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Re: Moab meetup?
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #948508 by Honeychyck
Jul 20, 2017 6:00pm
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Hmmm, next April...I will have to figure out if I will be around to put together an event. I held a fun gathering in Moab in 2005, and it is certainly is about time to do it again...

Next April we are going on a rafting trip in the Grand Canyon for a couple of weeks, but I don't know the dates yet. Also, my daughter graduates high school at the end of the month, so I don't know what I might be involved with on that.

I'll see what I can do in the next couple of months! :)

KAT
Re: Moab meetup?
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #948874 by KAT
Jul 21, 2017 1:44pm
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We actually booked our tickets, car, and cabin last night. We'll be in Moab from April 15th through the 21st (the 14th and 22nd are driving to / away from the area). If you want to / can make it happen with your schedule, let me know and I'll carve stamps / help in any way that I can.
Hobby Lobby Riverdale
Board: State: Utah
Aug 26, 2017 6:46am
Yesterday (Friday) I went to the new Hobby Lobby in Riverdale. They carry carving material! It is in the back almost straight in from the front door, two aisles north of the restrooms.

They carry three sizes of Speedy Carve (pink), up to 6×12 ($21.99), three sizes of Easy Carve (blue), and more sizes of carving linoleum. They also have brayers and ink. I've heard that the Easy Carve blue is just like the white: It is easy to carve but won't hold up long in the wild.

Ignoring Utah tax and Stampeaz shipping it takes a 40% coupon to bring the local cost of 6×12 down to below the Stampeaz price.

Hobby Lobby has two Speed Ball carving kits, with Speedy Carve. They have three different carving handles with blades. One is Speed Ball brand, and the other two look like cheaper plastic and they were less expensive. One of these was even half the length of the Speed Ball, but they both looked like Speed Ball versions.

So we have a Utah Store that I've been to that carries carving supplies.
Soccer Complex in Riverdale
Board: State: Utah
Feb 26, 2018 9:30pm
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While reading the Facebook page for Riverdale I saw this Proposal for Soccer Fields. I'm the only one with letterboxes in the (potentially) affected area, but I wanted others to know about it. (The other letterboxes nearby are by the sundial which probably won't be affected.)

I tried to find a map, but I haven't yet found one. From what little information is in the posting it will apparently be south of the marsh. This will take out holes 19-27 of the disc golf course, but they may just be changed in location.

On the plus side, it will make it easier to get to this area by adding a bridge across the river at 900 West and parking. On the minus side, it will take out some wild space, some of which is used for cross-country bicycling, letterboxing (mine) and geocaching. Nevertheless, there will still be wild space south of these areas. No matter what happens we'll deal with it.
Re: Soccer Complex in Riverdale
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #957303 by Oberon_Kenobi
Feb 27, 2018 6:35am
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Interesting. I saw a similar article in a recent Standard-Examiner. I thought they were talking about a different area along the Weber River Parkway and didn't connect it to your series near the disc golf course. The Riverdale Fb page has better info on that. You'll have to keep a watch on it. I always thought that area would be great for a night boxing series, but I never got around to making it.
Re: Soccer Complex in Riverdale
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #957312 by Boxer Lover47
Feb 27, 2018 3:38pm
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Ooh, I want to find night-boxes!
Re: Soccer Complex in Riverdale
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #957312 by Boxer Lover47
Feb 27, 2018 6:22pm
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I always thought that area would be great for a night boxing series, but I never got around to making it.

I agree with The Gingerbread Man, I want to find night-boxes!

But if my experience of night caches then I won't do well with night boxes either. Of 5 night caches I've looked for I've only been able to find 2 of them. One of those was with a group so I was just slack-night-caching.

I have placed one though. It is a driving cache. Maybe I'll think about placing a night box, but not in that particular area of Riverdale. I've got a stamp that I carved within the first year (I think) of me joining Atlas Quest that I carved specifically for a night cache or letterbox. I'll have to dig it up.

I've also got two UTA stamps that I carved about the same time. After I carved them I found (through some geocaching experiences of others) that UTA really doesn't like things hidden at their parking lots.
Nordic Valley Project
Board: State: Utah
Aug 14, 2018 3:46pm
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I just found out today about a plan by Nordic Valley to expand from 140 acres to over 2,800 acres. This will include expanding over the mountain into North Ogden. If their plans are approved, construction will start in 2020.

I don't know yet what I think about this.

Initially, I think that it will open up more area for summer recreation, including letterboxing. This is what happened with Snow Basin because there are more trails available because the ski resort expanded. However, I also like the area being pristine. However, that leaves it less accessible.

What do you others think?
Re: Nordic Valley Project
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #963881 by Oberon_Kenobi
Aug 15, 2018 6:52pm
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I think it's an overly ambitious expansion. With Snow Basin close by, I'm not sure the area can support another large ski area. From what I've read in the newspaper, the locals are mostly against it. I'm OK with the Forest Service's ownership of the mountain. I hate to see loss of wilderness just for someone's financial gain. I was, and still am, against the original gondola proposed by Ogden's administration years ago, and also think one in North Ogden is equally undesirable (ridiculous?).
Re: Nordic Valley Project
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #963946 by Boxer Lover47
Aug 15, 2018 8:27pm
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I actually found out about it from posts by Meg Sanders (who is opposed to the proposal) on Weber Pathways and Ogden Trails Network made on 7 August. I expect that Nordic Valley had to make a public proposal for public review before the Forest Service will even consider the proposal.

I'd like the private property at the bottom of Coldwater Canyon developed so that the Bonneville Shoreline Trail can go through it. The trail has to ascend 1000 feet more in altitude because of that property. (I don't want the government to be able to use eminent domain for a trail through there, but I want a trail through there eventually when it is developed, and the sooner the better.) Then again, there are plenty of other places that I haven't yet taken advantage of.

As far as that area, there are plenty of places near the summit and base for placing letterboxes.
View from Ogden Canyon Overlook
Board: State: Utah
Aug 25, 2018 5:18pm
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I found this video linked from the [Ogden City Facebook] page. It is a 360° view of this location from a drone. It is a video worth seeing.

In case you want to know how to get to this location, start at the Maple Trailhead, at the northwest corner of the second Snow Basin parking lot. You follow the road beyond the gate until it ends at a fence. You then take the left fork of the well-marked trail until you get to the overlook.
Re: View from Ogden Canyon Overlook
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #964418 by Oberon_Kenobi
Aug 25, 2018 9:10pm
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Lovely!
How difficult a hike is it?
Re: View from Ogden Canyon Overlook
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #964437 by Boxer Lover47
Aug 25, 2018 10:38pm
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Open Street Map gives distances in metric, so I'll give its values first.

From Maple Trailhead to Ogden Canyon Overlook:
Distance: 4.2km. Time: 0:51.
Ascend: 287m. Descend: 76m.

English units:
Distance: 2.6 miles Time: For me a few hours
Ascend: 941 ft. Descend: 249 ft.

I have gone 2.5 km & 146 m (1.5 miles & 479 feet) of it before it started to rain. My goal was geocaches, so I got as many as I could before it started to rain. It was that first big switchback where I found the last geocache and turned around. I'll get the others another time.

I'd like to put a letterbox up there, not far from the trailhead. However, I need to decide what to carve and then take the time to do it. Then I can put the box together and plant it.
Re: View from Ogden Canyon Overlook
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #964440 by Oberon_Kenobi
Aug 26, 2018 7:06am
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Thanks for the unit conversion. I'm assuming that's 2.6 mi & 941 ft elevation gain one way? Hmmm, pretty long & steep for this old body. 8~P But the other area LBers are in much better condition than I. So go ahead and plant!
Re: View from Ogden Canyon Overlook
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #964448 by Boxer Lover47
Aug 26, 2018 7:11am
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Not this letterboxer. I’m too fat and weak for hikes. But since you said you’d plant it near the trailhead, I can probably handle it.
Re: View from Ogden Canyon Overlook
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #964451 by The Gingerbread Man
Aug 26, 2018 7:24am
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Ah, yes, I could do near the TH!
Re: View from Ogden Canyon Overlook
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #964451 by The Gingerbread Man
Aug 26, 2018 11:39am
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Not this letterboxer. I’m too fat and weak for hikes.

You should see me. You can probably do more than you think you can if you have the right hiking companion. On a geocaching trip in 2015 (pretty sure) I did 2200 ft elevation gain and over 5 miles each way over 16 hours. It was from North Ogden Pass to almost Chilly Peak, half way to Ben Lomond Peak.

But since you said you’d plant it near the trailhead, I can probably handle it.

It is a matter of doing it once to be able to find It, or making it easy enough to be able to maintain it. There is a lot of space by Snow Basin and no letterboxes (that I know of) near the Maple Trailhead. There are thirteen accessed from the Green Pond Trailhead, and one (mine) from the Art Nord Trailhead (though it is marginally closer from the Green Pond Trailhead).

I still haven't found Pepper Was a Service Dog even though I've looked for it twice. I just haven't found the right landmarks. And I want to find that before I look for the ones uphill from that trailhead.
Re: View from Ogden Canyon Overlook
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #964468 by Oberon_Kenobi
Aug 26, 2018 4:45pm
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I also have chronic health issues, so overexertion can land me in bed for a week. But letterboxing does manage to get me hiking. I hate hiking. I want to be in the forest without having to put out effort to get there. :)

Heading up letterboxing in Boise next month!
Re: View from Ogden Canyon Overlook
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #964491 by The Gingerbread Man
Aug 26, 2018 5:50pm
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I hate hiking. I want to be in the forest without having to put out effort to get there. :)

I agree. The superpower I'd like to have is either super-speed, teleportation, or even if I could only teleport to a place where I've been before (then walk the rest of the way).

But we don't have those superpowers, so we have to hike. That is why when I plant I like places that are easier to get to. I'll find farther away (in general) that where I'll plant.

However, because I geocache as well I plant some of my letterboxes (the ones I post both places) where I can also plant a geocache letterbox. This is why COVFEFE is so far from the Art Nord Trailhead, though it is an easy walk. I've got plans for others which will (almost always) be closer to parking. I just need to make time to do everything to plant a letterbox.
Re: View from Ogden Canyon Overlook
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #964418 by Oberon_Kenobi
Aug 26, 2018 7:22pm
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"Like". That's beautiful.
Salt Lake City Cemetery Box
Board: State: Utah
Oct 14, 2018 9:17am
I was geocaching in the Salt Lake City Cemetery yesterday (Saturday) and came across a pouch made of camo duct tape. Two of the corners of the pouch had been chewed through, probably by a mouse. It had a paper in it identifying it as a letterbox, but there was no stamp. The log inside shows that geocachers have been signing it as the geocache, but no letterbox logbook.

The pouch is in a juniper tree located on the block west of Center Street and 240 N, in the northeast quarter of the block. This is where the cache coordinates put the cache, but the juniper is the tree slightly south of there: geocache.

I tried to figure out which letterbox it was, but following the directions I couldn't figure out which one it is. I was with a geocaching friend this day so I wasn't following letterboxing directions to this tree. It may also be a retired box that I don't know about.

I want to let the Salt Lake City letterboxing community know about the status of this box, whichever one it was. I also AQ-mailed the three box owners of the boxes in the Salt Lake City Cemetery that I could not exclude.
Ogden City Transportation Master Plan
Board: State: Utah
Nov 9, 2018 9:04am
Ogden has a web site to view and comment on the Ogden City Transportation Master Plan.
Utah State Road Sign Stamp Available
Board: State: Utah
Nov 21, 2018 9:22am
As part of a state road sign postal ring I carved Utah. If you are interested in planting it in Utah let me know. Just send via AQ a mailing address.
Trailfest Ogden
Board: State: Utah
May 18, 2019 10:21am
Trailfest Ogden Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8 AM – 2 PM

You get a passport and get it stamped at places along the Centennial Trail.
Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut
Board: State: Utah
Oct 15, 2019 8:34pm
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Sorry about publishing this letterbox yesterday. I wanted to find out the AQ number. I should have used a reserved box because I could have got that information and still have it show up as being published today.

This letterbox is in place and is now ready to be found.
Re: Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #980331 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 15, 2019 9:25pm
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"Sometimes you Don't" (couldn't help myself)
Re: Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #980333 by Topcollector
Oct 15, 2019 10:12pm
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I would normally come up with a response like that, so I very much appreciate your reply. I just didn't thinks of it in this case. I guess that I was just too close to the subject to see the obvious.
Re: Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #980333 by Topcollector
Oct 16, 2019 3:06am
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Years ago, when I was married, we went to a Halloween party as an Almond Joy and Mounds.
I'm sure you know who was which.
Re: Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #980335 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 16, 2019 6:06am
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Jingles stay in my head & I heard it the second I read the title.
Re: Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut
Board: State: Utah
Reply to: #980331 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 17, 2019 8:03pm
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Glad to see another one... already started on the AQ version... will leave the other til after... since this is more fun... so far... but I probably won't be a finder though... maybe next year... just have to get border papers... passport etc.. haven't crossed the line in many years... any way... good to hear you again..