Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Get a Clue . . . Go Letterboxing!

My family discovered letterboxing quite by accident while I was searching through the world wide web for fun ideas to do with the grandsons. We found our first letterbox on July 18, 2007 and we were hooked.

Have you even heard about this great creative hobby? Letterboxing combines artistic ability with "treasure-hunts" in parks, forests, and cities around the world. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes by cracking codes and following clues. The prize: an image from a miniature piece of art known as a rubber stamp—usually a unique, hand-carved creation. For more information please check out http://www.atlasquest.com/

One of my favourite things about the Ontario letterboxing community is that we have a yearly event every September called Box ON! This year we will be meeting up in Stoney Creek for a day of socializing, eating and (of course) letterboxing.

I just did a search to find out how many boxes are hidden within 25 km of St. Thomas and the answer is 49+.

Not all boxes are hidden in the "wild". Often they are in plain site.  They might be in an urban area. You can search for boxes that are called "drive bys", go for a stroll, a hike . . . or even try some extreme letterboxing for a true adventure.

And sometimes they are virtual letterboxes. Anne's Snack Bar Letterbox is just such a box. Here is the clue . . .



or you can check out the clue here http://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?boxId=172325.

If you think this might be something interesting you would like to try but you have some questions, just let me know. I'll be happy to help.

And here are a couple of how to videos you might enjoy.





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