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, April 30, 2015

A Drive and a Find

A couple of days ago Children of the Forest planted a new box. I had printed out the clue but wasn't sure when I would go to look for it since I didn't have any plans to head out in the direction of the box.
Lisboa Springs Fish Hatchery
But I had a great time letterboxing yesterday so I decided to start today the same way. So I headed out with letterboxing gear and clue and this time headed north on I25. I took the Pecos/Glorieta exit and then headed toward Pecos. When I arrived at NM63 I turned left and headed to the Lisboa Springs Fish Hatchery. When I arrived I turned into the area and followed the signs to the parking area. From here is was a short walk to find The Pecos Fish Hatchery box. This box is my 800th find in New Mexico. I brought the box back to my car to stamp in and when I was done I replaced the box and decided to walk around the hatchery. It was a little odd though, since the parking area had about 10 car and there was also a school but there, but I never saw any people. I walked around for about 20 minutes and then headed to the car. Thanks Children of the Forest for placing the box here and taking me to a new place.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Two Quick Finds

After my morning routine I decided I wanted to get out of the house and do something relaxing. So I gathered up my letterboxing stuff and clues to two boxes. Both of the boxes I looked for today were placed by Mim on her recent trip to Santa Fe. One is in the mountains off of Hyde Park Road and the other is in Cochiti.

So I decided to head up to the mountains first. It was a great early morning drive up Hyde Park Road with virtually no traffic. That was exactly what I wanted - a relaxing outing. I followed the clues which took me to a pullout about a half mile before reaching the Big Tesuque Campground. I pulled over and parked, grabbed the letterboxing bag and clues and set out. It was just a short walk to find On the Road with Matt and Mim: Vacationing in the Mountains. I found a log to sit on and stamp in while enjoying the peaceful setting. It was so quiet and I loved starting the day this way. Thanks Mim for placing a box here. [Incidentally, Mim wrote me a note about their adventure hiding this box and I think I had a much better time than they did - here is her story.]
When we planted this one Matt waited in the car for me. I came back to the car to ask him to check my clues. He left the keys in the car and helped me. Well, the car locked itself. (We have old cars with no power locks so we didn't really think about this happening.) So there we were, locked out of the rental car. No cell reception. No sweaters. We stopped a couple of cars on their way down but no one had reception. A young kid said he would call AAA for us from the bottom. We waited about a half hour and began to wonder if he really would call. So we flagged down another car and got a ride to the ranger station at Hyde Memorial Park. They let us use their land line. The kid had called AAA -what a nice kid!- and the estimated time of arrival was in about 20 min. The ranger drove us back up to our car (even though he was not supposed to leave his park boundaries) and we waited. The service truck was about 20 min late and had come, not from Santa Fe, but from some small town 18 miles away. Just under 2 hours start to finish. Not bad. Lots of nice people. It did eat up our time and kill our desire to do more letterboxing. Otherwise we would have gotten a lot more boxes up there. Oh well- next visit!
 Lesson here is always pocket your keys, invest in AAA, keep a light jacket on your person and always remember that anything can happen while you are out letterboxing - it is an adventure, so be prepared. Thankfully they weren't hurt and there was nothing serious (well I guess missing out on letterboxing can be a serious matter), only a loss of time.

Cochiti Lake
After replacing the box and returning to the car I made my way back down the mountain and then to I25. Here I headed south. I took exit 264 to NM16 and followed that to NM22. I turned right here and headed to Cochiti Recreation Area.  I pulled in and parked. The place was deserted, not a single car or person around. The gate to the parking area was open but the building (Visitor Center) was locked up tight. Luckily, I didn't have to go in to find the box. I walked around the right side of the building and easily found the trail. I followed the clues for a short distance down the trail and found Tent Rocks without any problems. [Mim originally wanted to place this box at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument but they don't allow letterboxes so she decided to leave it at the Recreation Area instead.] This was another peaceful area to sit and stamp in. I replaced the box and returned to the car and still didn't see another person.

I really enjoyed the morning with a couple of great drives and a couple of really nice boxes. I need to make another trip out to this area. It has been quite a while since I visited Tent Rocks and I love the hikes there and I also need to hit the lake and do some kayaking. Now that the weather is starting to warm up maybe I can get these things done.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lunch With Red Bird

Today I had lunch with Red Bird. She is visiting Santa Fe from Tennessee. She was staying near the Plaza so we met for lunch at the Palacio Cafe on Palace. I love this place - it is small and quiet and I love the food - I have never had anything bad here. We visited for about an hour and a half and did an exchange. I answered some questions about some of the boxes in the area and we just talked about letterboxing in general. It was a nice visit and she seemed to be enjoying her time in Santa Fe. I hope more people visiting the area will contact us so we can have a meet.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Morning of Letterboxing in Santa Fe

I have gotten a few messages about some issues with some of my boxes lately and I have put off going out and checking them. I also have a couple of clues for new boxes in Santa Fe. So I decided that today I would head out and take care of all of these things. I headed out with all my letterboxing gear and made my way into town. My first stop was at Rosario Cemetery to find Guardians of Santa Fe: Rosario Cemetery by Children of the Forest. This was a quick and easy find and I was glad that there was no one else around because it was not easy to be stealthy. I stamped in while sitting in the car and then quickly replaced it. Then I was on my way to the next stop. This was at my City Different Walking Tour box. A few months ago someone found this box and it was frozen in place. Instead of them coming back later they ended up shattering the box. Thankfully they had another box with them so they replaced it but they couldn't get the broken box out of the hiding spot so they hid the box about five feet away from the correct spot. Today I went and cleaned everything up and put it back in its original spot. This wasn't the only problem with the box. I had also gotten a note that one of the plaques was missing but I never went out and checked because I ended up getting a find note not too long ago. But then yesterday I got another note that the plaque was missing, so I don't know how the other person found it in between the missing plaque notes. Anyway, I decided I needed to go out and check on it and the plaque is gone. So I walked around and found a new plaque that I could use. I took pictures and made notes and a few minutes ago I updated the clues - so hopefully no one else will have a problem. Now that I had everything taken care of I made my way back to the car and continued on my way. I arrived at Amelia White Park to check on my lionsmane's 5 Year Letterboxiversary box. At the beginning of April I got a note from a boxer who couldn't find the box. I know that other boxes in the area have gone missing so I was a little worried. But thankfully it was there and hidden well. I added a note on the box details page to let people know the box is there. From here I had one other thing to do and that was to find Public Hand's Santa Fe Trail box. I made my way to the trail head and parked. It was only a short walk and I quickly found the box. I found a place to sit and stamp in - it was nice and quiet - I didn't see anyone else out on the trail. After stamping in I got the box back together and then replaced it and then returned to the car. I had a great time finding the two boxes and I am glad I checked on, fixed and updated the boxes that I had notes on. I still have a few other boxes to check on and maybe I will do some of those next week.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Mini Meet with Mim

This evening we had a mini meet at Santa Fe Bar & Grille for a get together to meet Mim and her husband who are visiting Santa Fe from Massachusetts. It was a nice dinner with Astro D, The Great Wuga Wuga, ArnoldZiffel, Agent 86, Wronghat, Semicolon, Mim and her husband, The Highwayman and myself. We had a private room so that we could visit and do a lot of stamping. There were event stamps, personal travelers, cooties and exchanges. I think everyone had a great time and I hope it was a great start for Mim's visit to Santa Fe. There was lots of laughing and sharing of stories and we also gave Mim some advice for boxes to find. We also had some good food as well. I am glad that Mim contacted me so that we could set up a meeting and exchange - it is always great to meet other letterboxers and help them with boxing in our area. And I think I speak for all the boxers in the Santa Fe and Albuquerque area when I say if you are going to visit the area please contact us - we would love to meet up.
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