Joe and Anjie (my future sister-in-law) introduced letterboxing to me last year. They told me about the site: http://www.letterboxing.org/ This site gives clues to letterboxes all over the world. There is a better site: http://www.atlasquest.com/ which allows you to sign in as a member (free) and keep track of your boxes and when the last time someone found the box. I really like this site and found it very helpful, so check it out! I have a tendency sporadically want to look for them. Since I have 6 weeks off this summer I thought it would be a great way to get out and see things while looking for the great little “treasures”. My first box was found in Eldridge park last April. I was a little disappointed by the stamp. Then I went to Ireland and made poor Erica and Amanda search the country side for letterboxes, we did not find any! We did leave one at the Muckross house in Killarney Ireland. My next box was found in Baltimore’s Patterson park, Babe Ruth. I forgot about letterboxing over the winter and decided to look for them in Aruba, I had directions for 3. We did find 1 at Baby Beach in Aruba. Which now leads us to present day…..
July 12, 2010: This letterbox has 3 parts. I set out at Chapel Park in Pine City, NY. I was unable to find the box 1 &2, but was able to locate #3. This letterbox was fun because the clues all rhymed. So if you are ever in the area check out this park. There is a paved track, baseball field, tennis court, and new playground, and trails in the woods.
July 13, 2010: Sperr Memorial Park, Big Flats NY. It was made in honor of NY’s fallen law enforcement. In March of 2006 State Trooper Andrew Sperr was fatally shot by to armed robbers. He was able to injure both suspects, before losing his life. What a great park to honor all law enforcement men and women that risk their lives to help others. This box has people leave items and take items. I decided to get a stamp for the box. I found a blue ink pad and a Thank You stamp. I just wanted to say Thank you to all of NY’s law enforcement agents.
I decided to look for another box. Big Flats Community Park. This box was easy to find, a nice trail through the park around the pond to the pavilion. Finding some birch trees and a large cement block. This box is part of a series called Piggies in the park. This is #2. WEAR BUG SPRAY, I GOT TORE UP!
July 14, 2010: Tanglewood Nature Center. There are a few different letterbox series here. We went with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” series. This series follows Eric Carle’s children’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. The first 4 stamps are located on the Whitetail trail (0.43 miles)
Box #4 The search begins. We found a hitchhiker in this box. It was called Good for your eyes or for a snowman’s nose. It was a cute little carrot. This Hitchhicker was started in Portland, Oregon. Janet and I still have this and are waiting for a great place to put this stamp back into play.
We start on the next set of the series. This trail is Yellow Warbler trail (1.01 mile) We could not find the box 5 (apple), I think the clues were backwards at first. We did find another stamp from a different series, the Rock Icon. We finished off this series finding to box 9. We will have to continue our search for the remaining boxes another day.
July 20, 2010: NCLEX day for Janet. I hate this building and vowed to never come back after last year. Well I made an exception for Janet. So of course she was freaking out when she came back out in less than an hour, answering 75 questions. I took her for a MUCH needed drink! Thank god for Uno’s. That is Janet in her test taking shirt. Well off to distract her because you have to wait 48 hours for results. We decided to go letterboxing A-L-O-N-G 17 series c. We parked in Owego and walked the riverfront park about 4 times with no luck, very nice views though. Set out for Box 2. We found it at the Tioga Center fairgrounds. It was hidden very well in a tree. It is called “And they’re off”
Box #5 “Cool Lickin” this box was passed an old ice-cream shop and in the woods under a tree. This person really liked putting these boxes far into the woods. We got tore up! There were 6 boxes in this series and we found 2.
We stop at the ice-cream shop to ask about some directions, unable to get help. Figured it out with sprint navigation. Went to look for our next box, unable to find. We moved on and found 1 near the elementary school. Heading towards home we found our last on of the day: The Asbury Church 1822. An old church with an old cemetery around it.
To Harris hill. Unable to find the Elieen Collins letterbox but was able to find the Thomas Crown Affair. If you set out to find this bring stamping markers, it will be worth it. This stamp was based on the 1999 movie (which was a re-make) Check out the movie, I guess there are scenes from the Elmira-Corning regional airport.
July 26, 2010: Eldridge Park. In search for Piggies in the park #3 and #4. Unable to find #3, did look for a while and did find #4. This box was wet and muddy to get to. I thought I could salvage the logbook, nope! I will place a new logbook in very soon. I did re-wrap the stamp. Then I found The “Elmira Express”- Ernie Davis box. This path I do not think I would have ever went on and it is very nice. For some reason I am smart enough to buy bug spray and stamp markers but not smart enough to use either. Oh and did I mention I keep wearing me new white sneakers on the adventures too, duh, not so white any more.
I also made a hitchhiker today, called Flip-Flops all over the world. A stamp and a logbook with no home. It travels with letterboxers and looks for new places to hang out. It is a store-bought stamp, boo I know!
July 27, 2010: Me, Janet, Jade, and Champ (their dog) headed out this morning to finish The Very Hungry Caterpillar (written and illustrated by Eric Carle) series 3. This series follows the Bluebird trail (1.70 miles). We really liked this trail, it was in the woods and up and down hill. We were able to find all of the boxes and go back to find the apples we could not find last week.
After hiking a large incline we stopped for “lunch” Janet made peanutbutter and Jelly sandwiches and brought pringle sticks. I brought blueberries. What a great little lunch in the shade. Much need energy to finish up our adventure.
After Janet drove to Harris hill to look for the Famous Elmira: Eileen Collins (the one I could not find on Sunday) Of course she found it for me. Oh, I learned how to use the compass too, Thanks Janet!
August 3, 2010: Caton, NY : I took Jake and Marrisa on their first letterboxing adventure. Magaret E. Smyers Memorial Park. We found Caton Fruit Basket (18 fruit and counting…), Zoology, and The legend of Zelda (8/9 found)
August 11, 20 11: Dryden, NY. The Willow Glen Cemetery. This letterbox was called Coulrophobia. A great hiding spot in an old sweet looking tree. They used camo duct tape over a ziplock bag, great idea. According to Wikipedia Coulrophobia is an abnormal or exaggerated fear of clowns. The log book looked like the outside of a coffin.
August 13, 2010: I made my first hand carved stamp. Looks pretty good from the picture right, well if you think about it when you stamp it the lettering will be backwards, yup that is me backwards. I was so proud of myself that I could not get rid of it, plus that stuff is Expensive $$. So I decided to say screw it and if people don’t like it, oh well. I have not planted this box yet but will be very soon. I decided to call my box Elmira Treasures #1 and continue to place boxes around Elmira to highlight some hidden treasures of the area.
Happy hunting! Planted August 16, 2010. For clues to find this letterbox: http://www.atlasquest.com/boxes/clue/?gBoxId=152961
August 14, 2010: Couldn’t sleep so why not find a letterbox? Church Hill Letterbox in Pine City, NY. Nice little park. What a freakin hike up that hill though. Easy find, more of a geocaching book, no stamp found, so I used a plastic heart-shaped thing that was in the box. I left afterbite wipes, dang skeeters anyways!
August 16, 2010: Couldn’t sleep so I carved another stamp. It is not the best looking or most detailed but it is hand carved by me! Elmira Treasures #2, which I planted in Brand Park. I decided to go with the Labrador Duck http://www.chemunghistory.com/labradorduck.html I learned on the Trolley ride that this duck was last seen at the spot now know as Brand park and the duck is now extinct. For clues to find this box: http://www.atlasquest.com/boxes/clue/?gBoxId=152963
August 20, 2010: Heading to Sayre to meet my mom, Donnie, and Bam for lunch. Thought I would look for a letterbox or 2. So I like to pretend that I know where I am going when I am in Sayre and Waverly. I somehow found the old Waverly High School, after driving around for a little bit. It is now a public park, with a some benches and and a gazeboo. Wolfie likes to groove -or- when harry met hair. Then I went to Sayre and found the Leigh Valley’s Black Diamond letterbox. I think David is driving this train!
August 20, 2010: Couldn’t sleep when I got out of Bernies so why not carve a stamp, LOSER i know. Elmira Treasure #3 is made because of a “famous Elmiran” George French, the inventor of French’s mustard. http://www.chemunghistory.com/mainpages/gfrench.html The French family happened to be traveling through Elmira and George was “accidentally” born in Elmia. Betcha didn’t know that! Ok this stamp is suppose to be a mustard bottle, my skills suck but I tried. Janet suggested I plant this at the old train station, which I recently learned is now in the ghetto, not sure where I am going to plant this but I will let you know. I am also open to any suggestions.
August 28, 2010: couldn’t sleep again so I carved 2 more stamps. 1 will be Elmira Treasures #4, which I want to plant near the Chemung River flood wall and I think the other will be a hitchiker, that I might leave in Iceland. 607 for Elmira, NY
September 2, 2010: Rosedale, MD. Union Jack letterbox. It was a quick find kind of near Amanda’s house. After that I wanted to do another. Found a cute little park near this box. Belmar Park outside of Baltimore. This box was called Hole Ahoy and I found a hitchhiker in the box, The Fish.
December 24, 2010: Christmas Eve! I received my first postal in the mail today. It was Bateries not included from the 12 pains of Christmas. I LOVE IT!
December 29, 2010: Carving stamps yet again.
Jan 12, 2011: 2 postals arrived today from the 12 pains of Christmas: #7 Charities and #8 I gotta go to the Bathroom! I finally decided on a stamp for the book swap, thanks to Amanda. The book I chose to swap is Chelsea Handler’s My Horizontal Life
Jan 21, 2011: My mail box was FULL!!! I got #5 Five months of bills it was AWESOME! the logbook was in a wallet with cards and a check book. #6 Facing the In-laws I also got 2 tattoo postals Arkansas Razorbacks Grandpop which included a great story about the reason behind the tattoo. My first book in the book Swap arrived: The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein Janet came over and we shared some postals. Summer in January: camping. I love cats: Garfield, Arlene, and Odie
January 28, 2011: If the Glove Doesnt fit box at the Steele Memorial Library This boxwas Sweet! It was a carved out book with a bunch of hitchhickers. I took Glory’s Paw to Atlantic City and planted him at the beach! I made a travelin nurse hitchhicker and left at hitchhiker depot. While at the library I also found Mark Twain
January 30, 2011: I planted Korn under the boardwalk in the sand http://www.atlasquest.com/boxes/clue/?gBoxId=165021
Feb 12, 2011: Ostiningo Park, Binghamton NY Eagles Nest. I ran a 5K so I carved Cupids 5K Chase http://www.atlasquest.com/boxes/clue/?gBoxId=165657 and planted in the park as well.
Feb 17, 2011: VEGAS, baby! Pillars at Caesar’s Palace. What’s planted in Vegas at the Flamingo. Paris at Paris.
May 15, 2011: Fort Lauderdale, FL. Of course I made Eric look for some letterboxes, we found a park with a few located inide and another around the corner from our hotel. Prickly Pear with a bonus box, cactus flower. Then we found Mr. Birch’s Hammock, which was “dangerous” There was a huge spide chillin in the tree