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Raisin' 'em right
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Jan 23, 2019 9:33pm
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A few of my students have stayed after school to carve sig stamps and learn about letterboxing. One of them has planted two boxes in the neighborhood, but what really made my day was the way he asked his letterboxing friend to our middle school dance.
Re: Lucky coincidence
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #970628 by Kirbert
Jan 24, 2019 2:49am
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The definition on AQ for a Bonus Box is "similar to a regular letterbox, except that the clue is planted in another nearby letterbox." I always thought NEARBY meant within a very short walk. What do others think??
Re: Lucky coincidence
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Reply to: #970630 by Elle
Jan 24, 2019 3:18am
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I think AQ’s not the boss of me 😂😂😂
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Reply to: #970631 by Sheba
Jan 24, 2019 4:28am
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AMEN to that!!!!!!
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Reply to: #970630 by Elle
Jan 24, 2019 6:30am
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I always thought NEARBY meant within a very short walk. What do others think??

Nearby is relative. There are places in the western US where 30 miles down the road is still the middle of no where. My wife and I stayed at a KOA once outside of Chugwater, Wyoming. Turns out that it was on the property of a large ranch, west of town. From the gate at the edge of town to the ranch house was at least 15 miles of dirt road. Interesting side note - 5 miles along that dirt road was this strange square plot of ground with high fencing and light towers and surveillance cameras. The sign on the fence read something like this..."The base commander has determined that the use of deadly force is justified in defending this property."
Re: Lucky coincidence
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Reply to: #970635 by PI Joe
Jan 24, 2019 6:40am
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The longest bonus I found was Mission: Impossible, half the stamp was in Redding, the other half in Wallingford.
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Reply to: #970635 by PI Joe
Jan 24, 2019 7:27am
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Wyoming

It's different there, lol.

snbone
who lived in Wyoming for 20 years
Re: Lucky coincidence
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #970628 by Kirbert
Jan 24, 2019 7:35am
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And it's a good thing for lost sailor that I did.
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Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #970635 by PI Joe
Jan 24, 2019 8:30am
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"The base commander has determined that the use of deadly force is justified in defending this property."

That site was a Minuteman nuclear missile silo. It is abandoned now but I think it was still active when we were there over 30 years ago. Now that I think about it, that would be an excellent place for a letterbox except for it being on private property.
Re: Raisin' 'em right
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Reply to: #970629 by Wry Me
Jan 24, 2019 9:24am
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I’m not crying, you’re crying! Someone get me a tissue.
Re: Lucky coincidence
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Reply to: #970626 by Wronghat
Jan 24, 2019 9:31am
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I told him the name of the bonus box and said he could find the clues by checking that box on AQ now that he'd found the parentbox.

Interesting. I’ve never encountered a bonus box with the clue posted on AQ, and I don’t know anyone who logs finds in real time, as they go, and then searches for any boxes that show up, dependent on that find. I enjoy examining the logbook and container, and anything associated with it, hoping to discover a clue to a bonus “nearby” while I am still in the area. But I’m not going to spend time logging finds and searching AQ, when I can be enjoying my hike, the views, or the interesting locations.
Re: Lucky coincidence
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Reply to: #970626 by Wronghat
Jan 24, 2019 9:59am
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and so he was still able to score the bonus box. There were so many chances for this to have gone wrong.

Very cool! And it sounds like a classic lost sailor story. Thanks for sharing.
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Reply to: #970641 by Wise Wanderer
Jan 24, 2019 11:20am
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I’ve never encountered a bonus box with the clue posted on AQ, and I don’t know anyone who logs finds in real time, as they go, and then searches for any boxes that show up, dependent on that find.

The clues I leave on AQ are a back up to the clues for the bonus box I leave in the parentbox. That way a finder doesn't have to copy the clues in the parentbox--or take a picture of them. Also, if I put the clues on AQ I don't forget what they are and lose the bonus box if the parentbox goes missing--which has happened to me.
Re: Lucky coincidence
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Reply to: #970644 by Wronghat
Jan 24, 2019 2:28pm
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Oh, well that makes more sense to me - the bonus clue IS in the original box somewhere . . .
I also keep the clue on the bonus box listing, but it's in the notes. I don't want anyone to stumble across them by accident, and I don't want to lose them either.
Re: Lucky coincidence
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Reply to: #970641 by Wise Wanderer
Jan 24, 2019 3:01pm
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I’ve never encountered a bonus box with the clue posted on AQ,

I tend to forget to look for a bonus box clue in the container but the ones I have found have been listed on AQ. Once you log the the so called parent box you can see the bonus box in the planter's logbook and then log that.

But I’m not going to spend time logging finds and searching AQ,

I don't do that either. I don't log finds until I get home.
Re: Lucky coincidence
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Reply to: #970628 by Kirbert
Jan 24, 2019 3:04pm
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You planted a bonus box thirty miles from the parent box?

So what?
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Reply to: #970651 by MissMoon
Jan 24, 2019 3:26pm
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I don't do that either. I don't log finds until I get home.

I tend to log that way too, but seeing this discussion I may just change how I do it. At least then I can see that I've missed a bonus box while I'm still in the field.
Re: Raisin' 'em right
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Reply to: #970640 by Trishee
Jan 24, 2019 4:50pm
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I know! And he did letters. So if a 13-year-old can do it, I guess we should stop freaking out about them. Kids are so awesome.
Re: Lucky coincidence
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Reply to: #970650 by Wise Wanderer
Jan 25, 2019 4:16am
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I also keep the clue on the bonus box listing, but it's in the notes.

I had a box containing the bonus clue melt in a brush fire. Luckily, I had the clue to the bonus box in my BB notes so that I could find it (it survived the fire).
Re: Lucky coincidence
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Reply to: #970654 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 25, 2019 5:53am
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I don't do that either. I don't log finds until I get home.

Since I have started using my smartphone while letterboxing I usually log online right at the box and then check right then and there for the next nearest box, as long as I have cell signal. While on road trips thru areas I am not familiar with I love the feature of Clue Tracker that links in Google Maps with the box's location to route me right to the nearest road to the box. It is not always the best route and the box's location might not be accurately listed in AQ or LbNA but it usually is good enough to show me an efficient route to find the box.
New video uploaded to our Vlog
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Jan 26, 2019 3:49am
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I just uploaded a short video of the fun we had at Soups On 2018.

Soups On 2018

Jiffy
Re: New video uploaded to our Vlog
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Reply to: #970678 by Jiffy
Jan 26, 2019 5:28am
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HOLY COW!
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Reply to: #970678 by Jiffy
Jan 26, 2019 5:56am
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Brings back many fond(?) memories of boxing in the snow. No snow here in Florida. Ah! the frozen hands. But the clear, fresh air in the woods was really great.
Re: New video uploaded to our Vlog
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Reply to: #970678 by Jiffy
Jan 26, 2019 10:13am
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Thinsulate and gortex boots were my friend that day.
It was such a beautiful day to play in the snow.
Those of you who were first on the trails made it easier for us to follow.
The only thing that brought me back to the house was the lure of approx. 15 different, wonderful soups, all sorts of desserts and so many other wonderful tidbits, waiting for us.

Jiffy, thanks for the reminder of a great day.
Re: New video uploaded to our Vlog
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Reply to: #970678 by Jiffy
Jan 26, 2019 11:16am
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Another song for your enjoyment. I think you can figure out the tune.

Boxing in the snow
Un-der a sky that's gray
Through the woods we go
In other's footsteps all the way
Logs and ink we bring
Looking for logs so right
Got to find that thing
Every so glad it's light

Boxing pals, boxing pals,
Friends all the way
Oh what fun it is to box
Laughing all the way
Boxing pals, boxing pals,
Friends all the way
Oh what fun it is to box
Laughing all the way
Who Wants to Hide a Letterbox Here?
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Jan 26, 2019 1:43pm
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Re: Who Wants to Hide a Letterbox Here?
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Reply to: #970690 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 26, 2019 7:45pm
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Umm... I don't think so.
Re: Who Wants to Hide a Letterbox Here?
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Reply to: #970690 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 27, 2019 2:29am
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Perfect place for a multi-colored, double sided stamp and a bonus box.
Re: Who Wants to Hide a Letterbox Here?
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Reply to: #970690 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 27, 2019 5:51am
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I'll pass. ;)
Re: Who Wants to Hide a Letterbox Here?
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Reply to: #970690 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 27, 2019 6:16am
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Suggested box name: "Find It or Die Trying"