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Wrong stamp in box...Solutions?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Aug 12, 2019 11:16am
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I found a box recently where a previous boxer accidentally took the letterbox stamp & left their signature stamp in the letterbox.
The current owner of the box hasn't logged in AQ in since October 2018.
The person who left their sig stamp in the box & probably mistakingly took the real stamp isn't listed on AQ.

I am willing to carve a new stamp in place of the original. I am also willing to adopt the box (even though I have never done that) but don't know the requirements/procedures, etc..

Any suggestions on a solution?
Re: Letterboxes on Interstate/Highway Search
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978285 by Worlds Wolf
Aug 12, 2019 11:36am
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I recently planted a couple of boxes along interstates, one at a view area on I-17, and two off an exit on I-84 in Utah. I did one on I-11 as well

I-11?
Crap.
*goes to update my profile*
Food stamps
Board: Stamp Swap
Aug 12, 2019 11:41am
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Looking for food stamps for our event in November. Can be any size any food and can have the stamp design around the edge. Just let us know what you want to Carve

Happydaze
Re: Letterboxes on Interstate/Highway Search
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978291 by Eidolon
Aug 12, 2019 11:49am
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It's the newest interstate in the US. It's the US-93 corridor between Phoenix and Las Vegas that is being upgraded to interstate. The first section, between the Hoover Dam and Vegas was just completed at the end of last year.

I made a letterbox for it. Hahaha.

I don't see it in the dropdown list of highways/letterboxes in AQ's route search. I guess AQ needs to be updated :)
Re: Wrong stamp in box...Solutions?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978290 by Mama Dee
Aug 12, 2019 11:50am
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Did you send an AQ mail message to the planter? Some folks who are no longer active on AQ have their settings set so that when they get AQ mail, it goes to their regular email inbox.
Re: How Far to Hitchhiker Hostel/Hotel?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978159 by Oberon_Kenobi
Aug 12, 2019 11:57am
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Me? Depends on the box. I often times build boxes into my journey, so even 5-10 miles off the highway is a distinct possibility for me to stop. As me about stopping for popcorn in St. Augustine while headed out of Florida on 95. ;-) If I want to stop, the car will stop, especially when it's my car!

I also tend to travel with people who at the very least tolerate boxing, if not have already been converted into mostly eager boxers.
Re: As a LTC tracker hostess, I appreciate...
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #978286 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Aug 12, 2019 12:27pm
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Yes and SAME! Please and thank you!
Re: Wrong stamp in box...Solutions?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978290 by Mama Dee
Aug 12, 2019 12:35pm
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I found a box recently where a previous boxer accidentally took the letterbox stamp & left their signature stamp in the letterbox.

How would you know that? Isn't it just as likely that the original stamp went missing and the letterbox owner put in a replacement stamp so that people who found the box had something to find?
Re: Visiting in October
Board: State: New York
Reply to: #978283 by Jiffy
Aug 12, 2019 12:37pm
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Sorry about that--I got distracted! I've listed the event now, here:
Meet & Greet with Jiffy and ATVRacer

Let me know if that time works for you, or anything else you would like me to add/change. I'm looking forward to meeting up with you!
Re: Wrong stamp in box...Solutions?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978297 by Wronghat
Aug 12, 2019 1:26pm
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How would you know that?

If I had to guess, it would be from looking at the logbook.
Re: Letterboxes on Interstate/Highway Search
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978289 by Worlds Wolf
Aug 12, 2019 1:29pm
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For both this one and my Utah one, I used the pin drop for "custom location"

The problem seems to be that custom locations are treated as mystery locations as the software geocoder does not know where a specific long/lat is located in the human world, as crazy as that sounds. I noticed that I had several boxes listed as mystery boxes because I used custom coordinates as the location instead of a street address and city name. changing the location in the clues to the nearest town and state actually helped get the boxes to show up in the right searches.
LTC retreat
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Aug 12, 2019 2:51pm
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Hey ltc ladies. I had a last minute drop from an Ltc retreat that I'm hosting here in Wisconsin. It's August 22-25...seriously next week. Does anyone want to fill the spot?...message me on AQ and I will give you all the info!

Linsey
Re: As a LTC tracker hostess, I appreciate...
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #978286 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Aug 12, 2019 2:53pm
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Sorry. I don't do two of those things on a regular basis. I'll try to remember.

I appreciate an equal amount of cards for the number of participants. Don't hold one back for yourself. ...hmmm...something I am trying not to do anymore for hosts...again, sorry.
NY Times Article on Rhode Island
Board: State: Rhode Island
Aug 12, 2019 3:07pm
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Let’s see if this works. Doing stuff on the phone is always a pain.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/05/travel/south-county-rhode-island-beaches.html
Re: NY Times Article on Rhode Island
Board: State: Rhode Island
Reply to: #978303 by MissMoon
Aug 12, 2019 4:10pm
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Ssssssshhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

;-)

Warrior Woman
mermaid
Re: As a LTC tracker hostess, I appreciate...
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #978286 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Aug 12, 2019 4:17pm
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I have 2 out of 3. I hardly ever put the tracker it's for on the outside. I forget that people do more than one at a time.
Re: Wrong stamp in box...Solutions?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978290 by Mama Dee
Aug 12, 2019 5:00pm
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The person who left their sig stamp in the box & probably mistakingly took the real stamp isn't listed on AQ.

Did you try LBNA? Could you tell from the logbook what date they stamped in? Maybe it's someone who has since changed their trail name. If you reveal the name that you think belongs to the stamp, maybe someone will recognize it as a family member of another boxer, or a scout from a troop of newbies, or . . . (?) It seems unlikely they would have a trail stamp and not be registered somewhere.
Re: As a LTC tracker hostess, I appreciate...
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #978286 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Aug 12, 2019 5:24pm
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I never think to put the title on the mailer...I will have to try to remember that!
Re: Wrong stamp in box...Solutions?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978290 by Mama Dee
Aug 12, 2019 5:40pm
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See if they are listed on LbNA.
Re: Hitch Hiker Hostel
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978284 by Worlds Wolf
Aug 12, 2019 6:38pm
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I've seen in the geocaching world that some airports have Travel Bug Hostels near them, [...] thus encouraging them to get around. Not sure if that's an idea for letterboxing or not.

This would be the advantage of the area that I was considering for a HHH. It is about a mile (as the crow flies) from the Ogden Airport; it would be about two miles driving. This airport is a regional airport so I don't seeing it getting a lot of letterboxing traffic. Maybe this won't actually be an advantage.
Re: Letterboxes on Interstate/Highway Search
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978300 by PI Joe
Aug 12, 2019 6:44pm
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The problem seems to be that custom locations are treated as mystery locations as the software geocoder does not know where a specific long/lat is located in the human world, as crazy as that sounds.

That would explain why I haven't been notified about the new one in Utah. From the description given I should have been notified.

I look forward to seeing where it is. Then I can plan a trip.
Re: As a LTC tracker hostess, I appreciate...
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #978286 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Aug 12, 2019 7:00pm
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My #1 pet peeve as a host are those packets arriving with me having no clue where the tabs are to pull off the stamps, address label and where to open the envelope. I hate to have to resort to an exacto knife to take the old stuff off but I often do. Please folks, make life simple for the host and mark where the pull tabs are.

Thanks!
Re: Wrong stamp in box...Solutions?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978297 by Wronghat
Aug 12, 2019 7:36pm
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In the letterbox logbook, the stamp signed "The Christians", dated & city/state is the stamp that was left in the letterbox. That led to me concluding they probably mistakingly left their sig stamp & put the real stamp in the box.

Would someone stamp a replacement stamp & sign their name like that?
Re: As a LTC tracker hostess, I appreciate...
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #978311 by Jaybirders
Aug 12, 2019 7:46pm
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I TOTALLY agree! 👍😀
Re: Wrong stamp in box...Solutions?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978312 by Mama Dee
Aug 12, 2019 7:46pm
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The box is "The General's Bag" #255065 hidden in Nathan Bedford Forrest SP, Tennessee.
The owners are BrothersStamp and
KC Explorers.
The assumed sig stamp (according to logbook) belongs to The Christians, dated October 14, 2018, from a local city.
Yes, I checked LBNA, and no, the box isn't listed there, nor is the member (The Christians).
Re: Wrong stamp in box...Solutions?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978312 by Mama Dee
Aug 12, 2019 8:28pm
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In the letterbox logbook, the stamp signed "The Christians", dated & city/state is the stamp that was left in the letterbox.

Yikes. Maybe they thought that in letterboxing you exchange the stamp you have with the stamp you find.
Re: Wrong stamp in box...Solutions?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978314 by Mama Dee
Aug 12, 2019 8:34pm
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There's a boxer named Christian's Christian on AQ. Only 20 or so finds, but logbook is private, so no way to see what they've found recently. There's three other names that include "Christian" also.
Re: Wrong stamp in box...Solutions?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978316 by Wise Wanderer
Aug 12, 2019 8:51pm
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Thanks! I did check all those. There are always possibilities, but what info were on those 4 pages mostly excluded them (1 active was from wrong area, the other had a viewable logbook). The other 2 haven't logged anything since 2014 which doesn't necessarily mean they aren't still boxing.

I messaged the owner & planter as RDHG suggested.

Any thoughts?
Re: Wrong stamp in box...Solutions?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978316 by Wise Wanderer
Aug 12, 2019 8:55pm
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There's a boxer named Christian's Christian on AQ.

They haven't had any logged finds in almost a decade, and nothing even remotely close to that box, so... highly unlikely to be them. Nice sleuthing, though! It seemed, based on the info you had, to be a good possibility.
Re: As a LTC tracker hostess, I appreciate...
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #978311 by Jaybirders
Aug 12, 2019 9:01pm
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Oops! Sorry... (you are talking to me😯)
Thanks for the heads up 👍