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Re: How to search
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Reply to: #980106 by KatieKat
Oct 6, 2019 3:47pm
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I have made that trip from CT to FL a few times and find the searches for rest area boxes on I-95 very time consuming and sometimes frustrating. Seems that with every different search, different ones come up....
You're welcome to look at my "finds" and you'll see a few in April and August of this year.
I've even resorted to checking the I-95 website to see what towns the rest areas are in, and then searching on AQ.
(Some are northbound, some are southbound, so watch for that!)
Good luck,
sojourner
Re: Containers
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Reply to: #980107 by Broncolvr
Oct 6, 2019 4:28pm
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I like to double bag my logbook with ziplocks type baggies. A little added protection goes a long way. Once I found a box with 2” of water, but since the logbook was double bagged, it wasn’t even damp! Get decent thickness baggies. Some baggies are so thin that putting a logbook in it can puncture it.
I’ve found nice ones online designated “4 mil” thickness, and some from a Japanese Dollar store designated .08 mm thick.

I test my boxes for water tightness by filling them with marbles and submerging it for a few hours. I usually use Lock n Locks, but if you can’t find them locally in your area, they might be a bit pricey on-line, so try& test what you have in your area.

Good luck, and welcome to the hobby!
Re: Containers
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #980119 by JampersandJ
Oct 6, 2019 4:33pm
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I like to double bag my logbook with ziplocks type baggies. A little added protection goes a long way. Once I found a box with 2” of water, but since the logbook was double bagged, it wasn’t even damp!

I once found a letterbox next to the Weber River in an area that floods during the spring. It was under a rock so it stayed where it was put. When I found it there was ½" of water in the box. Since the log book was double bagged, it and the stamp were dry. I made sure to make sure that the bags were sealed once I was done with it.
Re: How to search
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Reply to: #980118 by sojourner
Oct 6, 2019 5:35pm
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I have always just put in towns and cities that I will be passing through along a route and the shortest distance, 5 miles. That has always worked well for for me. Then just look at the drive-bys. I've done that going south and north on I95 and across the country and back. Works great.
Re: Containers
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Reply to: #980120 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 7, 2019 2:43am
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Throwing in my 2 cents, when bagging contents I never mess around with "sandwich" (thin) zipper seal baggies... always "freezer" grade. The extra pennies are well worth it.
Re: How to search
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Reply to: #980121 by MissMoon
Oct 7, 2019 3:37am
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I appreciate all your suggestions. And am using them. We may stop over in Delaware and North Carolina to do some "boxing". Thanks to all.
Re: Containers
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #980126 by Lampwick
Oct 7, 2019 9:53am
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I never mess around with "sandwich" (thin) zipper seal baggies... always "freezer" grade.

I'm au naturel
If I plant in the fell!

Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor

But I'll wrap my log
If hid in a bog

Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor

'Cause ya gotta be sure
When in the moor

Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor
New Tracker! Day of Decades 2020
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Oct 11, 2019 9:26am
Please consider carving or donating a stamp to our upcoming event! To be held in North Alabama in the spring of 2020! Exact location and date TBA.
https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?trackerId=10329
Re: Guardrail box
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Reply to: #979739 by Worlds Wolf
Oct 14, 2019 7:52am
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i have not found a whole lot of guardrail boxes, looked for 6 that i can think of, so i might not be the best person to chime in. on that note, half of what i searched for weren't there. yesterday while looking for one we scared a mouse building a nest where we are 99% sure the box was supposed to be. most of the time i find wasp nests. so i am not that wild about guardrail boxes.

smile
Re: Guardrail box
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Reply to: #980267 by uneksia
Oct 14, 2019 11:35am
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most of the time i find wasp nests. so i am not that wild about guardrail boxes.

Ya just reminded me ... I do like burning feet guardrail boxes. Guaranteed no wasps! ;-)
Re: Guardrail box
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Reply to: #980278 by roo
Oct 14, 2019 12:55pm
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I do like burning feet guardrail boxes. Guaranteed no wasps!

What is a "burning feet guardrail box"?
Re: Guardrail box
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Reply to: #980282 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 14, 2019 3:29pm
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What is a "burning feet guardrail box"?

i was wondering the same thing, figured maybe another letterboxer. sure enough burning feet is a letterboxer in connecticut.

smile
Re: Guardrail box
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Reply to: #980278 by roo
Oct 14, 2019 3:49pm
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Ya just reminded me ... I do like burning feet guardrail boxes. Guaranteed no wasps! ;-)

Bet ya never tried one of mine!
Re: Guardrail box
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Reply to: #980285 by Stung Hands
Oct 15, 2019 2:50am
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Bet ya never tried one of mine!

Care to share?
Re: Guardrail box
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Reply to: #972856 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 15, 2019 3:43am
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I'm considering hiding a letterbox in a guardrail. Any suggestions for a container?

Plant that box yet?
Re: Guardrail box
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Reply to: #980295 by MissMoon
Oct 15, 2019 6:18am
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Not yet.
Re: Guardrail box
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Reply to: #980284 by uneksia
Oct 15, 2019 7:30am
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You would just have to experience a burning feet guardrail box. There are no words to describe. Scratch that... there are words to describe but that would take the fun out of it!

BB
Re: Guardrail box
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Reply to: #980300 by Bungalow Boxer
Oct 16, 2019 5:12pm
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I found one of those Guardrail Boxes on the side of the Long Island Expressway and two up in parking lots at SUNY Albany once.

Jaxx
Pow Wow box in Nasville
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Oct 20, 2019 5:48am
https://www.atlasquest.com/boxes/clue/?boxId=310422
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I'm posting this here in case anybody is in the Nashville area and is going to the last day of the powwow today. I planted this as my birthday plant yesterday. My birthday has been at the pow wow 3 years in a row.
They carve is from an old shuswap lake dancer from exactly 50 years ago. (Not Nashville, though.

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Re: Guardrail box
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Reply to: #980367 by Jaxx
Oct 26, 2019 8:36am
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burning feet's guardrail box is not typical.

BB
Some people get it.
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Nov 10, 2019 10:09am
Got this message today.
Hi. I'm a waterfire volunteer and today we stumbled upon Volant while disassembling parts in the basin for the winter. We actually thought someone had hidden it within or attached to the pieces we were removing, but that seems unlikely now that I see it has been there 3 years. It was actually my co-worker who found it so all I know is that it was at approximately 11 o'clock from the tunnel as indicated in the clue, somewhere near the railing, but I have no idea what any of those additional clue words mean or where it might have originally been. I stashed it under the nearby stairs for the time being, but if it's proper hiding place is still valid I'd love to get it back there. The stamp is so nice, I don't want it to go missing! It looks like you're not local, but if you can describe to me precisely where it was supposed to be I can try to get it back in place. I also contacted the most recent finder who seems local, so if you can't remember then hopefully she will!

Ain't that cool.
Innovative planting method
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Nov 24, 2019 10:34am
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I came up with something I think is new and wanted to share.

Our event is on a farm, so there are many open fields and I have always wanted to plant a series in one, without having there be landmarks that make it obvious where the boxes are.

We started the clues at a very short stake in the ground, so low it could not be seen unless you were right at it. From there, the participants had to look in all directions for a landmark in the distance, and then walk from the stake towards the landmark a specific amount of paces to get to another small stake with a box. The boxes were not at the landmarks, and you had to approach the landmark from a particular direction for it to work. Our huge open field with no obvious landmarks in it had 11 stamps.

It happened to be nightboxing, but if you used colored flags on the border of the field instead of the reflective tacks in the treelines you could get a similar result in the daytime.

Sample of our clues:

From Stake 1 --- look for double orange tacks --- go 22 paces
From Stake 2 --- look for triple white tacks --- go 12 paces
From Stake 3 --- look for white over orange tacks --- go 20 paces

When setting it up, it was helpful to temporarily put cones on the short stakes to see that the walking paths created don't intersect too closely to an location planted earlier in the series.

RIClimber had the suggestion that instead of using a stake, the location marker could be a short pvc pipe buried with it's open top at ground level to create a cavity that would hide the box below ground level.

Also, when boxers are searching, it's good for them to have a buddy to stay back at the stake they are working from, in case they don't find the next stake and need to try again from the last known location.

I think it was really fun.
Re: Innovative planting method
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Reply to: #981360 by nosox
Nov 24, 2019 10:49am
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Yes it is a very innovative method and it was tough for us to catch onto the concept at first but with Nosox guidance we prevailed at Soup's On event.
It would be a more difficult task alone but I think doable as long as the person kept good track of where the last stake is.
I can see where having the stakes sticking up above ground level could trip someone who is walking thru the field.
Re: Innovative planting method
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Reply to: #981360 by nosox
Nov 24, 2019 11:16am
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We started the clues at a very short stake in the ground, so low it could not be seen unless you were right at it.

How do people find that first stake?
Re: Innovative planting method
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #981364 by PI Joe
Nov 24, 2019 11:28am
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The clues lead them there. In our case it was at a peach tree on the edge of the field.
Re: Innovative planting method
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Reply to: #981360 by nosox
Nov 24, 2019 1:01pm
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Did social trails from one stake to the next develop?
Re: Innovative planting method
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Reply to: #981366 by Maude
Nov 24, 2019 1:40pm
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That's a fair point, I'll have to consider that. It was night boxing, people were traveling in groups and there was a decent amount of wandering around. I'll have to go back and have a look in the daytime to see if a particular path got beaten down.
Re: Innovative planting method
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Reply to: #981366 by Maude
Nov 25, 2019 12:52pm
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I was one of the last groups and we could not see any trail using the lights. But the grass was mowed to a normal yard height.

The limiting factor was our flashlight power. Ours was not nearly powerful enough and it was more of a walk out on each direction a bit and hope to spot the tacks. We ended up seeing "4 white" and stumbling across the spot that went with that clue. From there it was easy to walk in the other direction until reaching the next box. Having a zigzag trail down the field and a few fake spots would discourage "grid searching" the field.

A hint of what general direction to look would have been helpful, but probably not needed with a better light.
Re: Innovative planting method
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Reply to: #981390 by RIclimber
Nov 25, 2019 3:38pm
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Thanks, and you answered the question I didn't ask, too (height of the grass).
Re: Innovative planting method
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Reply to: #981360 by nosox
Dec 12, 2019 2:16am
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It was fun!