This blog chronicles my letterboxing adventures. It includes posts that share my travels that are letterboxing related, the letterboxes I have found and planted as well as the people I have met along the way. There are also photos included to help give a complete picture of the fun I had.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Windy Albuquerque Letterboxing

After the event in Tucson I have been wanting to get out and do more letterboxing. There have been lots of boxes planted in Albuquerque that I haven't gotten yet and I decided I needed to get out today and find a few of them. I also wanted to go and scout some locations for possible letterboxes I want to plant. So this morning I gathered my things and headed south. When I left Santa Fe it was 29° and it was snowing - I checked the Albuquerque weather and it didn't look like they were getting snow. It snowed until I got to La Bajada and then it was clear - until I got to Santo Domingo. The snow started again and continued until I reached San Felipe and then it cleared again. It stayed clear the rest of the way to Albuquerque. I went to a couple of places and looked for possible places to hide letterboxes - it was pretty cold while I was walking around - not sure what the temperature was but it was cold enough to make me hurry my little butt along. So after about an hour and a half of checking out a couple of areas I decided to go and look for a few boxes.

The first box I looked for was Friendship Lei by gs10530. I went to the park and followed the clues. At first I was a little confused and looked in the wrong area but then I got my bearings and headed in the right direction. As I was walking along I kept my eye out for a SPOR by the cinder block wall. I found the spot, well, I actually saw the box. It was sitting out and had two small rock sitting on top of it. As I headed to get it a woman came out of a gate in the wall about 10 feet from where the box was. She was walking her dog and so I just kept walking. I then took another path and headed back in the direction of the box. The woman kept watching me as I walked around. Finally, she headed back to her gate and so I walked around and headed toward the box. But as I approached I saw her standing by the wall watching me. So, again I couldn't get the box. She kept staring and watching so I walked over to her and asked if there was a problem. She said "No!". So I asked why she was staring at me and if I was trespassing and if the park was private and only for the use of the people living around the park. She again said "No!" So I asked her to quit staring and watching me and told her she was creeping me out. She didn't say anything but she stayed standing at the wall watching me. So I sat on a near by bench and watched her. She eventually went inside her house but by this time I decided it was time to leave and if I tried to get the box she would probably be watching me from her window. So I returned to my car and headed to another location.

My next stop was Sunset Memorial Park to look for Maxie Had Moxie by Silver Eagle. I followed the clues and easily found the box. The box has been there since September but it turned out that I was the first finder. It was still a little cold and it had gotten windy. I was lucky because there was a was that helped block the wind while I stamped in. Then I put the box back into place and was ready for the next location. So from this cemetery I headed to another cemetery. This time I went to Fairview Memorial Park to find another Silver Eagle box - The Deputy Sheriff. This was another quick and easy find and this time I stamped in while sitting in the car. After returning the box back to its hiding spot I moved on. The next box brought me to the 66 Diner. I parked in the lot and read the clue - which is actually pictures. I was a little nervous and walking around trying to find the box as there are windows looking out and there were quite a few people inside that might see me stalking around the building. So from the car I scoped things out and was pretty sure I had eyed the hiding spot. So I took out my phone and pretended to talk while I walked around and reached for the box. Thankfully, I found it on the first try and took it back to the car. After stamping in I began worrying again about putting it back and having someone inside seeing me. But I pretended with the phone again and put it back and then I decided to head inside and get a milk shake. While I waited for the shake I looked around and realized that most of the people weren't even looking out the windows and that it wasn't that easy to see the hiding spot from inside and sitting down. Oh well - it was done and all was good.

So I found three boxes today and had a nice time. I also may have found at least one good place for a box - we will have to see. Now I was ready to head home. But I will have to get to Albuquerque again soon because there are still a few more boxes to find. Maybe at the end of the week.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

It Was a Wild and Fun Rodeo!

We are home from our six day letterboxing trip. We had a great time and really enjoyed the 15th Annual Tucson Gathering: Rodeo! at Catalina State Park. The event was fun and it was nice to see old letterboxing friends and to meet some new ones as well. There were lots of great boxes and stamps and I enjoyed the hiking and hunting. The park is beautiful with many miles of trails and incredible views of the Catalina Mountains. Wisconsin Hiker and Martini Man put on a great event and were the perfect hosts. During the trip Thomas and I hiked a little over 40 miles in those six days and we found 75 boxes. Besides the big event on Saturday we also enjoyed the NPTC Western Meet-up and the Padre Kino's Quest at Tumacácori National Historic Site. You can read all about our trip at Letterboxing Rodeo in Tucson.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Heading to a Letterboxing Rodeo in Tucson

Tomorrow Thomas and I are headed to Tucson for the 15th Annual Tucson Gathering: Rodeo! being held at Catalina State Park in Oro Valley. Hopefully, we will get to letterbox along the way - there are a few boxes I need to find and a few of my boxes that I need to replace or update. We will also be attending Padre Kino's Quest on Friday (the day before the annual event) at Tumacácori National Historical Park about an hour south of Tucson. Besides the two event days we will have two other days to just letterbox around Tucson. I always have fun in Tucson and always find great boxes - I am really looking forward to this trip. If you want to read about our time in Tucson go to Letterboxing Rodeo in Tucson.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

The City Different and The Duke City Letterboxing

Okay, since I couldn't get one of the boxes I found yesterday back in place I needed to get in back this morning. So that was our first priority. And then near there was another box that I could find. Thomas and I left our house around 8:00am and drove to the National Cemetery. Thankfully, there was no one around and it was a quick errand. Next, we headed toward Tesuque. We took the exit off of US285 headed toward Tesuque Village and almost immediately stopped at a pullout. Here we looked for On Our Way to Great Wolf Lodge, Colorado Springs, Colorado - Wandering Wolf by The Rodriguez Family. This was a quick and easy find. I stamped in the car and then put the box back in place. We were now done with Santa Fe and we could move on to Albuquerque.

Once we arrived in Albuquerque we made our way to Los Altos Park and the Albuquerque Garden Center. Here we looked for and found Florabunda by Kit. The box is hidden near a bench and it was the perfect spot to sit and stamp. When I was done stamping and the box was back in place we headed on to the next box.

From Los Altos Park we took I40 to Tramway and then took Central headed east and stopped at the Route 66 Open Space (was the site of Little Beaver Town). We followed the clues for Red Ryder by Wronghat. We did fine until we got to his "word play" part of the clue. It took us a little while to work out the clue but we eventually found the box. There are some concrete slabs where I took the box to sit and stamp in. Then I replaced the box and we were ready to go to our next destination.

We had plans to meet another letterboxer for lunch in ABQ Uptown. So we made our way to the Elephant Bar to meet Kit for a relaxing lunch. We had a nice visit with Kit and a delicious meal and it was a nice addition to our letterboxing day. When lunch was finished we decided to call it a day and head back to Santa Fe. Over the last two days I found six wonderful letterboxes - thanks to all who planted them.

Friday, September 07, 2018

An Afternoon of Boxing in Santa Fe

In the last month a few new boxes have popped up in Santa Fe. So today I decided that after running errands I would go out to find these boxes. I got all the clues and mapped out a plan. I then ran all my errands and then had the rest of the day to letterbox.

First box was one off of Delgado Street. I found a place to park and then followed the clues. It was a quick walk and I easily found A Happy California Cow Mooves to Santa Fe by Wendy. After getting the box I found a good place to sit and stamp in. I was the first finder on this box. When I went to put the box back in place I had to wait a few minutes because all of a sudden there was quite a bit of traffic. Finally, the area cleared and I got the box back in it's hiding spot. Now I could head to the next box.

I drove up Hyde Park Road and parked at a pullout for the Little Tesuque Trail. Here I went in search of A Gift From Texas by The Huntress. This box is only a short distance down the trail and of course when I got to the spot there was a woman sitting about 20 feet away. So I walked past her and took some pictures. Luckily, she only stayed a few minutes. I then quickly found the box and took it down the trail to a rock where I could sit and stamp in. Then while I was stamping in (which was about 10 yards off the trail) two different people stopped to ask me what I was doing - very nosy. After stamping in I was able to rehide the box without a problem and then continue on to the next box.

From Hyde Park Road I headed to the National Cemetery. Once I arrived at the cemetery I went in search of USAF Brat Series New Mexico #7 by Flutter Fairy. I arrived at the spot and parked. There were three men (looked like workers) just standing in area, not working, just talking. So I took out my phone and pretended to text and walked around them to the hiding spot. From this spot I couldn't see the men so I guessed that they couldn't see me and I found the box. I took it back to the car to stamp in. The entire time I was stamping in the men didn't move. They just stood there talking. I didn't want to go put the box back in place because I didn't want them to get suspicious. So I decided to go visit Thomas' parents grave. About 20 minutes later I returned to the area to rehide the box and guess what - the men were still there and they had moved closer to where the box was hidden. Now I really couldn't put it back. So I found a bench and sat and played on my phone for another 20 minutes and they still didn't leave. I was so mad, first that my tax dollars were paying these guys to stand around and talk for almost an hour without doing any work and second that I couldn't put the box back in place. I finally decided to take it home and come back in the morning to hide it.
So I called it a day and headed home. There was still one more box I wanted to find but I had wasted too much time at the cemetery I decided I would get it tomorrow. Even with these men blocking my way I still had a great time letterboxing. And I will do a little more tomorrow.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Heading to Disney Mania in Colorado

In about a week I am heading up to Colorado to attend the Disney Mania Colorado Style letterboxing event in Parker. The event is being hosted by The Woodshed and is boasting about 470 boxes. The boxes are divided into series with different Disney themes, they will be hidden in three different locations and will be available for three days over a long weekend. The Woodshed has planned two nights of night boxing with a dinner of pizza on one night and BBQ then other night. I have attend a few other events hosted by The Woodshed and they are always fun. I am really looking forward to the event and if you want to read about my trip to Colorado go to Disney Mania Letterboxing in Colorado. Hopefully, I will be able to write a post each evening but with so many boxes I may get behind a little.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Taos and the Enchanted Circle

While having coffee this morning we decided we needed to get out of the house today and do something. So we made a decision to head up to Taos and do some letterboxing. We got things together and jumped into the car and headed out. The drive up to Taos was uneventful and we didn't stop for anything. When we arrived in Taos we turned onto NM585 and made our way to US64 and began our journey on the Enchanted Circle. Then we just drove until we arrived in Angel Fire.

Once in Angel Fire we began letterboxing. Our first stop was at the Oeste Vista Trail. Here we were looking for Angel Fire, New Mexico by KAT. We only had to walk a short distance up the trail to find the box. I found a nice log to sit on to stamp in. Once we were done and I had replaced the box we walked a little further on the trail and enjoyed the area. The trail is a 2.5 mile loop and we didn't do the hike today. We had other plans, so after finding the box we headed out to continue on our trip. Next we took a drive up Back Basin Road to find Wheeler Peak in Autumn by Texas Wanderers.  A nice short drive led us to a pullout where we easily found the box. I stamped in while sitting in the shade under a tree - by this time it was really warming up. After replacing the box we drove back into Angel Fire and then headed to Moreno Valley High School. Here we looked for a series of five boxes - MVHS by MVHS. We assumed that the school (or students) placed these boxes. The only clue given was "To get started on this adventure around our school, look for metal that you can pedal." and when we pulled up at the school the clue was obvious. So we walked up to the sculpture and found an empty container (and the lid was missing). It was tied to a sculpture but there was nothing but the bottom of the container. We also assumed that the first box held the clue for the second box and so forth. But since the first box was empty we had nothing to go on. But we decided to look around again assuming that the boxes were similar to the first one and tied to something. So we started walking. Thomas found a box  (Box #3) near a school bus and when he opened it found that it was Box #2 and inside was a stamp (carved on the end of a wine cork), a logbook and a clue to the next box. So after stamping in to this box we then followed the clues to the third box. And we found this one with another clue. From here we had problems - there was no sign of the next box (Box #4). We scanned the area but we didn't see anything that stood out to us. We ended up separating and just looking around. After about five minutes Thomas found another box which we assumed to be Box #5. In this box there was notes. One that talked about the boxes and one with another clue and said something about Box #6. But the LbNA listing only noted five boxes. It became a little confusing. We ended spending another 15 minutes walking around to see if we could find any more boxes but came up empty. We found three of the five boxes. I think this may have been a project of one of the students, but not sure. The three stamps found were all carved out of the end of wine corks - crude but interesting. Now it was time to continue on with our day.

Back on US64, we headed to NM38 and eventually made it to Red River. In Red River we parked near the Platinum Lift where the Nature Trail starts. The box here was Howdy Kitty in red River by Origami Hen. We followed the clues and found all the landmarks but didn't find the box. We did the clues twice and still no box. I think we were in the right spot but who knows - the box may be there and we just missed it. We left Red River and headed to Taos - NM38 to NM522.

In Taos, we made our way to Sierra Vista Cemetery. I followed the clues and quickly found Buck Dunton by Silver Eagle. After stamping in and replacing the box we headed out to look for a second box by Silver Eagle - Hangman Game 135. I won't talk about where this box is hidden because it is a mystery. But I can say that it was another easy find. After stamping in and getting the box back into its hiding spot we decided on one last box - this one in Tres Piedras.

On the way out of Taos we stopped at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (I always like walking out and seeing the view of the river and canyon below). We also went to the rest area and walked out on the West Rim Trail to see the spectacular view of the bridge over the canyon. Then we finished the drive to Tres Piedras. We made our way to the Ranger Station and here we found Aldo and the Wolves by ArnoldZiffel. I easily found the box and took it to the car to stamp in. It was a beautifully carved stamp. Once the box was back in its hiding spot it was time for us to head home.

On the way home we stopped in Espanola for some dinner. We ended up eating at La Cocina and had a great meal. Today was a perfect spur of the moment trip and we had a great time and found some wonderful letterboxes.
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