a hold of the person holding the trackable. And….no response. and no response.
    Finally the day of the event came and went, and I got two emails regarding the trackable. One was from the local cacher, who said they couldn’t find the person holding it.
    The second however, was from the cacher who picked it up from the event. The log started “This trackable is now in the hands of a California cacher.” My heart sank. It was so close to coming home, and now it would have to find it’s way from the West Coast? But I kept reading, and he continued, “However, I will be heading to Cullman ((a distance of around 30 miles from my home base)) over the next few days before returning home!” That perked me up right away!
    I watched for the trackable to be dropped. Finally, it was placed in GC1WF06 Turn Around Now. I quickly made plans and that weekend, went down to pick it up!
    The hunt for the cache was a bit drawn out. I was ignoring the obvious place, thinking it was to far away from Ground Zero. But I finally sighed and check there, I was NOT going home empty handed. And Paydirt!
    I opened the cache to find…..the trackable still there! Happy days! I was so enthused I left two trackables I had in my inventory in the cache to keep it stocked, and after nabbing a few caches in the area, went home. I now proudly display it on my Geocaching Go-bag. This trackable, which all told has traveled some 12,000 Miles, made it home after being lost for two years. That is a happy ending if ever I heard one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1316834414 Eric Kam

    I have been traveling with my Personal Trackable (StringGirl
    TB3ZKG5) for just over one year. In StringGirl who has a blog (http://StringGirl.blogspot.com) has been my travel companion since 2008 when I took an internationally posted job. My daughters gave me the little wooden girl dressed in embroidery floss clothes to keep me company as I traveled monthly for my job. I blog her adventures so my girls can always see what dad and StringGirl are upto. Since then StringGirl has 480,000 Status miles with Delta and 62,000 miles as my travel bug. To date she has been to Japan, South Korea, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, USA, Mexico, Canada, Czech Republic, Austria as she follows me around for work. With offices in Brazil and India still not visited we will soon be adding more countries (and blog posts) to that list. In honor of TB week, will be planting a NEW Starter Cache in my local hide with a FTF-Signal TB ready for someone to find and start a new cache.

  • Log Dawgs

    Hello my name is Log Dawgs. My favorite trackable has not traveled a long distance at all. The FTF Trophy (TBHYTP) has been activated since December 2004 and is considered to be one of the most sought after TB’s in all of Houston. Its has seeded over 100 new caches and usually involves a race to the cache for FTF by more than one geocacher. There are no specific rules to the cache it is in, however it is recommended that the geocacher who finds the TB creates a new cache to hide the trophy in within 30 days of grabbing it. I have been lucky enough to grab it on two separate occasions. The first I had to hike over 1.5 miles to get to it in a swamp after a weeks worth of rain. I made the find in a tree that I had to climb up 15 feet to get the TB. I then had the long hike back. The second time I found the cache at night near a creek. I was in my work clothes and fell into the water before retrieving this coveted TB once again up in a tree. This TB is attached to one of the coolest trophies I have ever seen. It has been associated with many of Houston’s first geocachers and will continue to be one of the greatest pieces of local geocaching lore.

  • taz427

    Hello my caching name is TAZ427. My favorite trackable doesn’t have a lot of travel distance on it, but it’s a bit of a local legend. There’s a mysterious group of cachers known as the Night Time Ninja’s. A couple of the things about the Night Time Ninja’s is they like to cache at Night and go after FTF’s. They have a Trackable that’s call the Night Time Ninja’s Championship Trophy (TB3KQWD.) This trophy must be placed in another cache by the finder within 30 days of finding the Trophy. The cache must be a premium, published at night (our local reviewer is good about this), a minimum of 528′ away from any available parking. It’s usually placed in fairly difficult area’s to get to. I found it with a couple of Ninja’s at 12:05am Sept 8th, this was it’s 20th hide, over a mile into a park that has at least 5 types of poisonous snakes, gators, bobcats, feral hogs, and other menacing creatures. I even had a bat hit me in the back of the neck while out looking for it. This is it’s second year in existence, and at the end of the year, the Trophy will be given to one of the FTF/CO-FTF who logged the TB and a new one is created to put in it’s place. Everyone is allowed to go after this TB, but it takes Ninja power to find it.

  • Eddie Robinson

    Hi, Eddie Robinson Here,
    I remember well the first trackable I found, TB14V9N, I was amazed this had traveled from Canada, to Australia, and around both North and South Islands of New Zealand, and then made it to the UK. Its still on my watch list, and I still watch its progress, its currently in Colorado, so appears to be well on its way to completing its goal, and make it home to Nova Scotia, and I’ll be able to say I helped it on its way

  • http://www.facebook.com/ulrike.hidenseek Ulrike Hide’n Seek

    Hi, I’m Hide*seek from Germany. This morning – the trackable week had just started – I got a message from my first Geocoin (http://coord.info/TB41P50) whose journey started in Riquewhir (France) in Mai 2011. Nothing spectacular you might think, but for me it was a little miracle as this coin seemed to be lost for the second time and is now still alive, travelling around switzerland. In August 2011 I received the first notes, which made me believe, that Enigma-Coin had been lost. So I chanced it’s mission and put it sadly to a kind of virtuel graveyard in my collection. In April 2012 I received a log from a young cacher in Switzerland, which let me dancing through my home. But some weeks later it seemed to me, that this Coin had been lost again. Till today – on the “Lowest Point of Switzerland” the Enigma-Coin has been found again – alive and kicking! What a day to start the trackable week!!! I’m so happy…. :)

  • Ines

    Hello, i´m Ines
    I have traded a compass rose 2006 geocoin some time ago (TBVKGE) that has a great story. It was part of a skydiving with nice pictures. You can see some pictures about this at the Trackable Page. ;)

    Thanks Ines (ice13-333)

  • Bukibear

    Hello my name is Bukibear and my favorite trackable is Lady
    Bug TB3C7TE. I love to come up with cool descriptions for
    my TBs. This Cachekinz just wanted to
    travel the world and bug people. She was released by me on 9/4/11 and has
    travelled 19088.8 miles. So far she has
    gone from California to England to France back to England on to Singapore she
    is now in Sweden. Each country that she
    landed in I would translate her mission into the native language, which I
    believed helped her move on. This little
    lady does not like to stay in caches long or with people for a long time. I was surprised to see how a mission can affect
    the life of a TB. The comments of it
    bugging the cacher who had it made me smile.

    Sadly the bug is currently with a cacher who has had it
    since 6/22/12. I have emailed her and
    finally heard back from her that she will place it this week. The TB needs to start bugging people again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/neal.lepovetsky Neal Lepovetsky

    hello, my geonick is drneal, and i’m a geocoin addict. my favorite trackable story is not just about a single coin, but about multiple coins…a collection, and the people they have allowed me to meet at various events, and especially on the geocoin forum. mind you, i like my coins, but the people have meant so very much to me. my wife was killed about 7 and a half years ago…time was something i had too much of both then, and now. some patients of mine were kind enough to introduce me to geocaching. it for me, was a great way to spend some time out with my dog Logan, but because of his health issues, and size (he was a minature schnauzer, and a little small for the breed,) these trips also needed to be limited to gentle terrains. and then, i was introduced to trackables! my collection started with a couple of travel bugs, all sent out and moving, giving me another chance to interact with people both close to home, and far away. before long, i started looking for geocaches containing travelbugs/geocoins giving me a chance to follow coin histories (where they had been, where they wanted to go, and who had helped them on their way,) again a good way to fill what would be overly quiet hours at home. 2 personal coins along with a few others later, i await delivery of my third personal geocoin, “Kathy’s Coin Too – Heaven’s The Place.” the information on the geocoin can be found on the geocoin forum. trackable items, geocoins in particular, have given me the ability to meet and become friends with people from all over the world, and that’s the most important part of my trackable story. for this, i am thankful ! ILYK

  • Sergeant Homer

    Sergeant Homer here. My favorite trackable is the GeoAgent99 Memorial I placed in memory of my friend and caching partner. GA99 lost her life in a traffic accident in the early hours of 8 July 2006. Three weeks later I placed a TB in her her honor in a cache we’d found here in Illinois, CCC Stone Bridge II – Bring Your Own Horse. On 4 July 2007 it was last seen in RJ’s Cache in Vermont. In those 343 days on the road it covered 16,368 miles. Most of those miles were courtesy of Cool Cache who took it with him as he traveled the country, placing it in and retrieving it from caches where his travels took him. GA99’s wish was to cache in all fifty states. While she never lived long enough to do that, her memorial TB made it to fifteen states from California to New Hampshire and Minnesota to Texas. Both GeoAgent99 and her memorial TB are long gone but both will never be forgotten.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DonCChatt Don Cambron

    Our geoname is Northwing65 and we’ve only been geocaching a few months. Our story involves one of our family’s TB’s and a special thing that happened to it. It is TB50Z1A, and it is a simple baseball key chain that we bought for our 9-year old at our local AA minor league game. We placed in a nearby cache with our cub scout unit, and a few days later it was picked up — by a group of new geocachers who happened to be AA baseball players for the Mississippi Braves. After logging it, they emailed us and proposed something — they offered to take it “on the road” with them for the rest of the season (about a month and a half) and photograph our TB at the various stadiums they played at. Good to their word, we saw periodic pictures and stories as they played around the Southeastern US. After the season ended, they finally dropped it for good. After thanking them for taking such good care of our TB, they responded that it was good for them too, it helped them remember that baseball is supposed to be fun, and taking the pictures helped them appreciate the places they get to play ball a little more. It was a chance for them to see the stadiums as a little boy would.

  • Chazman50

    Hi,
    My name is chazman50.In May of this year I placed a trackable that I named Herby wants to travel in a cache 18 miles from my home. After 3 weeks of waiting, it was still in the same cache I had placed it in. I was getting kind of discouraged. Then Herby started to move. 100 miles, 300 miles. I was happy with the miles he was traveling and I would have never thought it would move as quickly as it did.Then I received an email from a fellow cacher who was heading over seas, and decided he would take Herby along for the ride.Herby is now in Austria and has logged 10,551.8 miles since I put him in wood box in May!!!! I hope someday Herby will make it back home and I can put him in a collection of trackables..

  • Mietzecacherin

    perhaps ;) But it has to return to us first since I took it to Turkey and now it’s lokated somewhere in Sweden

  • WascoZooKeeper

    Hi, I’m WascoZooKeeper. Long-time cachers may remember me from “Cheers” in the Off-Topic forum, though I haven’t been there much recently. On a pleasant late-winter day in February, 2005, I was pleased to make the acquaintance of a charming traveler named Jackie, the Older (http://coord.info/TBGZGD). Jackie was one of a pair of travelers; the other was Jeri, the Younger. The real-life Jackie and Jeri are twin sisters who have engaged in good-hearted rivalry over the years. Travelers Jackie and Jeri were in a race; the one with the most miles after one year would win for her real-life namesake a weekend at a spa courtesy of the other sister. I contacted the RL Jackie and asked if there were any restrictions on how the racers could travel – she told me that any way of moving was fair. Well, those who remember those days in “Cheers” will recognize that all of the regulars were usually game for some playful mischief. I contacted about 20 of the other “Cheers” regulars to participate at hosts for Jackie in her travels. Before long I was sending Jackie on her way with her “travel kit” consisting of a pre-printed set of address labels of prospective hosts. She was headed for Nova Scotia, where her first host was cacher TiredIron. Each host posted messages from Jackie, along with pictures and a travelogue of her visit. The instructions for the hosts were to send Jackie on to another host as far away as possible so she would add up the miles. From Nova Scotia, Jackie traveled to Great Britain, as she had received an invitation to Charles’ and Camilla’s royal wedding! (See the picture of her invitation in her gallery). Jackie traveled around the globe, mostly criss-crossing the United States – having tea with Pyewacket, skinny-dipping with Pipanella, dining on roasted Snowy Plover with the Vikings. Once the race was over, Jackie continued her travels, and has since traveled to both Iraq and Afghanistan with a member of the Armed Forces. As much fun as we had with Jackie, it was somewhat unfortunate that the race was effectively over even before we started her on her journeys. Her “sister”, Jeri, had the misfortune of falling into the hands of a disgruntled cacher, who rounded up several dozen travelers in his area and held them hostage because a reviewer wouldn’t approve his new cache. Nevertheless, Jackie’s journey provided us all (and the RL Jackie and Jeri!) with a lot of good laughs. Visit her TB page and read of her adventures!

  • maltee_h

    Hello.
    My nickname is maltee_h and I have got another beautiful story about Trackables.
    Youth people from Germany spend their vacations in Bosnia i Herzegovina. There have created 5 Trackables: A bear with 1 lag!
    In Bosnia i Herzegovina are so many landmines. They want to do sth. against this! So they created these 5 Trackables to inform the hole world about the landmines! They want to help removing these landmines. 1 Trackablse should rise to the White house, 1 Trackable to the german newspaper “BILD” and so on.
    The slogan for this idea is “Let’s do something together for a peaceful world – move it!!”

    This isn’t a normal Trackable Story. This is a trackable story from youth people who wants to save lives!

  • Corp Of Discovery

    My favorite traveler story, and one of the best times I ever had caching, involves this TB: http://coord.info/TB230 and it’s associated moving cache: http://coord.info/GC8E37. I managed to get possession of them and with the owners permission took it on a whirlwind tour (5/21/08 to 5/24/08) of some very special locations that are linked to both the TB and cache. During that time I took a lot of photographs (as can be seen in the photo galleries of both), one of which eventually made it to the front page of GC.com. If you look at the links provided and my caching handle, you’ll see why it meant so much to me. :)

  • HoustonControl

    In 2006, my sister-in-law, kennedycompound, was being deployed to Iraq with the USAF. I activated a USA geocoin in her name with wishes for safe travels. I gave the coin the goal of getting to Iraq at sometime in the future and dropped it in GeoWoodstock IV in Dallas. I didn’t hold out much hope that the coin would actually get there and never in my wildest dreams would it make it during her 4 month deployment, but within 3 weeks, the coin was in Baghdad, where it was passed to SmartSapper. My sis-in-law was stationed at Balad Air Base (LSA Anaconda) and SmartSapper offered to take the geocoin there, since his platoon traveled there frequently. It took another two months, but Army delivered the coin to Air Force at Balad, where a picture was taken commemorating the handoff!

    http://img.geocaching.com/track/log/large/ee457d8c-a5c3-4583-bf68-f36052a6e668.jpg

  • E&Cplus3

    I go by E&Cplus3 when caching.

    In September of 2008 my sister-in-law deployed to Afghanistan for her second tour with the 2nd Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (don’t let the name fool you… they use bad-ass guns, not horses!). I decided to design a coin and have some minted for her and for other geocachers in the Canadian armed forces. Several were donated to Canadian and American geocachers in Afghanistan and Iraq for events they were holding.

    I also decided to release a number of them to honour those Canadian soldiers who have died in the 10 years since the war in Afghanistan began. 16 coins have been released, each with the names of up to 10 men and women travelling with it. Sadly, most of them have gone missing, but a few are still on the move, including this one (http://coord.info/TB2MK0M) which has traveled over 15K miles.

  • schwarzerRabe

    Hi,
    my nickname is schwarzerRabe (means blackRaven). I have a story about my favourit TB (TB4KKP5) Kaspar.
    It began when we tried to find a stamp for hiking. On our way there was also a geocache, but we couldn’t start to search for it, because there were some muggles. We decided to try it on the way back. A view meters away, i saw a little toy elk an thought the cache was already muggled. So we went a head and found the stamp.
    When we were near the cache again, the peoples were disappeared an we found the box.
    Everything was ok an the little toy elk was still there. He looked at me very sad an first we went away, but there was the sad face in my head. I stopped and run up the hill to grab him.
    It satisfied me to put him in my bag. At home i gave him a shower and he smelled realy good.He also got a name: Kaspar.
    Then i had an idea: why not let him see the world. If i cannot travel around, he could do it.
    And so he started his way. I hope he will see a lot of beautiful places an may comes back to tell me his storys about traveling.

  • Honkeon

    Hi all, Honkeon here. My Double Dragon Geocoin has travelled far and wide: http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=631880
    I got the coin after a beloved childhood arcade game that shares the coin name. I used to play that game with friends at the local mom and pop store until my fingers/hands were almost blistered – the amount of quarters I wasted was immense! I wanted this coin to travel to Hong Kong where one of my friends, who is also a random geocacher – mitgruebe) was working for a few years. The coin has been close a few times only to be whisked off to another country. This coin has also had a few bumps and bruises during its travels. At one point he was dropped into a swallow river and all was thought to be lost. Only after the water current pushed away the mud and silt was his gleaming face revealed at the bottom of the 3 foot depths. Whew! I am always happy to allow geocachers to discover the coin when I take the tracking code to events and tell the tale of this great little coin. As always, cache on and be well!

  • psykokiwi

    Hello, I’m psykokiwi (not from NZ, but crazy all the same). I have so many wonderful stories about trackables. There is the trackable some friends and I share because it was our prize for being the 500th person to find the cache. The trackable my husband set loose in memory of his dear friend that passed away (goal is to go to his home in Colorado). The trackable that was stolen out of a cachers car in Hawaii after it just arrived there (the thief logged it, but never set it free). The coins that have gone missing, or taken wrong turns. My mega that is currently traveling the UK. So many stories.
    However, my favorite at the moment is a simple Geico Gecko tag. I received it during the promotion, and immediately set it out in the wild. It travelled its way down the I-5 corridor to Redding CA. I thought that was neat because my husband’s birth mother lives there, so it was kind of like visiting her. Recently it was picked up by some cachers who had 808 in their caching name. My heart started to race. 808 is the area code for Hawaii, and Hawaii is where my husband’s adoptive mother lives!!! I checked their profile and sure enough…they were from Hawaii!!! I emailed them the story of my husband and his 2 mothers. The coincidence was what got me. The odds!!! I have been assured this free little trackable I had little hope for will make its way to Hawaii to now visit his childhood home, and his mom. In a way it is connecting our family since we can’t be there with them, or little trackable can.

  • ptwob088

    Hello, my name is ptwob088. When we moved from Albuquerque, NM to the Washington, DC area last summer, our family set out some trackables in hopes they would make the journey as well. My wife, my four kids, and I each choose an item to make into a TB. A couple of days before we moved, we placed them all around Albuquerque. Each had a goal “To get from Albuquerque, NM to Woodbridge, VA as quick as possible (this tracker is in a race with five others)!” So far, one of the trackers has made it to our new hometown and we were able to successfully pick it up. Four are still in play and slowly making their way to us while the remaining one has zero miles. Unfortunately, a person new to caching picked it up and she still has it in her possession. We have since expanded our trackables collection by five: a nametag for my wife and I, a TB sticker for each of our cars, and a space shuttle for our oldest son who wants to be an astronaut someday. The six TBs in our race are TB49KVE, TB49KVG, TB49KVH, TB49KVK, TB49KW5, and TB49KW9.

  • dragon flyer

    Um… I’m pretty sure that’s actually a moose…

  • HoustonControl

    I’m HoustonControl and here is a story from a few years ago. In 2006, my sister-in-law, kennedycompound, was being deployed to Iraq with the USAF. I activated a USA geocoin in her name with wishes for safe travels. I gave the coin the goal of getting to Iraq at sometime in the future and dropped it in GeoWoodstock IV in Dallas. I didn’t hold out much hope that the coin would actually get there and never in my wildest dreams would it make it during her 4 month deployment, but within 3 weeks, the coin was in Baghdad, where it was passed to SmartSapper. My sis-in-law was stationed at Balad Air Base (LSA Anaconda) and SmartSapper offered to take the geocoin there, since his platoon traveled there frequently. It took another two months, but Army delivered the coin to Air Force at Balad, where a picture was taken commemorating the handoff!

    http://img.geocaching.com/track/log/large/ee457d8c-a5c3-4583-bf68-f36052a6e668.jpg

  • http://blog.ikrug.com/ Dave Krug

    I’m Dave from The Cheeseheads. My trackable story is my travel bug, Ol’ Bossy. (http://coord.info/TB21A3)

    I first placed Bossy in a cache in 2002, the year I started Geocaching. My family had taken a trip to visit some relatives in Maryland and I brought her along with a goal to see if she could make it back to Wisconsin. Literally within minutes of dropping her off in a cache, she had been picked up by a group caching behind me, and with that, her journey had begun.

    After a quick jaunt to New Hampshire, she then traveled to Michigan and I thought her mission would be over quickly when suddenly she found herself in Florida. She then spent the next few years bouncing around SEC country, slowly moving northwest until finally making it to Wisconsin and about 100 miles from home. She was picked up by a cacher who planned to moved her to my town, then… Nothing.

    It would be a year before I heard from Bossy again when she suddenly turned up in a cache… In Montana?

    Suddenly, some forum friends spring into action. A cacher from MT rescued her and dropped her off during a trip to Cincinnati. Another friend in Ohio moved her to Illinois. Another saved her from being accidentally delivered back to Florida and pointed her northward to a cache near my house. I quickly ran out, and there she was, still in good spirits after her 7000 mile journey!

    After sitting home at Stately Cheesehead Manor for a couple years, she got the itch to travel again, so as part of a secret Santa gift with yet another forum friend, Bossy caught a flight to California. She bopped around the state again, eventually making it to Utah, but after that, she hasn’t been heard from in over two years.

  • Jake McMillian

    The Epic Trade

    This is the story of two trackables and how they were involved in the Epic Trade.

    I (Uncopyrighted) first discovered Boba Fett Cache Wars Log at the GEOregon June 2012 Westside Meet and Greet near the West Hills of Portland, Oregon… a short distance from Beavercreek, Oregon, home of the Original Stash Geocache from Dave Ulmer. I was looking for a few cool trackables to bring up to the Island Spirit 2012 (WestCan2) Mega Event, and when I saw this travel bug, I fell in love. It was originally used as the log book for the event “Cache Wars: There’s Hope for You Yet.” It was a Boba Fett helmet, and EVERYONE wanted to have their picture taken wearing it. Many people also wanted to add their signatures to the helmet. The trackable was started by avroair, and had signatures from numerous famous Geocachers. When I told the folks at the GEOregon event that I had planned on bringing it to Canada, there were no reservations. This would be a worthy destination for this awesome travel bug. I hoped to trade the Boba Fett helmet for an equally epic travel bug to bring back to the Original Stash.

    After the Mega Event, there was a Geocoin and Travel Bug swap/discover event. At this event I saw another trackable that was equally epic… a travel bug that was worthy of an epic trade. The travel bug was ##Goin’ to Uranus and Huntin’ for Kling-ons##. Actually, it was a travel bug community. As the story goes, Snoogans was driving down the freeway when he saw a mini-fridge door on the side of the road. As he passed it he told himself, if it’s still there when I pass by again, I’m picking it up and making it into a travel bug. And so it was. The goal of the mini-fridge was to travel from event to event, and as it does, people may attach their Geocoins, Travel Bugs, and PathTags to the door. When I first saw it, it had 36 trackables attached to its face. This was truly an Epic Trade. Both Travel Bugs had a similar effect on people… many of the cachers that have been around a while were familiar with the stories of each, and everyone wanted their picture taken with the Travel Bugs.

    I then brought the mini-fridge door to the 2012 Block Party at the Groundspeak Headquarters, where I found someone that knew Snoogans personally. He told me he would surprise Snoogans by leaving the fridge door on his front porch. Looking at the two bugs, I see that the Boba Fett helmet has made its way back to Alberta, Canada, and the fridge door is back in the posession of Snoogans.

    Two epic travel bugs meet at a Mega Event and trade amazing stories and swap places… now, they continue on their journeys to collect more stories and impress more Geocachers! These two were, by far, the most Epic Travel Bugs I have ever come across!

  • fergusaf

    My story is not about a single trackable but some great trackable holders who made a special event even more special. In March of 2012, a group of Girl Scouts in Las Vegas released a geoart in the shape of the Girl Scout Trefoil to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting (GC3E3QG). Girl Scouts Heart of Central CA donated their 100th Anniversary coin (TB42JBY) to drop and that led to the search for other 100th Anniversary Scouting trackables. I started watching all the different ones I could find and thanks to some very understanding holders I was able to add a Boy Scout 100 Years of Scouting (TB3V5CC), 100 jaar Scouting in Nederland (Netherlands – TB3W44V), and a 100th Anniversary Girl Guides of Canada (TB3JT38) for the opening day. Now they’re all traveling around the US but for a brief time, they were celebrating all together.

  • birder428

    I sent my TB Flip Flop to National Aquarium off with
    the goal of going to the aquarium in Baltimore and being given to a geocaching dolphin
    trainer (my daughter). One finder’s log definitely put a smile on my face. Here’s the log…

    I found your flip flop and was going to leave it near the
    aquarium but my work had free passes there so I took it there myself…went to
    dolphin show and meet a women who I told I had the flipflop and I needed to
    give to a trainer…she went back and found the trainer who said her mom sent
    it out…she was very nice and let my fiance be a participant in the dolphin
    show…..AWESOME!!! ….thank you and your daughter so much for letting my
    fiance have the best day of her life….and mine… :O)

  • V&JMacT

    My travel bug; “Travel Bugged Flamingo” just found it’s way home this week; in honor of travel bug week perhaps? The little bird went from Key West Florida to England then back to the good ole USA to ‘fly from cache to cache’ once again. Last year I hadn’t heard a thing about it in over 6 months so I contacted a cacher whom had just visited the place my little flamingo had last been seen at. He kindly responded that no bird was nesting in this particular cache; but he would revisit the cache to check again for me; which he did. No flamingo! BUT, the tag was hidden in the bottom of the cache. What should he do; he asked? He waited for me to send a replacememt Flamingo (harder to find in Michigan….lol); which arrived broken. Another e-mail; another shipment and the trackable was once again ‘taking flight”… Travel bug flamingo’s destination was the finger lakes of Central New York; it arrived a month ago; but was quickly picked up and taken to the capitol area. As luck or karma would have it; it was brought back this week during my very short visit to Central New York; and in a rain storm I ‘flew’ to find it and bring it home. “Travel Bugged Flamingo” is now retired and provides a great deal of entertaining when we are with out geocaching friends… Thanks to all whom helped me relocate my little bird!

  • ksued

    In fact, a cache is known to always be found at his coordinats. But instead of always just lie at the same place, has a cache (TB2VW1E) itself set off to explore the wide world. Like everyone else it contains a log book, a pen and sometimes trading items and travelers. It is firmly attached with a pink Pure.Color Geocoin.
    At the beginning of its journey was very slow and after two months, the traveler have vanished.
    Almost two years later it suddenly appeared again. The owner contacted the finders by mail that there really the complete Travel-Cache had reappeared. But the photos clearly show the find. With something like this I no longer expected and this comforts me about any other trackable, that has been lost (apparently). Since then, the travel-cache is traveling reliable around Europe and have even made ​​a short trip to Brazil and Argentina. Just a real travel-cache!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lonesomepaws Julee Black King

    TB1AWXA is my trackable (lonesomepaws) and is called Bobby’s Marine Geocoin. In 1950 my uncle Bobby Dean Lucas was killed in the Korean War. I put this coin out in Ellijay Georgia with the intent of it traveling to Whitestown Indiana where Bobby’s final resting place is located. Along the way the coin visited many Veterans Memorials and had its picture taken in the areas reserved for Korean War Veterans. The coin made its way to Whitestown Indiana and had its picture taken on my uncles gravestone. It took a little more than a year for the coin to make it from the cache I put it out in to the cache where the Whitestown Cemetery is located. I truly enjoyed watching it make its journey! -Lonesome Paws

  • CaptainObvious78

    I’m CaptainObvious78 from Michigan. My favorite TB story is about “Holy Cows” (TB2J236) which was placed by a 14 year old girl in Australia on 02/13/2009. I received it back on 04/14/2012 at one of our local events GC24FBD. Back then I was known by “msiporin”, so you will see that in some of the notes posted on the TB page by the owner. When I received this TB, I noticed that it was from Australia and was in a race against two other TB’s to get the the Central Park Zoo first in New York. This TB had a bit of a rough start. Between 07/28/2009 and 02/09/2010 it was stuck in the hands of a cacher that had gotten ill from what I heard and could not cache. This is not good for a TB in a race to be “out of the race” for so long. Once that cacher was able to place it in a cache, it sat there for almost 2 more months. Finally being picked up again, it was placed in a cache and not logged. A couple days later, its fate was sealed when a cacher found it in a cache and took it with them to Australia’s first ever Mega Event (GC1YJ5R). That is where a local cacher from my area just happened to be and brought it back to the United States with him and handed him off to me at our local event.

    I decided to grab the Cows since I have a cousin that lives only 2 miles from the Central Park Zoo. After carefully reading the race rules on the TB’s page, it did not state that the TB had to cache its way to the zoo. I noticed that the other two TB’s had not made it to the zoo yet, even though they had made it to the United States many months before the Cows did, so I sent the Cows to my cousin in New York via USPS Priority Mail after taking them to our local Detroit Zoo for some pictures first 04/14/2010.

    My cousin received the package on 04/20/2010 and was able to get them to the Central Park Zoo for the win on 04/29/2010.

    The owner of the TB was so excited that hers won, that they contacted me and states that they were going to send me a little gift from Australia for helping her TB win. They said it wasn’t going to be anything big, or expensive, but something to express her appreciation. I had told her that she didn’t have too, but she wanted to. A couple weeks later I received a package in the mail from Australia. The package had a green bag in it filled with a hand written note from the girl, a Hat, Stuffed Koala Bear, and two un-activated “Aussie Track-A-Bear” TB’s. I couldn’t believe it, this was little and not expensive? I decided to attached the two TB’s to the hat and Koala Bear and I take them to events with me in their green bag they came in with the note to tell people the story. They can be seen at TB328C9 & TB328FP

    After they won, my cousin did send them back to me, which I then took them caching with me and eventually released them back into the wild near the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida after they visited several spots in Florida with my family while on vacation. I had posted many pictures on the TB’s page, so be sure to check them out and thanks for reading my story.

    Matthew (CaptainObvious78)

  • libby.de

    Hello, my name is libby.de. In 2007 i setup 3 Travelbugs with the Bogelix and the target to travel around the world. Bogelix #1 TB1RBTV is missing in Switzerland and has travelled 3559.4 km. Bogelix #3 TB2R5EF is still travelling in Califonia after 16583.2 km. But the best story happened to Bogelix #2 TB1RBX6:
    During his 101207 km jouney, he was taken to New Zealand. My favorite country i want to travel in my live. So i changed his mission to stay in New Zealand, so every log reminds me of my greatest wish. His last log was from a Geocaching Education Cache http://coord.info/GC3AFZQ. But unfortunately the cache was muggled. But i know Bogelix #2 is waiting for me somewhere in New Zealand. ;-)

  • JAKberry

    Hi! I cache w/ my two young daughters as JAKberry. The very first travel bug we found was a grumpy little smurf
    named Stroumf Grognon (TB1R1D6) from France.
    I was heading from San Diego to New York for work, so took this little
    smurf with me. After taking his photo at
    the top of Rockefeller Plaza, we were walking through Times Square in front of
    the giant FAO Schwartz toy store, when who should I happen to see but a giant mama
    smurf and papa smurf walking around in big blue costumes!

    It was an impromptu family reunion! Thinking quickly, I grabbed Stroumf Grognon
    out of my purse, and snapped a couple family portraits w/ these smiling smurfs
    in Times Square. The next day, I dropped
    off the smurf travel bug at a cache in beautiful Central Park, where he was
    quickly picked up and taken directly to Norway – 3,524 miles away! A very exciting adventure for our very first
    travel bug experience.

  • VerrueckteFrau

    This is the story of my son’s travel bug, Percy:
    http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=1229994

    I am Percy, and I’m a cheeky little engine who can do big things!

    My friend Thomas the Tank Engine likes to race with Bertie the Bus, but I won a bigger race!
    I was originally set free to race in the GONIL 2008 Travel Bug Race for my 4-year-old owner SillyMoose. I won the race with almost 60000 miles and got to visit 5 continents during the race (North America, Australia/Oceania, Europe, Asia, Africa)!!

    And the most amazing thing happened: I actually got back into my owner’s hands even while the race was still running – in less than a year! He was so happy to have me back that he decided to only let me travel with trusted friends and family now who will bring me back to him at the end of every trip.

    But you know, what the best was? That we proved that not only little engines can do big things, little boys can do, too! SillyMoose (5 at the time) decided to use all the prize money from the race to help poor people in Africa, and so he did!

  • VerrueckteFrau

    And here is a story of a travel bug who didn’t travel far at all, but made somebody extremely happy:
    http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=888376

    My son & I dropped this travel bug off in a cache, with the goal of traveling to Germany to the small town of Besse, where my parents lived at the time. Just a few days later a lady who was trying to find information about her family history googled “Besse” and Google came up with our travel bug listing. She joined geocaching.com to contact us, even though she had never heard of Geocaching before. As it turned out, not only was our Besse indeed the one that her ancestors lied in, but my dad actually knew the family history, where they used to live etc. A few months later, 3 generations traveled to Germany to meet with my dad and he showed them around all the places connected to their family, and they have stayed in touch ever since – all thanks to this little travel bug that never made it to Besse itself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tammi.taylor.967 Tammi Taylor

    There is a Challenge cache in my area where you have to get a Trackable to it’s final destination. Harder than you think ;). I found one that wanted to go about 60 miles from my home, but never found the time to take it. Then I came across a coin that wanted to go 100.6 miles away.( This geocoin was started by a group of choir members while we were on a tour of Europe. We were able to find caches in Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. We started several geocoins and will watch them as they travel back to a cache on the campus of our school, Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, Virginia) We decided to make a day trip of it and cache along the way. It took this coin over 2 years to get home, but it was a great sense of accomplishment for me to get it there.

  • Knuddelhexe

    The story of my TB starts in 2010. It is my first TB. It is called “Find Harry”.He have to find as many Harry Potter Film Locations as possible. On a Christmas Event in Germany i found someone who make a journey to London and this is where the journey of little Harry starts. Little Harry was dropped off in a cache in the central city of London and a few days later he was gone. I saw that this cache was sometimes opend by muggles and now i was in sorrow that my TB was stolen. I wrote to the last cacher who found this box and he told me that he have my TB. He was so nice. After another few caches he put little Harry in an envelope and sent him to Loch Ness. I was so happy to hear about that. Now little Harry has seen so much beautyful places and some HP-Filmlocations. The best of all is that he had seen Alnwick Castle. That was my biggest wish. His journey is going on. There is already so much to find. But my TB doesn’t only brought me some Photos or something else. He gave me some new friends and his story showes that there are very nice people out there. This is what makes geocaching so wonderful exciting. See some interesting places and meet some more nice people which share your hobby.

  • stukido

    i send “nepomuck the travlling bear” from my parent’s home to prague. his task was to take a photo on charles bridge with the statue of st. nepomuk. prague is my absolutefavouritecityin europe. so i keep travelling there quite often. i visited prague severaltimes after i set nepomuk free. first it seemed as if it wouldnever reach czech republic. it took him almost two years. so this summer when i was in prague i checked nepomucks page and saw that he was in czech republic. i asked the founder if he could send him direction prague as quick as possible. he said, he was in prague and we could meet. so i got my nepomuck back after two years. and of course he will travel again!. nixt time from odessa to prague…

    stukido

    http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?guid=d84e145a-d156-4054-9254-3953dc314e25

  • Sunpuki

    Hello
    My geocacher name is Sunpuki and I geocache in Quebec Canada. My favorite Travel Bug storie happens to be one of mine. To make the storie sort I have made 2 videos to explain its storie. One of them is in french and one is in english. Here is the link to my videos on YouTubr so you can see it for yourself.
    French; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afetDGq8qm0
    English; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFG-mxijZYw
    Enjoy.
    Sunpuki

  • Polarkreis7

    Hello, my name is Polarkreis7. Here a small storie about a travelbug, a coin,
    accompanied us a little way into our holiday. Just before we went by our motorcycle to south england, we saw in our homearea a new cachelisting with a travelbug that would like to travel into the Dartmoor. The owner wished travel stories and photos as a small travel preparation for his own holiday into Dartmoor. We would like to take this coin with us, however, came too late to the cache,the coin was already taken by another cacher away. Now a small pursuit coin began and after a little while he was in our luggage pocket. This holiday was fantastic, we coud show the coin and us ;-) many beautiful places, that we otherwise never sean,we took detours through a breathtaking landscape, just beautiful.The coin we put away in a box in Dartmoor, it belonged to a little boy who could also follow the travelbugs journey and thus of the house came to know about the world. The coin has found his away back to owner in many steps with different cacher and now is already on the road to Dartmoor second time. Thanks the owner for this nice idea,he made our vacation an unforgettable adventure.

  • Guest

    Hello
    My geocacher name is Sunpuki. I geocache in Quebec Canada. Here is the storie of my favorite travel Bug. It happens to be one of mine. The name of the travel bug is Horse Of Time TB2R6Q5. It has traveled over 40000 km and has been to 8 diffent countries. This travel bug has a special storie and I decided to make a video on YouTube so people could here the storie. I made 2 videos, one in french and on in english. I hope you enjoy the storie.
    English; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFG-mxijZYw
    French; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afetDGq8qm0

    Thank you

    Sunpuki

  • Corp Of Discovery

    Doh- the correct dates of the tour were 5/16/08-5/18/08. Here are some pictures taken during the trip:

  • CaptainPunkin

    Howdy – my name is CaptainPunkin. As my wife and I were about to board a plane to Ukraine to adopt our son (Sergeant Squash), we stopped in the Louisville airport giftshop and purchased a Kentucky keychain to use as a travelbug (8RAPHX). After the adoption was finalized we launched the travelbug in Kiev, Ukraine in his honor with the mission of getting to Kentucky – just like our boy. The first stop on this bug’s journey was Thailand and we figured that it would soon be lost. Amazingly, though, it then moved back to Europe and traveled to France, Germany, Netherlands, back to France, England, France again (with a stop at EuroDisney!), Germany again, and eventually Michigan. A friend, BapmanCrew, grabbed it at an event in Michigan and brought it down to Geowoodstock X in Indiana where he personally presented it to Sergeant Squash! In 3 years of trying to get to Kentucky, it moved to 60 caches and traveled over 24000 miles. The travelbug is now “retired” and will be cherished by us as a linkage to our boy’s journey to America,


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