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Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
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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!
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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
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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
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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")
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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!
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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
Re: Searching Dangers (was "Letterboxing No-Man's Land")
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Reply to: #620121 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jul 10, 2011 5:57pm
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But Australia leads the world in poisonous animals. I certainly wouldn't want to be poking in hidey holes Down Under.

Hence the reason our boxes planted in Australia and Tazmania carry EXTRA precaution notes......we boxed down there using standard hunting caution procedures and managed to all stay alive!
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
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Reply to: #620095 by Dizzy
Jul 10, 2011 6:52pm
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There's thorns on every box's hiding place, or on the way to the hiding place, in my neck of the woods.

We wear gloves, and know how to avoid the worst of the thorns...

romana
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
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Reply to: #619985 by The Wolf Family
Jul 10, 2011 7:37pm
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That'd be cheating.
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
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Reply to: #619993 by Family From Florida
Jul 10, 2011 7:39pm
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I would like people who plant their boxes inside prickly bushes to really re-think that.

I represent that remark!

Actually, I try to avoid planting in the prickly bushes, but sometimes it's really difficult. Sometimes within the prickly bushes is the only spot you have any confidence the box won't get muggled.
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
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Reply to: #620017 by ElectricMedic
Jul 10, 2011 7:43pm
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No, I don't think so. I've been through there a couple of times, but local boxers seemed to have the place fairly well covered so I didn't add to it. I did plant a few boxes in the St. Augustine area not long ago, if that's on your way.
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
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Reply to: #620042 by speedsquare
Jul 10, 2011 7:47pm
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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.

I've found geocaches hidden in boxes on utility poles that sound like that -- and they were planted by the Tallahassee Department of Parks and Recreation! Usually with a padlock, the combination is given on the cache sheet. Note that these boxes didn't actually contain any electrical equipment -- you can easily tell because there are no wires or conduits going in or out. But otherwise they looked just like any other box on a utility pole.
Re: Prickers, holly bushes, vines OH MY!
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Reply to: #620063 by Family From Florida
Jul 10, 2011 7:50pm
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The boxes we find are while we are traveling. So, I try to get the drivebys because they are faster.

I highly recommend you consider changing that policy. Instead of hunting five driveby's along your route, hunt just one box that actually involves a short hike. See which results in a more satisfying trip.
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
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Reply to: #620069 by Green Tortuga
Jul 10, 2011 7:51pm
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OK, that one went over my head.
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
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Reply to: #620077 by IrishRef
Jul 10, 2011 7:53pm
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Heat and humidity aren't a problem when you box in November! :-) Admittedly not a good place to box in the summer, though. Y'all consider a Christmas vacation down this way, y'hear?
Re: Searching Dangers (was "Letterboxing No-Man's Land")
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Reply to: #620121 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jul 10, 2011 7:57pm
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Then there are the alligators.

Phooey. This time of year, SWMBO and I spend every Saturday and Sunday evening in the vicinity of my Off Da Hook letterbox, just hanging out and watching the fishermen. There are three gators there, just swimming around lazily in case someone catches a catfish and throws it back too torn up to swim. It's difficult to imagine a critter less threatening than an alligator. Dogs are far more worrisome.
Why hide your finds?
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Jul 10, 2011 8:29pm
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I'm curious to know why anyone would choose to hide their finds. I understand that the option is available and that everyone has the right to choose that option. I just don't understand why they would.
Re: Why hide your finds?
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Reply to: #620181 by Boots Tex
Jul 10, 2011 8:35pm
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Because a stalker could use your most recent finds to discover where you are, and predict where you are likely to be.
Re: Letterboxing No-Man's Land
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Reply to: #620155 by Kirbert
Jul 10, 2011 8:35pm
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That'd be cheating.

And?
Re: Why hide your finds?
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Reply to: #620181 by Boots Tex
Jul 10, 2011 8:37pm
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It's called "logbook stalking" -- where people look to see where you've been (and possibly line up Mystery boxes that you've hid with boxes you found on the same day).

Either way, many didn't think it was a big deal, while others asked Ryan to hide their finds. Ryan, as you didn't see the big deal and it just didn't make sense.

Then, correct me if I'm wrong, Ryan went ahead and hid his finds. Apparently there were some who didn't like this at all and wrote Ryan saying things that just freaked him out -- so much so that he made it the defalt setting.

It's not a big deal until people go nutso on you for hiding your finds.

And that's my understanding of the whole hide your find thing.

hx6