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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
Board: Letterbox Chatter
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
Board: Letterbox Chatter
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
Board: Letterbox Chatter
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
Board: Letterbox Chatter
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
Board: Letterbox Chatter
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
Board: Letterbox Chatter
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
Board: Letterbox Chatter
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
Board: Letterbox Chatter
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.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
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Reply to: #843419 by The Wolf Family
Apr 27, 2014 4:59am
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Sigh. And if anyone else is like me, once in a while, I have had the pleasure of needing to stick my hand into a real toilet bowl to retrieve some sort of needed object. And I never received a stamp for doing that! Thank goodness those days are mostly past!!

bluebirdlover
I'll take the clever stamp and the watered down contents, thank you very much!
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843419 by The Wolf Family
Apr 27, 2014 5:13am
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Seems to me the concentration of pee in that fountain couldn't be any where near that of a public pool during kids swim! And I'd take some highly diluted pee over anything with more than 8 legs any time!
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Reply to: #843412 by airstream dreams
Apr 27, 2014 5:36am
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I've been told several times that urine is sterile.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
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Reply to: #843352 by Fiddleheads
Apr 27, 2014 7:50am
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Add to clue listing: "Bring a towel."
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
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Reply to: #843467 by bluebirdlover
Apr 27, 2014 7:55am
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I have had the pleasure of needing to stick my hand into a real toilet bowl to retrieve some sort of needed object... Thank goodness those days are mostly past!!

In my case it was usually a comb that had flipped out of a back pocket. Now my hair is gone, so I haven't carried a comb for a decade.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843468 by LuLaHe
Apr 27, 2014 7:57am
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Need a good concentration of chlorine or bromine.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843419 by The Wolf Family
Apr 27, 2014 9:41am
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other people might like the idea and can use them where they like.

I don't know if she got the idea from you or thought the evil thing up on her own, but an unnamed boxer did the same and tossed the penny/stamp into a stream, laden with hundreds of naked pennies, running through a downtown mall in Salt Lake City. You had to nonchalantly (with absolutely no cover) sit by the stream and diddle your hand into the water searching for the correct penny, all the while dodging the suspicions of the overly-aggressive mall security. Very difficult to be inconspicuous as a 60+ gray-haired woman, who should know better, in the stream right in the middle of the mall! Talk about E-V-I-L! I guess I could have used one of my granddaughters, but they are really well-behaved and I doubt their parents would have appreciated me corrupting them in the name of letterboxing.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843491 by Boxer Lover47
Apr 27, 2014 10:12am
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You had to nonchalantly (with absolutely no cover) sit by the stream and diddle your hand into the water searching for the correct penny, all the while dodging the suspicions of the overly-aggressive mall security.

Hehehehe... I love it.
Tracker still has tons of openings
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 27, 2014 11:07am
http://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?gTrackerId=7588

If anyone doesn't know about Percy Jackson, it's a great book series that has been made into movies and graphic novels. It's about a Demi god named Percy Jackson. He's a kid in a modern world going through Greek battles. It's fun and entertaining, Lots of great things to carve! Any level of carving is welcome, as Super Gav is only 8. (granted, I will be helping his carve along. LOL)
Re: Preparing for our cross-country letterboxing trip
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843426 by Grumpy Grinch
Apr 27, 2014 5:38pm
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Fantastic! Have a great trip!
Re: Preparing for our cross-country letterboxing trip
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Reply to: #843426 by Grumpy Grinch
Apr 27, 2014 5:43pm
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Too bad there's not a "jealous" button! Have a great time!
Re: Preparing for our cross-country letterboxing trip
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843426 by Grumpy Grinch
Apr 27, 2014 7:47pm
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Are you going to be in SoCal? Let us know so we can meet and greet. : ) and look for your new boxes!
Re: Preparing for our cross-country letterboxing trip
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843569 by ClueSo
Apr 27, 2014 8:19pm
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We will spend one night in Redlands, after a very long drive. Since we have to be up and out early the next day, we won't have time to visit. We hope to plan a few days in SoCal later this year. Thanks.
Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 28, 2014 2:16pm
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If someone sends you LTCs or other letterboxing items, and the post office doesn't cancel out the stamps, can you consider that postage still good, or would you peel it off and put on the new postage? Has anyone had things not arrive because of it? And I am talking about regular stamps and not printed postage.
Re: Postage question
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Reply to: #843668 by Early Risers
Apr 28, 2014 2:37pm
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I am sending out in the same package. There is no peeling and re-sticking
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843664 by SeerMeesh
Apr 28, 2014 2:41pm
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If you are unfamiliar with LTCs, The boxers send them to you in an envelope completely covered in tape with tabs where to peel things off and re-use the packaging with the least amount of cost/hassle involved for the host of the tracker. This includes sending new postage inside. With the first postage (the stuff that was sent to me) in perfect order with no marks or curls or anything, it looks like I just put it on.
Re: Postage question
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Reply to: #843669 by SeerMeesh
Apr 28, 2014 2:45pm
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It's still used postage. The service the postage was paid for was performed. Not paying for new postage is essentially stealing the service from the post office.
Re: Postage question
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Reply to: #843673 by Early Risers
Apr 28, 2014 6:35pm
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Of course, getting away with it doesn't make it right or ethical. Ultimately, that's on you.
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843722 by BfloAnonChick
Apr 28, 2014 6:41pm
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Of course, getting away with it doesn't make it right or ethical. Ultimately, that's on you.

Not only that, but consider also the fact that the USPS is deeply in the hole financially. It only costs a couple of bucks to send that package anywhere in the US, involving who knows how many people doing their job just to move that package from point A to point B. Multiply that couple of bucks by all the times stamps gets reused, and I'm sure that's one of the big reasons the USPS is in the red.