This is Mafia Wife’s very first event that she has planned, published, and will soon host on her own. She has so far been the driving force behind our events but decided that she wanted to take over. Mafia Wife’s favorite aspect of geocaching has become travel bugs. We love to look at the stories and maps of where they have moved around the globe.
We have trackables that have traveled across Australia, Croatia, and parts of the Eastern Caribbean. Her interest in them had been growing but reached its current level after a trip to New England. During a quick event we hosted in Warwick RI. We had two new trackables we wanted to start so we handed them off to a cacher we met that night. As we were turning them over he said “Hey, I’m going to Groundspeak HQ next week, want me to drop them there?”
Anyway, she has decided that she wants to get more involved with both our events and with travel bugs – out of that was borne this new event. The idea behind GC5BJ5M 1st Annual Battle of the Bugs is to have an enhanced version of a Travel Bug Race. She wanted to have more than just a race for miles. She brainstormed and came up with a list of several different goals for the trackables in the race:
Categories are as follows:
- The travel bug located furthest from GZ at the end of the race
- The travel bug with the most miles at the end of the race
- The travel bug that has been in the most caches (dropping just to record miles will not count.)
- The travel bug that has been in the most states
- First travel bug to go outside the country
- The travel bug with the most pictures
- The first travel bug to visit Groundspeak HQ
- The first travel bug to visit Memphis
- The first travel bug to attend a major sporting event
- The first travel bug to go MIA (must be MIA missing at least 3 months)
She came up with another idea that I think will make this event great – The bugs will travel for a full year and we will provide updates on their progress. We will post these progress reports here on the blog, on Facebook, and report in person to our local events. We hope this generates excitement and camaraderie between the cachers in the race. I love the idea and told her I think she has a winner. I guess only time will tell.