Last month we received a notice via the TB Watchlist that Pepper, a small, huggable stuffed bear, that we moved across the country last September is no where to be found. After viewing the logs of the other three TB’s we see that two of them were picked up but never released again.
We found Pepper on 9/17/2007 in Gathai’s Secret Stash, near a great park just off the Crowsnest Highway, BC on our way to beautiful Christina Lake. Once home, or over 4000Kms later, we dropped him off at The Troll on 10/03/2007. On 03/24/2008 a log entry noted that Pepper was not in the cache.
Another one of the TB’s we moved, Ezhou, China, was a Unite For Diabetes Travel Bug who’s goal was to raise awareness of diabetes by traveling to Ezhou and within Ezhou, collecting photographs and geocaching logs along the way. We picked this one up on 09/16/07 at Sudden Exposure with teamsketch and because it had a mission to go to China, which was much closer to British Columbia that our home in Nova Scotia we dropped it off at the Key To Trail on 09/18/07. It was picked up again on 10/08/2007 but never released again.
The third TB that has gone missing was Hugable’s Cache Cow Geocoin #1. We found this one at Rossland-Trail Cache with teamsketch also on 09/16/2007. We released it on 10/03/2007 at Stoney Sandwich. It was picked up shortly after on 10/07/2007 but again, never released.
So, to date 75% of the Travel Bugs we have moved have gone missing. Is this normal? Have you released Travel Bugs only to see them disappear?
We find this very disappointing since we enjoy following the travels of these items. It must be even more disappointing for the owners to watch as their ‘babies’ go MIA.
Update 04/27/08 – It appears that GeoCachers Pasha&Kralice found the ‘Hugable’s Cache Cow Geocoin #1′ Travel Bug in a nearby cache and they moved it on to another cache to complete its journey! I guess that it had been moved earlier but never registered.
Keep on cachin’!