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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Lizard Spock Expansion

Today I had to run errands all around Santa Fe so I added one more stop to my list. A new box popped up yesterday and I had printed out the clues and put it on my list. When I am out running errands I plan them in an order so I end up making a loop and not backtracking. So during my travels around town I ended up on Rodeo Road and that put me close to this new box. I turned off Rodeo Road and made my way to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Here I was searching for  . . .Lizard Spock (a two box series by ArnoldZiffel). So I followed the clues for box 1 and easily found it. I took it to the nearest bench to stamp in. When done I returned the box to its hiding spot and then went in search of box two. Another easy find and I took it back to the same bench. Only this box had a logbook so I stamped in and put the box back together. There was a first finder card so I nabbed that and then replaced the box and then returned to my car. I am a huge Big Bang Theory fan and I love the Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock game and even more I love when Sheldon explains it. Thanks ArnoldZiffel for a great box and wonderful stamps.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

11 Years of Letterboxing

Today marks my 11th anniversary of letterboxing. I found my first box on February 16, 2006 and that box was Santa Fe Trail Microbox by Silver Eagle. The past 11 years have taken me to 44 states and 6 countries to find letterboxes. Every February 16 I have gone out letterboxing to celebrate. Usually I leave boxes close to me so that I have something to find on this date. But when I started planning what I would do today I only had one box close - that one was in Albuquerque. But I found another one in San Antonio that I hadn't gotten to yet. So I decided to take a road trip and do some letterboxing. I left Santa Fe sometime around 8:30am and drove to San Antonio. The box is located in a small park not far from the interstate on NM 380. So I pulled in and followed the clues and easily found An Unusual Tourist by ArnoldZiffel. I took the box back to the car to stamp in and then after replacing the box I headed back to Albuquerque. When I arrived in Albuquerque I went in search of We Came to See the Balloons by nm sun. The clues for this box are cryptic and I thought I had figured out where it was hidden. But when I arrived at the place none of the other clues made sense. But I tried and looked in three trees (the clue said to go to a tree and look up) but didn't find any box. I don't know if I just had the location wrong, or if I didn't understand the clues once I got there, or if the box is missing. My belief is that I was in the wrong location. I will have to look at the clues again and see if I can figure it out and then try again. But at least I found one box to celebrate my anniversary. These 11 years have been so much fun. Looking forward to more.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Home From Colossal Event in Tucson

So the 13th Annual Tucson Gathering: A Colossal Event is over and this morning I left Tucson, in the rain, to head back to Santa Fe. My plan was to look for a couple of letterboxes along the way. But that plan didn't work out. It rained from Tucson until I reached Belen. I only stopped to fill the car with gas, use the restroom and get something to eat. In the end it all worked out fine and I arrived home a little after noon. It was a great trip. I found some wonderful boxes. Visited with old friends and met some new ones. And I got to visit places that I had never been to. I went on some incredible hikes and saw some amazing landscapes. Of course, I didn't get to do all I wanted but that is okay because there is always another trip to be had. I did manage to blog about my trip and you can read about it at A Colossal Letterboxing Trip. You will read about all the places I visited and the boxes I found.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

A Colossal Letterboxing Trip

For the last couple of weeks I have been getting ready for another letterboxing trip. I am going to attend the 13th Annual Tucson Gathering: A Colossal Event at Colossal Cave Mountain Park in Vail, Arizona. I have mapped out a route and planned boxes to find. I also want to check on some of my boxes and replace boxes that are missing. I am also working on finding a series of letterboxes by Desert Flower. It is here Baja Botany 101 Series. She has 12 boxes planted around southeastern Arizona. So this trip is going to take me on a vast road trip - from Safford to Portal, Portal to Benson, Benson to Patagonia, Patagonia to Tucson and on to Vail for the event. I am looking forward to this trip since I will be going to places I have never been. I will be gone for about a week and you can read all about the trip at A Colossal Letterboxing Trip.

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Letterbox in Kenna, NM

Thomas and I like to keep a supply of pecans and peanuts in our freezer for use in cooking and baking. About three weeks ago we ran out of both. So we talked about taking a road trip to Fort Sumner (where we get our pecans) and to Portales (where we get our peanuts). And since we were going to be in the vicinity we decided we should get a letterbox that was recently placed. So this morning we left home about 7:00am and began our road trip. The morning was gloomy - overcast, cold and foggy. But we enjoyed our drive and arrived in Fort Sumner around 9:30am. We get pecans from someone who Thomas worked with quite a few years ago. We had called during the week and placed our order and this morning we picked up 30 pounds of pecans. Enough to keep us supplied for a while. We left Fort Sumner and continued on to Portales. When I looked at the map I saw a road that would take us south to US 70 and put us very close to where the letterbox is planted. So we took NM 267 which turns into NM 330 and drove until we reached US 70. From this intersection we drove southwest to Kenna, NM. We followed the clues to From Crossroads to Ghost Town by Road Junkies and arrived at the Kenna Cemetery. We parked outside the cemetery and walked in. The cemetery is small and the clues were straight forward so I found the box quickly. The temperature was 34° and it was windy which made it really cold while stamping in. Thomas decided to go back to the car while I was stamping in. By the time I finished stamping and replaced the box I was cold and my hands were hurting. I enjoyed the box and stamp but I could have done without the cold and wind. And just so you know there is nothing in Kenna except for an old gas station that has been turned into a post office and convenience store.

Anyway, we left Kenna and headed north to Portales. We arrived in Portales and drove to Hampton Farms. Here we bought 50 pounds of raw peanuts. After we got our peanuts we decided to grab a bite to eat. We ate at El Rancho and had a great lunch. By this time it was 1:30pm and we decided since we had a three and a half hour drive home that we better get back on the road. We had a great time today on our road trip - it was nice to get out explore New Mexico.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Pinto Line

On Sunday (1/7) ArnoldZiffel and Agent 86 placed a new box in Santa Fe. The box is placed near supports for an old trestle in the Rancho Viejo neighborhood. So today I was our running errands and on my way home I stopped to get this box. The parking area that the clues say to park in was locked so I parked in the Spur Trail lot and then walked to the parking area mentioned in the clues. From there I followed the clues and I easily found Pinto Line. I took the box to a spot off the trail where I could sit and stamp in. I didn't have any problems finding the box and the area was deserted (I didn't see one person on the trails) so I didn't have to worry about being seen. This box is about the New Mexico Central Railroad (formerly know as the Santa Fe Central Railroad). This line ran between Torrance and Santa Fe. It provided passenger service as well as carrying agricultural products from the Estancia Basin to market. The products included pinto beans thus earning the railroad the nickname "Pinto Line". It was a beautiful day for a walk to find a great box with lots of history - something I did not know. Thanks ArnoldZiffel and Agent 86.
New Mexico Central Railway train, southbound coal train,
vicinity of Arroyo de la Jara south of Kennedy and near Galisteo, New Mexico

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Leaving Carlsbad and Heading Home

Today we head home. We wanted to get an early start so we were up at 6:00am and on the road by 6:45am. We drove to Roswell without stopping and the first thing we did upon arriving was get some breakfast. We ended up at Martin's Captiol Cafe. After a great meal we headed out to get some things done. First, we looked for and found without any problems ArnoldZiffel's Art in the Round: Roswell. This box is hidden in Cahoon Park and thankfully no one was around so it was a quick and easy find. I stamped in and then got the box back in place and then we continued on to the next box. We drove to the Roswell Convention & Civic Center. I followed the clues for Welcome to Roswell by RIclimber. Unfortunately, we didn't find the box. Not sure if the box is missing but we didn't find it anywhere. So we moved on to one last thing to do before leaving Roswell. I wanted to update my box and logbook at the UFO Museum. It was a quick in and out visit. I just went in to the Research Library and grabbed the old box and put in the updated box. This is the same stamp and the same location - I just updated it. Now that we were done in Roswell we headed north on US285 toward home.

On our way down from Santa Fe on Friday we stopped at a rest area to replant a box that had gotten geotrashed. I couldn't find a good spot for the box so I kept it and have been thinking about where I could plant it. I remembered a pullout on US285 near Clines Corners that might work. So when we got to the pullout we stopped and started looking around. We lucked up and found a great spot to hide the box. So Aphonopelma is active again. It is the same stamp and box just a different location so if you already found it you don't need to look for it again. Now that everything I had on my to do list for this trip was completed we could just continue on home.

It was a great little trip and we had a lot of fun. I really want to get back down there because there is more for us to do.
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