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.
An example of an powerful Trackable story was recently sent to Groundspeak.
buttaskotch emailed the story of SDFD fire patch bug. She wrote in the log, “I am very thankful and honored that I was able to complete this Travel Bug’s mission.”
In January of 2010 caduckhunter placed the Travel Bug in a California, USA cache. It’s mission was to travel to New York City to be hand delivered to a FDNY. It traveled more than 7000 miles before fulfilling it’s goal on Septmeber 8, 2011.
Post a comment below telling other geocachers about your favorite Trackable experience.
The story with the most likes will be highlighted at the end of the week of September 12th, 2011. The author of the comment will receive a special gift of Trackables. Please leave your Geocaching.com username.
Editor’s note: Both Binrat and vante will receive a set of Trackables for submitting their Trackable stories. Thank you to all those who submitted stories. Look for Trackable Week again on the Latitude 47 blog in coming months.
Scott Stracener is geocacher Me2Ugly. You may recognize his name if you’ve ever had a Travel Bug in need of rescue. He’s currently ranked among the best of the best in Travel Bug rescue. Scott talked to us about how you can request assistance in rescuing your wayward Travel Bug or become a rescuer yourself.
Latitude 47: How did you hear about Travel Bug rescue?
Scott: I found out about TB Rescue through Geocaching.com. I was just clicking around the site and saw a banner ad. I clicked on the banner to get more information. I thought that it was a great idea and a great way to get more involved with geocaching. I know I would like someone to grab my Travel Bug or coin and move it along. This gives us a way to help fellow cachers and to connect with others on a more personal note.
Latitude 47: What is your most gratifying recovery?
Scott: Most gratifying rescue, there are two. Obviously, my first successful rescue. TB2ECQA ‘Geocoin Club June 2008’. The coin was dropped on 11/4/2009. The owner requested a rescue on 3/12/2010, 128 days after the drop. I saw the request on 3/15 and went out the next morning, hiked up Sugarloaf Mountain to retrieve the coin. I then took it to the ‘Un-Original Stash’ in Oregon, which is where my most memorable TB Rescue took place.
TB346VW ‘KC The Traveling Gorilla’, created by a mother for her son to watch the Travel Bug move from cache to cache. KC was dropped on 1/31/10 and the mother requested a rescue on 4/21/10. My investigation of the TB showed that it had only been active for two months and was already stuck. I was going to be in the neighborhood (Un-Original Stash) so I [thought, “I] will stop by the last known cache for the Travel Bug.” On 4/25/10, I found the cache and rescued the Travel Bug. I had already decided that if I found the Travel Bug I would take it to the Project A.P.E. cache Mission 9: Tunnel of Light. For the next month I kept KC The Traveling Gorilla and took him on a number of cache hunts, a Cache Rescue (which I do when requested through WSGA) and even a TB-Rescue on the Olympic Peninsula that was unsuccessful. On 5/24/10, I dropped KC The Traveling Gorilla at Mission 9. Then, when finishing the Geo TRIAD at HQ, I spotted KC there. That was cool.
Latitude 47: What advice do you have if someone is interested in Travel Bug rescue?
Scott: Know the area where the rescue will take place. No Travel Bug Rescue is worth risking yourself or property. Have fun and remember that not all rescues can be successful. However, when they are, it really feels great.
Latitude 47: Have you ever lost a Travel Bug?
Scott: I have not lost a Travel Bug. I do not have that many out there. I do know I will launch one on July 17th near Fort Casey on Whidbey Island, WA. It will be my grandson’s second birthday.
I enjoyed a three-hour geocaching adventure with Quadmommy this week. It did, however, involve a little molten lava. I’ll explain.
Quadmommy wasn’t alone. As her name implies, Quadmommy has four kids. There’s more. The mom from Washington State, USA, doesn’t just have four kids. She has four boys. And get this, all the boys are eight years old. They’re quadruplets. We can all learn from her.
Quadmommy is a very patient person, who’s like an attentive director for her boys. She’ll say, “Go there. Stop that. Don’t jump in the water. Put THAT DOWN!” She’s on high alert now. The boys are out of school for the summer.
Imagine occupying four boys for the whole summer? Quadmommy has a plan. She started geocaching with the kids in 2005. She’s a professional at engaging her children. Geocaching is part of the family’s summer routine. The boys take turns holding the GPS. They race to be the first among them to find the cache. They’re outside and away from the TV.
Quadmommy enjoys geocaching to expose the kids to new adventures. They family has geocached in multiple states. She says, “It’s so much fun, we go all sort of places.” They’ve even cached outside of the Grand Canyon.
But Quadmommy isn’t working alone to keep everyone entertained. The kids bring something to the geocaching equation too. They bring LAVA. Half the time that we were geocaching, we were also tossing a stuffed animal over an imaginary lake of lava.
Geocaching wasn’t just an exercise, in well, exercise. It’s also an exercise in imagination and creativity.
But I think this lava thing might be catching on among geocaching kids. Probably just like where you live, there’s a geocache not far from my house. I was walking my dog this morning. I walked past a family geocaching. The kids there were jumping rock to rock, avoiding the “lava.” Then I remembered that I used to jump from couch to couch as a child to avoid the “lava.”
Maybe lava is a great gift idea for kids? Okay, let’s strike that idea. Don’t buy lava for your kids. Imaginary lava is the best way to go on this. Plus, it’s free.
Quadmommy’s quads brought more to geocaching than just lava. They turned toys from caches into “Franken-toys” – combining pieces of one toy with another to create a new toy. We had a local TV crew along for the geocaching adventure, so you too can watch some of the adventure with Quadmommy and the quads.
So, the next time that you’re geocaching with kids, don’t forget your GPS, pen or pencil and some swag- and definitely don’t forget your “lava.”
Tell us, how do you engage your kids while geocaching? What tricks and games can other geocaching parents learn from you?