travel bug etiquette in Trackables Posted November 4, 2002 I envy people who at least know where their bugs *are*, even if the holder takes their sweet time releasing them. We released our first bug, Bobby the Duck, a few weeks ago on vacation -- thought it would be fun to have him work his way home. He was picked up quickly by a nice team who took him across the state and complimented us on the instructional tag we included. Within hours of being placed in his second cache, the bug was taken by a nameless 'team' of guys that some other cachers encountered in the area that weekend. They left a note in the logbook about how they were 'abducting' the bug. They even ran into the team who dropped him off nearby, *said* they had the bug, and promised to log him. It's been over a week and the bug hasn't even been logged out of the cache, and given those circumstances I don't think it's going to be. The tag included complete instructions -- and my email address. Nothing. It's frustrating and disappointing. If they really wanted to abduct the bug, the least they could do is send a ransom note. You can do everything right, leave instructions and written goals, but you can't protect yourself from jerks. The same day, two other perfectly nice teams stopped by the cache hoping to pick up our bug, but he wasn't there. Travel bug luck. I wanted to be philosophical about it -- I knew the chances of the bug making it to its goal were slim, and I was prepared for him to have weeks or months of inactivity in the hands of various people.. but I didn't expect him to be flat-out ducknapped practically the first thing out. If he shows up later with pictures, it'll be a hoot, but I'm not holding out hope.