|Shown with my Garmin Montana for scale.|
I received a gift in the mail today.
It is a hand made travel bug called In Casus Ursus, which means The Adventure Bear in (my best understanding of) latin. It was designed and crafted by a geocacher from Maine who goes by the name brdad. I have not met him in person, but we hang out on the #geocache IRC channel together, along with a great bunch of geocachers.
If you are not aware, a travel bug, or TB for short, is an object that is intended to travel from cache to cache. Sometimes they are an object of some kind, or sometimes just a dog tag, but they all have a code that can be used to track it online. As cachers find these TBs they move them from cache to cache so they end up travelling around, sometimes great distances.
|The code is smudged out - only people who physically|
discover a TB should be able to log it.
Most TBs are released to the wild by placing them into caches. This one is too nice for that, so I am going to take him to caching events, and let people I meet discover enjoy him in person.
The bear is 7 1/2" by 4 1/4" in length, and made from tiger maple. Since I am Canadian we have decided to give him a Canadian accent, as you can see from the tag on his belly.
In Casus Ursus has been dedicated to my son, Tonka Tyke, who at the age of 2 has discovered the joy of geocaching, and loves to go on adventures. Here is to a lifetime of seeing the world through the wonders of a toddlers eyes.
You can track In Casus Ursus online at geocaching.com (http://coord.info/TB4DCHT)
This, my friends, is one awesome gift. Thanks brdad!