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Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924331 by PI Joe
Apr 13, 2016 9:08am
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I do like your use of colors, it that for calendar years the boxes were found?

I meant the colored pins on the Google map.
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924332 by PI Joe
Apr 13, 2016 9:14am
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Yes the Google map is by year, county map on density.
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924334 by Squatchis
Apr 13, 2016 1:46pm
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I'm all signed up with an account, but I can't get it to change colors even after adding a legend. What am I doing wrong?
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924358 by Sudoku Crazy
Apr 13, 2016 1:54pm
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Without knowing what exactly you're doing it's hard to say.

Assuming you have an account, have made your desired legend.
Then go to each individual state from the drop down menu in the top right and mark your travels as desired. Makes sure you save or update.

It does take up to an hour before the site updates changes, so you won't see any changes on the national map until then.
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924359 by Squatchis
Apr 13, 2016 1:58pm
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I just couldn't get the colors to change. Logging out and back in seems to have worked!
Passage of Time
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 13, 2016 2:01pm
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Hello friends,

An out of state letterboxer wrote to ask if any of my old boxes were easy and active.
after 5 years, I didn't know, but I checked on one from Safari Man, and discovered that he had passed.

I am so sad. I will attempt to restore his boxes (Smallest Church near Coolville) for the visitor this weekend, but I am sad that so many of our boxes have fallen into disrepair. Anyone have any suggestions on what to do about this?

Just wanted to say "Hi" again.
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924329 by Squatchis
Apr 13, 2016 2:39pm
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Can you get the data bu exporting it? And how many boxes can you export at a time
Re: Passage of Time
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924361 by Capt Kirk
Apr 13, 2016 2:54pm
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Just wanted to say "Hi" again.

Hey!!!! Welcome back!!!

Despite any hopes you may have harbored to the contrary.... I'm still here!

But really, it's good to see you pop up again!
Re: Passage of Time
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924363 by wassamatta u
Apr 13, 2016 3:09pm
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Wassamatta U!

I remember that name!

How do you feel about me dusting of one or two of Safari Man's box locations to restore only the easiest of letterboxes for those passing through our area? Is this an acceptable practice? I don't carve well, so they'd have to be store-stamps and store-bought log books, but I'd like a few to remain active.

PS: I'm in SE Ohio, and these would be in the local town, or along a major transportation route.

-Kirk
Re: Passage of Time
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924364 by Capt Kirk
Apr 13, 2016 4:05pm
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I don't know Safari Man, but if you wanted help carving for tribute boxes I would be willing to help.

You can't really replace a box that has lost a stamp. If there is no stamp left, I don't think anyone would mind you doing a tribute in the same location as a retired box though.
Re: Passage of Time
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Reply to: #924364 by Capt Kirk
Apr 13, 2016 4:06pm
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You might try contacting granny butterfly before you do anything. I think she is caretaking many of Safari Man's boxes.

In the meanwhile, why not check up on all your plants, make repairs and update the status on them, so the curious out-of-staters have a reason to return?
Re: Passage of Time
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924369 by speedsquare
Apr 13, 2016 5:51pm
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You might try contacting granny butterfly before you do anything. I think she is caretaking many of Safari Man's boxes.

Yep! Granny Butterfly is Safari Man's sister, and she has inherited his boxes. Tributes and maintenance are always welcome things, but best to check with the owner when doing major overhauls/replacements.
Re: Passage of Time
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924376 by wassamatta u
Apr 13, 2016 5:54pm
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I'm pretty sure Okie Dog is Safari Man's sister. Maybe Granny Butterfly is too?
Re: Passage of Time
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924378 by Boxer Lover47
Apr 13, 2016 6:07pm
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I saw Granny Butterfly listed as the originator of this particular box, and time is so short... if I am to place anything at the location for the out-of-towners who are coming to visit relatives nearby. There is NOTHING left in the location of the letterbox but a pile of brokendown stones. They could be restacked and something "hidden" beneath the topmost stone, to satisfy the printed instructions of the clue. But I don't recall the image of the original stamp and have no desire to take over Safari Man's possessions or boxes. I was only asked about that one location as being easily accessed, and it was one of my first discoveries...and so, in his memory, I want to place something there for the pleasure of another boxer.

I think the listing says the box was "retired" (as was Safari Man "retired")... so I'm not sure how or why the out-of-towners came up with this one. Except I think it's the most accessible to anyone passing by.

**7 Years ago, my son and I stopped at the location and while we were there, someone else was messing with the location of the letterbox. My kids noted it and started to poke about, but I stopped them. 12 months later, we started getting into letterboxing, and I realized that we had seen a "Boxer" uncovering and recovering the pouch with the stamp and all... and that I had denied my kids getting into letterboxing by a year, telling them to leave it alone.
Re: Passage of Time
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924367 by LROSEM
Apr 13, 2016 6:10pm
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Unfortunately, there's no letterbox left there. There's a pile of flat stones that once were stacked to hide the box, but I only know that from memory. The adjacent parking lot has been used as a staging location for the construction of an injection well, and a cell phone tower...so there's no stamp, log book or anything else to repair. That's why I was thinking of just buying a quick stamp and logbook to "hide" there for the imminent arrival of the out-of-town guests.
Re: Passage of Time
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924378 by Boxer Lover47
Apr 13, 2016 6:12pm
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I'm pretty sure Okie Dog is Safari Man's sister.

Oh, gosh, yes, you are right! I got confused there, and my profound apologies to those involved!!
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924362 by Baqash
Apr 13, 2016 6:20pm
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I don't follow.

I can export all the data point from the Google map onto a specific type of file which preserves whatever data you give it and GPS location.

The county map is pretty non exportable besides the maps as far as I'm aware
Re: Passage of Time
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Reply to: #924363 by wassamatta u
Apr 13, 2016 6:29pm
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It's funny, cause I remember SOME of the names of people who have responded to this thread, but most I cannot place...or don't remember the personality behind the "handle" or "trail name". So help me out... Is wassamatta u the sysop? Or was that Green Tortuga? Or are they the same person?

My memory has faded, and I apologize, but that's a problem with getting older. I turned 60 and just don't remember relationships I had any more.
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924385 by Squatchis
Apr 13, 2016 6:41pm
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I was asking if you can export the location data from AQ or if you retyped everything
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924387 by Baqash
Apr 13, 2016 6:47pm
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Retyped everything. I have my own digital log book which I maintain.

Typical logging is as follows.
Log on Aq/lbna
Place pin on map (at as exact a location I can manage)
Determine country based off Google maps if in doubt
Log digital log.
Update county map as needed.
Re: Passage of Time
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924383 by Capt Kirk
Apr 14, 2016 3:34am
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If there is nothing left of the box and it has been marked as "retired", anything you plant would then be a totally new box. While you could certainly place it in the same location, it would really be "your" box at that point. Perhaps you could do a quick plant at this location since it sounds like it has good accessibility for travelers, and then, if you so desire, take a little time to do a nice tribute box for Safari Man. He was well-loved and respected in the letterboxing community and I am sure you could get a donated stamp and logbook if that is not something you would be able to do. (I would be happy to help with either a stamp or logbook).

SpringChick
Can anyone use transparencies for image transfers or LTCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 14, 2016 6:19am
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My company is moving tomorrow, and the Great Office Purge has resulted in the discovery of quite a few boxes of transparencies. If anyone is interested and is willing to send me a SASE, I'm happy to share! Please contact me privately. Thanks.
Re: Alternative Mapping
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Reply to: #924387 by Baqash
Apr 14, 2016 8:38am
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I was asking if you can export the location data from AQ

I got the My Maps on Google to accept data exported from AQ. First I did an advanced search of my boxes--apparently only 100 can be done per layer. Then I mapped the results to KMI. After it did its thing I checked my download file and an earth file had appeared with the data. I could edit that file by clicking on the pin I wanted and deleting ones such as mysteries and bonus boxes. I went to My Maps and chose import data and then dragged the earth icon onto the add a layer. It worked.
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924411 by Wronghat
Apr 14, 2016 9:33am
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I got the My Maps on Google to accept data exported from AQ.

Thanks. 100 at a time. guess i'll save it for when i have better service and more time.
Re: Passage of Time
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Reply to: #924396 by SpringChick
Apr 14, 2016 12:36pm
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That's EXACTLY my idea, Spring Chick. I would be honored for any assistance you or others care to provide. I've made a quick plant for this weekend, but would welcome a carved tribute stamp and/or logbook to make this more of a tribute to Glenn/Safari Man. Thank you for your support!
Tutorial on Making Letterbox Pouch (Safari Man's Pics)
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 14, 2016 12:54pm
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Hello everyone,

I've recently learned of the passing some 3 years ago of our beloved "Safari Man". Glenn made a nice sequence of photos to demonstrate how he made letterbox pouches to protect log books, stamps, etc.

Wassamatta U was kind enough to dig this up for me, and I'm going to be using it for inspiration this weekend.

You might enjoy seeing Glenn's process. There are some photos of him as well as his dog assistant.
Share and enjoy!

Here is the Safari Man photo tutorial:
http://www.atlasquest.com/gallery/viewalbum.html?gAlbumId=802;gSortBy=newest
Renewing or Resurrecting "Retired" or "Inactive" Letterboxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 14, 2016 12:58pm
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Folk,

It's so easy for an abandoned or forgotten letterbox to be lost or disappear from our memory.

Several of the ones around my area have been lost prior to my entry into the hobby some seven years ago, and since I drifted away five years or more ago, many of mine have gone missing.

Some of us have been discussing the possibility of resurrecting a few key locations.
I'd like to start a discussion about the politics or process of using a location that has gone "missing" or "retired" either by death, abandonment, or forgetfulness.

Would anyone mind if a kindly fallen-away letterboxer renewed a few of the more accessible locations?

Please share your thoughts on this idea.
Re: Renewing or Resurrecting "Retired" or "Inactive" Letterboxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924428 by Capt Kirk
Apr 14, 2016 1:24pm
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If the box is long-gone, I don't see any problem with putting a new box at that property. Most of the boxes I plant nowadays are located in a spot that I want to share with other people, so if the old, missing boxes were planted in a great spot, I'd say to go for it!

If nothing of the old box remains, I'd create a new listing. And unless you were the owner of the old box, I wouldn't copy the other person's clues.
Re: Renewing or Resurrecting "Retired" or "Inactive" Letterboxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924428 by Capt Kirk
Apr 14, 2016 2:16pm
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I'd like to start a discussion about the politics or process of using a location that has gone "missing" or "retired" either by death, abandonment, or forgetfulness.

I liked the way you made mention of the previous planter and letterbox. I do that as well when I know I'm planting near now defunct letterboxes.
Re: Renewing or Resurrecting "Retired" or "Inactive" Letterboxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924428 by Capt Kirk
Apr 14, 2016 2:27pm
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While I agree that there is nothing wrong with putting a box where one previously existed, and that's certainly tempting to do if it is a particularly nice location, I would give some thought to how many 'boxers may have found the previous box -- was it a popular box? was it there for a long time? Would they want to go back to the same place or would it be better to offer up an alternate, equally awesome location?

But, there are always those spots that are "just begging for a box"...

SpringChick