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Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968711 by Mizscarlet
Dec 23, 2018 1:04pm
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Dear Lord, I wasn't going to jump in but now I am. This has been my montra as some of my closest friends know. Some of my VERY best letterboxing experiences have been where a box was missing or one was where someone carved a simple x In the old PZ-Cut. I just took my granddaughter letterboxing for her very first time. I told her there are no guarantees will will be able to figure out the clues and that the box will even be there but I told her the box and the stamp are only PART of the deal and that any time we can spend time outdoors and exploring new places together, it was a great day! Sure enough, the box was long gone but she assured me the was still great bc she loved the little (unexpected park ) and that we had had fun. My point is that when I tell people about letterboxing, I hope their experience is in trying or exploring something new and they can figure out which aspects they like best. Some can't hike on trails any more, Some only like event boxing, Some like historic boxes or ones in cemeteries and some jump over to LTC rings. There's something for everyone so when explaining to new folks I hope they know there are many options they can try. Going to crawl back under my SPOR. Lol
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969604 by Trailtracker
Dec 23, 2018 3:48pm
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Totally agree, Trailtracker. And when we find enough time, we will be back to Hocking Hills to look for a number of older boxes, unknown and unvisited for a long time. The experience is totally worth it.
Letterboxing Hotbeds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Dec 24, 2018 6:06pm
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Other than the obvious CT and MA, where are some letterboxing hotbeds in the US? I’m thinking what city or park or even cemetery (I’m looking at you, Spring Grove) would you be sure to include if you were on a road trip and wanted to find a lot of letterboxes in a relatively compact area?

We have Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta in this category. What other places can you let us in on?

Many thanks!
RJ
Re: Letterboxing Hotbeds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969634 by Road Junkies
Dec 24, 2018 6:44pm
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Hog Heaven outside of Red Bluff, CA

All the Scottish and Irish themed boxes at the Nicasio Reservoir in Marin County, CA
Re: Letterboxing Hotbeds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969634 by Road Junkies
Dec 24, 2018 7:28pm
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Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis
Re: Letterboxing Hotbeds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969634 by Road Junkies
Dec 24, 2018 7:47pm
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We are fairly congested here in Maine. And if you do come to Maine, we do like to set up mini meets for new visitors.

Ray
Happydaze
Re: Letterboxing Hotbeds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969634 by Road Junkies
Dec 24, 2018 9:17pm
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Tucson has a lot of boxes but you have to hike for many so it would take time. You are going to fly in and scoop them up in a week.
Re: Letterboxing Hotbeds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969634 by Road Junkies
Dec 25, 2018 6:40am
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Do Ohio. Greenlawn in Columbus, Spring Grove in Cincinnati. There is a big cemetery in Dayton, a ton of boxes in a couple of cemeteries in Urbana, and a bunch in the cemeteries of Chillicothe. You can spend your whole trip with the dead. No one to whine that it's time to stop boxing. Just bliss.
Re: Letterboxing Hotbeds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969634 by Road Junkies
Dec 25, 2018 6:51am
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If your headed to stone mountain park and ens up on I-20 hard labour creek statepark is worth a stop, so I hear.
Re: Letterboxing Hotbeds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969634 by Road Junkies
Dec 25, 2018 9:10am
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We've had some wonderful events in Michigan with beautifully carved stamps in fabulous parks. You can spend a day or two or more letterboxing in each place. Here are some that come to mind:

Lyon Oaks Dog Park, 52221 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI

Three metroparks connected: Willow Metropark, 23200 S Huron Rd, Huron Charter Township, MI, along with Lower Huron Metropark, E Huron River Dr & S Metro Parkway, Belleville, MI, as well as Oakwoods Metropark, 32911 Willow Rd, New Boston, MI

Waterloo Recreation Area, 17030 Bush Rd, Chelsea, MI

Proud Lake Recreation Area, 3500 Wixom Rd, Commerce Twp, MI
Re: cell phone policies
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968832 by Amanda from Seattle
Dec 25, 2018 2:09pm
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Do I detect a note of sarcasm in your use of the words "service animal"?
Re: Letterboxing Hotbeds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969659 by Angel Winks
Dec 25, 2018 2:27pm
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North Carolina in the Charlotte/Raleigh Durham and Greensboro/Winston-Salem areas have a lot of boxes. And awesome carvers too!!

-Amanda from Seattle
Re: Letterboxing Hotbeds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969654 by PiggyJaunt
Dec 25, 2018 5:38pm
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Cleveland area Lakeview cemetery and a whole bunch of lb love in the metroparks and surrounding amazing areas too!
Re: Letterboxing Hotbeds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969674 by gemini girl
Dec 25, 2018 6:16pm
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Pretty much all of Ohio!!
Re: Letterboxing Hotbeds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969654 by PiggyJaunt
Dec 26, 2018 3:42am
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Do Ohio. Greenlawn in Columbus, Spring Grove in Cincinnati. There is a big cemetery in Dayton, a ton of boxes in a couple of cemeteries in Urbana, and a bunch in the cemeteries of Chillicothe.

You can easily spend a week in this area hitting these cemeteries--Spring Grove alone would take 2-3 days to do completely!! And these are all within a max of 2 hours of each other!

Would love to meet up if you do head out to the Heart of It All
Re: Letterboxing Hotbeds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969635 by Public Hand
Dec 26, 2018 6:16am
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Homer Lake Forest Preserve near Homer, IL

Homer Lake (not far from Urbana, IL and the University of Illinois) has been the location of Homerdoodle at Homer Lake 2016 and Homerdoodle 2018. Both events placed many letterboxes on the trails there and Homerdoodle in the Country 2017 is in Vermilion County not far away. In addition, there are many, many letterboxes planted within a 30 mile radius of Champaign, IL. Homerdoodle in the Woods will take place in July 2019 just to the west of Champaign, IL - planning on quite a few more letterboxes to be planted on trails in another Champaign County Forest Preserve.
Boxing on Boxing Day
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Dec 26, 2018 1:22pm
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So, who has actually gone (letter)-boxing on Boxing Day? Tell us about your experience.
Re: Boxing on Boxing Day
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969687 by Oberon_Kenobi
Dec 26, 2018 2:17pm
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Me! Today. We did a cemetery series with a friend, then had a late, but wonderful Chinese buffet lunch.
After the first set of boxes, a car buzzed past us (not cemetery speed), and parked where we were supposed to park for our next boxes. Two people hopped out and strode across the 'planting ground', turning abruptly, then stopping, turned again, waved their arms a bit, and ~ gee, what could they be doing? They sure weren't mourners.
We drove past slowly, wondering if they would find their target before they found any of ours, went around the loop, and returned just as they jumped back into their car and hurried away.

Yes, we found what we were looking for. At lunch we discussed trying to letterbox outdoors at least once in January and February, too. Sometimes it's possible, and other years it just isn't a good idea. We shall see.
Re: Letterboxing Hotbeds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969634 by Road Junkies
Dec 26, 2018 3:53pm
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St. Louis!
Re: Boxing on Boxing Day
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969687 by Oberon_Kenobi
Dec 26, 2018 4:33pm
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I did some box maintenance. Replaced two missing boxes, discovered that two others from the same series were missing, so the series is still down by two boxes.

And--even worse--one of the missing boxes included one of my very first stamps that had been in the wild and going strong for 15 years. RIP little worm.... *moment of silence*

Then I climbed a tree--so much better to smell the dead skunk by the parking lot.

Good times! =)

-- Ryan
Re: Boxing on Boxing Day
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969691 by Green Tortuga
Dec 26, 2018 4:35pm
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Aw!! So sorry for your loss, but happy you had less to smell from above, hang in there! smile
Re: Letterboxing Hotbeds
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969690 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Dec 26, 2018 5:41pm
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Yes, as we just enjoyed, AAF! St Louis is a wonderful place to letterbox. Wish we could have stayed longer and found more of the incredible boxes by the very talented SL area planters.

Thanks so much to everyone who shared suggestions. We’re looking forward to checking out as many of those sites as we can!
Re: Boxing on Boxing Day
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Reply to: #969687 by Oberon_Kenobi
Dec 26, 2018 8:57pm
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Sadly I did not go boxing on boxing day. While it was good enough weather for boxing, it was also good enough weather to finally paint the shed we've been meaning to paint for a couple months...so I did that instead. However, I DID find 2 boxes on Christmas Day, and I just packed up 4 for planting soon... :)
ORLANDO AREA HELP ME PROPOSE TO MY GF
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Dec 27, 2018 11:39pm
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So, my girlfriend Kelsi and I have been dating for a year and a half and been friends for almost our entire lives. We bonded at the beginning of our relationship over letterboxing. It has been such an adventurous and enticing hobby. I want to propose to her, in letterbox fashion. I’m taking her to Walt Disney World in Orlando for New Years but I don’t want to be like every other chap in the world proposing at Magic Kingdom. Can anyone help me in the Orlando area!? We’re going to go out letterboxing on the 1st of January.
Re: ORLANDO AREA HELP ME PROPOSE TO MY GF
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Reply to: #969709 by See Ya Never
Dec 28, 2018 2:09am
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Oh I wish I were local and I'd carve a special stamp and hide it somewhere where you were going for you!!! I hope someone in Orlando is available to help make it special! Maybe you could get a special AQ background with rings or something?! (hint hint) Good luck and Congrats!
Re: ORLANDO AREA HELP ME PROPOSE TO MY GF
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Reply to: #969709 by See Ya Never
Dec 28, 2018 3:31am
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I hope your girl friend does not log on to AQ, If she does, you blew the surprise.
Re: ORLANDO AREA HELP ME PROPOSE TO MY GF
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969709 by See Ya Never
Dec 28, 2018 4:19am
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Google "Hidden Mickey" to see if you want to incorporate that into your plans.
Re: ORLANDO AREA HELP ME PROPOSE TO MY GF
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969709 by See Ya Never
Dec 28, 2018 4:48am
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I'm not on the area, but my friend's fiance did manage to slip her ring into a letterbox shortly before she found it. I think she'd gone to the restroom or something and he was able to find it and put it in there before she came back out. She thought it was fake and that a geocasher had put it in there at first :)
Good luck!!!!
Re: Boxing on Boxing Day
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969687 by Oberon_Kenobi
Dec 28, 2018 5:11am
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Team Mad Dawg and I went for our annual Boxing Day adventure. We first celebrated boxing day together in 2003 and have only missed one year (my fault--major surgery) and had to delay once due to weather--made it out the next day! Both of our families know not to expect us for anything on this day, and we both take off from work even.

This year we went to Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. A beautiful day!! High 40s, sunny, no wind. Found 24 boxes, TMD hit the 3K mark and we laughed a lot.
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969604 by Trailtracker
Dec 28, 2018 5:22pm
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Very well stated Trailtracker… you get a lot more out of letter boxing experiences than just the stamps…yes and there is something for everyone!
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