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Re: Help finding a listing
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #663369 by Claudia and Alex
Dec 19, 2011 7:48am
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Take a look at Operation: Spongebob. I think this is the series you want.
Re: Help finding a listing
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #663375 by PsychoKat
Dec 19, 2011 8:46am
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Thank you! I think I found the correct box.
Re: Hurrah!!!
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Reply to: #663086 by Honeychyck
Dec 20, 2011 6:38am
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It was lots of fun thinking of ideas and preparing for this event, however, it was the success that it was largely due to the fantastic group of boxers that attended the event!
Thanks to each of you for the AWESOME ornaments that you created and for the fun and laughter around the Christmas tree during the exchange, also for your happiness that filled our home...you guys are so much fun! Thanks!
Re: 2011 Northeast Ornament Exchange
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #663302 by TallDave and ThimbeLinda
Dec 20, 2011 6:40am
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Thank you for your kind words....It was our pleasure!

2 Irish Chicks
Re: Christmas stamping at Bethlehem
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #663212 by Trailhead Tessie
Dec 21, 2011 8:36am
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Scroll down the picture with the caption: "I think this guy is a professional stamper, who just sits there stamping all day." How many of you want that job?

I am unemployed right now....
Where do I Start!?!?
Board: State: Connecticut
Dec 26, 2011 4:42pm
Hello Connecticut Boxers!

So I'm sitting down with my post Christmas hangover, thinking to myself: "What should I do with the rest of my Christmas Vacation?" Obviously I decided to go letterboxing. Now, since I have been going to school in Vermont for the past 4 years, I haven't really checked to see who's been planting where near home and so when I just clicked my old "Near Home" search I have to say I was quite surprised. There seem to be so many new boxes that I just don't know where to start! That list sure has filled up in the time I've been gone. I'm happy to see I don't have to travel far to get boxes anymore but damn you people were busy! Thanks for planting!

Fish or man
What a find in my box!
Board: State: Connecticut
Dec 26, 2011 5:17pm
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I got a message today that one of my boxes was potentially missing. Being close to it, I drove over and checked. Thankfully I had my flashlight and it wasn't where I had planted it, so I searched the bushes and did end up finding it tossed into the center of the planter. Luckily it was not damaged but I removed it anyway to better plant during the day and do so maintenance. Also to check and see who may have been careless with my box.

Imagine my surprise when I open it and find a geocache tracker with my stamp. There is a geocache in the same location just in another planter. The person obviously didn't read my box - and also, I'm wondering HOW they found it because the geocache is huge and obvious and mine is buried and small... - but they left the trackable with my box. It started in Berlin, Germany, and is supposed to travel to New Zealand.

I've done some geocaching before - after finding this one while I was planting my box - so I logged in and reported the find which I will pass on. They reported that it was placed in the geocache. Obviously not. THANK GOD they didn't take my stamp!!! D:

Has anyone else had this happen or find something similar? I wish I could keep the trackable as it's kind of cool, but it's already come so far, I don't want the journey to end for it.
Re: What a find in my box!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #664581 by What The Scout
Dec 26, 2011 5:22pm
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Good thing you found it and the stamp was still there! I've never had my box cached, but if you read the Geocaching AQ board you'll see it definitely does happen.
Re: What a find in my box!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #664584 by Trailhead Tessie
Dec 26, 2011 8:44pm
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That is actually how I came upon letterboxes myself. My sister's children, myself and my daughter were geocaching. Well the kids are so excited sometimes we aren't quite at the geolocation and they start to search. We found a hitch hiker hotel and I had no clue what this was all about. There was this website and the owner of the HHH e-mail. So I checked it out, contacted the owner of the box to find out some more information. This was two days ago. Well tonight I went out to Michaels craft store and bought myself some brush ink pens, a carving set, log book and the rubber to make my own stamps. I hope to have a stamp carved tomorrow and to go search for my first letterbox (which by the way I picked one and know exactly where to look )

Not all geocaches even have trackables. That is the thing to find when you geocache. But like how you would not want your stamp to go missing that is the same with the trackables. The trackables are fun to see how far they will go!

I am so excited to get into letterboxing!! Maybe you should try geocaching. I love it!
Re: What a find in my box!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #664618 by BC Northern Lights
Dec 27, 2011 6:07am
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Hello fellow geocacher! This is also how I stumbled upon letterboxing. I was searching for a geocache hybrid. Found it and became interested in letterboxing. I love letterboxing more than geocaching due to the frustrations caused by the gps. But I still do it. Glad you came aboard the letterboxing "train". See you around!
Re: What a find in my box!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #664581 by What The Scout
Dec 27, 2011 6:07am
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Maybe you should make it into a hybrid ;-)
Re: What a find in my box!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #664581 by What The Scout
Dec 27, 2011 7:15am
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That's so kind of you to log the trackable and move it along. I'm sure the owner appreciates your efforts.

I found a GC trackable in a letterbox once. I rescued it and placed it in a geocache. There wasn't a cache nearby either. The people who left it were geocacher/letterboxers but were newbies and were probably confused.
Re: What a find in my box!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #664581 by What The Scout
Dec 27, 2011 3:34pm
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I found a trackable in a letterbox this summer. It had been "missing" for 5 years! I also geocache, so I emailed the owner, who wanted released into another cache, which I did.

I got into letterboxing after finding a hybrid. Now I own a hybrid, and love letterboxing and really love carving and making ltcs.
Re: The northeast board
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #665024 by System
Dec 28, 2011 6:03pm
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I do! :)
Re: The northeast board
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #665024 by System
Dec 28, 2011 6:15pm
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I didn't know there was one. Warrior Woman in Rhode Island, now looking for Northeast Board
Re: The northeast board
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #665024 by System
Dec 29, 2011 3:17am
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I always read the northeast board. I live in nothern Ct on the Mass line so the other New England states always interest me.
Re: The northeast board
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #665024 by System
Dec 29, 2011 6:19am
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Yup!
Re: The northeast board
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Reply to: #665024 by System
Dec 29, 2011 6:40am
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Of course :)
Re: The northeast board
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #665024 by System
Dec 29, 2011 12:12pm
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I read it!
Re: Macedonia Brook State Park.... National Scenic Trail
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #663050 by Trailhead Tessie
Dec 29, 2011 12:51pm
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PS - AT boxes are rarely posted as "traditional" boxes due to rules/guidelines about planting on a National Scenic Trail (but don't tell that to anyone that planted on the Metacomet Trail prior to being designated so...).

The Connecticut section of the New England Trail is being maintained by the CT Forest and Park Assoc. I am a member of them, and they are very letterbox friendly. I don't see why they would take any action against letterboxes on the Metacomet Trail section in CT.
Do you have a web site that references the rules amout letterboxes on the National Scenic Trails?
The Bird Stamper
Re: The northeast board
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #665024 by System
Dec 29, 2011 12:55pm
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Yes we do!
Re: What a find in my box!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #664581 by What The Scout
Dec 29, 2011 12:57pm
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Every so often I do a search of the geocaching site for any caches that could be near my letterboxes. If there are, I alert the planter of the cache and ask that they post a note in their clues to not mistake the letterbox for the geocache. Usualy they do, and this helps to prevent mixups. Usually it is new geocachers that don't know what to look for except a plastic box. The more experienced cachers will know the letterbox is not what they are looking for.
I may also just move my letterbox so it is 300 feet or so away from the geocache. That will guard against accidental mixups.
The Bird Stamper
Re: What a find in my box!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #665177 by The Bird Stamper
Dec 30, 2011 5:53am
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Do you ever find a letterbox from Jane Doe and then 10ft away find another letterbox from another person? I do not understand how the newer planter did not realize that they planted so close to the other person. Don't they do their research?
Re: Macedonia Brook State Park....
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Reply to: #663050 by Trailhead Tessie
Dec 30, 2011 5:56am
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Seriously? You're going to follow the rules and regulations of planting on a trail? As a letterboxer I will hide whereever the hell I please. Scenic or none.
Re: What a find in my box!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #665303 by LevreaultFam
Dec 30, 2011 6:03am
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Yes. Twice this summer, first in an old grave yard it had maybe six headstones & 2 boxes. The 2nd was an old burying ground also there were 4 boxes by different planters. I wasn't bothered I love reading the old stones!
Re: Macedonia Brook State Park....
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #665305 by LevreaultFam
Dec 30, 2011 6:24am
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As a letterboxer I will hide whereever the hell I please. Scenic or none.

and that's what gives letterboxers a bad name. You could at least PRETEND to abide by other people's rules and regs. i try to practice leave No Trace, and other good trail practices. having a "i'll do whatever the hell i want" attitude just makes us all look bad. Use common sense when planting, eh?

don't plant in fragile ecological areas.
don't plant at the top of a bank, so that people have to scramble up and down and will eventually break down the bank.
do think about where people will park to get the box, and how they will hike. Keep the game friendly even for the wildlife.
i'm not against planting on private property, but geesh = do it respectfully, eh?

~tigs (who's still sick and probably grumpy with it)
Re: What a find in my box!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #665303 by LevreaultFam
Dec 30, 2011 6:34am
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This has happened to me twice. Both times it was at letterboxing events, so the clues weren't available at the time the boxes were planted. At one event there was a hollow log with two boxes in it, one at each end. The other time, there were THREE letterboxes planted in/around the same huge tree stump. (One of the boxes was mine) We thought it was hilarious that we had all chosen the same spot to plant our boxes, and that none of had had discovered the other boxes while planting our own.
Re: Macedonia Brook State Park....
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #665307 by tiggermama
Dec 30, 2011 7:21am
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Don't get me wrong, I use common sense when planting and use no trail left behind. That's why I don't understand why you can't plant on scenic routes. If you'll plant it stealthily then no one else should find it but other letterboxers. and obviously I wouldn't plant where others can't get to. What's the point of planting if someone can't get to it or yuou'll danger yourself getting to it? I'm not that stupid. But letterboxes shouldn't hurt a trail if unless you use a box that leaches toxins to the environment? I love nature just as anyone else on here but letterboxers shouldn't just stop planting boxes just because someone outside of boxing (that doesn't understand boxing) says to not plant any.
Re: What a find in my box!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #665303 by LevreaultFam
Dec 30, 2011 4:19pm
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I've done it. I did do my research however the other box's clues were written from another entrance to the park. From the way I went in I had no way of knowing that I was planting in the same tree! I planted at the base while there was on up higher. The original planter was amused and we left the boxes as is. Please don't asume that it was sloppy planning it could just be an honest mistake. We all make them.
Re: What a find in my box!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #665592 by LevreaultFam
Dec 31, 2011 9:54am
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Part of what I've found - some boxes are no longer listed anymore. They are boxes that the planter dropped the hobby but left the boxes. Over time, the boxes are still there (and may are in great shape) but the clues are found after searching through the files of the wayback machine. We've found several double planted like that and usually the case is the second planter had no clue a MUCH older box was there since it's not linked from anywhere anymore.

So the planter could have checked all boxes in a part fist and missed the listing. If it is two newer boxes, then yeah, they probably should have checked better, regardless of what direction you come in from.