Saturday, June 25, 2011

Letterboxing


While Gina and Carrie were here, they introduced me to letterboxing, a variation of geo-caching: where one person leaves a cached box for another person to find, following clues from a website.  We went looking for a couple and found one.


This plastic container was hidden, and Gina, who apparently has a real knack for finding these, dug it up.


Inside is a small booklet, where people have left their stamp.  Yes, each letterboxer has a unique stamp (some hand-carved).


Carrie stamping hers.


Then, she signed and dated the entry.


Inside the box is the stamp that belongs to the site: a hand-carved tree.  It's not wood that these are carved from, but a kind of modeling material just for this sort of thing.


We went to the second site.


Even though we had my garden trowel, and looked everywhere, there was no letterbox.  Gina and Carrie tried to find others on their trip, but it was about the same percentage of success.  I asked her who did these sorts of things, and she believed it was home-schoolers.  Having had a few of those students in my college class, I imagined them designing a stamp, making a book, figuring out a location all as part of some curriculum that we, in The Olden Days, would have considered a great summer activity--when we were out of school. Whatever the reason why it came to be there, I had a terrific time with lots of laughter as we tried to find these cached treasures.  
Now I just need to make a stamp and buy me a little book.

2 comments:

Andrea said...

I took my kids letterboxing a few years ago. We found our one and only letterbox in Snow Canyon, St. George, UT of all places. All the ones near our home had been raided or removed. But it was really fun finding the one in Snow Canyon! I kind of lost interest after that. Maybe we'll have to try again...

alotalot said...

That looks like so much fun! Around here, people leave a small trinket and take a small trinket. People usually have a signature trinket, like a marble, or a painted rock. A teacher I know did a project with grade 7 and 8 students, hiding things around the school yard and using a GPS to find them. They had a great time.