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Merry Christmas!
Board: State: West Virginia
Dec 25, 2018 7:30am
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Merry Christmas to all you boxing Mountaineers!

May you find all your boxes and your ink pad never go dry!
Re: Merry Christmas!
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #969656 by Old Celt
Dec 25, 2018 11:31am
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Definitely a great thought. Hope everyone has a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2019. And of course: "It is a great day to be a Mountaineer wherever you may be!"
Box of the Month 2019 Charleston WV
Board: State: West Virginia
Jan 3, 2019 7:34pm
If traveling through the Charleston, WV area check out the Box of the Month 2019 series. This will be one location that will have a new stamp planted each month. The first one is my carving of the new Doctor Who. Eleven others from various carvers will also be available. Check out the following tracker in case you will be going through. Also feel free to contact me for an exchange. It is located just west of Charleston along I-64.

https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?boxId=300992

Happy New Year and letterboxing,

IrishRef
Harpers Ferry ?s
Board: State: West Virginia
Feb 21, 2019 12:34pm
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HI friends!
We are planning a tip out to Harpers Ferry (among other places) and are wanting to know of great places to stay: hotels, cabins, airbnb, etc. We are on a budget. But, we are hoping to maybe have a kitchen??

Also any can't miss boxes because I am thinking all our time will be taken up by the Park. I think we are going to try to make time to visit the shops downtown.

Thanks!!
Re: Harpers Ferry ?s
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #971889 by photopam
Feb 21, 2019 7:11pm
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There is a nice KOA next to the park entrance/main parking lot.
Re: Harpers Ferry ?s
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #971913 by di and her guy
Feb 22, 2019 12:38pm
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There is a nice KOA next to the park entrance/main parking lot.

I was looking at that one, and it seemed a bit pricey.
Have you stayed there?
Re: Harpers Ferry ?s
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #971960 by photopam
Feb 23, 2019 6:22am
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I visited there several times and enjoyed staying at the Youth Hostel. You have kitchen privilege and choice of inside bunks or tenting if you are geared for outdoor camping. Bonus is meeting interesting people.
New event listed for May
Board: State: West Virginia
Mar 22, 2019 10:27am
Calling all West Virginia boxers! Come enjoy an event in a scenic part of Virginia that you've probably never boxed in before. It will be an overnight camping event, since the event location is in the abject middle of nowhere. The park has camping and cabins.

http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/fairy-stone#general_information

The event is the weekend of May 19th.
October Box of the month is active
Board: State: West Virginia
Oct 10, 2019 5:26am
Don't miss your chance for a tie dye sue stamp. available for two weeks in cross lanes WV.
Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Feb 12, 2020 4:23am
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Hi. I am thinking of taking a trip to Fayetteville, WV, and was going to map out a route when I noticed that most of the listings have no location other than Fayetteville. Per chance has anybody mapped a route for this area? I am not looking for anyone to tell me where the boxes are located; I am simply trying to find the most efficient route for searching in the area. Thank you.
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983385 by RDHG
Feb 12, 2020 10:33am
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Decide which boxes you want to do and then simply map the locations of each box, addresses, intersections, parks, etc.

The map is going to be determined by which boxes you personally want to do.
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983385 by RDHG
Feb 12, 2020 3:26pm
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I would suggest contacting WVElliotts privately via AQmail. He lives in the area and planted many of the boxes
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983408 by IrishRef
Feb 12, 2020 3:48pm
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Mapping a logical route is still going to be determined by what boxes a person wants to look for.
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983397 by MissMoon
Feb 12, 2020 3:52pm
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Thank you kindly for your advice. The challenge is that there are not locations listed on many of the clues. There is only the town. When I get to town, follow this road or that will probably make sense. Since it is not local, though, I was hoping to map out a route in advance. In reality, that may or may not happen. 🙂
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983408 by IrishRef
Feb 12, 2020 3:53pm
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Thank you, IrishRef. I did contact him. 👍
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983385 by RDHG
Feb 13, 2020 9:19pm
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I see why you're asking - most of the clues are puzzles to solve, or abbreviated business names to get the addresses so you can map them out. He might as well put in the addresses if he's willing to give them out.

I have found that some areas take hours & hours of research. My pet peeve is cemetery clues that don't give an address. Some cemeteries don't come up in a search, have duplicate names, or are a small part of a bigger cemetery.
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983410 by RDHG
Feb 14, 2020 10:04am
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The challenge is that there are not locations listed on many of the clues. There is only the town.

Which is why I said that you have to determine the specific location of each box and then map them out, which can be done prior to getting there. Much of my boxing is done in places I have never been to, and very often it is just a town given. I read the clues, determine where I have to get to and map it out before leaving home, load the GPS with the locations and simply go from box to box when I get there.
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983452 by LCAB
Feb 14, 2020 10:19am
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I have found that some areas take hours & hours of research. My pet peeve is cemetery clues that don't give an address.

That is the point I was trying to make. Do the research at home, whether it is obvious locations or places that take a lot of work beforehand such as it being only a town listed. It can be time consuming but totally worth it.

Cemetery boxes are a favorite of mine. I have actually been astonished at how many obscure cemeteries will come up if typed into google maps. Not all obviously but quite a few. ‘Findagrave’ is great though I haven’t been happy with the so called upgrade that was done.

Google street view is a handy dandy little tool for these kinds of locations also. Not just cemeteries. Sometimes I’ll click down a road to see what I can expect to see when I get there. I’ll read through the whole clue to find out where I have to get to.

You’re right that this stuff can take hours sometimes but it is so worth it.
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983467 by MissMoon
Feb 14, 2020 11:51am
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Thank you again. Yes, I get that now. Truth be told, I do not think that I have ever been to an area where almost every single box was a riddle. I guess it threw me. Well, no matter how it goes, fun adventures will be had. Haha. Thank you again, and happy weekend!
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983452 by LCAB
Feb 14, 2020 1:05pm
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For cemeteries, Find a grave https://www.findagrave.com/ can be very helpful.

It had GPS coordinates many times
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983469 by Mouse Nanny
Feb 14, 2020 1:33pm
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Thank you everyone for sharing!! I love the exchanges of ideas - especially the friendly ones. I learn new things all the time.

I also use findagrave alot, also billiongraves.

I love cemetery boxes and indoor boxes, spend hours planning my letterboxing routes (I average 200 miles a day on a letterboxing trip) enjoy the riddles, and especially use google maps for crossroads or addresses nearby. It's all the fun of letterboxing.

I love events the most so I can meet the boxers whose boxes I have found and exchanged AQ mail with.
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983470 by LCAB
Feb 16, 2020 9:28am
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I would suggest for lunch either Cathedral Cafe or Secret Sandwich Society. The box owner may as also be open to meeting if you reach out ahead of time.

in general it always help to have a county and or town map in hand. suggest stopping at visitor centers when possible.

the Fayetteville boxes are throughout the county but many in Fayetteville. I also tried to work out by clues ones in the same general area ahead of time. happy hunting.
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983516 by IrishRef
Feb 16, 2020 10:01am
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I would suggest for lunch either Cathedral Cafe or Secret Sandwich Society.

I haven't boxed in Fayetteville, but my family and I ate dinner at the Secret Sandwich Society once and we all thought it was awesome.
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983516 by IrishRef
Feb 16, 2020 1:25pm
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Your restaurant choices would benefit anyone letterboxing in Fayetteville ... 😉😄
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983521 by LCAB
Feb 16, 2020 2:02pm
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Your restaurant choices would benefit anyone letterboxing in Fayetteville

Oh wow, that wasn’t there yet when I went to the Secret Sandwich Society!
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983468 by RDHG
Feb 16, 2020 4:27pm
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I do not think that I have ever been to an area where almost every single box was a riddle.

Looking at the search results for that town and glancing at the clues, none of the boxes are riddles or mysteries. You just have to read through each clue to find out the point you have to get to. The clues are very clear.
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983470 by LCAB
Feb 16, 2020 4:30pm
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Did you like the old ‘findagrave’ better or do you prefer the updated site? Just curious. Although I guess the update is not so new anymore. Been that way for quite a while now.
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983526 by MissMoon
Feb 16, 2020 6:04pm
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I'm probably using the updated one. I like that it gives a map at the bottom of the page so I can sometimes get a crossroads or a close idea of where to look on google.

If I wasn't busy letterboxing, I would be finding the picture requests and taking pics to post for people doing ancestry searches.
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983533 by LCAB
Feb 16, 2020 7:29pm
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I don’t think they have a link to the old site anymore. They finally did away with it.

I found some ancestors on there. It was really interesting. I made a memorial to my mother and father.
Re: Fayetteville, WV, Question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #983525 by MissMoon
Feb 16, 2020 7:43pm
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I meant clues. Sorry. I do not think that I have ever seen an entire area have clues. I meant clues, as opposed to directions. I do know the difference and misspoke mistyped. Thank you for keeping me on my toes. 😉