Monday, September 17, 2012

Letterboxing

Husband had the day off today.
To mark the occasion, we went letterboxing!
Have you been before?
Have you ever heard of it?
Well, here's the deal:
 
Click on "Letterboxes",
search for your state and city,
print off the directions and clues
and you are off on a fun adventure!
(Note: you will need a rubber stamp of some sort, a stamp pad,
and a small blank notebook to record your letterbox finds in.)
 
Here was our first find of the day:
 
 
The box was underneath those sticks.
 
Once you find a box,
you will find a mini paper book
and a stamp inside, like this:
 
 
The stamp was wrapped in the brown cloth.
Here's a close-up of the stamp:
 
 
Cool, eh?
It is always awesome to find a hand carved stamp!
 
 
You use the stamp and pad that you brought with you
to make a stamp in the mini book. 
Here's an example of stamps that have been left in this letterbox:
 
 
Usually, you would list the date and where you are from
next to your stamp.
 
 
Then you use your pad and the stamp from the letterbox
to make a stamp impression on the notebook
that you brought with you.
 
Here is me getting all the "paperwork"
taken care of:
 
 
 
Here are my printed clues and
my book after I stamped it with the cat stamp
from the letterbox:
 
 
Replace everything back into the letterbox
you found, make sure it is mostly hidden
just as you found it and 
ta-da!
You've just letterboxed!
 
Our second box was found here:
 
 
See it?
 
Here's a closer look:
 
 
This is why I think it is important to bring
your Husband along with you when letterboxing.
The boxes are sometimes found in
spider-friendly places.
Husbands are always useful for putting their hands
into spidery spots!
 
The second stamp:
 
 
Another cool hand carved stamp!
 
Here it is in our notebook:
 
 
Isn't this the best fun?!
We have been letterboxing since 2003.
There are new boxes listed
on the website all the time so keep checking.
 
I think our next challenge may be to
hide a letterbox ourselves!
 
 
 

4 comments:

lori said...

Looks like you got your hair cut! From this view it looks cute! A lot easier I bet!
Are you still running? I've picked it up again.
Everything going good?
Lori

O'Neal said...

Looks like fun! Kinda like geocaching, but no gps device required.

I remember, as a kid, using potatoes to make a rubber stamp-type of thing.

Speaking of spiders, I read somewhere that no matter where you are, you are always within 10 feet of a spider. So, you should probably have Husband with you at all times.

Lolena said...

Yes, exactly, it's the Old School version of geo-caching. Good for us non-techy types who don't even own a gps.

As for your spider statistic, it seems like a big enough berth of space as long as those "10 feet" don't include my own two feet.

9teen87 said...

Very interesting, I've never heard of letterboxing before. I love the 'Are you My Mother' stamp!

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