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, January 14, 2010

Which Way From Here?

Back in October Fantastyk Voyager placed a box in Stanley, NM. That box is called Which Way From Here?. I have been wanting to go out there and get that box but things kept me from making the trip. Then the holidays came and I really didn't have time. Today I got up and did my usual chores and then decided that I needed to get out of the house. So I got all my things (letterboxing bag, camera, water and the clues) and headed to Stanley. I had a great drive. It was very relaxing. When I arrived in Stanley I looked for the landmarks mentioned in the clues. It wasn't hard to find things since there is very little in the town. There is the cemetery that I passed on my way in and the post office which is housed in a trailer. There are a few occupied houses that you can see and quite a few more deserted and dilapidated houses all around. I was looking for a run down shanty with a post in front of it with seven or eight signs on it. The box was hidden near here and I found it easily enough. I took the box back to my car to stamp in and then I replaced it exactly as I found it. After that I took some pictures and headed out. I decided to stop at the cemetery and look around. I saw Bruce King's grave and walked around and took a few pictures. I was really disappointed in the cemetery - it wasn't very well kept and it looked as though no one bothered with it unless they needed to bury someone. So after taking some pictures I decided it was time to head home. I had a great morning taking a relaxing drive and finding a letterbox. Thanks Fantastyck Voyager.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

A Few Letterboxes in Albuquerque

Thomas and I were in Albuquerque today to visit his cousin who had surgery on Christmas Eve. She spent about 12 days in the hospital and is finally home. Her energy level is pretty low so we only stayed for an hour. We had decided to run a couple of other errands in Albuquerque and also do a little letterboxing. I found three boxes that I thought would be nice to look for.

Our first stop was a neighborhood trail in the northwest part of Albuquerque that lead us into the bosque. We parked on the side of the street and entered the trail. It was an easy walk and pretty short to reach the bosque. We found the landmarks and quickly located the box - partly because it was sticking out a little. That box was My Plane Ride to New Mexico by Tarte N Tires. I stamped in and wrote a quick note and got everything back into the box. When we replaced it we gathered some more sticks and things to cover it better. I really enjoyed this stamp - it was a nice carve and a play on words.

From the bosque we headed to Old Town Albuquerque. We had to find the Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. It is located down the road from the church on the plaza. We found a spot to park and started walking . The place we were looking for was hidden behind buildings in a little courtyard. We found the spot and then found the microbox - La Reina de Mexico by What What. I found a bench to sit on to stamp in. The microbox contained two small stamps, the logbook and a first finder certificate. They were great little stamps and I really enjoyed finding this box. I would have never found this spot if it hadn't been for letterboxing. We had to wait a minute to hide the box because a few people were walking through the courtyard (which leads to the Albuquerque Museum). Once it was back in place we returned to the car to head to our last box.

This box - La Merona - is at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. So we made our way there and parked. The clues were in Spanish and it was a little difficult to translate them. And once they were translated some of them were really odd. Thomas and I sat down together and tried to make out what it all meant while standing in front of the museum. It was pretty easy to understand the clues once there and Thomas located the box pretty quickly. We were a little worried about retrieving the box because the spot is very exposed. But we got it without incident and we took it over to a bench so we could sit and stamp in. This box is by Wronghat and is a wonderful carving - I really loved the stamp. I stamped in and then got everything back into the box. Thomas returned it to its hiding spot. I also was the first finder on this box and collected another certificate.

It was now time to head back up to Santa Fe. Thanks to all the boxers who placed these boxes - we had a wonderful time in the Duke City and enjoyed all three boxes.
Related Posts with Thumbnails