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Re: Stone Mountain Park
Board: State: Georgia
Reply to: #870413 by TwoFoxes
Sep 28, 2014 7:41pm
Thread Board
Are there any on the covered bridge island?

Georgia Oak is on the island.
Re: How am I losing weight?
Board: Weight Watching Boxers
Reply to: #869074 by Dizzy
Oct 10, 2014 10:44am
Thread Board
Eating 1200 calories of Twinkies is not going to help you lose but eating 1400 calories of healthy foods will.

That was my problem........mindless eating of the wrong foods for the wrong reasons. I have jeans ranging from size 6 to 16 in my closet and have lost count of the number of different "diets" I've been on over the years. The last one about 3 years ago I lost 15 lbs but when I quit, gained 20.

I heard on some TV talk show that a person's waist size should be less than one-half of their height, that belly fat was the most unhealthy. I found my tape measure and my waist was over 7 inches more than one-half my height.

I downloaded the "Lose It" app on my phone, saved on my computer and since Sept 3 have recorded everything I've eaten and what exercise I've done, which is mostly walking Scooter and Chipper. I can add recipes and even scan a barcode if the food isn't in their list. Keeping track has made me more aware of what I'm eating and to make better choices. I'm trying to eat around 50% carbohydrates, 30% fat and 20% protein. Knowing what I've eaten during the day helps me decide what to fix for dinner and whether my afternoon snack should be a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts.

So far 5 lbs. down, but a lot to go. I'm glad I found this board to help keep me motivated.
Re: LBNA down?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #874356 by Bungalow Boxer
Oct 28, 2014 11:02am
Thread Board
I can't even get onto LBNA.

It was up this morning but I just tried again and got an error message.
Re: Jingle Boxing? Don Carter
Board: State: Georgia
Reply to: #875844 by twodancersandacat
Nov 10, 2014 7:58am
Thread Board
There are already quite a few boxes in Gainesville/surrounding area, although granted not at the new park.

I'm wondering why my box at Don Carter isn't showing up in searches. We were there in March and found several geocaches, including the GA State Park Geocache and planted a letterbox.

Southern Red Oak
Re: Jingle Boxing? Don Carter
Board: State: Georgia
Reply to: #875861 by twodancersandacat
Nov 10, 2014 10:30am
Thread Board
Our box is the only one there. I was just responding to the comments about no boxes being in the park when it did show up in my search of Gainesville.
Re: Jingle Boxing
Board: State: Georgia
Reply to: #877942 by Scout MOM
Nov 24, 2014 7:37am
Thread Board
We're looking forward to Jingle Boxing and finding the boxes on the trail behind the nature center. The last time we were there we had the dogs with us and had to skip them. Dogs are allowed on the trails on the other side of the park around Alexander Lake.

And just FYI for those wondering if people would go to Don Carter SP.....yes! It is easily accessible from 985 and 85....just needs some boxes!

We've been to Don Carter a couple of times and enjoyed walking the trails. We drove up to check out the RV campground but it isn't as nice as the older parks. The primitive camping sites looked nice and there's one very lonely box on a paved multi-use trail near them.
Re: Incredibly Close bear encounter video
Board: Miscellaneous Oddities
Reply to: #877946 by turkey feathers
Nov 24, 2014 11:38am
Thread Board
This was on Good Morning America the other day:

Bear Examines Photographer's Camera
Re: Excuse Me...
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #879339 by scouttrekkie
Dec 6, 2014 2:31pm
Thread Board
Was anyone else expecting to see a Steve Martin video:

Panola Mountain State Park is Dog Friendly!
Board: State: Georgia
Dec 14, 2014 6:23pm
The " No dogs" sign has been removed from the entrance to the Outcrop and Watershed trails. The girl at the front desk said the rules had changed and to ignore the no dogs part of the sign in front of the Nature Center. She said they can't remove it because it has a lot of other information on it. Dogs are now welcome on all the trails at Panola!

We had so much fun at Jingle Boxing this afternoon. There are great boxes on some really nice trails. One overlook even has a view of Stone Mountain. Thanks twodancersandacat for organizing it and for the very special boxes you planted for the event.
Re: Monday Distraction - 12/15/14
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #880394 by Jiffy
Dec 15, 2014 4:44am
Thread Board
Ramblin' Rose 8/27/04
Re: Friday Distraction - 12/19/14
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #880961 by Jiffy
Dec 19, 2014 8:28am
Thread Board
It was at the Treasure Haunt 2004 so I may have actually met someone else first but Amyrica was the first person I exchanged with at the event. We had been boxing for two months and had only found 14 boxes but three of them were planted by her. I have 20 signature stamps from the people we met that night.
Board: BIA Addicts
Reply to: #881622 by Mommy Mouse
Dec 26, 2014 8:03am
Thread Board
When I first got my BIA these videos really helped.

It also helps to have a logbook to look at when I'm binding one. It keeps me from putting the coils in the book backwards.

I use the 1/2 inch coils for logbooks that will be put in letterboxes. My books are usually about 3x5 inch or smaller and about 40-50 pages.
Berry College Eagles
Board: State: Georgia
Feb 12, 2015 5:05am
Thread Board
The first egg was laid Jan 6 and the second egg was laid on January 9. They should hatch very soon. You can see the nest from the parking lot.

Berry College Eagles Nest Photo
Re: Early FRIDAY DISTRACTION for 3/13/15
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #890574 by Jiffy
Mar 11, 2015 11:50am
Thread Board
I read an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday, August 7, 2004, titled "The game's afoot", about the first gathering of letterboxers in Georgia at Stone Mountain Park. It said "more than 50 letterboxers from 9 states are expected to attend, and they'll be scouring the park for the 10 boxes hidden there."

There was a photo of a plastic container with the words "This is Not Trash This is a Letterbox" printed on the top and another of a logbook and signature stamp. It was described as hunting for a treasure with no intrinsic value by following clues posted on the internet to find boxes that other letterboxers have hidden. It sounded like something fun to do while walking Scooter so I saved the article and did some research.
Re: Comparison search
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #893703 by Teacup
Apr 2, 2015 9:56am
Thread Board
I would like to do a search for boxes that a friend and I both need in the state of Maine.

Click on the Letterboxes tab and select "Advanced Search". Put Maine in the Location. Then scroll down to Other Options and make sure "Hide My Finds" is checked. In the section called Participants put your friend's name in the "Hide Finder" box. The result should be boxes that neither you nor your friend have found.
Re: Missing find?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #894585 by Inkwell
Apr 10, 2015 9:09pm
Thread Board
My comment on the find is on the list but the find is not in my logbook nor on the list of finds in the box description.

That happened to me last week. We found a series of 4 but after I logged our finds they didn't show up in the logbook. I realized that when I left a comment I forgot to check Found on the radio buttons. On an individual box the default is Found but on a series the default is NA.
Easy Hot Fudge Sauce
Board: Food For Thought
Apr 18, 2015 5:11am
Thread Board
I made Easy Hot Fudge Sauce last night. So easy, fast, and GOOD. I stirred in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract after it done as someone suggested in the comments.

We're having it tonight over brownies and vanilla ice cream, with slivered almonds on top for my daughter's birthday celebration.
Re: Does Johnny really deserve a sad face?
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #895676 by Wronghat
Apr 18, 2015 8:08pm
Thread Board

Go to your box and click on Maintenance Report

You'll get:
Needs Maintenance?
Are any repairs needed on your box?
☺Everything is good!
☹Maintenance is needed.

Click on the Everything is good! button.
Bonus Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 18, 2015 8:25pm
Thread Board
I have missed several bonus boxes because I keep forgetting to check the front and back pages of logbooks and to look for any inserts in boxes so I planted one to help remind me.

The host box has been found several times but the bonus has never been found and I still keep forgetting to check for them.
Re: Bonus Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #895726 by FloridaFour
Apr 20, 2015 1:44pm
Thread Board
I usually hint in the clue to look for a bonus, because I do want them found.

Good idea. I had put the clues to it on the inside of the back cover. I need to add something to the clue to hint that it's there.

We did go back and get the bonus that we had missed and discovered when logging our finds for the day. I just had to finish the series and it was very close to home. And it was sunny for a few hours this morning before the storms blew in again!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #897074 by Jiffy
May 1, 2015 7:06am
Thread Board
Scooters Mom: exercise
Scooters Dad: discovery
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #901639 by belless
Jun 12, 2015 9:22am
Thread Board
I use a plain, hard cover 5x8 inch Moleskin Classic Notebook that fits perfectly in my messenger bag. It has a bookmark and elastic closure.

Does anyone use both sides of the page?

I stamp on both sides of the page, down the left side. There's no bleed-through. At the end of the day I write the name of the box, the owner, carver, date planted, where found, and date found on the right side of the page, beside the stamp. If I'm finding a series I stamp across and then down the page and write the series info at the end.
Re: Menu suggestions
Board: Camping, Backpacking, and the Great Outdoors
Reply to: #905566 by Sagacorn
Jul 25, 2015 3:23pm
Thread Board
I think in my Girl Scout days we called it Birds nest

I've always called it "Egg in a Frame". Toast the buttered cut out middles on the griddle while the eggs are cooking.
Re: Nice change on LbNA!
Board: Chatter
Reply to: #907368 by On The Corner!
Aug 16, 2015 4:36am
Thread Board
So...when is Hat Day?! Found 2 from LBNA but not listed on AQ ;)

Home, help, search for help, hat day:

"A few times each year, this premium member feature is opened for non-premium members to take advantage of. These days are variously called Free Listing Day or Hat Day since a theme featuring many of the premium member hats shows up on designated dates. What dates? It's random—it could happen on any day, and with absolutely no warning. Many non-premium members are valuable members of this community, and Free Listing Day is designed for them. Members who regularly check Atlas Quest and are active message board participants will likely be able to take advantage of Free Listing Day while those who log in infrequently will likely miss it."
Re: A Walk in the Woods
Board: Off Topic, Wildly
Reply to: #909005 by SnakeDoctor
Sep 7, 2015 4:34am
Thread Board
We're looking forward to seeing the movie. I read that a scene was filmed at the The Colonnade Restaurant on Cheshire Bridge Rd but looks like it's somewhere along the AT in the movie.

Anyone want to hazard a guess how many LB'ing miles they've trekked?

From My Page, My Statistics: Find Miles Traveled: 28,108 miles

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Exclusive My Statistics page to learn all about your boxing habits

How are miles traveled calculated?
We looked at your list of plants and finds and calculated the distance between each box, one after the other, and added them up. Which is great for boxes that have locations specified, but it fails to take into account mystery boxes or finds from unlisted boxes where there is no location available for such calcuations. For those boxes, we assumed a conservative 10 miles per box. Which might seem small compared your overall distance/box average, but we are assuming that when you travel to a location, you find many boxes at once—some are listed, some are unlisted, and some are mysteries. In that "cluster" of boxes, you probably don't travel far. Then you might go to another location hundreds or thousands of miles away on vacation and find another "cluster" of boxes in that location. Recording finds on listed boxes would already pick up that large jump in distance, so replicating it in the unlisted finds or mystery boxes would be redundant. So, for travel miles, we assume that you found each unlisted or mystery box within ten miles of a listed letterbox.
Re: What food is your state famous for?
Board: Off Topic, Wildly
Reply to: #917709 by photopam
Jan 13, 2016 6:39am
Thread Board
Ky: lived ther for a few years, never had a hot brown. Don't think I ever heard of a hot brown... Maybe they're not in Lexington?

My hometown is Kentucky. The Brown Hotel in Louisville is famous for the Hot Brown Open Face Sandwich. They first served it in the 1920's. Here's the history of it and the recipe.
Re: What food is your state famous for?
Board: Off Topic, Wildly
Reply to: #917713 by Scooters Mom
Jan 15, 2016 1:05pm
Thread Board
My hometown is Kentucky.

Editing post:
I meant to say My hometown is Louisville, KY
Found, NA, Missing
Board: Suggestion Box
Mar 15, 2016 4:39am
Thread Board
Would it be possible to be required to select either Found, NA, or Missing instead of having Found as the default on individual boxes and NA as the default on a series? A popup could remind you to make a selection before being able to click on Record Find. I just got a Found notice on one of my boxes but the comment said "This box is no longer there!".
I've also forgotten to change NA to Found on a series before and had to go back and correct it when I realized the finds weren't showing up in my logbook.
Zucchini Bread
Board: Food For Thought
Aug 8, 2016 6:00am
Thread Board
The zucchini bread recipe in the About Theme is very good and I've made it several times since printing it last year. We had so much zucchini this summer that I grated a lot of it, packed small baggies with 1 cup each, put all the baggies in a large bag and froze them.
Re: Zucchini Bread
Board: Food For Thought
Reply to: #932609 by God's Children
Aug 8, 2016 1:24pm
Thread Board
do you thaw them out and squeeze out the excess liquid

I just thaw the zucchini enough to be able to mix in with the wet ingredients and don't squeeze out the excess liquid. I thought it would be the same amount as if using fresh shredded zucchini. I froze it in one cup portions because I usually just make one loaf at a time.

I have a loaf in the fridge right now........make that a half loaf. One of my Lock & Locks is too big for a letterbox but is the exact size to store a loaf.