Read Board: Letterbox Chatter
It's so much work to try and figure out which towns I'll be driving thru all by myself! :-)
Team Mad Dawg
There are several boxes around Shasta that are short walks, close to the highway. My Horse Creek Bridge box in Southern OR is close to the highway and has a Dairy Queen next door to boot. Do have a look at the AQ Trip Planner. It's a very useful tool. Also, you might post on the PNW Talk List for suggestions, too. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LbPNW/
Have you hidden any boxes yet? If you know anyone who might be interested, I'll be teaching the letterboxing class for Kelso/Longview Parks and Rec. again in July. I would love to get more folks in your area started. Have a good trip. Funhog
I just found a pretty cool website. I had booked a room at a Hampton Inn and they have a Landmarks feature. Check it out: www.hamptonlandmarks.com
I immediately thought of Letterboxing, as usually I'd like to plant a box at someplace nobody else would think to visit, and this feature shows you some off-the-map destinations, as well as the usual tourist spots.
Thanks for sharing this 'landmarks' link. I perused the results for our region and noticed that about 65% of them have already been 'boxed'. The other 35% are either NPS lands or 'undiscovered'. I tend to favor planting some of the more bizarre historical or kitschy things--I've carved a bunch of stamps for these bizarre oddities around our area--just haven't gotten a chance to plant all of them--if ever as we're likely to be moving away from the area in the next year or so. :( There sure are some weird things around our area, though! Hopefully, folks could say that about most other places too. Can't imagine all the loonies congregate in the Pac NW. ;)
ME TOO - Griswold Vacations!
Can't imagine all the loonies congregate in the Pac NW. ;)
NOPE - just google "oddball indiana" - Armadillo Jo has found a few from this list. I don't think anyone has carved the martini-swilling pink elephant yet. I just haven't added it to my list of letterboxes to create.
Let's see--I've carved the largest concrete egg in the world, the longest beach/frying pan/clam/kite festival in the world, the largest concrete bird, the biggest/longest wall in the world, the most tomb-warriors buried with a Chinese emperor, you name it. Kitsch is what I do well. ;) I've got a couple others that I've carved but have never gotten the opportunity to plant--hopefully, I can get them out before we move away from the region. I even launched a HH several years back about bananas not 'reproducing' anymore (prompted by a news wire I saw on Yahoo!) and may eventually go extinct (if plants can do that?).
I'm curious to hear what other 'odd' boxes folks have created out there. May ignite some other folks' imaginations...
I was hoping that I could pick up the Froggie letterbox at Sam's Gap on my way to Bristol, TN. I go that way about 3 times a year and just haven't stopped. That road is now 4 lanes and part of I-26. When we drove through in April, we didn't see the path to get on the AT. It used to be rather obvious. Anyone know about that? If I park at the truck check point, will I see the path?
You have to exit the new I-26 section either before you get to the NC border or at the first TN exit and take the old US hwy to the trail. I think the NC exit is #3 but I'm not sure. It's the exit that takes you to Wolf Laurel ski area. Then head toward TN paralleling the new interstate.
If you miss that one, take the Flag Pond exit in TN and head back toward NC.
I can't remember if the old road was US 19 or 23 or both. Old age... Sigh... ;-)
If you're going after Froggie, check out Appalachian Quilt too. It's not that much further up the trail.
Thanks for the help Knit Wit. My husband keeps saying we should take the old road again for old times sake. Wonder what has happened to the "quilt lady"?
"I can't remember if the old road was US 19 or 23 or both"
Having taken that route more times than I care to remember, it is US23 that became I-26 up the mountain. US19 is ten miles from the state line, down the winding mountain road. Of course, I have not been there since I started boxing regularly so I may have to plan a stop or two myself next time I go visit the family...
I may have to plan a stop or two myself next time I go visit the family...
Where does your family live? Mine is in Bristol, TN. So we have to make the trip from Atlanta a few times a year for visits.
If you mean Mountain Scorpia AKA VolksBoxer, who planted Appalachian Quilt, she's still around. I've corresponded with her by e-mail some and she had considered coming to Paris Mtn. but couldn't.
I keep meaning to get up to Burnsville to get an exchange with her and FINALLY get a LB of hers that I missed last time.
I have fond memories of the old road and my dad taking his half out of the middle whenever we drove it. EEK! My husband's tendency to motion sickness prevents us from taking it. :-( Maybe I'll have to go alone one of these days.
PS If you can stomach it, the Grody Hall of Fame Slide Show is a pretty interesting mix of poison ivy victims.
That makes the skydived in states 42, 43, and 44. Only six more states to go. (SD,ND,WY,ME,VT,NH). Two "State Highpoint" boxes were planted on this trip, in honor of the the highpoints of WA. ,and OR. We were'nt even nearly prepared to attempt a summit on either mountain, but we had a great vacation in the foothills. Beutiful letterboxing country you folks have out there.
I don't know of any letterboxes in Italy, but there is a certain thrill to say you've planted the FIRST letterbox ever in a country! I've already nabbed Zimbabwe, Gautemala, Honduras, and Panama, so I've already gotten my fill in.... 'Bout time someone else can share in the glory! ;o)
MonetMom went to where the fallen tree was and not knowing much about the do's and don't's of nature, she took a stick(smart girl) and poked the mound(Be CAREFUL of Mounds!!!) where she was sure the box was. Yes she found the box and showed it too Hummingbird Hannah and Sponge-Crazed, but what they didn't know was that the face she wore was of finding a SNAKE! MonetMom is sure it was a Dimond Back. So, we all went runing to the car, there we stamped the log book and said we excaped with our lives.
What would you have done to return it? We went behind the tree and threw it. And yes we wrote the placer.
Was MonetMom brave or what?