Travel bugs and geocoins are another aspect of geocaching that some people like to get involved with. An example of the geocoin is here: RAGWORTS 2008 geocoin . Each type of coin looks different – and in fact, some of them are not even round!! We’ve found geocoins shaped like a – school bus, pencil, garden gnome, apple, notebook, cat, beehive, flower, a puzzle piece, gingerbread person, gift, lips, t-shirt, parrot, dolphins, cup of hot chocolate and a guitar!! And that’s the ones I can remember.
Travel bugs can be literally ANYTHING!!! So long as they have a geocaching.com dog tag attached to them – with its special individual tracking number, it can be a travel bug. Here is one of our travel bugs: PB’s Polar Bear.
We are not so crazy about trackables as some people, but we do have a few coins, and we move coins & bugs on whenever we can. Recently two of our travel bugs when missing in the USA, so I joined up with the new Travel Bug Rescue site to see if we could have them tracked down. Unfortunately for us, they were both found to be missing by the kind cachers who checked up on the caches they were supposed to be in.
On the weekend a travel bug came up in town that needed rescuing. It had been in a cache up a hill for three months and the person it belonged to was wondering if it was still there. The good news for them was Julie the Elephant TB was quite safe. So we brought the TB back down the hill with us, and we’ll move her on to another cache as soon as we can.
As far as we could see on our GPS we went up 300 metres over around 750 metres. And then back down again without too much slithering and sliding – this time!!!