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Re: Why hide plants?
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Reply to: #971583 by All 4 Bama
Feb 16, 2019 1:49pm
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can I ask what state this is in

Whatever you do don't temporary or otherwise plant in Prince William Forest Park, Dumfries, VA. There was an event there and it was supposed to be a 2 day event and the ranger forced us to pull all the boxes on the morning of the first day. It was very sad as the event planner had worked very hard and many people had come and we were also very disappointed!!!
Re: Why hide plants?
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Reply to: #971581 by Fantastic Mrs. Fox
Feb 16, 2019 1:52pm
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The people it matters to can see my boxes, which after seeing your stats (sketchy-looking guy) that it won't matter at all.

Just an alias that I thought might fit the logbook stalking theme. Is that 2018 in your profile? Congrats on one year of boxing!!!
Re: Why hide plants?
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Reply to: #971589 by sketchy-looking guy
Feb 16, 2019 2:02pm
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Just an alias that I thought might fit the logbook stalking theme.

::::::deep sigh of relief::::::: lol
Re: Why hide plants?
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Reply to: #971588 by Elle
Feb 16, 2019 2:06pm
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I remember that. I think it was decided that maybe he was just a jerk on a power trip. Just our luck that he noticed.
Re: Why hide plants?
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Reply to: #971591 by MissMoon
Feb 16, 2019 4:05pm
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Exactly. 2 other people got tickets too.
Re: Why hide plants?
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Reply to: #971552 by Fantastic Mrs. Fox
Feb 16, 2019 4:31pm
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I got a ticket for putting out a temporary box at my campsite in a state park during an event.

I feel for you. I was arrested once at an event, under similar circumstances. Cuffs and everything. Good times, good times.
Re: Why hide plants?
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Reply to: #971599 by wassamatta u
Feb 16, 2019 5:41pm
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Sometimes, I'd like a "jaw dropping wildly" button...
Re: Why hide plants?
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Reply to: #971599 by wassamatta u
Feb 16, 2019 5:57pm
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Cuffs and everything.

Yeah, but he let you go pretty quick. We were all a little disappointed never to see you in the back of the squad car. *nodding*

-- Ryan
Re: Why hide plants?
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Reply to: #971573 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Feb 16, 2019 6:00pm
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no state park in texas allows letterboxes without a permit. Which is a very very lengthy process...
Re: Why hide plants?
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Reply to: #971598 by Fantastic Mrs. Fox
Feb 16, 2019 7:18pm
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I was responding to the post about the event in Virginia in 2016, the post from Ele. Forgot to include the quote from it.

https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?eventId=3522
Re: Why hide plants?
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Reply to: #971605 by Green Tortuga
Feb 17, 2019 3:20am
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This discussion reminds me of the story of how I chose my trail name. The year was 2001 ..... I was legit put in handcuffs, given a breathalyzer, and had my children escorted to a DCYF van when a looky loo in an RV thought I looked suspicious while we were seeking a Jay Drew mystery box in RI. Local and State Police. DEM. Back then we NEVER revealed what we were doing. I told them I was identifying trees. I was finally released.

Warrior Woman
‘nuf said
Re: Lock & Locks or...?
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Reply to: #971406 by RDHG
Feb 18, 2019 6:04am
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I buy them on Amazon. Still a little pricey, but can find bulk sets that bring the price down a little compared to buying singles.
Re: Lock & Locks or...?
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Reply to: #971691 by BaliWho
Feb 18, 2019 6:07am
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Thank you, BaliWho. I have been looking at Amazon but have not found a really good deal yet. I will keep looking! :D
Re: Why hide plants?
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Reply to: #971606 by Fantastic Mrs. Fox
Feb 19, 2019 11:19pm
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no state park in texas allows letterboxes without a permit. Which is a very very lengthy process...

and thus, Renegades.
Does anyone clean stamps anymore?!?!?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Feb 21, 2019 4:52pm
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I just read some instructions for first time letterboxers. Not once did it mention CLEANING the stamp before rehiding. That's what I was taught - cleaning the stamp for the next finder. Is that not done anymore?
Re: Does anyone clean stamps anymore?!?!?
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Reply to: #971907 by Stitches
Feb 21, 2019 5:52pm
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I'd only clean a stamp if I were using a different color for some reason. Is that what you're asking?
Re: Does anyone clean stamps anymore?!?!?
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Reply to: #971907 by Stitches
Feb 21, 2019 5:55pm
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I think it's common courtesy to clean a stamp if you have a really juicy ink pad or use the wrong color.

However, people leaving ink on a stamp has saved me when I forgot my ink a few times.
Re: Does anyone clean stamps anymore?!?!?
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Reply to: #971911 by Rocklun
Feb 22, 2019 3:55am
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I'd only clean a stamp if I were using a different color for some reason. Is that what you're asking?

No, I'm referring to cleaning it after stamping in, leaving it clean.
Re: Does anyone clean stamps anymore?!?!?
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Reply to: #971923 by Stitches
Feb 22, 2019 4:18am
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No, I'm referring to cleaning it after stamping in, leaving it clean.

Honestly, I've been boxing for a while, and I've never heard of doing that, except under the two circumstances that LROSEM mentioned.
Re: Does anyone clean stamps anymore?!?!?
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Reply to: #971923 by Stitches
Feb 22, 2019 5:14am
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No, I'm referring to cleaning it after stamping in, leaving it clean.

That's not a thing. I don't think it ever was. Why would you want the stamps cleaned?
Re: Does anyone clean stamps anymore?!?!?
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Reply to: #971912 by LROSEM
Feb 22, 2019 5:37am
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However, people leaving ink on a stamp has saved me when I forgot my ink a few times.

Yep. Huffing also brings me great joy when I'm too lazy to color a stamp!
Re: Does anyone clean stamps anymore?!?!?
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Reply to: #971925 by Trailhead Tessie
Feb 22, 2019 5:42am
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Why would you want the stamps cleaned?

Supposedly for the next person, as a courtesy. I got black ink on my blue ink pad once because I thought the stamp looked like it had blue on it. It was a cheap ink pad, so no big deal, but still

I don't remember where I read that stamps should be cleaned, but I DO remember reading it as one of letterboxing's rules.

If that isn't done anymore, I'm on board...after all, there are so many letterboxes and so little time!!!!! On to the next!!!!...
Re: Does anyone clean stamps anymore?!?!?
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Reply to: #971927 by Stitches
Feb 22, 2019 5:54am
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I found this: http://www.letterboxing.info/articles/00000002.php

scroll down to "Paper towels, cotton rag". It talks about cleaning the stamp there.
Re: Does anyone clean stamps anymore?!?!?
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Reply to: #971927 by Stitches
Feb 22, 2019 6:02am
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First; there are NO letterboxing rules. LOL.
Cleaning a stamp is not a requirement but a courtesy. It should be done if stamp looks dirty or messy in some way before or after you stamp but it is not expected every time. Save yourself some time and move on to the next gem to find. Happy boxing.
Re: Does anyone clean stamps anymore?!?!?
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Reply to: #971907 by Stitches
Feb 22, 2019 6:06am
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I do both.

If a stamp is consistently stamped in the same color (i.e. black), then, in my mind, there is no need to clean it before or after.

If a stamp calls for color, I try to respect the colors suggested. If I do that, I also feel the stamp doesn't need to be cleaned.

But I do clean a stamp BEFORE I stamp in if it's wet/dirty/etc. upon finding or if it's meant to be in a certain color(s) and has been stamped previously in another color(s). I clean a stamp AFTER I stamp in if I've altered the suggested colors.

I think it's just a little bit of common sense and a little bit of letterbox courtesy.
Re: Does anyone clean stamps anymore?!?!?
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Reply to: #971927 by Stitches
Feb 22, 2019 6:06am
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I got black ink on my blue ink pad once because I thought the stamp looked like it had blue on it.

Been there, done that...I typically pat the stamp on a napkin or the clue before inking. Often stamps around here are covered in a very goopy black for whatever reason and I like color. I'll also pat the stamp after stamping, but typically don't wipe or clean it otherwise.

Sometimes, the layering of inks used by previous finders adds a cool effect!
Re: Does anyone clean stamps anymore?!?!?
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Reply to: #971923 by Stitches
Feb 22, 2019 8:10am
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As far as I'm concerned the only time anyone is "required" to clean a stamp.....and clean it thoroughly...... is when they feel the strange need to use metallic ink. Which they shouldn't be doing in the first place because it usually never comes totally clean and you have to try and finish the job for them.

I carry an old wash cloth with me to clean a stamp if I need to. Or if it's gotten really wet. 99.99999 per cent of the time I don't need to use it.

I think back in the mists of letterboxing time it was "kind" of a rule....one that was discussed many times.

Time marches on.
Re: Does anyone clean stamps anymore?!?!?
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Reply to: #971942 by MissMoon
Feb 22, 2019 9:16am
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As far as I'm concerned the only time anyone is "required" to clean a stamp.....and clean it thoroughly...... is when they feel the strange need to use metallic ink.

I want to once again thank the poor boxer for cleaning out the gold metallic ink we slobbered into every nook & cranny of Lundy and Vickster's brilliantly carved and Purple Diamond earning Lynn, Lynn the City of . . . series. We were new . . . and first finders no less :(

Lundy and Vickster are a class act who never flamed a family of newbies (our sig stamp was still carved out of wood back then!! )
Re: Does anyone clean stamps anymore?!?!?
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Reply to: #971933 by Angel Winks
Feb 22, 2019 11:20am
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If a stamp is consistently stamped in the same color (i.e. black), then, in my mind, there is no need to clean it before or after.

There's a difference here between the ways people respond to their ink pads getting a bit dry. Some of us will whip out the reinker bottle and add a few drops to make it nice and juicy again, and then we will stamp in by lightly tapping the stamp against the surface of the pad until there's a glistening coat of wet ink on the stamping surface of the stamp. Once the stamp is applied to paper, nearly all of this wet ink is transferred to the paper. If one wanted to "clean" the stamp any more than that, just "stamp" it onto a paper towel (or your pants) a couple of times. Done.

There are others among us, though, who still haven't gotten the memo about reinker bottles. They respond to a weak ink pad by smashing the stamp into the pad harder and harder trying to get the last smidgen of ink out of it. This puts ink not only on the stamping surface of the stamp but also fills in the crevices and valleys that the carver lovingly cut to create the image. The stamp ends up an inky mess, and if simply dropped back in the box that way and rehidden, not only does the box get all inky inside, but that ink dries in those crevices and valleys, gradually filling in the stamp image. If this describes your stamping style, by all means you should be cleaning each stamp after use with rubbing alcohol. Or buy yourself a reinker bottle.
Re: Letterboxing Class?
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Reply to: #971447 by RDHG
Feb 22, 2019 11:57am
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I did an Introduction to Letterboxing class at my library as part of a library event, so after the presentation, everyone could try their hand at it. Send me a message if you want the powerpoint!