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Re: Found damaged letterbox HY5
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Reply to: #842497 by System
Apr 21, 2014 4:34pm
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Thank you for posting about the damaged letterbox you found in the Acres Trust in Allen County, Indiana. In order to better identify the box and its owner, can you tell the name of the box. (This should be on the front of the logbook, if it is readable.) Also, was there a rubber stamp included with the box? If so, what is the image?

Thanks for any further information you can provide.

Grumpy Grinch - not the owner of the box, unfortunately
Re: Found damaged letterbox HY5
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #842497 by System
Apr 21, 2014 5:30pm
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Looks like Hy5 is the planter. They seem to have 5 boxes at the Acres Land Trust in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

They haven't logged into AQ since February of 2013. Is anyone close enough to make this right?
Re: Found damaged letterbox HY5
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #842499 by Grumpy Grinch
Apr 21, 2014 11:11pm
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The Bicentennial Woods LB clue mentions Shoaf Rd. :
http://www.atlasquest.com/boxes/clue/?gBoxId=115722

Why is it that everyone responding to this message is in California? : )

If no one from IN speaks up, it would be great if you eventually put the box where the clue says it should be.
If you do, you can add a comment on the clue page so future finders will know it's there- but do say whether the stamp is missing.
Thanks!
Re: Found damaged letterbox HY5
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #842550 by Summerfun
Apr 21, 2014 11:22pm
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If you are looking for people from Indiana to post, you make want to ask on the Indiana Board. Good luck!
Re: Found damaged letterbox HY5
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Reply to: #842552 by Bubbaloo Magoo
Apr 21, 2014 11:40pm
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Thanks; Kelsung beat us to it: http://www.atlasquest.com/boards/message.html?gMsgId=842524;gThreadId=121869

I suspect the Indiana boxers all went to sleep early so they can get up at dawn and go boxing. ;-)
Re: Found damaged letterbox HY5
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Reply to: #842553 by Summerfun
Apr 22, 2014 6:11am
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I live in Indiana but nowhere near that area so I didn't say anything.
Re: Found damaged letterbox HY5
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #842502 by MrOspital
Apr 23, 2014 5:01am
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Mother N8ture is up that way... not sure how often she logs into AQ, I'll message her on FB...

Thanks!
Gwen of BT
help for hy5 box
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 23, 2014 5:35am
I can help with this box. Chances are I had orignally found it. I will reach out to the individual. Thanks Boston Terrorists. We need to catch up.

Mother n8ture
Un-ignoring Threads
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Apr 24, 2014 9:31am
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How the heck would one un-ignore a thread one accidentally ignored??!!
Re: Un-ignoring Threads
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Reply to: #843032 by buttercup
Apr 24, 2014 9:48am
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Go to the "Boards" tab, go to "Recent Threads" (I'm assuming), find the thread you're looking for. On the Far right side there should be a hyperlink that says "Unignore". Cllick that, and you should be golden.
Re: Un-ignoring Threads
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Reply to: #843035 by Kentucky_Fried_Ghost
Apr 24, 2014 10:20am
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Ha! Thanks!
Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 26, 2014 12:04am
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I was wondering if anyone had managed to make a floating and/or underwater letterbox? I would love to do something like this but I have no idea how I'd be able to mark the correct location if it's out in the middle of the water. Obviously I can't just put a Buoy there.

Thoughts?
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843342 by The Lost Boys
Apr 26, 2014 12:15am
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I've seen photos of people wading hip deep at Live And Breathe, and I recall 3 Blind Mice mentioning some underwater creations, so it certainly can be done.

K
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843343 by Kelsung
Apr 26, 2014 1:27am
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I suppose also that perhaps coordinates might be able to make a difference...unless there are other tangible ways. I've seen videos of underwater geocaches but they didn't explain how to make them.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
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Reply to: #843346 by The Lost Boys
Apr 26, 2014 4:19am
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I did one for an event. It was at the edge of the water so people didn't have to go in. I used a wide-necked water bottle and attached it to a tree with a carabiner and plastic chain. I put a metal block in it so it would sink. It was short term so I didn't have to worry about freezing and cracking.

It did get wet inside, not so much from leaking but from people's wet hands. You'd have to think about protecting the logbook very carefully, or not putting one in the underwater part and maybe hiding it close by instead.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
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Reply to: #843342 by The Lost Boys
Apr 26, 2014 4:49am
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Letterboxer2002 had one underwater once. I will ask him about it and get back to you.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
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Reply to: #843342 by The Lost Boys
Apr 26, 2014 5:25am
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I did a underwater box for a event once. The event shelter was within feet from the lake. I poked the big end of a cane fishing pole into the ground , attached a small container holding the stamp onto end of line, added weights and a bobber, set up a camping chair on the bank at the pole, the camp chair held the logbook and a hand towel.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843342 by The Lost Boys
Apr 26, 2014 5:45am
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An underwater "box" has to be weighted correctly, or it will float.

One time, I used a plastic Gatorade powder container (short cylinder, screw-on lid, wide mouth). Filled it within one inch of the top with granite river rock, then poured in sand. There was just enough room for an unmounted stamp and a thin logbook on top. The "box" was placed in a creek, hidden among the rocks at the edge.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
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Reply to: #843354 by Bungalow Boxer
Apr 26, 2014 5:50am
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The Lady of the Lake did once reside in Squantz Pond (in 2002). When you followed the clues, you found a tree with a chain. The chain was attached to her watery tomb made of a grey Nalgene bottle attached to a weight. I put the log, stamp, and ink in a waterproof pouch. You should not have to worry about compression from freezing. The bottle is at the bottom of the pond and is flexible enough to drive over with a car. Email me if you have any questions. I would be glad to help!

Alan (letterboxer2002)
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843342 by The Lost Boys
Apr 26, 2014 8:32am
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What I have seen with caches are Pelican boxes. They are made to be underwater and have a carabiner already attached. Then they use a weight, like a brick or homemade with cement, that has a metal loop, so when the finders go after it, it can be detached and reattached without having to struggle with the weight.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
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Reply to: #843342 by The Lost Boys
Apr 26, 2014 8:48am
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These are retired so I'll share this:
I made some that I permanently glued to pennies and tossed them in with other pennies in fountains:

http://www.atlasquest.com/gallery/viewphoto.html?gPhotoId=75376
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
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Reply to: #843383 by The Wolf Family
Apr 26, 2014 10:05am
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You're so sly!!
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843342 by The Lost Boys
Apr 26, 2014 10:50am
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Obviously I can't just put a Buoy there.

Depends. There are plenty of marker buoys around here. Heck, some people think a white diagonal bar through a red field is a marker buoy to be circled on a jetski. ::glares at idiot boaters::

But, I digress. How accessible do you want them? I can't image too many finds on a box that requires the finder to get their scuba rig. More on a snorkel-able box, even more than a wade-able box. You could build a wooden structure that resembles a lobster trap, weigh it down, and have that hold a water proof container. Coordinates to the surface buoy, if there is one, could be clues.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
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Reply to: #843383 by The Wolf Family
Apr 26, 2014 3:53pm
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Do you still have the clue up for the pennies? That sounds interesting!
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
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Reply to: #843411 by LMN
Apr 26, 2014 4:04pm
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Do you still have the clue up for the pennies? That sounds interesting!

This sounds like the one that the homeless peed in the water and you had to reach in the water for the box, sort of like reaching into a toilet bowl. Lots of fun, maybe even a blue diamond box altho I really don't remember for sure about the BD. lol :)
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
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Reply to: #843359 by Dartmoor Dreamer
Apr 26, 2014 4:28pm
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An underwater "box" has to be weighted correctly, or it will float.

Either that or tethered to a rock......Team We're Your Huckleberry has one ready to go but haven't planted it.......
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
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Reply to: #843412 by airstream dreams
Apr 26, 2014 5:04pm
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This sounds like the one that the homeless peed in the water and you had to reach in the water for the box, sort of like reaching into a toilet bowl.

Actually, they were initially planted in SC in a stream at an event. They were also planted for an event in a fountain up in Huntersville that had been drained and cleaned that day. And the last the time they were planted in downtown and it was later discovered that homeless peed in the water. There's probably been a few boxes that have had animals pee on them in the wild too. But regardless, it did kind of suck the fun out of it after you seemed to like to just bring up the last time over and over so I retired them. But other people might like the idea and can use them where they like.
Preparing for our cross-country letterboxing trip
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 26, 2014 6:09pm
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Driving cross country this summer for a granddaughter's HS graduation. To do:
Run trip planner to and from destination, setting several waypoints. Check
Decide on daily destinations. Check
Run trip planner again - once for each day of travel. Save trips. Check
Review, select, and consolidate clues for each day of travel. Check
Print daily clue sheets. Check
Carve stamps, make logbooks, and prepare boxes for trip. 34 complete. Check
Make hotel reservations for each day. Check
Now comes the hardest part: WAIT WAIT WAIT

Thanks, Ryan, for making the 'boxing part of our trip so simple.
Re: Preparing for our cross-country letterboxing trip
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Reply to: #843426 by Grumpy Grinch
Apr 26, 2014 6:41pm
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Wow! You made 34 boxes? Amazing.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
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Reply to: #843419 by The Wolf Family
Apr 26, 2014 8:43pm
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I'd much rather find those over an empty letterbox full of pee, at least there was a stamp involved with yours! Still seriously wicked cool, and eevil.