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Msg: 872747
Subject: Re: Letterboxing Hybrids in Geocaching.com in the Golden area
Author: Oberon_KenobiProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Oct 16, 2014 8:03 PM
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Reply to: Msg 872724 by 2skidivers
As we are both letterboxers (primarily) and geocachers, there was a list of new "letterboxing" hybrids listed on geocaching.com. [...] Letter + Box ╪ letterbox.

The letterbox hybrids around here (except for mine) have all been store-bought stamps. In the past two weeks there has been an exception, two hand-carved stamps. They were carved by the geocacher's mother who is a letterboxers. He posted them on geocaching.com and she posted them here.

I have found only the first one posted, but I'm glad that there are now some more hand-carved stamps in my area. There is hope.
Msg: 893456
TaiChi and ChaiTea Subject: Preboxed
Author: TaiChi and ChaiTeaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Apr 1, 2015 4:50 AM
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Remembering Holly on her birthday.

Dick & Peg
Msg: 893464
Fluffy Cow Subject: Re: Preboxed
Author: Fluffy CowProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Apr 1, 2015 5:23 AM
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Reply to: Msg 893456 by TaiChi and ChaiTea
I always do… even though I never met her!
Msg: 900084
Wronghat Subject: Four Corners' Event
Author: WronghatProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 31, 2015 1:15 PM
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Thanks to organizers of the Four Corners' Event, Sunny Delight and Birchmoon, to area boxers who helped RNR, Kaw, Aspen and to Mim and other boxers who lent carvings and letterboxes. We had a great time meeting old and new New Mexican letterboxers and meeting the folks from Colorado and Arizona.
Msg: 900085
ArnoldZiffel Subject: Re: Four Corners' Event
Author: ArnoldZiffelProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 31, 2015 1:28 PM
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Reply to: Msg 900084 by Wronghat
I add my thanks, too. Great, well-organized event. We had so much fun! Just not enough time to visit with everyone...
Msg: 900096
Desert Flower Subject: Re: Four Corners' Event
Author: Desert FlowerProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 31, 2015 3:36 PM
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Reply to: Msg 900084 by Wronghat
We add to the thanks! So glad it worked into our travel plans. The folder and provided clues were much appreciated, the hosts did a wonderful job. Great to see old friends and meet new ones!
-Pat & Jack
Msg: 900137
TaiChi and ChaiTea Subject: Re: Four Corners' Event
Author: TaiChi and ChaiTeaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2015 6:29 AM
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Reply to: Msg 900096 by Desert Flower
We totally agree. It was clear many days & hours of work went into organizing this Event. We are grateful for all who contributed! THANK YOU!

Dick & Peg
Msg: 900148
Subject: Re: Four Corners' Event
Author: Astro DProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2015 7:43 AM
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Reply to: Msg 900084 by Wronghat
Yes, thanks to EVERYone who organized the event as well as all the carvers and planters who helped make this such a fun day for all of us. Thanks for all the mapping and printing of clues as well as setting up tents and hauling tables and chairs! A fabulous day. ;-)
Msg: 901564
Chica Subject: Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest
Author: ChicaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 11, 2015 8:27 AM
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Hi Rocky Mountain Boxers!

The Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest (science, tech, engineering, arts and making) is taking over the Boulder County Fairgounds (south Longmont in north-central Colorado), September 5 and 6 from 10am to 7pm. Tickets are only $5 for kids and $10 for adults through July 15.

It's all hands-on, and I think Letterboxing is a perfect example of hands-on making, writing (clues), and adventuring.

I'd love to have a special letterboxing event going on at the same time (I can even arrange discount tickets, or some free tickets). Would anyone be willing to create some special stamps and clues? And/or to have a booth at the event (I can make that happen for free), to talk about letterboxing (I know that's not what boxers do - we're typically pretty quiet about our "sport" - but this event is entirely dedicated to hands-on learning for kids of all ages, and letterboxing is such a nice fit).

Booth or no, would anyone like to create some fun special carves, or set-up a meet at the STEAM Fest?

You can email me at martha@makerboulder.com, or my LB trail name is Chica.

Thanks!
Chica
Msg: 903893
aMAZEing adventure frog Subject: For my Rocky Mt. Friends
Author: aMAZEing adventure frogProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 7, 2015 10:57 AM
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Come join us in St. Louis on August. 29 for a special letterboxing event-- Tombstone Tales--which is being held in at historical Bellefontaine cemetery. We are working with the cemetery curators to offer 15 drive by boxes that celebrate famous interns such as William Clark, Aldolphus Busch, and many more. Another drive by series of 15 will provide insight into the tombstone icons and their meanings. A beautiful, air conditioned non-denominational chapel will be available for a 2 hour meet and greet lunch, along with event boxes and exchanges. Top notch carvings! Hope you'll join us.
Msg: 904907
TaiChi and ChaiTea Subject: We Didn't Start the Fire Event
Author: TaiChi and ChaiTeaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 18, 2015 5:40 PM
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A big thank you to The Woodshed for hosting such a great Event today. Thank you also for feeding such a large crowd. So much work was involved to pull off such an amazing Event. It was wonderful to see so many folks fly in from different parts of the country. Happy 40 Anniversary Jim & Patty!

Taichi and Chaitea
Msg: 905696
Front Range Hiker Subject: Save the Date - August 13, 2016
Author: Front Range HikerProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 27, 2015 8:08 PM
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Seekers Two and I are preparing for a special event in Evergreen Colorado in 2016. Please sign up now, or save the date - the more the merrier!

http://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?eventId=3516

FRH
Msg: 913578
DaSportsBabe Subject: Re: Letterboxing Hybrids in Geocaching.com in the Golden area
Author: DaSportsBabeProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 11, 2015 7:16 AM
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Reply to: Msg 872724 by 2skidivers
I do both Geocaching and Letterboxing. I think that it's hard keeping stamps in a hybrid. The stamps show up missing so many times in a hybrid box. I've come acrossed a few hybrids with no stamp in them. Not every Geocacher knows about Letterboxing. I'm sure they see a stamp and think it's swag. I would never place a hybrid for that reason. Just my thought.
Msg: 913580
Subject: Re: Letterboxing Hybrids in Geocaching.com in the Golden area
Author: Oberon_KenobiProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 11, 2015 7:55 AM
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Reply to: Msg 913578 by DaSportsBabe
I'm sure they see a stamp and think it's swag. I would never place a hybrid for that reason.

I've placed seven geocache hybrids. (One I listed as a mystery so that people would be able to earn a souvenir for Pi Day.) One of them was muggled, but the stamp want taken by geocachers. The we're placed on "Future Day" (October 21) so they don't have much time out there. I do write on my stamps "DO NOT TAKE. LEAVE IN BOX." But I've not had a stamp taken by a geocacher.

In fact, I don't know of a hybrid around here where the stamp was taken. I don't know of a letterbox around here where the stamp was taken by a geocacher. Maybe this is just a place where geocachers know about hybrids.
Msg: 913585
Boxer Lover47 Subject: Re: Letterboxing Hybrids in Geocaching.com in the Golden area
Author: Boxer Lover47ProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 11, 2015 9:03 AM
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Reply to: Msg 913580 by Oberon_Kenobi
I don't know of a letterbox around here where the stamp was taken by a geocacher. Maybe this is just a place where geocachers know about hybrids.

While I agree that many geocachers in our area know about - and respect - letterboxes, not all do. I lost a stamp to cacher swag in southern Idaho. (This was a letterbox, not a hybrid.) I planted it many years ago before I routinely checked for nearby caches in the planting area. Lesson learned well.
Msg: 913588
Subject: Re: Letterboxing Hybrids in Geocaching.com in the Golden area
Author: Oberon_KenobiProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 11, 2015 10:12 AM
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Reply to: Msg 913585 by Boxer Lover47
I routinely checked for nearby caches in the planting area. Lesson learned well.

That is good practice for all letterboxers. We shouldn't have to do so, but by doing so the letterboxes become less likely to go missing or have the stamps traded out. I've placed two geocaches to protect letterboxes. I think that letterboxers should make a friend of a nearby geocacher to help protect letterboxes.

I expected that you'd know of some locally that were lost locally to geocachers since you've been in letterboxing longer than I have. The geocachers that found your "Birdsong Trail" box signed it while they were looking for the nearby geocache. It's too bad that one went missing to muggles.
Msg: 913589
Boxer Lover47 Subject: Re: Letterboxing Hybrids in Geocaching.com in the Golden area
Author: Boxer Lover47ProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 11, 2015 10:19 AM
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Reply to: Msg 913588 by Oberon_Kenobi
It's too bad that one went missing to muggles.

It's BACK!

"Missing" is not strong enough for what the muggles did to that box! It was pure, unadulterated destruction. Everything was in pieces! (shaking head)
(I'm sure they were generic muggles, not geocachers.)
Msg: 913592
wassamatta u Subject: Re: Letterboxing Hybrids in Geocaching.com in the Golden area
Author: wassamatta uProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 11, 2015 11:00 AM
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Reply to: Msg 913580 by Oberon_Kenobi
I don't know of a hybrid around here where the stamp was taken.

Judging by many years of (mostly anecdotal) evidence, I would say you are definitely bucking the odds. Which makes sense, since I've always considered you an odd bucker.
Msg: 913594
Wronghat Subject: Re: Letterboxing Hybrids in Geocaching.com in the Golden area
Author: WronghatProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 11, 2015 12:21 PM
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Reply to: Msg 913578 by DaSportsBabe
The stamps show up missing so many times in a hybrid box.

Knock on wood, the hand-carved stamps in my three hybrids have managed to survive thus far. Those who have found them have been experienced geocachers, for the most part. Finding them pretty much requires reading the clues, like letterboxing, not just searching gps coordinates so people have to read through my multiple requests to not take the stamp.
Msg: 931605
Front Range Hiker Subject: Share the Love Event coming soon!
Author: Front Range HikerProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 21, 2016 8:49 PM
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Three weeks to go until the Share the Love events in Evergreen Colorado! We have over 125 letterboxes ready to plant, with more on the way! What's the most boxes you have found in one day... or one weekend? We're out to challenge that number with amazing carves from Postals, LTCs, mysteries and other special stamps from boxers from Maine to California.

We'd love to have more attendees to share the love. The pre-event is Friday evening, August 12th http://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?eventId=3693, and the main event is Saturday August 13th http://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?eventId=3516

Please join us!

Front Range Hiker and Seekers Two
Msg: 931881
trpecogis Subject: Planting in same location
Author: trpecogisProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 25, 2016 10:23 PM
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I just found out someone planted a new letter box in the same location as one I planted last year. The location is not a large location and now people will be searching ALL over this small place to find not one, but now two boxes. Has all courtesy gone from letter boxers? The AQ Code of Conduct specifically addresses this issue. Does no one read it? I am usually fine with sharing locations, but this particular spot is not big enough for more than one box. Have any of you had problems like this?
Msg: 931882
wassamatta u Subject: Re: Planting in same location
Author: wassamatta uProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 25, 2016 10:45 PM
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Reply to: Msg 931881 by trpecogis
Has all courtesy gone from letter boxers? The AQ Code of Conduct specifically addresses this issue.

AQ also has a Best Practices page for message board posting.

Before posting on the boards, how exactly did you come to the conclusion that the other planter even knew about your box? Did you ascertain that this was intentional, or could it have been a simple error? Is it really that close to yours? Many "points of interest" can harbor several boxes comfortably, within a relatively small area... the "near other boxes" phrase used in the Code of Conduct is deliberately vague, because circumstances vary. It's usually better to try to work things out with other boxers individually, rather than coming on harsh and accusatory in the boards.
Msg: 931888
Trailhead Tessie Subject: Re: Planting in same location
Author: Trailhead TessieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 26, 2016 4:31 AM
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Reply to: Msg 931881 by trpecogis
people will be searching ALL over this small place

Hopefully your clues are written so that when people get to the correct general location, they can immediately walk right up to the box and not be looking all over the place. If people have to hunt a pile of boulders, or a pile of logs, or check behind all the trees, that would be more like geocaching. The goal for letterboxing is to be precise enough so the boxer will see the correct spot immediately and not be searching for a needle in a haystack. Then you don't need to worry about finders accidently finding someone else's box instead of yours. Although there was that one boulder where I found 3 boxes a few months ago, each planter apparently not aware of the other boxes a few inches away.
Msg: 933564
Lampwick Subject: Lampwick Looks
Author: LampwickProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Aug 27, 2016 12:22 AM
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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!
Please allow me to introduce myself. I'm 52, female, semi-retired graphic artist. Recently I transplanted to Colorado Springs/Black Forest from Iowa and am hoping to meet other LBers in the area. I don't know how to find you on AQ (suggestions appreciated) other than to leave a message here. I'm not new to letterboxing (since 2009), just new to Colorado.
I love meeting letterboxers, exchanging signature stamps, going to events... and the whole gamut.
So please, drop me a line or reply here and let me know you're out there. I'm going to be out on the trail next week so I may find some of your trail names that way.
Thanks!!
Msg: 933576
Subject: Re: Lampwick Looks
Author: Angel and DemonProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Aug 27, 2016 9:08 AM
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Reply to: Msg 933564 by Lampwick
Welcome to Colorado! Hope to meet up with you soon.
Msg: 933596
Beetle Subject: Re: Lampwick Looks
Author: BeetleProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Aug 27, 2016 7:48 PM
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Reply to: Msg 933564 by Lampwick
Illinois letterboxers miss you. : (
Msg: 946507
Subject: Very Limited Time Box
Author: JohnsosaurusProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 5, 2017 8:49 AM
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The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is this month which means the annual MDA-Firefighter Chili Cook off will be happening as part of fanfest in downtown Colorado Springs! Come out and try some delicious chili, support Colorado firefighters and MDA, and find a letterbox! Since it's going to be a very, very limited time letterbox, I'm posting an announcement here a few weeks prior to the event to better spread the word. Anyway, the details are below.

- A very limited time letterbox as part of the MDA-Firefighter chili cook off
- June 23 from 4:00pm-10:00pm or when the chili runs out
- Downtown Colorado Springs (Tejon street between Colorado Avenue and Bijou Street)
- Look for the meddling kids to find the box. I'll post more specific clues (ie. the exact container to look for) as we get closer

Hope to see you there!
Msg: 946688
Subject: Re: Very Limited Time Box
Author: JohnsosaurusProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 9, 2017 10:38 AM
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Reply to: Msg 946507 by Johnsosaurus
I officially listed the box to get the word out but it will not be available until June 23! Hope to see you there!!

https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?boxId=282319
Msg: 947144
Subject: Re: Very Limited Time Box
Author: JohnsosaurusProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 19, 2017 9:39 AM
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Reply to: Msg 946507 by Johnsosaurus
The MDA-Firefighter chili cook-off is this Friday!! To find the aforementioned box you need to find the vehicle that belongs to the meddling kids. Once located, ask for the box of Scooby snacks. See you there!
Msg: 947304
Subject: Re: Very Limited Time Box
Author: JohnsosaurusProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 23, 2017 6:25 AM
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Reply to: Msg 946507 by Johnsosaurus
Chili Cook off day is here!! Hope to see some fellow letterboxers out there.

https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?boxId=282319
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