Saturday, May 2, 2009

Letterboxing





Letterboxing is a mix of treasure hunting, art, navigation, and exploring interesting, scenic, and sometimes remote places.

Have you ever heard of letterboxing? It has only been in North America since the late 1990's, but it's been in England since 1853. Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming "treasure hunt" style outdoor quest. Letterboxing consists of following clues that you get online to find a little box concealed under a loose brick or in an out of the way nook somewhere out in public. Once you find the box, you will stamp your notebook with a rubber stamp from inside the box, then you add your own distinctive rubber stamp to the visitor journal in the box. The box is replaced for the next person to find. You will be amazed by how many letterboxes are hidden in your own community. After doing a little research, I discovered that there are over 50 letterboxes in my town and nearby cities. It's a charming little secret society going on all over the world.


7 comments:

Bee Serendipitous said...

Good Morning Linda!

I just love this idea...could you give me some info on how I go about finding letterboxes in my neighorhood. Thank you in advance for your help.

Have a honey of a day - may sweet things come your way! Marlene :O)

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dottyspots said...

I have heard of it, although I've never done it (I have a sneaking feeling it's just the sort of thing dd would go for though).

Geralyn Gray said...

No Way!!!! I am so intrigued by this....I have never heard about this before...I hope you share more info on this...I guess it all depends on if there is a group in your area....but, I would travel to do this----it sounds like a fun adventure!!!!!!!

Linda Crispell said...

If you click on letterboxing in my post it will take you to letterboxing.org. They have maps and lists of letterboxes across the country. You will be surprised to see how many are in your area. It's a well kept secret!
Your Pal,
Linda

Saucy said...

I need to do some investigation in my old emails, there is also something else, sort of like letterboxing... what was that called again? GEOCACHING! That's it! My brother and his friends were into it.

They hide boxes of treasures and post clues on the internet. It's like letterboxing for the new millennium! I bet you would have a ball with it.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

How very fun! My sons would love this sort of activity--modern day pirating without, you know, the threat of death and stuff.

Lori McDonough said...

My family and I have been letterboxing for a few years now...i think it's such a lovely way to spend a day with my family (we have a teenager, tween & younger) away from TV, cell phones and computers. we always have such a fun time exploring! I've blogged about it several times, too. You're right...it's the best kept secret!