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Msg: 939817
DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie Subject: Re: Odd or unusual finds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: DarkZen and Evil Cow PieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 12:26 AM
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Reply to: Msg 939795 by ebda
It was cut the same way they do but tit didn't come up in the database.

I bet they felt like real boobs. That will teach them to keep abreast of their cutting procedures.
Msg: 939821
BBStacker Subject: Re: Cake for BoxerLover47
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: BBStackerProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 4:28 AM
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Reply to: Msg 939740 by Baqash
Sadly my cake is day old and a little dried up - oh - so am I. Hope you had a great AQversary BoxerLover47.
Msg: 939824
MamaShark Subject: Re: Free hiking at state parks Jan 1
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: MamaSharkProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 4:52 AM
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Reply to: Msg 939779 by roo
If I wasn't working all day today, I'd definitely be participating. The event being held at Walden Pond looks especially interesting!
Msg: 939830
Kirbert Subject: Re: Free hiking at state parks Jan 1
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: KirbertProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 6:02 AM
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Reply to: Msg 939811 by FloridaFour
I was disappointed Florida State Parks are not free.

Yes, and just over the past few years many that had been free started charging, and those that had been charging increased their fees.

I was much happier on a trip to Missouri, where the taxpayers voted to set aside 0.1 cent of their sales taxes to fund the state parks. As a result, their state parks are all free, and they are clearly well-funded. And the park officials aren't having to lobby for adequate funding. That kinda thing needs to be done here in FL and in every other state.

I don't go there enough to make an annual pass worth it.

Things are even worse here. SWMBO is neurotic about such things, so if we spent the money on an annual pass -- even if it was cheap -- she'd be constantly fretting about whether or not we're getting our money's worth out of it. When we are actually in one of the state parks trying to enjoy ourselves, she'd constantly be thinking "Am I having enough fun to justify that annual pass?" Which of course would mean she's NOT having enough fun. So, we never get such passes. Right now, we're waiting until we turn 65 to see if that makes the situation any better.

Here in FL, I have long suspected that the real reason for those admission fees is to keep out the riffraff. We have a lot of riffraff in this state, perhaps because homeless people can live outdoors year 'round without freezing to death. A state park would be a great place to set up a homeless camp since it has nice bathrooms and plenty of woods to hide in.
Msg: 939832
Subject: Re: RIP Princess Leia
Board: Yakking It Up
Author: Oberon_KenobiProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 6:26 AM
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Reply to: Msg 939809 by Nature Hikers
Star Wars marathon in honor of Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia.

Since there wasn't enough time to set up an official marathon for this, is it inside one already arranged or one set up over social media? Details please.
Msg: 939833
PapaSolo Subject: Re: Odd or unusual finds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: PapaSoloProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 6:37 AM
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Reply to: Msg 939812 by west dover quidditch team
Found a box that had been 'cached, the stamp replaced with a small mountain bike saddle bag

Unfortunately, except for the specifics of the saddle bag, that's neither odd nor unusual.
Msg: 939837
DM Scuba Brat Subject: Re: Free hiking at state parks Jan 1
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: DM Scuba BratProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 8:07 AM
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Reply to: Msg 939830 by Kirbert
Here in FL, I have long suspected that the real reason for those admission fees is to keep out the riffraff. We have a lot of riffraff in this state, perhaps because homeless people can live outdoors year 'round without freezing to death.

Believe me. Entrance fees don't keep anyone out who wants to do such a thing.

65 won't do you any good on state entrance fees, currently there is no senior discount, how ever there is one for veterans. . That's the national parks that have a discounted pass.

I don't think you'd get people in this state to vote on a sales tax increase or anything to go to state parks. They already think their taxes go to the state parks (which they don't) and there's no telling them differently especially when they're upset that something isn't to their liking.
Msg: 939838
MrOspital Subject: Re: Holiday Visit to Santa Ana
Board: State: California
Author: MrOspitalProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 8:08 AM
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Reply to: Msg 939569 by Scribe
Devon (the Scribe) agreed to a meet and greet. I posted the event listing for this Friday from 5-8 at Blaze Pizza in La Habra.

Blazing Scribe
Msg: 939839
christmas6 Subject: Re: Anyone Participating?
Board: Walking4Fun
Author: christmas6ProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 8:20 AM
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Reply to: Msg 939747 by Maude
We would love to but with it being Sunday we will be in church. We will shoot for next year :)
Msg: 939840
aMAZEing adventure frog Subject: Hiking partner wanted
Board: State: Missouri
Author: aMAZEing adventure frogProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 8:58 AM
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Really hoping to get out this week and get the Ben10 series of 15 boxes: http://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?boxId=250551

would really enjoy a letterboxing partner(s) on this one. :) AQmail me if available regardless of whether you have gotten the series already.
Msg: 939841
Janila Subject: Re: Free hiking at state parks Jan 1
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: JanilaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 9:14 AM
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Reply to: Msg 939811 by FloridaFour
I was disappointed Florida State Parks are not free.

I have to admit that I was a bit surprised when I started hanging out in Florida and I had to pay to get into the parks. No wonder I am in love with the Pennsylvania state park system. We pay no fees to enter state parks.
Msg: 939843
MissMoon Subject: Re: Odd or unusual finds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: MissMoonProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 10:16 AM
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Reply to: Msg 939795 by ebda
Hmmmmm......a mailbox on top of a post in the middle of the woods, a knife stuck in a tree, what looked like an old car from the 30s that looked like it had almost become part of the ground around it, hardened fungus with a face carved into it....must be more but I can't think of any at the moment.
Msg: 939844
Nature Hikers Subject: Re: RIP Princess Leia
Board: Yakking It Up
Author: Nature HikersProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 10:18 AM
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Reply to: Msg 939832 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oh, it wasn't anything official. We just popped the DVDs on at home with the kids.

What can I say, we're Party Animals!
Msg: 939845
Subject: Re: Free hiking at state parks Jan 1
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: ProcyonProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 10:24 AM
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Reply to: Msg 939830 by Kirbert
Missouri State Parks got me into Letterboxing. In the late 90s they had a passport program. You got a book or "Passport" listing all the state parks. Each park was on a page with a photo and brief description of the park and something unique about the park. There was a space at the bottom of each page to log date and time and brief sentence and a blank space. When you got to the park you went to the Park Ranger Office and they would have a stamp to stamp your passport. Sometimes it was the name of the park, sometimes it was an image like someone canoeing or hiking or a physical thing associated with the park like a waterfall or mill. These stamps were made for the parks. Shortly after that a friend got me into geocaching and while geocaching we found a hybrid that had a letterbox. I've been hooked on letterboxing ever since.
Msg: 939850
Subject: Re: RIP Princess Leia
Board: Yakking It Up
Author: Oberon_KenobiProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 1:59 PM
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Reply to: Msg 939844 by Nature Hikers
Oh, it wasn't anything official. We just popped the DVDs on at home with the kids.

Ah! Not a foot race, but a marathon on TV. That makes much more sense.

Though some sort of official marathon turned into a bunch of people in Space Buns would have been a sight to see. ;-)
Msg: 939851
west dover quidditch team Subject: Re: Odd or unusual finds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: west dover quidditch teamProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 2:39 PM
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Reply to: Msg 939833 by PapaSolo
yeah I thought the saddle bag a bit pricey for the usual McTrinkets you find.
Msg: 939852
Kirbert Subject: Re: Free hiking at state parks Jan 1
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: KirbertProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 2:43 PM
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Reply to: Msg 939837 by DM Scuba Brat
I don't think you'd get people in this state to vote on a sales tax increase or anything to go to state parks. They already think their taxes go to the state parks (which they don't)...

So, float a ballot initiative for an amendment to the state constitution to the effect that 0.1 cent of the existing sales taxes are earmarked for the state parks, and in concert the admission fees are eliminated. They'd vote for it just to save the admission fees.

State parks is one of the few expenditures that taxpayers don't mind their dollars being spent on.
Msg: 939853
PapaSolo Subject: Re: Odd or unusual finds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: PapaSoloProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 2:52 PM
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Reply to: Msg 939795 by ebda
Not all this year, but a nude Barbie doll nailed to a tree, a closed but unlocked security box just the right size for a human head, a prostitute, a metal road sign and post (standing) with a silhouette of a monster that looked like a cross between Alien and Bigfoot, a woman walking on a dirt road wearing only a short t-shirt, two artistically intertwined deer skeletons, a shot-up 1940s car in the middle of the woods, need I go on?
Msg: 939854
FORAYCH Subject: Re: Odd or unusual finds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: FORAYCHProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 3:34 PM
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Reply to: Msg 939853 by PapaSolo
need I go on?

Yes! Your adventures sound like a hoot!!
Msg: 939855
PapaSolo Subject: Re: Odd or unusual finds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: PapaSoloProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 3:37 PM
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Reply to: Msg 939854 by FORAYCH
I'm sure I've forgotten quite a few more. Maybe some of the other Southeast Michigan boxers out there can jog my memory.
Msg: 939857
Three FLAmigo's Subject: Re: Free hiking at state parks Jan 1
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: Three FLAmigo'sProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 3:51 PM
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Reply to: Msg 939830 by Kirbert
I always cringe when I hear people moaning and groaning about our state parks here in FL. An example is someone will freak over paying $5 (for a car load) to get into Blue Springs State Park or $6 (per person) for Ichetucknee Springs State Park but yet think nothing of $100+ (per person) to a theme park.

While every state runs them differently I would not change a thing about ours.

Our FL State Parks are self funded with the exception of a miniscule percentage of real estate transactions (from doc stamps).

An extra tax may work in some states. But not all. Look at Connecticut. We don't live there anymore but we still visit a couple of times a year and their state park system is in terrible shape.

When we lived there was $8 for residents $10 for non residents but now Hammonasset and Rocky Neck Beaches are $13 for residents and $22 for non residents.

High taxes AND high admission fees yet this past summer they started closing many of their state parks during the week, being open only on weekends and some parks just being closed altogether.
Msg: 939858
Jiffy Subject: 2016 Year in Review event
Board: Region: Northeast
Author: JiffyProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 4:45 PM
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Tomorrow is the last day of the 2016 Year in Review event. Drop by anytime before 6p to get the 38 stamps that were carved depicting the events and people of 2016.

Jiffy and ATVRacer.
Msg: 939859
Subject: Re: Odd or unusual finds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: Oberon_KenobiProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 4:55 PM
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Reply to: Msg 939853 by PapaSolo
Barbie doll nailed to a tree

That's been an LTC theme, more than once.
Msg: 939860
Team Awesome Pants Subject: Winter Reading List
Board: Reading Room
Author: Team Awesome PantsProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 5:04 PM
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Shameless plug here for an LTC swap ... Winter Reading List - due date subject to negotiation :)
Msg: 939861
west dover quidditch team Subject: Re: Odd or unusual finds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: west dover quidditch teamProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 6:15 PM
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Reply to: Msg 939853 by PapaSolo
damn. I need to 'box in Michigan.
Msg: 939862
Boxer Lover47 Subject: Re: Cake for BoxerLover47
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: Boxer Lover47ProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 6:16 PM
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Reply to: Msg 939821 by BBStacker
Atlas Quest: International Letterboxing
I did, BBS, and day old cake tastes just as good.
Msg: 939868
Rocklun Subject: Re: Odd or unusual finds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: RocklunProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 7:54 PM
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Reply to: Msg 939795 by ebda
Southpaw saw a Canada lynx's butt while we were letterboxing on the Quebec/NH border. I was fiddling with my camera and missed it, though.
Msg: 939869
koalacat Subject: Re: Odd or unusual finds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: koalacatProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 7:55 PM
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Reply to: Msg 939795 by ebda
TomCat found a jawbone in a tree while we were trying to find a letterbox during our road trip.
Msg: 939870
koalacat Subject: Re: Odd or unusual finds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: koalacatProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 8:23 PM
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Reply to: Msg 939855 by PapaSolo
Was the doll at the Girl Scout camp we went to on Halloween? I remember there were parts of one in one of the boxes.
Msg: 939872
PapaSolo Subject: Re: Odd or unusual finds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: PapaSoloProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 1, 2017 9:17 PM
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Reply to: Msg 939870 by koalacat
No, it was in a park along the River Rouge in Canton off US-12.
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