Saturday, July 22, 2006

A-letterboxing We Go!

The boy and I just had our first letterboxing adventure, and I thank Blackbird for the idea and BB for the encouragement to get off my butt and actually do it.

We found the box closest to our house, buried in a hollow of the roots in a big tree in the middle of our wonderful Frick Park. I took the camera, but my batteries died in the middle of all the action. I didn't get to photograph the book we found, to give evidence that there had been visitors from as far away as FL. Cool! :-)


This is the park, on the trail. It had stopped raining when we left the house, but the skies were gray.



I know it's dark, because we're under an umbrella (it had started pouring by this time), but here's the hidden letterbox.


And here, in a blurry photo, is our book. My stamp is the fat chick who's dressed as a princess, which makes me laugh every time I see it. :-) The stamp we found was the acorn.

I don't know if we did everything exactly right, but we did make sure to seal the box and hide it well, which I think is most important. Oh, that, and that we had a lot of fun.

If you get a chance, I highly recommend it. The boy wants to make sure we look up every local box, as well as boxes in any new places we go to. Yay!

13 comments:

BabelBabe said...

so so cool! I can't wait to do this with my guys! I have - natch - a shark stamp : )

Gina said...

The Frick Park one will be great for the boys, because it's not a long walk, and the directions are easy to follow. Primo will SO DIG IT! :-)

MsCellania said...

I cannot wait to do this with our sons, too. We have to go get our stamps. I'm glad you had fun!

blackbird said...

It looks like so much fun!

I am looking forward to going when we travel later this summer...

Sarah Louise said...

Do you need (to be) kids to do this???

This looks very fun.

Sarah Louise said...

but also strange...

Amy A. said...

I've never heard of this, but my son and I do Geocache-ing, which sounds the same, but you use a GPS system to find coordinates of a hidden treasure. Very fun! I like the idea of putting stamps in the treasure boxes.

Carolyn said...

Where does one find the instructions for this?

Gina said...

Carolyn, if you click on the heading at the top, "A-letterboxing We Go," it'll take you to the site. you can click on your state and then find the areas nearest you.

Carolyn said...

Ohhhhh, duh! (slapping self on forehead.)

jess said...

I think I'd feel ridiculous doing this by myself, but it would be so much fun to go with a child. I checked and there are tons in my area. Some of the clues though, oh Lord! I would get pissed off at the clue writer and give up.

Velma said...

That is so cool! I've been wanting to try this for a while, but between the weather and various activities we haven't done it yet. We are gonna try it at the end of August - my daughter already has her flower stamp picked out.

Gina said...

It really is fun. I don't think you necessarily *need* to be with a child, but I don't think it would be as much fun alone. Any game adult would do--you need someone to complain about the clues to, if nothing else. :-)