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Re: Early FRIDAY DISTRACTION for 3/13/15
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Reply to: #890574 by Jiffy
Mar 11, 2015 12:27pm
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My husband and I were Tangleboxing (a summer event here in Yamhill County,Oregon) at one of the parks and ran into a lber who introduced us to lbing and have been lbing ever since.
Re: Early FRIDAY DISTRACTION for 3/13/15
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Reply to: #890640 by Book Hoarder
Mar 11, 2015 12:39pm
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....was reading a book about some people who were Geocachers and the caches were turning out to be dead bodies.

Well, that would make geocaching a little more interesting.
Re: Early FRIDAY DISTRACTION for 3/13/15
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Reply to: #890574 by Jiffy
Mar 11, 2015 12:56pm
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Flying J and I were quietly going insane one Thanksgiving in the family pressure cooker, and she suggested we go for a walk. We hunted down a box in a park just outside of town, and she showed me what it was all about.

I think for most of the Thanksgivings since then, we've escaped, I mean gone out boxing, just to get out of the house. I think Skootch and I found that same box one year, because the pressure cooker was rolling on high, too.

very exciting.
Re: Early FRIDAY DISTRACTION for 3/13/15
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Reply to: #890574 by Jiffy
Mar 11, 2015 3:29pm
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I had heard of geocaching and happened upon a family hiking at a nearby state park. They were using their GPS and they were lost. ;) Knowing the trails, I guided them to the hairpin switchback. I asked if I could tag along to learn about geocaching. Finding the cache was exciting, so when I returned home I immediately began investigating how to get involved. My friend who was with me was staying at a state park and shared his excitement about geocaching with the park ranger. The park ranger was a letterboxer and shared her knowledge and enthusiasm about that. My friend in turn shared his understanding of letterboxing with me by phone. I investigated letterboxing online and within twenty-four hours I was tracking my first box down with a quickly carved signature stamp. Within forty-eight hours, I was carving my second signature stamp-- a frog maze--which I used for many years.
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Reply to: #890696 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Mar 11, 2015 4:48pm
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My friend in turn shared his understanding of letterboxing with me by phone.

Thank goodness for that friend!
Re: Early FRIDAY DISTRACTION for 3/13/15
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Reply to: #890574 by Jiffy
Mar 12, 2015 6:33am
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I was in Hawaii with my friend, Mow's Art, who had recently started letterboxing. As we were taking a drive North Shore to see the sights, she asked if we could briefly stop at the Dole Plantation to "find a letterbox" and explained it to me on the way. I had no stamp or logbook, but eagerly helped her find several boxes on that trip. When we were back on the mainland, I jumped right in and I've been going strong ever since; I have even been back on Oahu several additional times and have planted many boxes there, as it is where my letterboxing hobby was "born"!
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Reply to: #890574 by Jiffy
Mar 12, 2015 1:49pm
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I discovered letterboxing when looking through the badges on the Dog Scout website. I wanted to work on badges with the dogs that would allow us to go hiking for miles to be used for our Pack Dog certifications. Found the three letterboxing badges. Found AQ and LbNA. Dragged a friend on my first quest as we had to have a witness the dogs were well behaved on the search. The first box was broken and empty (bummer city). On the next trip, we found the box we were searching for. The dogs earned all three badges. I later took this friend with me on a whirl wind search for boxes in local cemeteries and he almost fainted from hunger because I kept saying...we can find one more box before we get something to eat. Okay...just one more box after this one. Well maybe one more box after the box after this box. Hunger didn't register until after I had found all the boxes I was after. You know what I mean. He survived to tell the tale and actually took one of his friends to see a box we had found together. Wasn't he lucky I asked him to go along with us?! Now the dogs are working on their three geocaching badges...they each earned the first badge. Once we've planted an additional 15 caches and held an event, I can get back to working and planting a letterboxing series I started last year. Caching is okay (took a friend and her dog on a whirl wind search for 11 caches at a local lake. Crawled under barbed wire. Was attacked by fire ants. A million sand burrs attached themselves to her dog. Long thorned trees attacked me. But we survived. I think I'm seeing a trend here...but I digress) but I really like the stories that take me to boxes and the artistic part of letterboxing. What will the stamp look like? Will people go after my letterboxes even after they discover I'm not the best carver? Will anyone ever go letterboxing (or geocaching) with me after reading this?
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Reply to: #890769 by Gypsy Fiddler
Mar 12, 2015 1:52pm
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I have even been back on Oahu several additional times and have planted many boxes there

I'm supposed to be going to Hawaii next year with a group of friends. I already told one of them I would have to find a few boxes while I'm there. I'll have to drag her along. She's not a real outdoorsy sort, but I'm sure she'll survive.
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Reply to: #890574 by Jiffy
Mar 12, 2015 10:00pm
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How did you “discover” letterboxing?

I discovered letterboxing through geocaching. <boo!> <hiss!>

I've been geocaching since August 2002. I've found some of the "letterbox hybrids" that they have over there and wanted to know what a non-hybrid letterbox was. That was in 2006 and I found some in my area on letterboxing.org. I found my first letterbox (Foul Ball) on 23 Jun 2006. I didn't want to find any others until I had my own stamp.

I carved my first stamp for my annual Delta Pi cache placed on 3/14/2011, so it was a few days before that that I carved the stamp. I carved my personal stamp the same time. I went back and stamped that first letterbox I found on March 25, 2011. I've logged over 100 finds, and I haven't (yet) logged all of my letterbox finds.

This year I'm planting another letterbox on Pi Day (3/14/15). This time it will be a letterbox designed for letterboxers to find as well.
Re: Early FRIDAY DISTRACTION for 3/13/15
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Reply to: #890574 by Jiffy
Mar 19, 2015 12:38pm
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A friend of mine had taken me out for the day to show me geocaching in Kansas City, MO. One of the caches was a geocache/letterbox hybrid. I asked my friend about letterboxing and he knew nothing about it. The letterbox part had a cool stamp of a dragon and had an ink pad with it; so I got an imprint of the stamp on a blank piece of paper I had on me [later when I got a letterbox journal I glue the paper in it]. I was intrigued and started a search on the computer when I got back home to Rolla, MO. I found LBNA. There was a listing for one box in Rolla. I went searching for it and couldn't find it. Went back to the page and upon closer inspection found the words "available for adoption." I didn't want to give up on this as it sounded fun, so the next day I was going to Jefferson City, MO; a little over an hour from me. There were several listings for boxes there so I thought I would look there after I dealt with some business. With print outs in hand I went searching and found two of the five I looked for. There are only a handful of boxes within 40 minutes of where I lived. So I started looking for them on weekends. Half of them were missing. I was starting to think that this hobby was dying or had past. However, one of the clues took me here to Atlas Quest. That opened a lot more information and boxes and more recent planting dates (but none any closer). Also found where most of the boxes I had looked for were retired or missing. I planted one box in Rolla; adopting the box location of the first box I had looked for. Started looking for boxes when I was in other towns (1 to 2 hours away) and started having more success and was hooked. Fortunately about one and a half years after I had started letterboxing there was an letterbox event in Saint Louis on a day I could go. I got to actually meet other people who letterbox. It was wonderful and I learned a lot that day and had a great time.