Here are the various boxes that I have planted!
- May 24, 2008: The Almost Bear Hug
- May 24, 2008: The Out of Town Owls (series of 9 boxes)
- November 25, 2007: The Spider Mafia
- October 27, 2007: Choose Your Own Adventure: Journey to the Ghost Train (number of boxes depends on the number of choices you make!)
- May 24, 2007: Bear's Tour De Eliot (series of 8 boxes)
- May 2, 2007: The Owls of Blue Job (series of 8 boxes)
- April 28, 2007: "But My Lips Hurt Real Bad!" cootie
- April 28, 2007: Marissa's Nalgene cootie A cootie is a very small stamp that one letterboxer (usually a child) secretly hides on another letterboxer without them knowing. Many are attached to clips or clothespins.
- April 27, 2007: I Love Lamp (personal traveler)
- April 27, 2007: The Hobo Hitch Hiker
- April 22, 2007: The Traveling Bear Hitch Hiker A hitch hiker is a stamp that travels from letterbox to letterbox. When you find a letterbox with a hitch hiker, you stamp your log book with it and then bring it to the next letterbox you find and leave it there for someone else to find. Then they bring it to the next letterbox they find and so on! :)
- April 15, 2007: IKEA=LOVE (traditional letterbox)
- April 14, 2007: Christopher Walken personal traveler A personal traveler is "a special stamp a letterboxer carries, in addition to their signature stamp, but requires other letterboxers to say a secret code or do something special in order to acquire it." (Atlas Quest)
Letterboxing is my new obsession. From the Atlas Quest website, "Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with delightful "treasure-hunts" in beautiful, scenic places that the whole family can enjoy. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes by following clues, and then record their discovery in their personal journal with the help of a rubber stamp that's part of the letterbox. In addition, letterboxers have their own personal stamps which they use to stamp into the letterbox's logbook."
Basically, you're collecting stamp-prints from as many letterboxes you can find. They're placed all over the world! This hobby was actually started hundreds of years ago in England. It's amazing! There are people of all ages who are involved, from families, homeschoolers, classroom teachers, and scouts to individuals. Brandie got me started on it after she found out about it through a magazine and once I found my first letterbox, I was hooked!
To get started, go to AtlasQuest.com and search for a city in which you'd like to find a letterbox. Then make your own signature stamp (or two, or four). Follow the clues to find the letterbox (be stealthy!). Inside, you'll find a hand-carved stamp and a log book. Use your signature stamp to stamp the log book. Bring along a log book of your own, and use the hand-carved stamp in the letterbox to stamp your own log book. Then put everything back where you found it (you're not trading stamps, just stamp-prints). Later, you can log into Atlas Quest (accounts are free) and record the letterboxes you've found, but that is optional.
Type in the city you'd like to find letterboxes in below to get started!
After you join AtlasQuest, be sure to contact me and let me know how you're enjoying it! My trail name is gollygee. Happy letterboxing!