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.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Denver Bound and Plant-A-Letterbox Day

Thomas and I have decided to head to Denver this afternoon for the Memorial Day weekend. We will leave later today after work. We will probably do some letterboxing along the way and maybe spend some time in Colorado Springs. I'm also thinking that we will probably take a drive along the Lariat Loop which starts in Golden, CO. I'll keep you posted on our weekend adventure. You can click on the picture to read all about it.

Today is International Plant a Letterbox Day. I have placed five boxes: ev·o·lu·tion, BioPark, Waiting on the World to Change, abri del ne and Want Saki?!?!?. We will see how many boxes get planted today all over the world - it should be interesting. You can keep up with the numbers by clicking on the picture on the left. Just think . . . all those new boxes to hunt for . . . what FUN!

Oh, I almost forgot, Mama Cache and friends have created a little poem about Plant a Letterbox Day. I will post it somewhere on this blog when it is completed.

Happy Planting!, Happy Hunting! and Happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

In Search of the Perfect Letterbox Hiding Spot

This week I have hiked to Picacho Peak (twice), I have hiked the Chamisa Trail (once) and I hiked a couple of other trails in the Santa Fe area looking for the perfect spots to hide letterboxes. I have come up with a few - keep your eyes open for new boxes soon! I have had a blast exploring both places I have hiked before to areas that I am enjoying for the first time. This past week I put in about 10 miles of hiking after work and on my day off. Today Thomas and I put in 8.5 miles - all of these miles were done so that I could find locations that would inspire me to plant boxes. I have come up with about 5 boxes and they will be planted this week for the 2nd Annual International Plant a Letterbox Day - clues will be available sometime on May 24th.

Today Thomas and I made a special trip to Los Alamos to hike the Mortandad Cavate Trail. This trail is located off of East Jemez Road about a half mile from the intersection of NM 4. Mortandad Cavate Trail is located on Los Alamos National Laboratory property and is usually closed to the public for preservation purposes. This weekend, on Friday, May 18th and Saturday, May 19th LANL allowed self-guided tours of the ancient cave dwellings and well-preserved cave art from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in conjunction with New Mexico Heritage Preservation Month. We took this relatively easy 1 1/2 mile hike and enjoyed a beautiful day and some interesting cave art. I am glad we got to see this - who knows when the public will be allowed to hike this trail again.

During my hikes this week I encountered lots of wildflowers and a few little creatures as well as the cave art from today's hike. Here is a slide show of some of these - I hope you enjoy!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Letterboxing Blog Catch Up

I am writing this post just to catch up on what I have been doing recently.

In April I was in Indianapolis and did quite a bit of letterboxing and met with JBBK2006 for a great visit and exchange. You can read about my Indianapolis letterboxing adventures here. When I returned to New Mexico, I left the airport and went in search of two letterboxes planted by 6jumpingbeans. I found ABQ Isotopes and Loma del Norte before returning to Santa Fe.

In April I also planted two letterboxes: Giant Rebel of Eden and Black and White. I was really happy with the carvings and I love these two boxes.

Maintenance was also done in April, I checked on boxes and updated clues. Some of my boxes are now unavailable. Six Feet Above, Chimney Rock and Mighty Oak are all missing and have been verified as missing. Lover's Walk is unavailable due to the tree it was planted by has now fallen and is possibly on top of the box. I also did a check on my Land of Enchantment Series and did a major update of the clues. I decided to move a few of the boxes to a more secure hiding spot so I had to rewrite some of the clues.

So far in May I have done a lot of hiking so I can scope out possible hiding spots for boxes I have created. Look soon for ev·o·lu·tion, BioPark and Waiting on the World to Change. I have done some hiking to areas I haven't been before. I've really enjoyed the hikes and look forward to planting these new boxes. The weather has been really good lately. It seems that the cold spells are gone here in Santa Fe and Spring has finally arrived.

As for finding boxes - I only have found one box (there aren't that many letterboxers in New Mexico and the planting has been slow so far) - A Pressing Matter. Astro D's newest creation. And what a find! This is an absolutely great box - everything about it (the hide, box, stamp, logbook and clues) are terrific! You are missing out if you haven't already looked at the clues and solved its location - you better get started.

This past weekend was really nice. We had great weather! I went on a hike to Picacho Peak on Saturday - what a great spot. You can see most of Santa Fe from up there - BEAUTIFUL! On Sunday I went hiking with a great group of people - Chris, the Great Wuga Wuga and Funhog (she was in Santa Fe for her biannual visit). Unfortunately Thomas and Astro D couldn't make it - but we did have dinner with them that night. It was a good hike, perfect weather and nice and relaxing. Funhog was able to find some of my boxes - Bad, Bad Black Sheep; Ribbit!; and Western Blue Flag. I was amazed at the water in Tesuque Creek. I have never seen it so high - I guess all that snow this winter has really helped.

Astro D and I have started planning an event to be held in October. Go here for more information and remember to check back occasionally as we will add more details as we finalize plans.

Thomas and I are going to go to Denver over the Memorial Day weekend. I hope to find a few boxes while we are there. I will post about that trip when it happens. We are also going to spend a weekend in Cloudcroft, NM - that will probably be in early June. I'll let you know about that trip as well.

I think I have covered everything but who can be for sure - if anything comes up I'll be back to post it.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Announcing the Santa Fe SPOOKtacular Letterboxing Event

Astro D, rubberpeace and lionsmane63 are hosting a letterboxing event in Santa Fe, NM on October 6, 2007. The event will be held at Hyde Memorial State Park in Group Shelter #2. Details for the event can be found by clicking on the image above. Keep checking for updates as we continue to make plans for the event. We look forward to seeing you there!
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