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Re: How to find trails in your area
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Reply to: #655450 by Rocklun
Nov 16, 2011 5:30am
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I have found the local library to be a great resource for maps. I ask them for books about hiking, day hikes, mountain bike trails, etc. These books typically contain maps for each hike and they tell you the length of the hike and features of it - what the views will be, elevation guides, difficulty, etc.

Below are some good ones you might like to ask them for if you go. I included links to Amazon because some of them let you have sneak peeks at the book right online so you can see if you like it:

AMC Massachusetts Trail Guide
http://www.amazon.com/AMC-Massachusetts-Trail-Guide-Comprehensive/dp/1934028258/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_c

AMC's Best Day Hikes near Boston
http://www.amazon.com/AMCs-Best-Hikes-Near-Boston/dp/1929173660/ref=pd_sim_b_5

AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires
http://www.amazon.com/AMCs-Best-Hikes-Berkshires-Massachusetts/dp/1934028215/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1321449692&sr=8-7

Hiking Massachusetts
http://www.amazon.com/Hiking-Massachusetts-Guide-Benjamin-Ames/dp/B0046LUNVA/ref=pd_sim_b_2

Explorer's Guide 50 Hikes in Massachusetts
http://www.amazon.com/Explorers-Guide-Hikes-Massachusetts-Year-Round/dp/0881507008/ref=pd_sim_b_4

Nature Walks In Central & Western Massachusetts
http://www.amazon.com/Nature-Walks-Central-Western-Massachusetts/dp/1878239953/ref=pd_sim_b_3

Moon Spotlight Massachusetts Hiking
http://www.amazon.com/Spotlight-Massachusetts-Hiking-Jacqueline-Tourville/dp/1598805657/ref=pd_sim_b_12

I love this conversation, I'm ALWAYS looking for new maps!
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655458 by Aiphid
Nov 16, 2011 5:35am
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Hey you're not exactly slacking off up there in Maine either....
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655462 by nosox
Nov 16, 2011 5:50am
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Hey you're not exactly slacking off up there in Maine either....

With mudflinginfools retiring, someone's got to pick up the slack or Maine will have a severe trade deficit.

[._.]
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655417 by frykitty
Nov 16, 2011 6:17am
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Only Ryan can say for certain, but I'm betting traditional plants decline during the colder months.

This sounds like a job for Statistics Man!

It would be interesting to have statistics graphs of letterboxes (also broken down by type) by month from the beginning of AQ.
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655431 by Guzzelin' Gal
Nov 16, 2011 6:30am
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I know my problem for planting is that I was never an outside person before letterboxing so I don't know where the trails are that don't already have boxes on them.

If you want even more outside experience, go geocaching. I can hear the boos now. It does give you more places to go for "hiking with a goal."

Before the snow flew in the mountains here, letterboxing got me to an area that I know about (around Snow Basin ski resort, where some of the 2002 Olympic events were) but I hadn't been. I'd been meaning to go there for a while, but hadn't. Letterboxing finally got me there. Geocaching got me further from the road and onto some trails in that area without letterboxes (yet).

There are more of both types around there I have yet to get. They will have to wait until spring. I'll get more on the west side of the mountain until we get too much snow, then the foothill ones will have to wait for spring. I can get urban ones then.
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655417 by frykitty
Nov 16, 2011 6:46am
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traditional plants decline during the colder months

Unless you are in the SW where letterboxing actually picks up. So for a national figure that is likely true, but there may be states that defy the trend.

As to LTCs there are several very prominent LTC traders who were very active in 08 and have since retired or at least slowed down from the trade activity and moved on to other activities.
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655409 by GreatBigSabres
Nov 16, 2011 7:28am
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GBS,

Thanks to contributions from nosox, Mim, Jynx, MMACJ, Yumgirl, Arf!, Teeker, Red Paisley Quilter, and HarmonyMA, I'll be planting two winter-accessible series soon, but you'll have to come out to central MA to get 'em! :^)

Rocklun
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655475 by Baqash
Nov 16, 2011 8:14am
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Unless you are in the SW where letterboxing actually picks up.

So true here in Texas where is is FINALLY below 100 degrees outside! I am just now getting to the point where I will venture out and start planting boxes for all the stuff I have been carving all summer while looking out the window at the grass dying in the heat and lack of rain. You know it's bad when you walk across the lawn and it crunches!
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655431 by Guzzelin' Gal
Nov 16, 2011 8:27am
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One easy solution is to take up geocaching. Geocaches are everywhere, including on every trail in existence. So, when hunting a geocache brings you to an interesting trail, check to see if there's a letterbox on the trail. If not, plant one -- not too close to the geocache.

The only problem with this plan is that there are geocaches everywhere. Not just along trails, but along roads, behind dumpsters, at people's houses, inside businesses, you name it. In contrast to letterboxing, when geocaching you have to learn how to ignore 90% of the cache listings and select only the ones that sound interesting to hunt. Otherwise you'll get burnt out on hunting boring and worthless caches very quickly indeed.
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655471 by Oberon_Kenobi
Nov 16, 2011 8:36am
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You might wanna break that down by state. Colder months don't make much difference here in FL, we plant year 'round, wouldn't want that to mess up an otherwise lovely correlation.
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655494 by Kirbert
Nov 16, 2011 9:01am
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The only problem with this plan is that there are geocaches everywhere. Not just along trails, but along roads, behind dumpsters, at people's houses, inside businesses, you name it. In contrast to letterboxing, when geocaching you have to learn how to ignore 90% of the cache listings and select only the ones that sound interesting to hunt. Otherwise you'll get burnt out on hunting boring and worthless caches very quickly indeed.

Amen! I just did a geocache search for all caches within 20 miles of my zipcode (Austin, Tx) and came up with 2,924 cache listings. Just as with letterboxing, with a little experience you get so you know which geocachers place caches in interesting locations and which to, if not avoid, then to place lower down on your bucket list
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655458 by Aiphid
Nov 16, 2011 9:09am
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It's good to see that my LTC work is being appreciated. :D
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655504 by Guzzelin' Gal
Nov 16, 2011 9:16am
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It's good to see that my LTC work is being appreciated. :D

You're not quite in my top 5 yet, but since you've been signing up for everything available, we'll have to have a trade and fix that!

Most Common Planters You Found
1. BfloAnonChick (44)
2. Memere (28)
3. dancingpecan (26)
4. mojo612 (23)
5. nosox (21)

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Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655471 by Oberon_Kenobi
Nov 16, 2011 9:22am
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It would be interesting to have statistics graphs of letterboxes (also broken down by type) by month from the beginning of AQ.

You haven't noticed that little link under the 'Home' page menubar option called 'AQ Statistics,' have you? =)

-- Ryan
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655507 by Aiphid
Nov 16, 2011 9:37am
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but since you've been signing up for everything available, we'll have to have a trade and fix that!

Don't be silly I skipped a few. LOL Gotta keep busy at night now that I have given up on Facebook games. ;)

I meant to get over to see you in Maine on Saturday, to see if you wanted to trade, but got to caught up and couldn't make it a couple tables over. Hopefully next time or there is always trading through the mail. *gasp*
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655507 by Aiphid
Nov 16, 2011 10:25am
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Looks like we need to do a new trade with each other so I can out-do my mom (Memere) !
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655521 by nosox
Nov 16, 2011 12:26pm
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Looks like we need to do a new trade with each other so I can out-do my mom (Memere) !

I was hoping to head down for some soup and trades, but I don't think that I'll be able to take the weekend off. Too much work to do!

[._.]
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655549 by System
Nov 16, 2011 12:38pm
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I have almost 50 LTC's available to trade.

You started a month ago! How??

[o_o]
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655546 by Aiphid
Nov 16, 2011 12:49pm
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Come on down for some soup and trades!!! Work will always be there--take a break and join us!!
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655557 by Memere
Nov 16, 2011 12:50pm
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Come on down for some soup and trades!!! Work will always be there--take a break and join us!!

It's so tempting!

Plus, I'd be able to see for myself if nosox has 8 arms! I think that she must.

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Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655558 by Aiphid
Nov 16, 2011 12:55pm
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I'll never tell, so you'll have to come see for yourself!!!
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655558 by Aiphid
Nov 16, 2011 12:55pm
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Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655560 by nosox
Nov 16, 2011 12:57pm
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PS: it's not extra hands, it's a stable of little elves that quit their jobs at the shoemaker. They're usually very sociable though, you can come and try to meet them...
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655551 by Aiphid
Nov 16, 2011 12:57pm
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The ones I've seen a beauties too!
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655555 by System
Nov 16, 2011 1:03pm
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Well it has been a little longer than a month ;)

OK, a month and five days. Still, you guys are crazy! It took me almost a week just to make my cards for the Mystery LTC Challenge, and I only made 14 of them.

[._.]
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655560 by nosox
Nov 16, 2011 3:02pm
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We posted these for the event today, one is even a night box series:

Someone has been busy, I'm kinda bummed that I have plans with 2 other sets of friends that day.
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655558 by Aiphid
Nov 16, 2011 6:07pm
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coooooooome doooooown Aiphid!!!!!! cooooooooooommmmeee dooooooooownn!!!

coooooooommmmee dooooooowwwnnn AAAAAAiipphiiiiiidddd!!!

wwwweeeeee neeeeeeeeeeeddd yoooooooouuuuuuu!!!

(is it working? is he hypnotized yet?)

~hopeful tigs

and bring your wife
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655662 by tiggermama
Nov 16, 2011 6:18pm
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Must... drive... to... Mass....
Must... not... do... work....
Must.... letterbox....

[*_*]
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655508 by Green Tortuga
Nov 16, 2011 7:05pm
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You haven't noticed that little link under the 'Home' page menubar option called 'AQ Statistics,' have you?

Not until you pointed it out. That looks like what I was suggesting. Thanks.
Re: 8 out of my last 10 posts are LTC's
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Reply to: #655664 by Aiphid
Nov 16, 2011 7:59pm
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yes. . . you. . . must .. . .

drive. . . to Mass. . .

Must. . .drive. . .to . . . letterbox. . .

Must. . .drive. . .to. . .letterbox. . .

Coooome tooo uuusss, Aiiiphiiidd and AaaadveentuureCraafter!!!!

Brriiiiiiingg sooooupp!!! Brriiiing iiiink. . .. . .

Cooome tooo uuuusss!!! (myyy pressscioooussss)))

*cough, cough** *ahem*

um, ignore that last bit. i have no idea where it came from. nope, not one single bit.

~tigs. really. it's tigs. nobody creepy and white and slimy here. nope. . . .