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Re: Have you ever...
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Reply to: #977151 by Quarry
Jul 10, 2019 12:29pm
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Just last week! I poked in a certain stump about a thousand times. I would go look in other stumps and then return to this one, certain this was it, but no box. Less than a week later someone else found it, so I returned to try again. Sure enough, it WAS in the stump. Still not sure how I missed it, I poked all over in the decomposing wood and dirt, right where it was. Sort of embarassing, really. :)
Re: Have you ever...
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Reply to: #977151 by Quarry
Jul 10, 2019 12:36pm
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There's a box I've gone to twice so far, and I know right where it should be but, cannot access it due to poison ivy / thorn bushes. I tried hacking my way through last time to no avail. There was one last week, like you say, I was just about to give up on after poking all around and then I was like, "Well, let's try THIS." Bingo. Adventures in letterboxing 101.
Re: Have you ever...
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Reply to: #977156 by Guinea Pigs
Jul 10, 2019 1:17pm
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Speaking of stumps. Recently the tree I had hidden a box in fell, leaving a huge stump. The boxer who discovered the fallen tree looked all over for the box, including among the cut up debris waiting to be hauled off. I drove 45 min. to the town to check it out myself, looked in the stump and all around and couldn't find it. So I recarved the large stamp and another boxer and I again drove to the park to find a new hiding spot. She reached in the stump and pulled out the original box--right where it was supposed to be.
Re: Have you ever...
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Reply to: #977151 by Quarry
Jul 10, 2019 4:05pm
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I've had people follow my clues, sit down to mull it over/pout, and then remember Estella's rules. Usually within 30 seconds, they find the box.
Re: Have you ever...
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Reply to: #977151 by Quarry
Jul 10, 2019 6:08pm
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I was looking for a box that no one had found in nearly 10 years. Then we figured either our math was off, paces were too short.... something. Went back several times. Figured out the phone number might have been changed on the sign and nearly gave up, but I though, eh, a branch that looks like a knee.... went down a bunch more and found it. Actually in good condition too. Hidden for 10 years untouched.
Re: Have you ever...
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Reply to: #977151 by Quarry
Jul 11, 2019 4:30am
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Actually the first box we ever went after was just like that. We tried couldn't find it the first time, tried couldn't find it, the third time realized years later what we had done wrong went back and found it.
Re: Have you ever...
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Reply to: #977167 by Public Hand
Jul 11, 2019 12:09pm
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Years later! Whew. That gives me hope, because I have one that I've visited twice now and I don't understand what I'm doing wrong. I've been told it's a tricky one, so I believe it's still there and I'm just not getting the last clue. I'll stew on it a little longer.
Wish Upon a Star loops - Lannon, Wi - take 2
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Jul 12, 2019 11:51am
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I'm planning on heading out and finding some stamps again... fixing boxes. Anyone want to go?
And fyi - I dont just walk to the box, because I've forgotten locations myself.
Re: Have you ever...
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Reply to: #977171 by Guinea Pigs
Jul 12, 2019 2:18pm
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My partner went on a trail that had 4 boxes. When we came to the first spot, we both looked & looked at every tree and rock in the immediate area - no box. We found the second one and because of time, gave up for the day. We went back two weeks later, tried the first one again and failed. We found the other two and in one last attempt we finally found the first one - right where we had been looking all along. If it was a snake, it would have bitten us.
Re: Have you ever...
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Reply to: #977151 by Quarry
Jul 12, 2019 4:05pm
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Yes. That is all I will say. <ashamed>
Re: Update: Life
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Reply to: #976255 by SeerMeesh
Jul 12, 2019 5:53pm
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Welcome back! I'm up the road-a-piece in Manitowoc. If you and Guinea Pig ever want help with box repair and such, I'm game..
I'ts pretty dry up here and I've not yet boxed Milwaukee.
Re: Update: Life
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Reply to: #977196 by InkTap
Jul 12, 2019 7:32pm
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Going out Sunday if you are interested!
Have deniserows phone number? Text her please.
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Jul 13, 2019 8:53am
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My phone bricked itself. Got a new cell and now i need my precious letterboxing lifeline contacts. SO if you have my number please text me with your trail name & real name. If you've already answered my plea THANX.
(No nothing went to the cloud. Anyone here know how to unbrick a LGV10?Yep i've googled how to DIY. )

deniserows
an iphone XR
Re: Have deniserows phone number? Text her please.
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Reply to: #977218 by deniserows
Jul 13, 2019 9:27am
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Most phones have a port for a memory card. Plug in a memory card and store your contact information on that. Next time your phone gets bricked, just unplug the memory card and plug it into the new phone.
Re: Have deniserows phone number? Text her please.
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Reply to: #977218 by deniserows
Jul 13, 2019 1:35pm
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I have all contacts and photos backed up automatically to my google account since this has happened to me more than once in the past.
Re: Wish Upon a Star loops - Lannon, Wi - take 2
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Reply to: #977186 by SeerMeesh
Jul 14, 2019 9:51am
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Did you have a day in mind?
Re: Wish Upon a Star loops - Lannon, Wi - take 2
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Reply to: #977271 by Guinea Pigs
Jul 14, 2019 1:21pm
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Any day this week or upcoming weekend - except Monday. Let me know.
I work until at least 3pm weekdays.
Planting at a Business
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Jul 17, 2019 11:19am
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After the brutal winter we had I'm looking at approaching a few area businesses to see if they would be willing to host a letterbox to keep the enjoyment going for folks in the area during the arctic winter months. Anyone out there have any words of advice on this topic? Thanks in advance!
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977368 by Vintage Vixen
Jul 17, 2019 12:31pm
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My biggest suggestion would be to find a place that is open long hours, like a coffee shop. Weekend hours would be especially great so that the FTE boxers amongst us could get to your box.

I also think you need to have a plan for making the box accessible even if no one "in the know" is manning the business when you stop by. (Example: putting a box on the games shelf at a coffee shop.) The longer the box is around, turnover in staff means the more likely it is the staff will be clueless. Or if you really want to have the business keep the box behind the counter, put a label on the box and note in the posted clue what the box looks like. Then you can ask the staff person for the "blue box with the picture of a cow on it" and they may be able to find it even if they weren't previously informed of its existence.

Just some ideas.
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977368 by Vintage Vixen
Jul 17, 2019 1:08pm
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Put it in a location where people can get it without asking an employee. Personnel changes.
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977376 by MissMoon
Jul 17, 2019 1:44pm
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IMHO, one thing to avoid like the plague is the scheme where the finder is supposed to research a bunch of answers to questions that some employee is supposed to ask before handing over the box. *Every* time I've run across those, I've spent a half hour researching the questions and then the employee just handed me the box without asking squat. It's frustrating to have wasted all that time.
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977368 by Vintage Vixen
Jul 18, 2019 5:26am
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Restaurants and gift shops are often willing since it may bring in new customers.
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977370 by Origami Hen
Jul 18, 2019 8:55am
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One problem I have run into is where there has been renovation work. This has happened at a coffee shop and at least one library that I tried. The boxes were planted so an employee didn't need to be "in the know", but the box was moved because of the renovation and no one knew where it was. One the owner hunted all over for the box and found it, but the library one was not found
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977368 by Vintage Vixen
Jul 18, 2019 9:11am
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I haven’t planted any indoors, but the ones I have found indoors were: at a small town pharmacy. I had to ask at the pharmacy counter & fortunately one of the three employees knew what I was talking about.; in a library. The boxes were magenetized to the back of book shelves. No issues there because I could just act as if I were looking through books to find box & replace.; & at a visitors center. This one was just in a corner under a bench. Employee knew about it & just pointed me to it.
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977409 by lightbearer
Jul 18, 2019 9:28am
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Problems I've run into with inside business plants:
"It's behind the cashier on the shelf, just ask for it."
Okay, so I asked. I could see it. Cashier was oblivious. Me, "the plastic box on the top shelf. Yes, that one." He pulls it down and I take it saying, "I'll be right back with it." Leave the building and go to my car to do the deed. The cashier seemed a bit stunned when I took it and left, but didn't try to stop me.

"Go up the stairs to the clothing department and ask the manager for the box."
Okay, up the stairs, "May I speak to the manager please?"
"I'm the manager" She said she's been the manager for 20 years and had no idea what I was talking about.

Go to this inn, ask for the letterbox.
No one was there, but the front door was open.
I went to the reception desk, looked around without getting too nosy, found the box in plain sight, took it to the car, brought it back to where I found it. Never saw an employee.

"Ask for the tie-dyed pouch."
Staff had no idea what I was talking about. Sat in a booth, ordered lunch and after a few minutes one of the staff brought a tie-dyed pouch to our table.
They went out of their way to find it for us.
Falls Diner in Hoosick Falls, NY. Good food (onion rings, mmmm) and great staff.
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977368 by Vintage Vixen
Jul 18, 2019 10:27am
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I have one box in a business that I have been going to for years and know the owner. She knows the box is there hidden in the shelf in her bookstore, but not all her employees know. It has been there for a few years, and it has survived a rearranging of shelves.
As a finder, I prefer to find things in a business and not have to ask for behind the counter boxes.
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977413 by MysticzGal
Jul 18, 2019 11:01am
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This has all been really helpful advice! Thank you to everyone who has shared an opinion. If anyone else stll has one, I'm open. Thanks again to each of you!
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977411 by Grrly Girl
Jul 18, 2019 12:19pm
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The cashier seemed a bit stunned

That's hilarious.

She said she's been the manager for 20 years and had no idea what I was talking about.

Same thing happened to me in RI. Manager for two years.....no clue. And I *was* able to go get it without asking but she happened to notice that I was doing something so got nosy. :)

took it to the car, brought it back to where I found it. Never saw an employee.

That's also hilarious. lol

Sat in a booth, ordered lunch and after a few minutes one of the staff brought a tie-dyed pouch to our table.
They went out of their way to find it for us.

Awwww, that was nice. *And* onion rings.
Re: Just . . . .DON'T!!
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Reply to: #976821 by Kelsung
Jul 18, 2019 7:19pm
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I often say that a SPOR (suspicious pile of rocks) is a bad idea. I now prefer to use an ISR (inconspicuous single rock).

Like these single rocks?
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977410 by LadyRisa
Jul 18, 2019 7:37pm
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The boxes were magenetized to the back of book shelves. No issues there because I could just act as if I were looking through books to find box & replace.

That is a great advantage of a library. Other places, people who linger around one place bending and stooping looks suspicious. At a library this is normal behavior.