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Re: I came across a letterbox-newbie
Board: Country: Canada
Reply to: #664706 by Water Lily
Dec 27, 2011 10:55am
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Well I guess I will just have to plant letterboxes up North then! LOL Once I find some and know what I am doing. I often go along the route Fort St John, to Dawson Creek, Grande Prairie. I know we are headed to Edmonton in April. My daughter dances competitively and we have a competition in Sherwood Park!

What I need to know is when I carve, do fine lines that aren't very deep but you can see they are there show up when stamped? I am trying to figure out a way to show my northern lights in the stamp?
Re: I came across a letterbox-newbie
Board: Country: Canada
Reply to: #664712 by BC Northern Lights
Dec 27, 2011 11:31am
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Yup. Fine lines will show up. They don't have to be very deep at all. Hmmm... northern lights could be tricky. I'm sure you'll come up with something creative though.
Re: I came across a letterbox-newbie
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Reply to: #664719 by Water Lily
Dec 27, 2011 11:43am
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I am LOVING my stamp. I think I am totally hooked. It was so much fun! I don't know how to do letters though. I guess you have to do them backwards. This stamp won't have letters. This is my stamp. I have a polar bear, a tree and lines in the sky curving upwards with fine lines coming out of the bolder lines. I just did my first stamp test trial (which I captured in my new log book!) And that did it for me. I love it! I know it will probably seem like a simple stamp the ink wasn't dark (I did get the brush markers though and love them). Fun, fun, fun. Now I can go out soon and find my first letter box.

So my log book so to speak is an artists sketch book. Do people keep a piece of cardboard or something behind the pages when they stamp? Maybe my question should be: What are your suggestions for getting a clear image for the log books. Also how do I clean off the ink of the stamps I find in the letterboxes after I stamp the image in my book? Do I use baby wipes to wipe off the excess ink? What the the etiquette for stamping?

Thank you Water Lily for all of your help!
Thank you Bumble for planting the boxes!
Thank you nephew for stumbling upon this box.
Shhhhh but I might like this more than I do geocaching and boy oh boy do I love to geocachce.
Re: I came across a letterbox-newbie
Board: Country: Canada
Reply to: #664723 by BC Northern Lights
Dec 27, 2011 11:55am
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Have I got a great ink pad for you and your northern lights! Check these out: http://www.stampeaz.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=13_22

Getting a clear image in a logbook is your finder's job. Everyone does things differently, and you'll figure out what works best for you when you go hunt. You might want to bring scrap paper or index cards to practise on before putting the final image in your book.

As for cleaning the stamp, it's good manners but not required. On the other hand, if you don't want to mess up your markers, you should always clean a stamp before you colour it up.

I use unscented baby wipes; some people use alcohol wipes or a little spray water bottle and a rag. The less I have to carry in my bag the better.
Re: I came across a letterbox-newbie
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Reply to: #664723 by BC Northern Lights
Dec 27, 2011 12:18pm
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Your enthusiasm is catching!!! Welcome to the addiction!
Re: I came across a letterbox-newbie
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Reply to: #664725 by Fiddleheads
Dec 27, 2011 2:26pm
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Thanks for the link! That is a good place and the advice on how to clean stamps. I have done some stamping at home for my scrapbooking and I would use baby wipes plus run my stamps under water. Well lets put it this way about my NEW markers. Needless to say my ten year old daughter got into them. So on three of my markers what were once nice brush tips are little tips. The yellow is not yellow green. :(

Oh well she carved a stamp too all by herself and it looks good and stamps great.
Re: I came across a letterbox-newbie
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Reply to: #664723 by BC Northern Lights
Dec 27, 2011 5:49pm
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I might like this more than I do geocaching...

My work here is done.
Re: I came across a letterbox-newbie
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Reply to: #664826 by Bumble
Dec 27, 2011 6:02pm
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No it's not Bumble. You can't stop now!!!
Re: I came across a letterbox-newbie
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Reply to: #664840 by Water Lily
Dec 27, 2011 6:12pm
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I was introduced to letterboxing by that Toronto Star article back in 2010. I thought it was amazing that this person was introduced to boxing just by discovering a letterbox... I thought that was, well, sorry to be cliche, but magical.

The box that Northern Lights found was one of my earlier ones and I can distinctly remember thinking that I don't care if folks find my boxes mistakenly if it means that they might also magically be introduced to this hidden world. Quite frankly, at that time, I was putting my geocache warnings in my boxes only because of this abstract theoretical threat of the box being found by a geocacher (not so abstract now that I've had stamps traded out of my boxes). But that Northern Lights has found letterboxing and is starting to participate because of one of *my* boxes, well, that's just a delightful Christmas present for me, isn't it?

Thanks for my Christmas present BC Northern Lights!
Re: I came across a letterbox-newbie
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Reply to: #664847 by Bumble
Dec 27, 2011 6:41pm
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I think thank you is in order! Just think because of you I have been introduced to a world I knew nothing about a week ago! You have been very kind in helping me along. Both you and Water Lily (I also think it is neat you did a box together for the Royal Botanical Gardens) When I am home in the summer I am going to do all of the boxes there!

:) Hey but think it isn't just one person that you got interested it is two. Me and my ten year old daughter!
Re: I came across a letterbox-newbie
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Reply to: #664863 by BC Northern Lights
Dec 27, 2011 6:53pm
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Although I'd definitely do a series with Water Lily, it was actually Fiddleheads' fantastic work you'll see if you go to RBG :)
Re: I came across a letterbox-newbie
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Reply to: #664867 by Bumble
Dec 27, 2011 7:10pm
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it was actually Fiddleheads' fantastic work you'll see if you go to RBG

Well, kinda. You can't see them now because it's all closed, and 2 of 3 of mine disappeared. But I have recarved both of them, and I will replant in the spring, maybe a little farther off the beaten path.
Re: I came across a letterbox-newbie
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Reply to: #664867 by Bumble
Dec 28, 2011 7:41am
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Oh gosh sorry, I knew it was someone that wrote to me. FIddleheads then ! I will go and do your letterboxes on my next summer visit. We are pretty close to RBG.
Re: I came across a letterbox-newbie
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Reply to: #664872 by Fiddleheads
Dec 28, 2011 7:42am
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Good stuff! I'll make sure to keep my eyes open for when you rehide
Event in Port Stanley, Ontario
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Jan 2, 2012 2:44pm
A Day at the Beach http://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?gEventId=2362 We hope you can join us.

See ya
Big Blue Team
A Day at the Beach Mini Meet
Board: Country: Canada
May 13, 2012 7:55pm
Preparations are nearly completed for "A Day at the Beach" in beautiful Port Stanley, Ontario. The Little Blue Team (our grandsons) have been busy carving a series of stamps which they will be planting themselves (with supervision of course) and it sounds like the clues will be kind of tricky. The boys had a great time at the Box ON event at Rockwood last year and want to use some of the ciphers they learned there in their clues. Grandpa and I have also been busy. We hope you will enjoy the locale and some of the surprises we have in store for you.

I doubt if it will be warm enough to swim, but you just never know, I could be wrong. There are tons of amazing things to do in this picturesque little village . . . AND we will be planting letterboxes near many of these wonderful sites.

The clues to all our boxes will go "live" at midnight on June 16th. To pick up a copy of the clues and a goodie bag full of local information and maps, meet up with us at our surprise secret location between 8 - 10 am. Clues to find our secret location will be posted a week before the event to give you a chance to figure it out. Don't worry, it will be easy and fun. The event stamp will be at this secret location.

We WILL NOT be having a potluck lunch. Bring a picnic basket if you wish but we recommend Mackie's on the Beach for fabulous fast food and world-famous Orangeade (which is still a family secret to this day) and homemade fry sauce . The condiments at Mackie's are so delicious you could put them on cardboard and eat them . . . but the hamburgs and hot dogs are fabulous too!! The Big Blue Team will be there for lunch at 1 pm and hope to get a group photo at that time.

We will be doing personal exchanges a little bit differently this year. Each participant will be given a little pin to wear on their shirt. Watch for these pins as you wander through the village searching for letterboxes and swap stamped images as you meet.

If you are planning to stay for the weekend why not purchase tickets to the Port Stanley Festival Theatre. And don't forget all the boxes planted in London, St. Thomas and Elgin County. If you need help with accommodation suggestions please give us a shout.

Hope to see you at the beach,
Big Blue Team
Hello, Canadians! =)
Board: Country: Canada
Dec 19, 2012 10:48am
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Just a quick little question completely unrelated to letterboxing..... Is there a metric system equivalent to "calories" that you use? I know you use kilometers, and I think you use kilograms, but what about calories? Are calories still calories in Canada, or are they something else like joules or something? =)

-- Ryan
Re: Hello, Canadians! =)
Board: Country: Canada
Reply to: #750062 by Green Tortuga
Dec 19, 2012 11:16am
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Are calories still calories in Canada, or are they something else like joules or something?

Canadians measure Nutritional Energy in terms of a unit called the "B.E.". This stands for "Bacon Equivalent". 1 BE == 1 slice cured thick-cut bacon

Example:
"That there Big Mac is about 7 BEs, but if you add a couple slices of Bacon to it, it goes up to about 9 BEs."
Re: Hello, Canadians! =)
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Reply to: #750062 by Green Tortuga
Dec 19, 2012 11:30am
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Yes, calories are calories, and 1000 calories are a Calorie (with the capital C) or kilocalorie, just as in the US. But the BE unit is becoming more widespread...
Re: Hello, Canadians! =)
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Reply to: #750064 by wassamatta u
Dec 19, 2012 12:02pm
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Canadians measure Nutritional Energy in terms of a unit called the "B.E.". This stands for "Bacon Equivalent". 1 BE == 1 slice cured thick-cut bacon

Hah, hah, hah, hah!!! Yes, we still injest calories and many/most of us still measure our weight in pounds. (Although some things are measured in grams and kilograms..... like my cereal box is 550g of weight. (What is that??)
Re: Hello, Canadians! =)
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Reply to: #750065 by Bumble
Dec 19, 2012 12:41pm
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Yes, calories are calories, and 1000 calories are a Calorie (with the capital C) or kilocalorie, just as in the US.

In the US, we're pretty lazy. You'll almost never hear people talk about a kilocalorie, but that's almost always what people are referring to. =)

Because, you know, are units of measurement are too easy for foreigners to figure out, we have to confuse them further by misusing the labels too. *nodding*

-- Ryan
Re: Hello, Canadians! =)
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Reply to: #750064 by wassamatta u
Dec 19, 2012 6:06pm
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Who was it that clicked educational?!?
Re: Hello, Canadians! =)
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Reply to: #750126 by 55 Steps
Dec 19, 2012 11:56pm
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Who was it that clicked educational?!?

I bet it was that u_attamassaw fellow. He's a real troublemaker....

-- Ryan
Invitation to Honouring the Trails Meet Up, St. Thomas ON
Board: Country: Canada
May 12, 2013 6:58pm
http://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?gEventId=2710

Hope you can join us Saturday, May 18th.

Hal, Pam, Austin, Taylor & Cameron
The Big Blue Team
Help me find my letterbox, please . . .
Board: Country: Canada
Jun 3, 2013 6:31pm
Okay, long story short . . . I planted a letterbox on May 25th but lost my notes. Just found my notes but can't remember any details . . .

So if you find my letterbox will you please let me know where it is??

http://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?gBoxId=221087
Happy Thanksgiving!
Board: Country: Canada
Oct 13, 2014 10:21am
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Wishing all our Canadian letterboxers a Happy Thanksgiving!! Special hugs to my buddy pilgrimsinthisland!!
Re: Happy Thanksgiving!
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Reply to: #872312 by Trailtracker
Oct 13, 2014 5:23pm
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Thank you! :-)
Sending my condolences
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Oct 23, 2014 4:29am
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Just wanted to leave a post for our letterboxing friends to our north--and send condolences for the recent and tragic losses by these extremists! You are in our thoughts and prayers. Extra hugs to pilgrimsinthisland!!
Re: Sending my condolences
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Reply to: #873582 by Trailtracker
Oct 23, 2014 1:50pm
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Thank you.

Jiggs (As proud a Canadian as there is).
Happy Thanksgiving
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Oct 13, 2019 1:11pm
Canada Boxers !