And good day to you folks that are reading my blog page.
I am currently sitting here on my computer, going through all my travellers (geocoins, travelbugs, etc.) on geocaching.com (when I should be sleeping :-)).
What is a Geocoin?
Well, basically, it’s a coin, that’s either made of metal or wood (mostly metal), that is minted like a medallion, military challenge coin, etc., for the use of geocaching. These coins will have tracking number on it.
What is a Travelbug?
Similar to a Geocoin, it’s an item that had what’s called a Travelbug Dog Tag attached to it. This dog tag has a tracking number on it as well.
What do I do when I find one?
Well, you go to geocaching.com and you can do one of several things with it; Retrieve it “from its’ current location”; Grab it from elsewhere (if its’ currently location wasn’t posted properly), Discover it (if you don’t plan on taking it or if someone else wants to take it), or Write a Note about it (this is used alot if the coin isn’t in the current cache and the last finder of the cache suggests to mark it as lost).
Where do I get one?
Oh gosh, there’s plenty of places to get one. Local geocachers are good about selling/giving you one, you can go to Landsharkz website, my friend Derek Wong aka Ozymandiasism (be aware, that his inventory has not been update as he is moving his webhost) has a website as well for selling geocoins, there’s even a forum on groundspeak.com that cachers announce new geocoins, do a google search on GEOCOINS and you’ll find some somewhere.
Mudlark teaching My Pal Signal, travelbug, how to read a GPS.
Once in a while, I’ll go through all my travellers and look at there progress.
Currently, my Beta Frog – Signal Geocoin – May 06 has the most mileage on it (25,130 km, 15,615.058 061 miles).
Followed by, Friends, North and South (CSRA) (17,020 km; 10,575 miles), 2006 Canadian Geocoin (16,521 km; 10,265 miles), and World Flower II – Bauhinia (15,782 km; 9,806 miles).
I also go and double check who’s been holding onto my travellers for a bit too long and send them a friendly message to place it at their earliest convenience.
I usually will give them a couple of months before I send them a message. It’s not uncommon for someone to hold onto a traveller for a bit. Especially if they are on holidays and haven’t had a chance to log the retrieval or placement.
However, on this note, there are several people that have held onto my travellers for a couple of years. These people probably wasn’t certain what a traveller is, took it as a trade item and never thought twice about it. Or the probably got busy with life and never got back into geocaching.
The sad side on this, is that there is reports of coin thieves out there. The constantly monitor some caches and when they see a valuable geocoin (at least to them), they will go out and steal the coin, then either keep them for their private collection or sell them on Ebay.
While this is annoying, unfortunately, it is the risks we take when we send these precious beautiful coins out into the world.
To date, I have had to mark 19 of my 39 travellers as “Stolen” or “Missing in Action”. One actually surprised me and came back into action a while back.
I’m not going to get into how to make a geocoin, since I have never made on, but I know it’s a long process, especially when you’re trying to design one that’ll please everyone (especially for a group of cachers).
That’s it for now… keep on cachin’!