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Travel Bug Dog Tag Tree-Kauri TB

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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Texas, United States
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In Winfield Mounds Letterbox

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Please drop this item in rural OR Premium Member Only caches.  Do not place it in an urban cache or abandon it at a caching event.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts; the bag keeps the trackable clean and prevents tangling with other items.  Otherwise, take the travel bug anywhere you wish.  No permission is needed to leave the U.S.

Photos in the travel bug logs are appreciated.  I will be re-post them here, where they can be seen by other cachers.

About This Item


This is one of a series of wooden rings named for famous, unusual trees. 

Agathis australis, commonly known by its Māori name kauri, is a coniferous tree found in the northern districts of New Zealand's North Island.  By volume, Kauri is one of the largest trees in the world. It is common in New Zealand and it can grow up to 150 ft tall and 45 ft in circumference.  Unlike redwoods that narrow up a bit as it stretches up, Kauri is a very consistent tree keeping its circumference from the ground to the top similar.  Its gum is often used for varnishing and its simply amazing density allows it survive after being buried.  In fact, a Kauri tree was buried in bogs for 50,000 years and after being dug up, it appears that the wood can still be used in many ways and it remains strong and sturdy.

Kauri forests are among the most ancient in the world. The antecedents of the kauri appeared during the Jurassic period (between 190 and 135 million years ago). Although the kauri is among the most ancient trees in the world, it has developed a unique niche in the forest. With its novel soil interaction and regeneration pattern it can compete with the more recently evolved and faster growing angiosperms. Because it is such a conspicuous species, forest containing kauri is generally known as kauri forest, although kauri need not be the most abundant tree. In the warmer northern climate, kauri forests have a higher species richness than those found further south.

The young plant grows straight upwards and has the form of a narrow cone with branches going out along the length of the trunk. However, as it gains in height, the lowest branches are shed, preventing vines from climbing.  The flaking bark of the kauri tree defends it from parasitic plants, and accumulates around the base of the trunk.  By maturity, the top branches form an imposing crown that stands out over all other native trees, dominating the forest canopy.

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Tracking History (18083.1mi) View Map

Discovered It 10/8/2017 dusanko discovered it   Visit Log

Seen in the GC3Y2DX. Thanks for the lesson about Kauri trees :).

Dropped Off 6/18/2017 mjsterk placed it in Winfield Mounds Letterbox Illinois - 751.55 miles  Visit Log

We did some geocaching on this beautiful day and needed a place to drop off this trackable. This is one of the coolest caches I've ever found so why not leave it here?

Retrieve It from a Cache 6/18/2017 mjsterk retrieved it from Out on a limb. Illinois   Visit Log

This was our third trackable we've ever found. We are taking it to the cache called 13-13-13. Thanks!

Dropped Off 4/24/2017 ehjerpe placed it in Out on a limb. Illinois - .47 miles  Visit Log

This is as close to rural as we can manage here. Protected wetlands.

Visited 4/14/2017 ehjerpe took it to In-The-Sky Illinois - 1.04 miles  Visit Log

This was the location we found him in.

Retrieve It from a Cache 4/14/2017 ehjerpe retrieved it from Kota's Kache Illinois   Visit Log

Found it, not logged into the cache we grabbed it from. Probably appropriate that we had to climb a tree to get it.

Dropped Off 10/29/2016 ClawBuds placed it in Kota's Kache Illinois - 750.13 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 7/10/2016 ClawBuds retrieved it from Don't eat the berries! Illinois   Visit Log

Picked this up at a rest stop and moving it north.

Dropped Off 7/8/2016 tdw0927 placed it in Don't eat the berries! Illinois - 769.44 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 6/29/2016 tdw0927 retrieved it from How Maple Became Maple North Carolina   Visit Log

I found the Travel Bug today in How Maple Became Maple, while out hunting with mom today. We are learning as we go so first we are doing this in our hometown. We are going to Illinois on the 6th of July so I grabbed it to drop off somewhere along our journey of hunting for the geocaches. Who knows where it will wind up, but it will be after the 6th and before the 11th when we will arrive in Illinois. Yes I know it doesnt take that long to get there but we are in no hurry and we are going to be hunting so we are leaving early to do this.. Happy hunting everyone and watch for where this special bug shows up. My very first find of a Travel Bug I am so excited.

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