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Re: History repeating itself
Board: Night Owls
Reply to: #919274 by sun7flour
Feb 1, 2016 12:58pm
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so I can go to sleep

You're one step ahead of me!! I still haven't gone to bed yet O.o Soon though...soon. I'm starting to get tired and will probably just go to bed really early tonight!

IrishInks
ps ~ what kind of bread did ya make?
Re: Looking for:
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #919306 by FloridaFour
Feb 1, 2016 12:59pm
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If you see someone hiking and for some reason you suspect they might be a letterboxer, [...]

I've never had occasion to use it on the trail (yet), but I've heard it at letterboxing events because it is related to one of my personal travelers.
Re: charleston
Board: State: South Carolina
Reply to: #919285 by FloridaFour
Feb 1, 2016 1:02pm
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The Hunley was good, but not sure it it is still there or accessible.

The Hunley is retired due to construction destroying the hide and box. Thank you for the kind words FloridaFour.
Re: ISO LB-ers in Forest Grove area
Board: State: Oregon
Reply to: #917170 by Photo Dabble
Feb 1, 2016 1:09pm
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I live in SE Portland, but would be willing to travel! Car is currently not working, but I could do public transport.
Re: Looking for:
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #919290 by Silhouette of a Rose
Feb 1, 2016 1:09pm
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how do you know if someone else is a letterboxer without just asking? How do they know if you are?

My VERY FIRST AtlasQuest Message Board post EVER addressed this issue, back in September of 2006:
http://www.atlasquest.com/boards/message.html?msgId=35591

Things went kinda downhill from there...
Re: Looking for:
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #919307 by FloridaFour
Feb 1, 2016 1:09pm
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Rings of postals are found under the Tracker section. Be aware that there is quite a commitment. About $3 per postal

It depends. My first postals have been micro-postals. The stamp is carved thin and the logbook is also thing. This means that the postal can be sent in a regular envelope with a single Forever stamp. If you want to start with postals then look for these.

I'm in my first regular postal now, because I got into the micro-postals.

If your crafty, consider Letter boxing trading cards. LTCs. I'm not lying when I say it is addictive!

I very much agree. I've done many of these. It is fun to see what you can do that meets the theme. It's fun to see what others have done. You'll learn a lot of new techniques by seeing them.

There's even a group that will send LTCs to newbies. Someone will post with who to contact about this.

I even had some questions about embossing that was being discussed on these forums so some people sent me some examples. Look up embossing in the glossary, but it is basically stamping the card, putting embossing powder on it (which sticks only to the inked portion) then using a heat tool to melt the powder onto the card. It makes for neat cards and you should try it some time.

Heat guns aren't too expensive. Here are some from Amazon and Harbor Freight. I use this one.
New Tracker
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Feb 1, 2016 1:25pm
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I have a new Earth Day LTC tracker up!
Visiting Houston in April - some questions
Board: State: Texas
Feb 1, 2016 1:37pm
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I'm going to a conference in downtown Houston in April. The letterboxing looks pretty thin on the ground.

I'll have some spare time. What would those of you who know the city recommend I see?

And just how bad is the driving? I have the chance to stay with someone for free near Hobby airport but I'd have to drive right into the heart of the city every day. Is that reasonable or will I end up dancing on the roof of my rental?
Re: charleston
Board: State: South Carolina
Reply to: #919313 by figureeight
Feb 1, 2016 1:45pm
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You're welcome. The private tour we sucked the guard into giving us on a closed day of the museum, while the Seabees were working on the sub, was a trip highlight!
Re: New Tracker
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #919318 by Practically Perfect
Feb 1, 2016 2:01pm
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Re: Mounting to craft foam
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #919305 by FloridaFour
Feb 1, 2016 2:10pm
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I use little scissors, too.
Re: 2016 challenges
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #919301 by SherlockMiles
Feb 1, 2016 2:19pm
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I'm going to try to remember to bring the medallion to the Show Your Love For Duc event in Portland this Saturday if anyone wants to see what they look like:
http://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?eventId=3606
About the envelope
Board: Postals
Feb 1, 2016 2:24pm
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Just a friendly reminder that it is not necessary to supply a new padded envelope for a postal letterbox unless the one you receive is falling apart and not reparable. When they are covered with clear packing tape, most envelopes will last throughout the entire route of mailings. In addition, the owner usually puts her/his address under the clear tape so if the current addressee mailing label that covers it comes off, the P.O. will get it to the owner.
When it's 50 degrees in Mass in February...
Board: State: Massachusetts
Feb 1, 2016 3:13pm
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It was so nice today that I tried desperately to go letterboxing. First attempt started at a school and there was zero parking available so I'll try that on a non-school day next time. Next stop, the access road was closed for construction and I didn't think hiking the 2 miles to get to the 2 mile hike was going to get me home in time to pick Hippo up from school. Next stop, the trail was too icy and steep for safe travel. Next stop, still too icy and if I slid I was likely going to fall about 20 feet to craggy rocks. Next stop, there are now multiple "private property" and "no trespassing" signs and it was a high traffic area so I skipped. Next stop my car couldn't handle the muddy mountain road, so for safety sake I turned around and finally gave up.

At least I got out of the house and tried, right?
Re: When it's 50 degrees in Mass in February...
Board: State: Massachusetts
Reply to: #919326 by Kimoppi
Feb 1, 2016 3:21pm
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A+ for trying !! 50's in Maine as well and had good luck with some coastal boxing yesterday. Better days are a coming !!!
Re: listed on LB.org
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #919280 by Kelsung
Feb 1, 2016 3:43pm
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Or perhaps early onset alzheimer's. Hope not!!!
Re: When it's 50 degrees in Mass in February...
Board: State: Massachusetts
Reply to: #919326 by Kimoppi
Feb 1, 2016 3:49pm
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Next stop, the trail was too icy and steep for safe travel.

I carry a pair of Kahtoola Microspikes in my pack this time of year. I was out on a steep icy trail all day yesterday and they were priceless. You can walk across a sheet of ice as if it were asphalt.

http://www.amazon.com/Micro-Spikes-855333000-Kahtoola-MICROspikes/dp/B0030I3Y48
Re: New Tracker
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #919318 by Practically Perfect
Feb 1, 2016 3:53pm
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You might want to change the start date - it says they were due yesterday.
Re: When it's 50 degrees in Mass in February...
Board: State: Massachusetts
Reply to: #919329 by Trailhead Tessie
Feb 1, 2016 3:58pm
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Ooooh. I just added those to my wish list. I assumed those things existed, but wasn't sure how to find them. Thanks!
Re: charleston
Board: State: South Carolina
Reply to: #919282 by the pink dragon
Feb 1, 2016 4:18pm
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best deals on accommodations?

When we go to Charleston we stay in Mt. Pleasant. Many great places to eat. It is a quick trip across the bridge to downtown. There are boxes in that area as well. Most boxes in Charleston are left by people on vacation.
Not that kind of Letterboxing!!!
Board: Postals
Feb 1, 2016 5:32pm
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Earlier this evening, I had planned to stamp into a few postals we had. I announced to my 3 and 5 year old boys that we'd be doing some Letterboxing after dinner and they automatically ran to collect their shoes and jackets... Oops! Guess mom needs to clarify from now on ;)
Re: Carving mistakes
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #919294 by Traveling Queen Of Hearts
Feb 1, 2016 5:40pm
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Yes, you can glue in a piece of pink. I used contact cement. You put it on the slab and the little bit, and wait for the number of minutes instructed. Then connect the 2 parts.
Re: Not that kind of Letterboxing!!!
Board: Postals
Reply to: #919333 by MamaShark
Feb 1, 2016 5:47pm
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That is awesome! I told my girls I got some letteboxes in the mail and they gave me the strangest looks. lol

TB
Re: Visiting Houston in April - some questions
Board: State: Texas
Reply to: #919319 by Fiddleheads
Feb 1, 2016 6:52pm
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You'll probably be a hop, skip and jump from Glenwood cemetery (beautiful cemetery) and not all that far from Memorial Park if you're looking for many boxes in a single location. There are many boxes scattered around in parks and cemeteries that are fun.

There is a large number of boxes concentrated in parks in the surrounding areas. It sort of depends on how far you're willing to drive, really, since Houston is practically big enough to be its own little country. How much time to you have to box?

We can do a mini meet & greet if you want to. I'll let someone else speak of the commute. I refuse to do it, and so far have been lucky enough to find jobs/housing that accommodate that conviction.
Re: When it's 50 degrees in Mass in February...
Board: State: Massachusetts
Reply to: #919326 by Kimoppi
Feb 1, 2016 7:23pm
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I was hoping to get outside today! I got out of work, grocery shopped, then turned to go outside but it was pitch black. Oh well haha.
Re: Visiting Houston in April - some questions
Board: State: Texas
Reply to: #919319 by Fiddleheads
Feb 1, 2016 7:54pm
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The driving distance from the Hobby airport area to downtown is not actually that far, but you will have to go through one of the most congested areas in all of Houston - the interchange of I-45 (aka the Gulf Freeway) and 610 Loop South - to get to downtown. If your conference starts and ends during normal rush hours, that is going to be a tough commute. Doable, but plan for a long and ugly drive. If you can afford it, you should consider staying in a hotel in downtown, or at least inside the loop where you don't have to take a freeway to get into downtown.
Re: When it's 50 degrees in Mass in February...
Board: State: Massachusetts
Reply to: #919326 by Kimoppi
Feb 1, 2016 7:57pm
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Oh my, you need some sort of micro-spikes in your winter outdoors kit! This past weekend I spent on Alander Mt in the Berkshires, and spikes were de regueur--a first, usually snowshoes are required this time of year.

Kahtoola Micro-spikes are the most common type, and my hiking partners all used them. However, I have a pair of Hillsound micro-spikes I like better because they come with an instep strap. Hillsound Trail Crampons: http://www.rei.com/product/875696/hillsound-trail-crampons (You can usually get a better deal on-line, I think I paid $50 delivered, shop around.)

Note: micro-spikes of any brand are NOT true crampons but the security they provided on our hike up/down Alander this past weekend was exceptional, and better than I expected on the icy-est spots. For perspective, the last time I hiked Alander for a weekend like this, four of us in the party went down hard on the same icy stretch of trail; one was wearing an Atlas snowshoe, while three of us were wearing MSR Evo/Revo snowshoes. No bodies were harmed in the "transition" from vertical to horizontal but a couple of our packs took a hit for the team.

Seriously, get a set of micro-spikes, not YakTraks, Stabilicers or other voodoo brands (good, maybe, for a trip on a slippery sidewalk to get the mail--maybe). YMMV, and invariably will...
Re: PCT been there, done that
Board: Walking4Fun
Reply to: #919265 by Don't Panic
Feb 1, 2016 8:11pm
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That's really amazing!!
GS Event stamp request?
Board: Scouts Honor
Feb 1, 2016 8:12pm
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I need help finding the person who was planning an upcoming GS event and had requested stamps....I see it has been pulled down as a request, but I have lost the boxer's contact info. Any ideas out there?

GS Honor, I will try and be responsible for what I say and do, but I am having a memory lapse!

Janice
BR
Re: GS Event stamp request?
Board: Scouts Honor
Reply to: #919341 by Big Red
Feb 1, 2016 8:15pm
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The request was made by MoonshineOverKY.

~Ruby