Wednesday, February 16, 2011

2-16-11 Letterboxing

I discovered a new hobby, well, new to me, today and I am pretty excited about it.

Letterboxing is a kind of English treasure hunt, requiring you to follow clues to discover the box, and enjoy the journey along the way. There are over 20,000 of these boxes in North America.

Once you locate one, you take your own personal stamp and leave it in the log book within the box, and stamp your own book with the box's stamp. There are additional turns involved sometimes, like discovering a "hitch hiker" in the main box. You not only swap stamps with this one, but take it with you and leave it in the next box you find. All of this takes place secretly, with etiquette demanding you only uncover the box and trade stamps out of the stare of preying eyes.

I've already pulled out an empty journal, an old stamp (Snoopy at his typewriter, of course), and ink pad, and started collecting clues for places I will probably go in the next month. How cool!

If you want to play along:


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