For you long-time readers of the (infrequent) blog publication “National Questioner” there is new competition brewing in the Sasquatch vs Candy Travel Mascot story. Indeed it has been quiet but with the soon-to-leave-Canada traveler Eeva on the precipice of global sight-seeing new events heat up! It seemed that twin Sasquatches, both known as ‘Quatchi’ were ousting ‘Ms Brown’ (of M&M candy fame) but new developments have arisen with the mini Ms Brown keychain in the picture. Which will it be??

For those who are not familiar with this dire tale of mascot domination it all stems back to posts dating back to April 2013. An innocent article about travel mascots has turned into an unprecedented competition of stuffed toys on a global scale! To update the new followers of the National Questioner you will find the first story re-posted below (and future be re-posts to be published soon) to see how this turn of events came about. In a future post all will be revealed as to who the official travel mascot will be.

Here is the reprint of the first and second stories:

My “Traveling Companion”

There are a number of (travel) blogs that I follow and among them I was happy to discover that some authors travel with a “companion”. As a matter of fact, I know of several friends who do the same. I was pleased to learn this as I decided, quite some time ago, to do that exact thing. It’s nice too know that there are others who have a mascot too.

So who will be my buddy when I go RTWing, you ask?Well he is a furry, hockey loving, blue earmuff wearing, camera toting Sasquatch ! Back in February 2010, during the Vancouver Winter Olympic games, my BFF gave me a key-chain with one of the three Olympic mascot attached: Quatchi. He loves hockey – need I say more? Additionally, we make a good pair since he enjoys traveling and meeting new people. Oh and food. We’re a travel match made in heaven. Although I have not traveled with Quatchi yet, I intend to tote him along on my summer trips to visit family as a starting point.

I realized as I was penning this post that I should find Quatchi (tucked safely away in my rucksack along with all my travel gear) and have a fun photo op! Especially since the night before I learned that a fellow Couch Surfer also traveled with her Quatchi key-chain. I was spurred on to finish this blog post and snap some adorable pictures. I dug into my closest and hoisted my trusty bag onto my bed. My kitten was intrigued by a new place to sit in as I hastily pulled items and threw them around. Uh…where was Quatchi?! He was not there! I sifted through everything strewn about my  bed. He was nowhere to be found. I checked the junk drawer, silently scolding myself for putting this special key-chain in such a place. Nope! Not there either. Where is Quatchi?! I check every known place he could be. HE’S MISSING!!! What now? I must of inadvertently put him in the “toss/donate” pile when I moved in the fall. Replacing a 2012 Winter Olympic mascot key-chain was not that simple, I suspected. They were only available for a short time and in limited numbers. Three years later there can not be a store carrying them. Hmmmm…but this is the 21st century. The Internet to the rescue, specifically E-Bay. Not only do I find an unused Quatchi key-chain with tags still attached, he is being sold locally! I placed my order and picked him up days later. Easy-peasy! Gotta love the Internet!

So here is my “new” traveling companion. Piper was interested in him but I was afraid he might become her new toy so I had to remove him from her little paws. Quatchi’s first trip will be to Ontario when I visit my family in the upcoming months. I anticipate the day when Quatchi and I will begin our epic journey!  Onward ho!

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