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Re: Distance between letterbox plants
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Reply to: #964848 by Munkeybee
Sep 5, 2018 2:59am
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I said
Another pair is on opposite sides of one tree. Two different boxers with very different clues.

you said
Must be an awesome tree!

three foot diameter.
funny thing, I remembered being there before so knew about the other box.
we were stopping only because I remembered, and we accidentally found the other, other box.
Do hitchhikers eventually get sent home?
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Oct 17, 2018 6:42pm
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Or do they just go on forever?
Re: Do hitchhikers eventually get sent home?
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Reply to: #966923 by LadyRisa
Oct 17, 2018 7:01pm
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very rare....I have had one of mine come home to me....some are still active, but the most, I have not heard from ever again.

-Amanda from Seattle
Re: Do hitchhikers eventually get sent home?
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Reply to: #966923 by LadyRisa
Oct 17, 2018 7:28pm
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I recently sent a full logbook home to Maude.

Most HHs never make it home.
A rare few keep going and going.
Re: Do hitchhikers eventually get sent home?
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Reply to: #966923 by LadyRisa
Oct 17, 2018 8:16pm
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I've found one from 2004. It isn't listed here or LbNA and the email provided was from Hotmail. I tried to email it, but their inbox was full. The logbook was one of this mini sketchbooks and wasn't quite full, but it was a really nice carve, and I often wonder if somebody out there is waiting for it to come back home.
Re: Do hitchhikers eventually get sent home?
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Reply to: #966929 by AdventurousAcorn
Oct 17, 2018 11:02pm
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I love mysteries like that!
Re: Do hitchhikers eventually get sent home?
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Reply to: #966929 by AdventurousAcorn
Oct 18, 2018 4:19am
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So HH are sent off into the Ether, to explore parts unknown, ne’er to be heard from again.
Re: Do hitchhikers eventually get sent home?
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Reply to: #966932 by LadyRisa
Oct 18, 2018 4:36am
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You will get updates when someone finds your HH (just like when people find a traditional plant) IF the boxer logs it.

Our 2nd find had a very intricate Yoda HH in it. We were so new, I had to look it up to know what to do with it 😂. But I was so excited just to have found something extra. I still carve a few HH along the way to pass the fun along.
Re: Do hitchhikers eventually get sent home?
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Reply to: #966923 by LadyRisa
Oct 18, 2018 5:56am
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At the request of the planter, I sent one home last month.
It had been out in the wild for almost 9 years.
Re: Do hitchhikers eventually get sent home?
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Reply to: #966932 by LadyRisa
Oct 18, 2018 6:15am
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So HH are sent off into the Ether, to explore parts unknown, ne’er to be heard from again.

I like to think they've stumbled upon the Doctor and are traveling through the big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff.
Re: Do hitchhikers eventually get sent home?
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Reply to: #966938 by Johnsosaurus
Oct 18, 2018 9:27am
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I like to think they've stumbled upon the Doctor and are traveling through the big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff.

Oh totally, I just had one of mine logged from 1789, no doubt while storming the Bastille!

😄
Re: Do hitchhikers eventually get sent home?
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Reply to: #966923 by LadyRisa
Oct 18, 2018 11:32am
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I sent one home, but most of the ones I've found still had space in their logbooks, so they continued onwards.

I figure my HHs get found just as infrequently as my boxes, so I've started making my HH logbooks with fewer spots to stamp in.
Does anyone know if my old finds can be viewed?
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Nov 2, 2018 10:44pm
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I can't seem to find a spot to record or view these...
Thanks!
Re: Does anyone know if my old finds can be viewed?
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Reply to: #967847 by JED McC
Nov 3, 2018 6:17am
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I can see that you have 13 finds.
I can't see the details of which boxes you found.

Maybe I'm not understanding the question.
Re: Does anyone know if my old finds can be viewed?
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Reply to: #967847 by JED McC
Nov 3, 2018 6:35am
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Yeah, I’m not sure I understand the question either but try clicking “My Page” from the right hand side of the light blue banner at the top of the page, then “My Profile”. Scroll down to find your stats. You have 13 past finds. You also have your preferences set to ‘private’ so I can’t see which 13 you found.
Missing boxes
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Nov 4, 2018 8:24am
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Well I got excited & started hiding a bunch of stamps. Unfortunately, I just discovered 2 are missing. Now I feel I need to make the rounds & verify all my boxes are ok. How do you deal with the loss of a box? I feel so disappointed. I wish I knew what happened. Is there a support group to help deal with this loss? Also, how does one decide whether to replace or retire a box?
Re: Missing boxes
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Reply to: #967912 by LadyRisa
Nov 4, 2018 9:15am
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AQ is your support group. Missing boxes are just part of the game, and checking up on them is just another part of being a good planter. Planting takes time and effort, so it always hurts when you lose one of your babies, but it also teaches you lessons. Think about how good or bad your hiding spot truly was. Is there some way you could conceal it better? Is there another location nearby that would be better? A different container (smaller, camo tape, magnetic)? When deciding to replace, you may realize there just isn’t a good spot here and need to put it in a completely different place altogether, or just retire it if that no longer fits your intentions when you planted it. Decisions aren’t easy, but weigh all your options before giving up.

And find more boxes. The more you see how others have planted before you, the more you’ll see what your options are, and understand what works and what doesn’t. Seek out boxes that have been around for several years and think about what made them last.

K
Re: Missing boxes
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Reply to: #967912 by LadyRisa
Nov 4, 2018 1:59pm
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I once had a box that was hidden in a log along a trail, every time someone found it, they would say that it was in plain view on the trail and they would return it to the log. Also when I would check on the box, it would be beside the log or in the trail! We figured that some critter used the log as a den at night or it was just along their trail as they moved around at night and they kept kicking my box out of their way!! LOL The box could have easily gone missing if a muggle picked it up and trashed it, so I was lucky and I had to find a new location for it where it was not kicked out all the time.

-Amanda from Seattle
Re: Missing boxes
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Reply to: #967924 by Amanda from Seattle
Nov 4, 2018 3:46pm
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I once had a box that was hidden in a log along a trail [....]

I once hid a box under a log at least 20 feet off of the trail. It was in a place where no one would go if they weren't looking for my box.

I received a report or two that boxers couldn't find my box. I went and looked for my box, and the log was missing. This wasn't a little log, it was a fallen tree at least 18" in diameter. It has just gone missing, and my box too.

I carved another stamp to replace it; same theme but different image. Since it was in a series I let people know that the new stamp was different and they should go look for it. Because of the way that AQ works with series, I renamed the old one, moved it to the end of the list of boxes and named the new one with the previous name (adding the year of replacement behind it).
It's been 20 years
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Dec 17, 2018 3:32am
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While doing some winter purging, I came across my old Letter Box stamp and pad. Hard to believe it's been so long. Back when I was doing more motorcycle touring, Letter Boxing was a great way to discover new places on those roads less traveled. I would like to get back into it. A few things seem to have changed, first I don't think Altaquest was around or at least I did not know about it. So I have a couple of questions.
Why are there 2 web sites?
Why does one have boxes that the other doesn't? There are about 10 listed in my area (Marlinton WV) on one site and only 1 on the other.
Many of the boxes indicate they have not been found in years. Are people just not logging them on the sites?
If a box shows no activity for a few years, do I even attempt to find it?
Only 2 out of 10 indicate they have been checked on or found in the last year. I am ready to carve a new stamp but don't want to be disappointed by searching for boxes that are no longer there.
Thanks for any info you can provide.
Re: It's been 20 years
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Reply to: #969470 by Admiral Nelson
Dec 17, 2018 4:15am
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First of all, welcome back.

I've been at this for almost 10 years and can answer some of your questions, at least partially:

Why are there 2 web sites?

Why does one have boxes that the other doesn't?

I believe that some people only know about letterboxing.org and some only know about atlasquest.com. They then list their boxes on the site they know. Others prefer one site over the other. Lastly, some people list on both sites.

Many of the boxes indicate they have not been found in years. Are people just not logging them on the sites?

Yes and no. I have been doing some box maintenance and there are several finders in the logbooks that have not been recorded on Atlas Quest. Some people prefer to keep their finds to themselves. But there are also boxes which haven't been found in years. Those are such fun successes to find a letterbox that hasn't been found or recorded in a long while.

If a box shows no activity for a few years, do I even attempt to find it?

Yes! Yes! I have found letterboxes that haven't been found in close to 10 years. It's an amazing experience unearthing a forgotten treasure.

Go for it and find those boxes near you and then venture out and discover what else awaits. The best of luck in rejoining the hobby.
Re: It's been 20 years
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Reply to: #969472 by Angel Winks
Dec 17, 2018 6:21am
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Even though I’ve only been at this for a couple of years I agree with AW.

There are many boxes that might not be there but for us it’s fun to search anyway. I think the loneliest box we’ve found so far hadnt been found in 9 years!
Re: It's been 20 years
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Reply to: #969470 by Admiral Nelson
Dec 17, 2018 6:29am
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Welcome, welcome!

Why does one have boxes that the other doesn't? There are about 10 listed in my area (Marlinton WV) on one site and only 1 on the other.

I don’t have all of my boxes listed on LbNA, because I have restricted them on AQ, meaning that the boxer has to have a certain number of finds and plants (or log in as an AQ member) before they can access the clues. It is considered poor form to list a box on LBNA but have it linked to your AQ Restricted clue, because the seeker might get a “cannot access” message.

There might be more boxes on the AQ site in your area, but you can’t see them yet due to restrictions.
Re: It's been 20 years
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Reply to: #969470 by Admiral Nelson
Dec 17, 2018 6:50am
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Thank you all, Just the Info I was looking for. Guess I just need to get started again.
Re: It's been 20 years
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Reply to: #969475 by Admiral Nelson
Dec 17, 2018 10:39am
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I think the answer to almost all of your questions is it's a matter of personal preference. That and sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. But you can go to neat new places trying.
Re: It's been 20 years
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Reply to: #969470 by Admiral Nelson
Dec 17, 2018 10:57am
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I haven't read through all the responses to this yet but off hand what I would like to share is this. Atlas Quest has some nice settings you can adjust. I recommend checking the show abandoned boxes box on your setting otherwise you may not see all the boxes available because if the planter hasn't logged in for quite some time the system will not display this clue without that box being checked.

Another feature I appreciate is the strike out option, a strike out means it has been searched for by three different people and not found so it is presumably missing. In my experience they often are so I recommend leaving that box unchecked so you don't accidentally go after one.

On the topic not found in years I can say this. I like to wake boxes up that haven't been found in 5 or 6 years. It is my experience that they are usually alive and well but you have to factor in vegetation growth and tree and log decomposition that can make clues difficult to decipher. An example is one box I looked for that talked about the cute 6 foot Christmas tree growing on top of a large tree stump was when I found it was over 14 feet tall lol. This type of challenge excites me though.

Sometimes I think these boxes are not looked for because people don't realize that the system has different classification for box status to keep your boxing experience less frustrating if you are new to the game and helps to ensure your success. So in the preset settings things like abandoned boxes are not automatically shown so you. You need to manually check that box that says I enjoy a good challenge so please show abandoned boxes.

It is also my experience that some boxes shown as not found on Atlas Quest have been found but not logged with the most recent find sometimes by dozens of boxers. Whether this is because there are multiple sites where some planters use both but not all finders do, or because the finders don't enjoy logging finds I don't know. I have a friend who only collects the images she finds and doesn't event stamp in or date the book at all.

I no longer show my plants on letter boxing north america because it use to be and very well may still be if you didn't log into there site for a long time they would adopt your boxes out to other people.

Hope this helps. check those custom settings you might be surprised how many great boxes you may never have known were in your area.
Re: It's been 20 years
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Reply to: #969470 by Admiral Nelson
Dec 17, 2018 11:41am
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Correction, the auto settings show everything. You have to go to my page, settings, box settings to check hide strike out. it been a few years since I was on this site.
New member and new box listed
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Jan 17, 2019 6:39am
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Hello! I just joined AtlasQuest to list a box in honor of my father, my main hiking buddy for my whole life. He passed away in 2017, and this letterbox is full of love and pictures of him hiking with his favorite people.

If anyone is in Connecticut and would like a beautiful hike it would mean a lot to me to know if it is been found and how the hike was!

Sorry if this isn't clear, I'm very new to this website and still learning the ropes, but the box has been listed. It is called "Cows on the Regicide"
Re: New member and new box listed
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Reply to: #970387 by cowgirl555
Jan 17, 2019 12:28pm
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Hi Cowgirl, what a beautiful thought. I wish I lived in Connecticut so I could find this. However, I think you will reach more people and get lots of feedback from people in Connecticut if you copy and paste your message to the Connecticut Board. You can find the state boards under the following link which lists all the boards. Just click the link and then scroll down until you see United States: Connecticut.

https://www.atlasquest.com/boards/boards.php
Re: New member and new box listed
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Reply to: #970393 by DS
Jan 17, 2019 4:16pm
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Hi DS!
Thank you for the advice, I will do this now! I appreciate the response!