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Re: Newish to letterboxing
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Reply to: #977667 by Origami Hen
Jul 24, 2019 9:22am
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They should all stamp in if they want to. It’s part of the fun!! :)

Some logbooks are very small and having a whole group of people stamp in on several pages is not such a good idea.
Re: Newish to letterboxing
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Reply to: #977682 by MissMoon
Jul 24, 2019 3:51pm
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Some logbooks are very small and having a whole group of people stamp in on several pages is not such a good idea.

True, which is why they all squish on one page. I even share mine. ;)

Grammy TCP
Introduction
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Aug 2, 2019 7:21am
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Hi- We are extremely new- I stumbled across this activity when it was mentioned in a blogpost about summer activities for older kids.

We have found one stamp and hunted for 2 others.

We are in upstate NY. Family of 6.

Just wanted to say, “Hello”
Re: Introduction
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Reply to: #977939 by Ste!nke.6
Aug 2, 2019 7:27am
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Hi! I started letterboxing because my daughter took a summer camp based on it. They taught them how to carve stamps and make books, and took them out looking for several boxes. She enjoyed it for a summer or two and now I'm on my own, haha. But with lots of kids, you'll likely always have someone interested in going letterboxing! Sounds fun. Welcome!
Re: Introduction
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Reply to: #977940 by Guinea Pigs
Aug 2, 2019 7:32am
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A Summer Camp Class/Activity sounds awesome. I hope the kids stay into it for a little bit- trying to get them off the gaming console 🤦🏽‍♀️

Thank you for the welcome!
Re: Introduction
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Reply to: #977939 by Ste!nke.6
Aug 2, 2019 7:45am
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Welcome! I got started about 8 years ago when I read an article on it in a parenting magazine. My son still loves it at almost 11. I even got my husband in to it! Enjoy!
Re: Introduction
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Reply to: #977939 by Ste!nke.6
Aug 2, 2019 8:05am
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Welcome to letterboxing. It's a wonderful hobby, either as a group or alone.

You may also want to connect with other New Yorkers on the New York board. When I first started letterboxing, many others from Michigan gave me excellent guidance along the way.

New York Board
Re: Introduction
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Reply to: #977939 by Ste!nke.6
Aug 2, 2019 3:31pm
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Welcome to boxing.

Please check out the tutorials, glossary, look around the site and learn about our very old and loved hobby. It's been around for a very long time and there is a lot to learn.

MM
Re: Introduction
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Reply to: #977939 by Ste!nke.6
Aug 3, 2019 11:38am
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Welcome!! We've been boxing for 11 years, although most of my boxing is LTCs and Postals these days!
Enjoy and ask any questions you may have!
GPS coordinates not accurate?
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Sep 21, 2019 6:10pm
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Created an account here long time ago, but haven't done anything with it...few days ago started browsing the site again and have noticed many letterboxes in my area which have GPS coordinates for a spot that is often many miles away from the area the clue(s) indicate the letterbox is actually located at...is that normal? I would've thought that the coordinates are provided to aid in the finding of the box.

If the coordinates are supposed to be an aid in locating the box, should I send a message to the owner of boxes which have posted coordinates that are extremely inaccurate?

For clarification: I'm speaking of letterboxes which (for example) have posted coordinates for a spot within city limits, but the clues indicate the box is located many miles away on a hiking trail in the mountains (just one example).

Thank you for your time and assistance.
Re: GPS coordinates not accurate?
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Reply to: #979625 by Bsrlinmaz
Sep 21, 2019 6:47pm
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GPS coordinates not accurate?

For many letterboxers the clues supersede the gps coordinates. For example, when using the map function, often the map pin is in the center of a town, or state instead of where the box is located in the town or state. People who simply go to the map pin instead of reading the clues will end up far from where they want to be.
Re: GPS coordinates not accurate?
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Reply to: #979627 by Wronghat
Sep 21, 2019 7:09pm
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Thank you for reply/information. I asked because I did not want to msg. an owner to tell them the coordinates were quite a bit 'off', only to find out that it was intentional and accepted practice.

Thank you for your time and assistance.
Re: GPS coordinates not accurate?
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Reply to: #979628 by Bsrlinmaz
Sep 21, 2019 7:10pm
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And now need to go find some letterboxes, rather than just talking about it.
Re: SPOR
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Reply to: #977525 by Oberon_Kenobi
Sep 22, 2019 1:00am
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I've also seen a SPOB - Suspicious Pile of Bark (or maybe SSOB, a suspicious stack of bark) 😄
Re: GPS coordinates not accurate?
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Reply to: #979625 by Bsrlinmaz
Sep 22, 2019 7:28am
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I'm speaking of letterboxes which (for example) have posted coordinates for a spot within city limits, but the clues indicate the box is located many miles away on a hiking trail in the mountains (just one example).

Some people just list the "nearest town" as the location of a box, so this isn't particularly unusual. It's not so much that the GPS coordinates are "wrong"--it is the nearest town to the box and it allows people in the area know that the box is there--but it's not very precise. There is a difference between accuracy and precision!

But as a whole, I recommend that people make locations as precise as possible. The more precise they are, the better (and more accurate) the search results will be.

I wouldn't "correct" people for not being precise, though. You'd just piss off a lot of people doing that!

Premium members have the option to change the location of the boxes that they see, though, and many of them do add precision to boxes that only list the nearest town as the location. That way, the boxes will be properly ordered from closest to furthest away and the maps AQ generates shows the precise location of the boxes.

-- Ryan
Re: SPOR
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Reply to: #979632 by Worlds Wolf
Sep 22, 2019 8:55am
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Hmmm... I’ve been called an SOB... I guess maybe they thought I was covering a letterbox...

K
Re: GPS coordinates not accurate?
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Reply to: #979635 by Green Tortuga
Sep 22, 2019 12:58pm
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Some people just list the "nearest town" as the location of a box, so this isn't particularly unusual.

I usually use the coordinates of the trailhead. However, for some mystery boxes that I have posted I just posted the nearest city.
Best Ink
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Dec 26, 2019 12:09pm
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We are new to letterboxing (and LOVE it). We haven't been super successful getting the beautiful stamps to transfer to our paper. Any suggestions on ink that works the best?
Re: Best Ink
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Reply to: #981982 by Farrar-finds
Dec 26, 2019 12:50pm
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There several good inks but Versafine is considered the best by many of us. People (including me) love it. Colorbox makes good ink.

But it also depends on the paper. If the paper is too porous you won’t get a bright, clean image.
Re: Best Ink
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Reply to: #981983 by MissMoon
Dec 26, 2019 3:29pm
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If the paper is too porous you won’t get a bright, clean image.

You don't want paper that won't absorb ink either. Photo paper (the shiny stuff) will keep the ink on the surface and it will be much easier to smear.

You also want a smooth paper for a good transfer. If you have something bumpy (like linen paper) then you won't get as good of a transfer.

Another thing that makes a good transfer is a level surface to stamp on. I use something like these sketch books but a different brand. The ones I use I bought at Joann's with a coupon. They have bumpy covers, but the paper is smooth. The important thing is the binding that allows you to lay them flat while stamping. You can then put them on many flat-ish surfaces to get a good enough place to stamp.
Re: Best Ink
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Reply to: #981982 by Farrar-finds
Dec 26, 2019 4:15pm
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Investing in Marvy brush markers is also a great option for nice inked images. Any sketch pad will work for a log book too. I find they hold the ink the best and won’t run right through to the next page.

Happy trails, and welcome to the fun😁
Re: Best Ink
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Reply to: #981989 by Oberon_Kenobi
Dec 27, 2019 5:36pm
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What paper do you use for making ltcs?
Re: Best Ink
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Reply to: #982025 by condo
Dec 27, 2019 6:04pm
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What paper do you use for making ltcs?

I use this paper. Any smooth, non-shiny paper about 90 lbs should work.

However, I haven't made LTCs in almost a year, February of this year. I have become (hopefully) temporarily burned out on making LTCs. I do like LTCs, but just not right at the moment.
Re: Best Ink
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Reply to: #982026 by Oberon_Kenobi
Dec 27, 2019 6:43pm
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Thanks.

Yeah, did so many trackers this year I kind of burned out. This coming year I am being more aware of due dates and tracker size.
Re: Best Ink
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Reply to: #982026 by Oberon_Kenobi
Dec 28, 2019 7:40am
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Glad I'm not the only one who is burned out on them. I have 1 set to finish while I'm on vacation through the 1st of the year. Trying to think of a Native American-ish background. My stamps are already carved. Hope to finish them today.
Hello!
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Dec 28, 2019 10:45am
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Hey! Just wanted to post here before I get started with doing stuff on the site, I just joined an hour or so ago. However, I am not new to letterboxing and have done it a few years back, but dropped it after. Anyways, just wanted to drop onto the thread to say hello.
Re: Hello!
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Reply to: #982057 by jaguarpaws
Dec 28, 2019 12:12pm
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Welcome back to this obsession hobby!
Re: Hello!
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Reply to: #982059 by Oberon_Kenobi
Dec 28, 2019 3:22pm
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Agreed, welcome back! I also got reacquainted with letterboxing this summer. I’m not afraid to admit I’m a tad bit obsessed 😉
Re: Hello!
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Reply to: #982057 by jaguarpaws
Dec 28, 2019 5:32pm
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Greetings, and welcome back to letterboxing!
Re: Hello!
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Reply to: #982057 by jaguarpaws
Dec 29, 2019 6:49am
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Welcome! Glad to have you here. 😄