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Re: I know I'm newish but......
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #928636 by Wronghat
Jun 19, 2016 11:13am
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Got there too late for that one a couple of weeks ago :(
Re: looking for a boxer called Basic Patrick
Board: Chatter
Reply to: #928790 by Grrly Girl
Jun 21, 2016 9:12am
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Personally, I'd go with the Jamaica VT clue on LbNA since he has logged on there August 2015 and responded to a find on the box. He hasn't logged on to AQ since 2009.
Re: Are we supposed to mark boxes that we can't find as a strike
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #929583 by SpringChick
Jun 28, 2016 10:10am
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The current way of doing things is actually a far cry from the early days. Back then, we printed up clues and went hiking (usually not just a drive to the local rest area)... generally we had no idea who had last found the box, when the box had last been found, or if there had been any attempts where the box was not found -- we logged our finds in our logbooks and logbooks were private. Some were there, some were not. Either way, it was all in a day of letterboxing... for me personally, there was always joy in finding a box, but I can't say there was lack of joy in not finding a box... still an enjoyable walk in the woods, and a bit of mind exercise.

I spent a few winters reading every post (and there are a lot) of the first 4-5 years to try and capture the feeling of the early days of boxing and understand and appreciate the development of North American boxing (and not talk out my rear end about boxing so much). It was very interesting and I highly recommend it to all 2nd-5th wave boxers out there. Folks back in the day were literally waiting for a letterbox to be planted in their area( though they'd take a lot of long road trips for a single box) so they'd have a box to find that weekend. Boxers often posted about their weekend with details about the journey and finds. Just amazing personal interactions between the first rag tag bunch of letterboxing pioneers.

Just now I'm thinking that is why I enjoy finding and making mystery boxes. In a way it recreates that atmosphere of the first few years where you are planting boxes for other like-minded letterboxers and can be happy with a handful of finders & finds.
Re: AVAILABLE to Ink-fetch-replant for slackboxing
Board: The Grateful Letterboxers!
Reply to: #929636 by deniserows
Jun 28, 2016 10:19am
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All i ask is you let me follow you around.

Don't know how Alaskans do their slackboxing, but around here we'd be following you!


See ya on the trails!

Campsite 301
Re: Durn Geocachers!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #930168 by Sir Braemoor
Jul 4, 2016 8:03am
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One place rules are needed to keep the hobbies from getting a black eye, as "don't be stupid"

It's always difficult to legislate out "stupid"!

By making everything "fool proof", the herd doesn't cull itself enough via Darwin Awards as nature intended.

We'll all be drinking Brawndo soon.
Re: Search for Letterboxer by Location
Board: Suggestion Box
Reply to: #930206 by Sir Braemoor
Jul 4, 2016 12:02pm
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my gathering planning experience can be summarized as "lets meet at this cool bar"

I've experienced a PA Drink & Ink & Drink event where slack boxing turned into slosh boxing.
Re: Gotta Catch 'Em All!
Board: Games People Play
Reply to: #930935 by The Lost Boys
Jul 13, 2016 9:19am
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Whew! Just when I was gettin' worried my kids weren't on their smart phones enough.
Re: Remember That Recent Data Breach?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #931900 by KuKu
Jul 26, 2016 10:07am
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Same for phone calls. They can sound so good.

But those guys from the "Windows Technical Departments" seem so nice
Re: Seed "Hard-Type"
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #932098 by Kirbert
Jul 31, 2016 7:06am
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For all this, the stamp did come out pretty well

Kirbert, I bet you could manage a great image on a square of Jello
No posts since Dec?
Board: CCCP Home
Aug 17, 2016 1:39pm
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Mostly a presentation piece but there is little more to it than it appears
Re: Experienced boxers?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #933134 by Rocklun
Aug 18, 2016 3:06pm
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When I rehid the box and stood up, a light bulb went off as I looked at our surroundings. The "bonus box" we just found was the box we had found only 15 minutes earlier. D'oh!!

“Your Honor, let the record show that the witness made the drinky-drinky motion"
Re: AQ Mail Drafts
Board: Suggestion Box
Reply to: #933169 by BBStacker
Aug 19, 2016 10:20am
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Has there been any thought of automatically putting messages started into a draft file if they are not completed for one reason or another? I was involved in a lengthy AQ mail today and got distracted and pushed the wrong key

Yes! Please reference our trail name.
Re: Lock n Locks and Pouches
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #933786 by Kirbert
Aug 30, 2016 12:22am
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There are more options other than just L&L's vs. pouches, y'know.

Are we talking Skippy or Jiff?
Re: are lock n locks really all that?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #933833 by Fiddleheads
Aug 30, 2016 8:45am
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I don't think they do need a baggie and I often leave them out.

Going commando!
Re: Pet peeves
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #934817 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 12:30pm
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it has become one of my top 2 pet peeves.

When did people forget that "then" doesn't mean the same thing as "than"?

Deer Topcollector!

Owe, aye no its knot Fare!
Sew watt will yew dew?

Hay, if aloud, aisle whey inn. Wear on you're sighed and where hear to prays yew, knot two berry ewe. Eye scents yew sea their is a reel laps inn sum currant righting stiles witch has maid a feint tern four the wurst. Are whee rite? Ore pleas worn us weather weir father aweigh off bass & mist the hole point of yaw lessen.

Weight, eye can here ewe awl grown!

Aye mite bee up schist creak butt aye doe nut want to bee band from cite.

weigh whey two much thyme on my hands . . . . .
Re: Pet peeves
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #934884 by crosscresent
Sep 15, 2016 12:30am
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Oh I hope not
Re: That moment when ...
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #935326 by west dover quidditch team
Sep 24, 2016 8:24am
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You could rework the clue so the stamp just had to be like that.
Re: That moment when ...
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #935735 by west dover quidditch team
Oct 2, 2016 8:33am
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Re: Is there a letterboxing rule?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #936481 by DoubleSaj and Old Blue
Oct 16, 2016 4:43am
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I don't know, unless the logbook is a key piece to the theme of each box of a series, I'm not really thinking "awesome, another logbook to stamp into. Two down and fourteen to go!".

I do respect the rights and wishes of the planter to want a trail stamp image in every box of a series as well as finders such as yourself not recording any box they find that doesn't contain a logbook out of principle.
Re: ZESS - AQversary #10!
Board: The Grateful Letterboxers!
Reply to: #936853 by The Merry Pranksters
Oct 23, 2016 5:00pm
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Ten years plus BotW this week!

Congrats on both achievements!!!!!!!!
Re: AQ Downtime!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #937027 by Sir Braemoor
Oct 27, 2016 6:54am
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Look at the problem from a different frame of reference, and all the sudden it doesn't seem so "incredibly stupid". Hopefully these words will help others with other problems. We'll see.

We'll see!
Re: Another box planted ON TOP of mine?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #937358 by Essex Explorers
Nov 2, 2016 2:22pm
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So I can't even determine if this interloping box's clues would show that it was meant to be hidden in our spot, or if it was originally elsewhere.

Egypt on the Ipswich. It actually looks like Boston B's series predates your plant by several months, it was an honest mistake . . . .by you (March '09 vs July '09) You both have a good eye for locations it seems.

If they're hidden well these things can happen.
Re: Another box planted ON TOP of mine?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #937369 by Essex Explorers
Nov 2, 2016 2:35pm
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You might not have seen the series listed as there are restrictions on it. Perhaps you have not met the "plants" minimum for the series.

I reviewed the Egypt clues and they reference your box

BONUS - WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Essex Explorers is in the same spot. This is a VERY busy area (this is the third placing of WONDER) so please be stealthy.

They have not logged in for a while but they seem to welcome your box as well as including in their note that their box went missing two times. That might be your answer to why the spot was empty at the time of your planting. I say coexist since they had no problem with the double booking!
Re: Okay to replace someone else's stamp?
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #937400 by FloridaFour
Nov 3, 2016 7:22am
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I actually am one who believes if the owners are not active, the series should be retired.

I understand that this particular series builds a skeleton, however, why would the whole series require retirement if there are 6 other viable letterboxes to be had? There are plenty of great letterbox series out there that have been nicked up by a missing box (or two). More importantly, reading the comments by the boxers show those who have done this series really seemed to have enjoyed themselves regardless of a missing piece. Some even describe individual boxes that were "missing" for them that subsequent boxers later found. I assumed that you didn't mean all letterboxes by retired boxers on principle should be pulled.
Re: Thoughts on planting...
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #937580 by PiggyJaunt
Nov 8, 2016 6:15am
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Perhaps you stumbled on the secret real reason for VA replacing so many guardrails - the weight of so many letterboxes and geocaches warped the old guardrails.

But I'm pretty sure they're not dusting for fingerprints or staking out the guardrails.
Re: Ciphers
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #937881 by Angel Winks
Nov 13, 2016 11:02am
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1) Ceasar shift, Atbash, Cryptogram.

2) got to love Bacon Cipher. You can literally make anything say anything without even looking like there is anything there!
Re: Ciphers
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #937899 by Oberon_Kenobi
Nov 13, 2016 1:11pm
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Yup, a little paraphrasing by me. I love the Knowledge is Powe assembly photo that didn't have enough people to form the "R" at the end.
Re: Ciphers
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #937912 by Three FLAmigo's
Nov 13, 2016 3:50pm
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Re: What to make of this?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #938072 by Trekkie Gal
Nov 16, 2016 2:02pm
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I went ahead and changed the status of the two boxes to retired so they won't continue to show up in searches.

Sometimes finding the clues is part of the mystery, though probably not in this case.
Re: Let's talk about what makes a good clue - opinions please!
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #939493 by Kirbert
Dec 24, 2016 10:03pm
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Hey, I hid a box under a corner of a 10-ton boulder -- and the boulder disappeared!

I also hid a box near an old steam locomotive that had been on static display forever, there were no RR tracks within miles any more, and the steam locomotive disappeared!

Sounds like it's time for a David Copperfield tribute box!