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Re: Friday Distractions: How Many Boxes ...
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Reply to: #970001 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 5, 2019 7:14am
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I haven't found or planted any yet this year but I leave for a family ski trip tomorrow morning. We are driving from central Texas to Santa Fe, NM and I plan to plant three boxes along the way and also look for a few in counties I haven't boxed in yet. I am working on an All County Challenge to place or find boxes and caches in every county of the country.

County Challenge
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Reply to: #970001 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 5, 2019 7:18am
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At this moment, I have found 30 boxes since January 1 and planted 16. We headed to our home in sunny Florida last week so I am making the best of my time here in the beautiful weather!
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Reply to: #970001 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 5, 2019 8:55am
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Alas, 2019 is rapidly approaching a decade of days old and I sit despondent as my PFX count has not budged even a fraction of a smidge since the prior year....how can I call myself a boxer with such pitiful performance?

I could claim that I have been slaving away during the meager daylight hours, and that we have been experiencing monsoons nearly every moment of this year, but those are pitiful excuses...I have rain boots and an umbrella and a flashlight....I should be out at midnight despite the cold, pouring rains, insuring all the boxes in my area are safe and sound....

But wait, it is not too late! Tomorrow is another day! I can--I will--venture forth and discover hidden treasures despite the mud and mire. I shall redeem myself!
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Reply to: #970043 by Janila
Jan 5, 2019 8:59am
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and planted 16

Squeal!
2 down, 14 to go....
This is better than Christmas morning!!!
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Reply to: #970042 by PI Joe
Jan 5, 2019 9:49am
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I am working on an All County Challenge to place or find boxes and caches in every county of the country.

There are 3,142 counties (or equivalent) in the United States. Good luck on completing this challenge!
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Reply to: #970051 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 5, 2019 11:16am
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I'm about a 1/0 of the way there after two years and I retire in 16 months so I think I have a good chance of....having a lot of fun trying!
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Reply to: #970001 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 5, 2019 12:38pm
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Haven't found any since the calendar turned January, but we did attend a drop-in event over the course of New Years Eve weekend and got tons then! The past few days I've been carving some future plants and working on a group of interactive LTCs.
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Reply to: #970028 by Dawnkey
Jan 5, 2019 7:02pm
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Interestingly, my sources agree that Saugatuck means "Mouth of the River," but they claim it's from a Potawatomi (indigenous to Michigan) word. Hmmm.

The Town of Westport, CT was called Saugatuck from 1640 to 1835. I've seen maps from the 1630s that show Saugatuck in CT. A lot of Connecticut farmers moved west in the 1800s after the Erie Canal opened because the land was so much better, and they took their place names with them. In the same way that so many Connecticut names are from England.
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Reply to: #970001 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 5, 2019 8:22pm
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Found 4 on December 31st. Then since New Years Day we have found 18 and planted one. Days and days of cool wet weather I think is what got us out of the house some. Plus we had off work this first week of the New Year.
Today we boxed and the sun was shinning!!
Safe boxing to all...
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Reply to: #970001 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 5, 2019 9:03pm
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No finds or plants for me yet. I started 2019 with an explosion of carving! I've carved 23 stamps this week and have 10 more to wrap up tomorrow. I hope to do some actual planting in the next two weeks!

I'm working with a new carving medium that is firmer than pink stuff - so more pressure needed... resulting in my second serious carving wound (and fifth overall letterboxing related injury in ten years of this aggressive sport). I gouged the crap out of a finger tip... no stitches, just a band-aid and ton of whimpering. Luckily (?) it was a brand new blade, so I don't think I'll need a tetanus booster...

Who knew letterboxing would be so dangerous?!
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Reply to: #970028 by Dawnkey
Jan 5, 2019 9:24pm
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Interestingly, my sources agree that Saugatuck means "Mouth of the River," but they claim it's from a Potawatomi (indigenous to Michigan) word.

The Algonquians live(d) in both Michigan and Connecticut areas. They speak Algonquian languages, so they may very well mean the same thing.

The Wikipedia article on Saugatuck, Connecticut says about the neighborhood of Saugatuck, "Saugatuck originates from the Paugussett tribe meaning mouth of the tidal river." The Wikipedia article on Saugatuck, Michigan does not give an origin for the name.
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Reply to: #970001 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 5, 2019 9:45pm
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Just got back from a last second funtrip with my daughter and her friend to Reno. While making the requisite visit to The Spy Shop (because how could one NOT go to a place called The Spy Shop?), a quick check on ClueTracker showed a letterbox nearby. So, off we went. The look of astonished joy on my daughters' friend's face on finding her first letterbox was worth the trip. However... we soon realized I had left all my boxing stuff in my suitcase at the hotel! Not to be daunted, I figured we would at least sign in the logbook.

As one would expect, a thorough search of the car came up with not a SINGLE writing implement! No pens, pencils, chalk, crayons, markers, or quills. At this point, as I was contemplating biting the tip off one of my less important fingers, daughter's friend said "I have some makeup, will that work?"

So, if you are in Reno and come across a logbook with 3 Sephora Foundation roughly-thumb-shaped smudges... that's us!

This girl is gonna make a great letterboxer.
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Reply to: #970078 by wassamatta u
Jan 5, 2019 9:55pm
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A mere paper cut usually suffices ;)
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Reply to: #970078 by wassamatta u
Jan 5, 2019 11:26pm
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As one would expect, a thorough search of the car came up with not a SINGLE writing implement! No pens, pencils, chalk, crayons, markers, or quills.

This girl is gonna make a great letterboxer.

Well, if you consider a GREAT LETTERBOXER sometimes forgets ALL of their letterboxing stuff, including something to write with, then YES! ;-)