Letterboxing

by Wendy Copley on March 23, 2009

Today I was looking for something to do with the boys and I stumbled across letterboxing. “What is letterboxing?” you ask. Good question! Letterboxes are little caches that are hidden around the country (actually, around the world).ย  Each box contains a log book, a stamp and sometimes an ink pad or another treasure. Once a person hides a letterbox, they provide clues to find it. Letterbox hunters search out the boxes and when they find them, they use the stamp in the box to stamp their personal log books. They then take their personal stamp that they have brought along with them and stamp it in the box’s log book, along with any message they’d like to write. Need more info? Check out http://www.letterboxing.org or http://www.atlasquest.com.

So back to our story. The boys and I looked for some clues online and found two letterboxes that appeared to be located just a few blocks from out house. We bundled up in our warm clothes (with Wyatt in his adventure cowboy hat and Augie in his Harley-Davidson beanie) and set out on our walk!

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The first box we tried to find was a bust. We located where the box was supposed to be with no troubles, but despite digging in some disgusting ivy for about a half hour, we never did find a letterbox.ย  I did, however, find numerous pieces of paper, several food wrappers, a Bartles and James bottle half-filled with stagnant water and a plastic bag filled with dog poop. This was pretty disappointing for us, but Wyatt was agreeable to more walking in order to continue our adventure, so we headed a few blocks further to follow the other clues we had. This time we were victorious! The letterbox was well-hidden in a clever way, but I’m not going to share that info because I don’t want to spoil the surprise for other hunters.

Here’s a picture of the outside of the box:

Letterboxing

And here’s what the inside looked like. The stamp and the log book were both wrapped up in a baggie to keep them dry.

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We used the stamp in our log book and I noted the location of the box (blurred to preserve the surprise), the date and that Wyatt and I were the ones who found it.

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I didn’t take any pictures of the pages of the log book because I’m not sure if that’s OK, but there were entries going back two years and someone from as far away as Alaska had stamped her image in there. This is what we put into the log book. We used a store-bought stamp for today, but if we keep doing this — which I think we will — I’ll be carving a new stamp for us. Our team name is Kitty Pants.

Letterboxing

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  • Aunt D

    Wendy, I read about this somewhere. I think it was in a magazine. You are right, they are all over the world!. What a fun thing to do and to be successful on top of it.

  • Aunt D

    Wendy, I read about this somewhere. I think it was in a magazine. You are right, they are all over the world!. What a fun thing to do and to be successful on top of it.

  • Pappy

    Today letterboxing, tomorrow geocaching. Pappy

  • Pappy

    Today letterboxing, tomorrow geocaching. Pappy

  • Auntie Sue

    Wendy, I found a ton of these in Racine and the surrounding area. You know we are going to have an adventure one nice day and find them. One is near the Lighthouse, not far from where I live. Just my cup of tea.

  • Auntie Sue

    Wendy, I found a ton of these in Racine and the surrounding area. You know we are going to have an adventure one nice day and find them. One is near the Lighthouse, not far from where I live. Just my cup of tea.

  • Aunt Linda

    What fun Wendy! I’m going to look in our area too.

  • Aunt Linda

    What fun Wendy! I’m going to look in our area too.

  • What a fun way to spend the day!

  • What a fun way to spend the day!

  • Hey Wendy. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. I just printed out some and am going to take my boys out later and try. Too bad we still have snow here in Maine so it will be an adventure. Just thought I’d let you know that the Where’s Waldo pic you have above looks like it says a nasty word instead of Where’s. It had me laughing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Valerie

  • Hey Wendy. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. I just printed out some and am going to take my boys out later and try. Too bad we still have snow here in Maine so it will be an adventure. Just thought I’d let you know that the Where’s Waldo pic you have above looks like it says a nasty word instead of Where’s. It had me laughing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Valerie

  • super cool!!

  • super cool!!

  • Wow, that sounds like great fun! Almost like searching for buried pirate treasure!

  • Wow, that sounds like great fun! Almost like searching for buried pirate treasure!

  • Karol

    Team KittyPants could rule the world. The menu from Texas made me crave BBQ. I think it should be a food group unto itself.

  • Team KittyPants could rule the world. The menu from Texas made me crave BBQ. I think it should be a food group unto itself.

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  • What a cool idea. I am going to check this out for me and my girls. Thanks.
    Team Kitty Pants is a cool name.

  • What a cool idea. I am going to check this out for me and my girls. Thanks.
    Team Kitty Pants is a cool name.

  • Marlena

    Great minds think alike. I am a letterboxing, bento-making, sometimes seamstress SAHM of two preschoolesr. Do you also love Lost and Battlestar Galactica? I cannot imagine you to be as nerdy as me.

  • Marlena

    Great minds think alike. I am a letterboxing, bento-making, sometimes seamstress SAHM of two preschoolesr. Do you also love Lost and Battlestar Galactica? I cannot imagine you to be as nerdy as me.

  • Marlena — are you kidding? *Of course* I love Lost and BSG! Who doesn’t?

  • Marlena — are you kidding? *Of course* I love Lost and BSG! Who doesn’t?

  • deniserows

    ahoy..i believe that i was the girl from Alaska whose signature stamp you found in the Where’s Waldo letterbox. Considering there are only a handful of letterboxers in Alaska and i found a Where’s Waldo LB similiar to the one you found i am pretty sure it was me.

    NOW! Get out there and box!

  • deniserows

    ahoy..i believe that i was the girl from Alaska whose signature stamp you found in the Where’s Waldo letterbox. Considering there are only a handful of letterboxers in Alaska and i found a Where’s Waldo LB similiar to the one you found i am pretty sure it was me.

    NOW! Get out there and box!

  • Very nice! Looks like you guys had a great time! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I just discovered letterboxing yesterday and it sounds really fun!

  • Very nice! Looks like you guys had a great time! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I just discovered letterboxing yesterday and it sounds really fun!

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