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.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Views from a Letterbox

Yesterday I had planned to check on my Land of Enchanment Series but I ended up changing my mind and planted a box instead. So this morning I headed out and checked on the Enchantment Series.

All the boxes are in good shape and survived the winter. I did move a couple of boxes and adjusted the clues to most of the others. I hope it is easier to understand the clues and find the boxes.

Along the way I took pictures of some wonderful views - I hope you enjoy!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Black and White

Today I had planned to go on a hike and check on my letterbox series Land of Enchantment. Well I changed my mind. I had found an image that I wanted to try and carve. I have been working on it for a couple of days. I felt I did a good job on the carving and was anxious to get this box planted. So this morning I completed the log book and the box. It is now planted! I can't go into detail of what I did today - since this box is a mystery. I hope you have fun searching for this box. Click on the picture to view the clue!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Returning Home

My trip to Indiana has come to an end - I am now home. My day started early as Thomas drove me to the airport at 6:30am so that he could return in time for his class. So I checked in and got some coffee. I read a little and people watched a little - I can tell you I wasn't bored. And soon enough we were boarding. A minute or two after leaving the gate we stop - the winds in Chicago are bad and we have been delayed 25 minutes - so we just sat in the plane on the runway. I read! Soon enough we were airborne and the flight to Chicago was quick - but I had to run to catch my connecting flight. I made it to the gate with 5 minutes to spare - the good news - no waiting. Now off to Albuquerque! Through the whole flight I was enthralled with the clouds - so I snapped pictures (lots of pictures, hoping one would come out okay). I'm sure people in the plane thought I was crazy. I got to Albuquerque on time and got my bags. Ready to get home to Santa Fe.

But not just yet! There were two new letterboxes planted in Albuquerque, so why not get them while I was there. No since wasting gas making another trip - right! So off to Isotopes park for the first one and then to Loma del Norte Park for the second. Both boxes were quick and easy finds - thanks 6jumpingbeans. After stamping into the second box I hit the Interstate and headed home. I love traveling but I always love returning home.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Letterboxing In Indianapolis [aka: Indy, the Crossroads of America, the 'Circle City' and "Naptown"]

Well I'm in Indianapolis! Thomas had to attend a leadership training course for two weeks and I decided that midway I would visit him and get a little letterboxing in as well. Thomas is in class 8:00am to 5:00pm everyday and on some evenings he has class 7:00pm until 9:00pm. So when he is in class I intend to letterbox. Click on the photo to get "the rest of the story". Sorry Paul Harvey for borrowing that.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

One Found, One Lost

Today started very early - 3:30am to be exact. Thomas had to catch a flight to Indanapolis this morning to attend a two week leadership conference for work. So we headed to Albuquerque. A pretty uneventful drive and I got Thomas to the airport in plenty of time.

From there I decided to head up to Abiquiu. Astro D planted a box there a couple of weeks ago and I was just itching to get out there and find it. I arrived at the place only to find the gate locked - and I thought "Oh, Great!" it isn't open today. But then a young man pulled up, opened the gate and I was a happy little letterboxer. I parked and got my things and headed out to find the box. It was only a short hike and a pretty quick find - but that didn't make the experience any less special. The place was beautiful. It was so peaceful and what a great place to spend a chilly Sunday morning. And of course I was rewarded with another wonderful Astro D stamp and a First Finder Certificate. I wandered around a bit but was unable to go very far, there was mud everywhere and I kept sinking in it. So I returned to my car so I could go to my next destination.

Oh, the place is Plaza Blanca and the box is Georgia in White - you must get out there to enjoy them both - the trip is really worth the effort.

My next stop was Ghost Ranch to check up on my Chimney Rock box. I love the hike up to Chimney Rock! So imagine my disappointment when I arrived to find my box missing. This is the third box to go missing in a few weeks. I have to say that most of it is my fault. This was the first box I planted and my hiding skills weren't the best. It probably should have been hidden much better. I will replace the box but I am not sure if I want to recarve the same stamp or just make a whole new box with a different image. You'll just have to stay tuned to see what happens. The picture shows where the box should have been.

Even though another box went missing I still had a great day. And you can bet there will be a box on the Chimney Rock Trail at Ghost Ranch in the near future.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Another Micro Meet in Santa Fe

Well, this morning Astro D and I met two letteroboxers from Kalamazoo, MI! Azobox and artistamp are in Santa Fe to visit and do a little letterboxing. We met at PD Bean. We had a little coffee and some great conversation. Of course, we did the obligatory signature stamp exchanges and they collected ¡Bienvenidos! It was a great way to start the weekend.

Friday, April 13, 2007

A Cold, Wet, Snowy Morning

There's nothing better than going out on a cold, wet, snowy morning to plant a letterbox - - - yeah, right! But what is a letterboxer to do. You have this carved image and a box just begging for the perfect hiding spot - and a plan to get it planted on a certain day. I had carved this image and gotten the box ready a couple of days ago and I had today off, so I wanted to get it planted today. It was cold, it was kind of raining and kind of snowing at the same time, and it was plenty wet. I had a vision of where I wanted the box to be - oh, wouldn't it be wonderful if everything worked out just right. As it turned out I tried six different places and none worked - they didn't even come close. I would get out of the car and walk around in the snow and try one place - nope - get back in the car, think about it a little more and then get out of the car and try again.

After about forty-five minutes I decided to forget the whole thing and was getting ready to head to a coffee shop for a hot beverage and a little warmth. As I drove about a half block I noticed a little area that I had missed. I went exploring and got a little wetter and a little colder. And finally the perfect spot magically appeared and somehow the horrible forty-five minutes I had spent earlier didn't seem to matter. I was the happiest little letterboxer in the world - cold but happy - wet but happy!!! So the Giant Rebel of Eden has a nice new home, come out to Santa Fe and visit him, okay!

Now that the box was hidden I could get to that cup of coffee that had been calling my name. I headed for Travel Bug. Got a nice big cup of java, grabbed the Reporter and read and relaxed. All in all a good letterboxing morning.
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