I've had several people ask me what letterboxing is, and so I'm finally getting around to answering that question. We've done quite a bit of it this summer, and the girls have really loved it for the most part. (The only time they don't really like it is when we look and look but can't find the box.)(It's happened a few times.) Letterboxing is a wonderful way to learn more about the area where you live, get a little exercise and have some good, free fun!
So, here is everything you need to do to start letterboxing yourself:
- Go to letterboxing.org and click on your state, and then your region to find clues.
- Print out the clues, and make a plan.
- Find some sort of notebook to be your letterboxing log. We use a small moleskine notebook like this one.
- Find a stamp that represents your family. We use a pineapple stamp (like this one) because of Joel's Hawaiian heritage, and because I don't have a lot of stamps so that seemed to work best.
- Bring your stamp, an ink pad, your log book and a pen, and go discover your first letterbox!
Letterboxes are usually plastic containers which contain another log book and a (usually handmade) stamp. Once you have found the letterbox by following your clues, you stamp your personal stamp into the letterbox log, write your name and the date, where you are from and any other message you want to leave. Then, stamp the letterbox stamp into your personal log book, write down where you found it and date it or whatever you want. One of my friends has a binder for letterboxing. She prints out the clues, and they stamp right onto the clue sheets. I use a small notebook. Do whatever you like.
My favorite part about letterboxing is it gives us a good reason to see some pretty cool places that I wouldn't have otherwise known about. The picture above is our stamp into the logbook of the letterbox we found in Canyon Falls. We did that one in July, when my mom was here visiting, and discovered a wonderful little hidden gem. Very kid-friendly, and just all around beautiful. And now that we know about it, we'll definitely go back.
You want more pictures?
I'm more than happy to oblige!
My pictures aren't great because regardless of the beautiful day, it was pretty dark on the hike (walk) to the falls. I've used a lot of creative editing to make them decent, but in real life, things were just gorgeous. This picture here shows just how dark it was under all those trees!
Chloe and Mamah...
Once we got to the actual falls, it was pretty surprising to me that they look like root beer! I think it must be because of minerals in the water (copper, maybe? We do live in the Copper Country!) but don't quote me on that or anything.
And proof that I was there, taken by Chloe. (Didn't she do a marvelous job?)
See what a beautiful little walk that was? And we never would have done it if it weren't for our new little letterboxing hobby!