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Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976265 by JampersandJ
Jun 12, 2019 6:00am
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That can definitely be an issue - I've seen HH with WAY too big logbooks, and HH that are just HUGE stamps. Stamp only in tiny labelled ziploc are easiest to move around. Easier to move can make them more appealing.

I love them, and have friends that love them, and have friends who hate them.
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976261 by MamaZuke
Jun 12, 2019 6:15am
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We always move them on when we find them. I think it’s fun! And we have several out but I can’t ever remember getting a report that they’ve been logged. 😞
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976261 by MamaZuke
Jun 12, 2019 6:30am
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I’ve put a few out there & never have gotten a report back. I also get super excited everytime I find one & help it move along. I do agree that they should be small stamps with small logbooks.
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976261 by MamaZuke
Jun 12, 2019 6:58am
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Some people dont want to be bothered. I love them. My daughter and I have a few out there. One got from Wisconsin to Hawaii and another went from Wisconsin to Illinois to Arizona to California to Canada! Fun to keep an eye out.
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
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Reply to: #976271 by SeerMeesh
Jun 12, 2019 7:15am
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My brother Dino Don is not able to box anymore, hasn’t in a few years. He found a HH in his bag by Arf! A couple of months ago and I finally sent it along. I myself usually leave one or toss it in my bag to look at later.
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976261 by MamaZuke
Jun 12, 2019 7:39am
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I found one last month that I knew of the box it was in, but managed to keep driving by without remembering to stop... this time I was in a boxing mood and remembered... so I logged the box and found the HH which I left behind simply because I was on my way to seek long lost boxes of uncertain status... a few never founds... That penchant is one reason I have few finds... I seek the lonely and missing ones... since that seems to be all there is around here... anyway, I just felt that it was better left there to be found and not stuck in a bag where I might have to leave it back where I found it anyway... I did find two 'lost and lonely' boxes on the trip and a near miss I think on one I went for primarily. While out I also have leads on a few more by the same hiders... I like that sort of thing over drivebys...
Better yet if there is a puzzle involved, but 'lost and lonely' is a different type of puzzle to me... but I will base moving on the chances of finding a box big enough to take it that isn't full already and such... Certainly won't move an AQ based HH to a Geocache Hybrid or vice versa... don't think that is fair game unless... the owner specifies that as OKAY with them...

There are not a lot of either near here, but there are more hybrids than boxes...
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976261 by MamaZuke
Jun 12, 2019 8:06am
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Years ago when I realized that they very often stay in people's backpacks or cars or drawers at home I lost interest in them. I planted two when I first started boxing and never did another one. One of those sat in someone's house for 3 months.

I leave them for someone else if I find one in a box. I did however take one a few years back because it had been out there for many years, been all over the country, was a perfect size, really cool, and someone had left it in a box that very obviously got almost NO traffic. It had been sitting there for a year so I moved it on. I looked it up just now and the last word was in Connecticut in 2015. Nothing after that so it's fate is unknown.

So.....
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976275 by MissMoon
Jun 12, 2019 8:58am
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Haha...the Cross Family has mixed Emotions!... James Really likes them and will go out of his way to do all he can( We purchased a Special Stamp just the right size ( usually), just for H,/h s...lisa does not mind H/H. ...as fir Cooties @ Events,We thought it would be Wild and Crazy,Fun,but We were so disappointed when Very few People wanted to participate by logging them and passing them on...We are in the learning process...to Each their own.... Hopefully people who read this Column will Keep the Game Going One Way or Another.....with or without out Hh's and Cooties......Happy Summer to u All!
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976261 by MamaZuke
Jun 12, 2019 9:02am
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I've found a few and it is always really exciting when I do but when it comes down to logging them I always find that they haven't traveled far or they aren't logged for months at a time or longer. It's hard to replant them because I never know if they are going to languish in a box for years or if people are taking them but not logging which isn't fun but still better than them sitting. I think the biggest problem in my area is most of the actual boxes are old and have been found by all the people who letterbox around here or people just aren't really letterboxing anymore in my area.
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976276 by Cross Family
Jun 12, 2019 9:07am
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I have a love /hate relationship w. HHs. I enjoy finding and moving along. What bothers me is finding one and it has not been logged into the host box log. I do the right thing and log so others can see where it has been. What is the use of just moving it without a log of where it has been? No one knows otherwise.
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976265 by JampersandJ
Jun 12, 2019 9:11am
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i (we, you know I'm talking about you) have found HHs as large as 4"x6", left attached or on or under the letterbox. No, I don't take those. I've only taken one that was 4x6 because it was in a red metal box and stuck out like a sore thumb.

Another was crammed into a box causing the lid to skew and get everything wet. (Remember the tire iron incident?)

Someone, (you know who you are too) volunteered to take a pile of HHs off my hands.

Many boxes in my neck of the woods are too small and already crammed with the log book and stamp that there's no room for anything else.

I rarely take a HH because it will probably sit for ages before I can move it more than down the street. I don't stamp HHs if I don't take them.
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976261 by MamaZuke
Jun 12, 2019 9:51am
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I've only found two, and I remember one started out in Connecticut and in several jumps made its way to Illinois, where I found it. I took it to Wisconsin and sent it on its way from a box there. I'd never ignore one, it's fun to see how far they can go!
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976261 by MamaZuke
Jun 12, 2019 10:35am
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I love finding HHs! I try to replant them as soon as possible and I always log them...[wait, did I log that one from June 1?? Better check...]

My niece and I launched one of my earliest (slightly too big I now realize) on a family trip in FL with a message to alert me if it ever came to my home region. I didn't hear much from it except that it moved to CO quickly. A few years later it was returned to my area! It had been to TX along the way. It was so much fun for us to "find it" again and then send it back out into the world.
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976261 by MamaZuke
Jun 12, 2019 1:18pm
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I tended to use carved stamps that I thought were too small for a regular box. Instead of not using them, I turned them into HH's. I think I have 5 of them out. It's just sad to me that no one takes the time to log these. I know that at least 2 of them had the boxes that they were hiding in found. So to me that means that they were in fact found and not logged. I'll probably still do HH's. I also love finding them and passing them along. It's like a dying part of this hobby!
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976261 by MamaZuke
Jun 12, 2019 2:03pm
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I love HH's. I love making and finding them and hearing where mine are. I like to make them to match the theme of a box and use it as a First Finder prize. I usually don't hear from them. I used to think HHH's were a good thing. But the last few events I have been to, people bring big HHH's full to the top with HH's. I have a feeling that's where mine go :/
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976288 by christmas6
Jun 12, 2019 4:05pm
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It's very sad
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976289 by MamaZuke
Jun 12, 2019 7:03pm
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I LOVE HH! I am still pretty new at letterboxing, so I have no problem finding boxes to move them along to. I have a few cooties out and about, and get a kick out of seeing them logged in, so I always pass along the courtesy of logging in a find of any kind. I agree with the previous comments about having the HH & logbook a small size.
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976261 by MamaZuke
Jun 13, 2019 3:02am
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I love HHs! I have many out in the wild and get reports occasionally. It doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t matter to me if they sit in a box or a backpack for a while either. As far as I’m concerned, they are a bit like a box. Some don’t see a lot of action. But I always take HHs, log in and move them along. It’s still fun to me to open and box and find an extra surprise.
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976273 by 7rxc
Jun 13, 2019 9:04am
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I'm another one who tends to hunt for boxes long left lonely. I have nearly as many attempts as I do finds because I keep looking for boxes that haven't been found in 7-10 years. The first hitchhiker I found, I only realized a week later that the "extra" ziploc back at the bottom of the box was probably a hitchhiker, so I went back for it. And the only reason that thought even occurred to me was from a thread here on AQ. I wonder now how many I might have missed just because I didn't think to look for them, or before I even knew what "HH" written on a bag might mean.

I've only found 2 hitchhikers now, and both had been in their box at least a year since the last finder, and for one, although there were a dozen stamps in the book, I was the first person in six years to log it. So people are participating without logging. Oh, this last one was on AQ even though the box it was left in was only listed on letterboxing.org. So anyone who only uses only letterboxing.org might not even be able to log the HH in on AQ, but they will move it along anyway, which is cool.

It's funny to me that some people would let a HH stay in the box because they think it might be a few months before they can move it on - I almost never find a box within a few months of the last finder. It's probably way closer to two years. Taking the HH and moving it to a newer LB would move it along way faster, even if it takes a few months.
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976308 by Guinea Pigs
Jun 13, 2019 9:39am
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I almost never find a box within a few months of the last finder.

Same here. I think HH should just be moved along. There’s no guarantees when a box will be visited next.
Re: Do you find HH's are pretty much ignored?
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976261 by MamaZuke
Jun 13, 2019 12:46pm
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I think I get quite a few hitchhiker logs. I get more hitchhiker logs than box logs. But I actually ask nicely to please log my HH so I can see the travels. 🤗
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That may or may not make a difference. People don't have to log anything.
But as an artist who loves this hobby, it's very fun when they do. :-) It's really neat to see how far they go.
Searching for "I <3 2 LTRBX" Owner/Planter
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Jun 25, 2019 5:02pm
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I found this HH in Yountville, CA in the "Jalski Series: Bubbly".

Both the box & HH were soaked and the logbook for the HH was too damaged to get the number. Would love to find owner/planter to log find and send it on its way!
Re: Searching for "I <3 2 LTRBX" Owner/Planter
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Reply to: #976695 by Marshell
Jun 25, 2019 5:07pm
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I found #242577 in the area years ago, so I'm guessing it's probably the same HH. Looks like they haven't been active in a few years, but worth a try!
Re: Searching for "I <3 2 LTRBX" Owner/Planter
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Reply to: #976696 by kudichan
Jun 25, 2019 5:08pm
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Sweet! Thank you!!!
Are you supposed to at least say what state the HH was found
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Jun 29, 2019 3:15am
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In the last few weeks, I got messages in my inbox that 2 of my HH's were found. One logged it in. Neither gave me any clue at to where they were found. Maybe I'm wrong, but shouldn't they tell you at least what state they were found in so you know where it's been traveling?
Re: Are you supposed to at least say what state the HH was found
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Reply to: #976801 by MamaZuke
Jun 29, 2019 3:41am
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I post what town and state. I think most people do.
Re: Are you supposed to at least say what state the HH was found
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Reply to: #976802 by Purple Gem and Tou Ron Ron
Jun 29, 2019 3:55am
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I post what town and state

....and the box it was in as well.
Re: Are you supposed to at least say what state the HH was found
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Reply to: #976803 by sojourner
Jun 29, 2019 4:29am
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Hopefully the next people will log that info in.
Re: Are you supposed to at least say what state the HH was found
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Reply to: #976801 by MamaZuke
Jun 29, 2019 4:56am
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I often have that happen. I'm thankful to at least know the hitchhiker has been found, but the fun of it also is seeing where it is traveling to.

I think some people don't notice the part of the message where they can include that information or they are just in a hurry to log in the find.
Re: Are you supposed to at least say what state the HH was found
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #976801 by MamaZuke
Jun 29, 2019 5:03am
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I may be remembering this totally wrong but I think that recording finds of HHS used to be set up so that there were spaces to record specifically what box it was found in?
I see that is not the case now. So you only get the info the finder chooses to put in that one big space. I would imagine there are people who don’t even know they should say what box and location it was found in. Or that they can even log the find.

There’s no reason why you can’t just write back and ask what box it was in.