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Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619974 by Kirbert
Jul 10, 2011 9:47am
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I think you could fix that, Kirbert, by having an event in your area.

:)
Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Jul 10, 2011 11:11am
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I would like people who plant their boxes inside prickly bushes to really re-think that. I have been boxing the past couple of weeks and right now I look like I was involved in a cat fight and the cat won! I am so tired of being pricked by thorny bushes, vines, and leaves while searching for boxes. It is so not fun.

Family from Florida
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619974 by Kirbert
Jul 10, 2011 11:25am
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I still think I live in a letterboxing desert.

Yeah, me too.
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619993 by Family From Florida
Jul 10, 2011 11:46am
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I'm an advocate of poison ivy
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619993 by Family From Florida
Jul 10, 2011 11:48am
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We skip boxes in dangerous places and send the planter a note to let them know why we didn't find it.

Hugs and Neosporin to you!
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619993 by Family From Florida
Jul 10, 2011 12:19pm
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In general, those kind of boxes planted in prickly bushes are typically found in drivebys. So when you see it, skip it and avoid the damage to yourself.

You are less likely to find boxes in those kinds of bushes on a trail. However, you'll find other things like Poison ivy, ticks, etc.

I don't plant in prickly bushes since I don't really enjoy those boxes either. But I've never had a problem skipping them when it gets to the point that it's not fun.
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619995 by Gryffindors
Jul 10, 2011 12:34pm
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I still think I live in a letterboxing desert.

I still have all of you beat - Dezert Ratty
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619993 by Family From Florida
Jul 10, 2011 12:35pm
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Don't forget that sometimes people plant when the foliage is died down so they would have no idea what will sprout up when the leaves start turning green. I went to some boxes in Tulsa that were overgrown with wild rosebushes when I went, but probably weren't there when they were planted. I came home with huge gashes on my legs and a large hole in my toe where one of the thorns had dug in and ripped. It was my choice to go after those boxes... I could have turned around and gone after different ones instead. I'm pretty sure one or more of my own boxes have thorny bushes around them since I like to plant in November when things have died down. Then again, I also like to look for boxes in November for the same reason. Just wait a few months before you go again and you won't have much to worry about. :)
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619974 by Kirbert
Jul 10, 2011 12:47pm
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Do you have any in the Daytona /Cape Canaveral area (east coast)? We regularly travel on 95 when in FL.
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619974 by Kirbert
Jul 10, 2011 1:05pm
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There are letterboxes in West Texas that have never been found and probably never will be found. There are letterboxers out there that may never be found.
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619993 by Family From Florida
Jul 10, 2011 1:16pm
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I just planted a box which has mulberry bushes going to it. However, in my clue I stated that there were bushes that could scratch. It was in the event that if you didn't want to get scratched, you don't go.
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #620022 by IRA Boxer
Jul 10, 2011 1:48pm
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There are letterboxers out there that may never be found.

So the letterboxers are out there to find the
letterboxes in West Texas that have never been found and probably never will be found

and now the letterboxers are also lost. These must be very challenging clues to get these dedicated letterboxers lost along with the letterboxes!

Cheers!
bluebirdlover
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619993 by Family From Florida
Jul 10, 2011 2:12pm
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This is another bone to pile on - I couldn't imagine a box at one of our newer rest areas - wide open, but when I read the clue I thought I might investigate since I drive by it weekly. So happens I had to stop and make a call - I don't text and drive! I followed the clue and it lead me to a mechanical/electrical box with warning signs and a hole in the bottom. I could see where it was, but I didn't want truckers and security cameras watching me. Is it really fun to plant something so public and dangerous at the same time? As of my search no one else has found it. I've decided I will not go for locations like this. I really don't want to be page one news.

~speedsquare, who still has knuckle pain from the pyracanthus thorn out of New Mexico last year
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #620012 by Dizzy
Jul 10, 2011 2:37pm
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I went to some boxes in Tulsa that were overgrown with wild rosebushes

Okay, now you know I'm gonna ask it...were they mine? I would hope that you would say something about this to me or SM if it were ours, so we could do something, like move them. You would, right?
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619995 by Gryffindors
Jul 10, 2011 2:47pm
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To Gryffindors!! I am definitely putting Bellingham on my list for my August Hike-a-thon letterboxing hikes!! And I have several boxes that need to be planted too!!

-Amanda from Seattle
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #620012 by Dizzy
Jul 10, 2011 2:56pm
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The boxes we find are while we are traveling. So, I try to get the drivebys because they are faster. We dont usually have the opportunity to come back to the area. Thanks for the advice though.
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #620058 by Okie Dog
Jul 10, 2011 3:32pm
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Okie Dog, no they weren't yours. Love your carve by the way.
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619985 by The Wolf Family
Jul 10, 2011 3:33pm
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I think you could fix that, Kirbert, by having an event in your area.

Next thing you know, you'll have him petting cats and playing with cute little puppies. =)

-- Ryan
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #620069 by Green Tortuga
Jul 10, 2011 3:37pm
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Next thing you know, you'll have him petting cats and playing with cute little puppies.

Only if you let him reverse their nibs!
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #620061 by Amanda from Seattle
Jul 10, 2011 3:39pm
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I'm signed up already signed up for the Hike-a-Thon. So excited for this year!!! I was being faceitious about the desert thing, though... Bellingham has more boxes than you can shake a stick at. But you should definitely plant more! I always need more to find. :)
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #620070 by wassamatta u
Jul 10, 2011 3:53pm
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Now it is kittens. Come on you are starting to sound like you are in a Will Ferrell movie,
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619974 by Kirbert
Jul 10, 2011 3:55pm
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There seem to be lots of deterents to boxing in Florida. Time (those on vacations), heat, humidity being the obvious ones.
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619993 by Family From Florida
Jul 10, 2011 3:57pm
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Yes Virginia Beach has more than it's share of holly bushes. At least many planters let you know to bring gloves.
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619993 by Family From Florida
Jul 10, 2011 4:06pm
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We have brambles and poison ivy here in the Rochester area. Brambles I can deal with by wearing long pants. That does help. Poison ivy is the one I look out for. Also, low branches on trees can be a problem.
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #620063 by Family From Florida
Jul 10, 2011 4:24pm
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So, I try to get the drivebys because they are faster.

That's interesting. I saw someone else say they only see the thorns on the drive-bys, too. I don't think I've ever seen rosebushes on a drive-by box. The boxes I find in the middle of rosebushes are on longer hikes... not too long, becaues it's usually when I'm traveling, too, but usually the 1-3 mile range.
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #620063 by Family From Florida
Jul 10, 2011 4:25pm
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Today my guide had me wading through stinging nettle
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #620077 by IrishRef
Jul 10, 2011 4:43pm
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There seem to be lots of deterents to boxing in Florida. Time (those on vacations), heat, humidity being the obvious ones.

Time, heat, humidity, distance away from Delaware.... :)
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619974 by Kirbert
Jul 10, 2011 5:19pm
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I live in a letterboxing hotspot. Send me one of your carves and I'll gladly plant it!
Re: Searching Dangers (was "Letterboxing No-Man's Land")
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #620077 by IrishRef
Jul 10, 2011 5:51pm
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There seem to be lots of deterents to boxing in Florida. Time (those on vacations), heat, humidity being the obvious ones.

Then there are the alligators.

I was geocaching down in Florida on a pedestrian bridge. It was the first span so I thought that it might be tucked up between the concrete abutment and the beam. It was low water, so the water was at least 100 feet away each direction. I only realized later that this is 'gater country, though I've never seen one in the wild, fortunately.

Here (in Utah) the only dangerous things we've got are black widows, brown recluse and rattle snakes. I've never seen the later two in the wild. I'm not used to the dangers elsewhere.

But Australia leads the world in poisonous animals. I certainly wouldn't want to be poking in hidey holes Down Under.
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #620095 by Dizzy
Jul 10, 2011 5:53pm
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I saw someone else say they only see the thorns on the drive-bys, too.

I got my worst case of poison ivy from a drive by! It was worth it though, the stamp was outstanding! My backback for letterboxing is part food mart, part shed, part first aid station. I figure it is part of the adventure. I do my best to wear appropriate cothing, footware and socks, plus gloves when needed, and I look out for the hazards, but stuff happens. I keep it in mind when scouting out places for plants though.

Mini Mouse