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, February 27, 2011

Going Native!

I am off on another trip - this one is to Mexia, TX to attend T.A.L.E 8 - and I am really looking forward to it. I am hoping the weather will be good and that the letterboxes will be plentiful. I am also planning on replacing a couple of my boxes that have gone missing while I make my way to the event. I will be traveling down through Lubbock to Abilene. Then over to Waco and down to Somerville before making my way to Mexia. After the event I will drive to Dallas to visit a friend before making my way home. You can read all about the trip by clicking on the picture. Can't wait to tell you all about T.A.L.E. 8!

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Walrus and A Rose

Two new boxes were planted in Santa Fe in the last few days and I just had to go out today and find them. Both had neat clues and both were in the downtown area so I headed into town and went on a quest.

I first drove and found a place to park near the plaza to find another one of the Twinville Trekkers' Beatles Series. I parked and made my to the location where I needed to start to look for the box. I found the hallway with the crows, eyes and clouds. It was actually a pretty neat mural. I got the information I needed and figured out all the steps and turns and made my way to the hiding spot. Then I had to wait and walk around until the area was void of muggles before retrieving the box. When I had in my hot little hands I went back to where the mural was and sat and stamped in. Putting the box back in place was much easier. Thanks Twinville Trekkers for another nice box.

I made my way back to my car and then drove to Amelia White Park to find a box by Hi Desert. She is fairly new to the letterboxing scene in Santa Fe. The box I found today was her second planted box and it is the first one of hers I have found. The other one is a little ways away and I haven't had time to get out there and get it. But today I solved the little puzzle she has for the clues and found Amelia's Rose. I am glad that the weather was nice today and I didn't have to be out in the cold trying to solve the clue. I enjoyed finding this box, thanks Hi Desert. I am looking forward to more of your boxes.

I had a pleasant afternoon walking around downtown and visiting Amelia White Park. It is nice to have boxes to find close to home. And next week I will be in Texas for T.A.L.E. 8 and I am so looking forward to it.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

5 Year Letterboxing Anniversary

Back in November 2005 while searching the internet for information about personal journaling I came across something called letterboxing. I took a little time to read about it but then moved on to my original project. A few weeks later I went back to the letterboxing information and read more. It really captured my interest and I kept reading as much as I could and then gathered the materials to carve my first signature stamp. Then on February 16, 2006 I ventured out on a very cold morning to find my first letterbox. That box was Silver Eagle's Santa Fe Trails Microbox. As I sat on a cold picnic bench and stamped in I knew I was hooked. So here it is five years later and I am still hooked.

So to celebrate this day I decided to go letterboxing. My first order of business was to get a box planted. I put a box together to commemorate this anniversary and I wanted it planted today. I
made my way to Amelia White Park and found a good place to hide the box - the box is called lionsmane's 5 Year Letterboxiversary. I picked this park to plant the box in because this is where I found my first box 5 years ago today. After the box was placed and the clues written I decided to check on Silver Eagle's box just make sure it was still in place - and it was. Now to go and find some letterboxes.

I left Santa Fe and headed south to Albuquerque and drove to the Volcano Area of the Petroglyph National Monument to find Wronghat's Volcano Aslumber. You may have read my post; Volcanoes - 1, lionsmane - 0, where I attempted to find this box once before. I am not sure why I had problems finding this box on that visit because today I found it without any trouble. Once I retrieved the box I looked for a nice spot to sit and stamp. I found a nice flat rock with great views of the Sandias and enjoyed Wronghat's carving. After stamping in I decided to walk the entire area before returning to my car. I had a great morning at the Volcanoes.

My next stop was to find another of Twinville Trekkers' Beatles Series. Finding the box was pretty easy - but retrieving it was much more difficult. This was a very busy area and I had to wait for a little while before I could grab it and then again I had some difficulty putting it back in place. But with a little patience and stealth I managed to not get caught. I am enjoying the Trekkers' Beatles Series and I really liked this stamp.

I had a great day of letterboxing and it was a perfect way to celebrate my anniversary. Thanks to all who have planted boxes that have helped me to enjoy this hobby.
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