Our Letterbox Adventure
Originally posted on Say La Vee
Are you familiar with Letter-boxing?
I wrote about our failed attempt a while ago. Feel free to read about it while I describe our latest excursion.
In a continuing effort to keep the boys from spending 20 hours a
day having their brains sucked dry via electronic devices, we
re-checked the Letter-boxing site to discover the addition of a box buried not far from our home.
The boys welcomed the chance, after a thunder storm, to hop in the car and go in search of said Letterbox.
note: Youngest came downstairs dressed in full pirate
regalia, Middle rejected this costume as “silly,” Youngest reacted by
being appropriately pouty and left his wooden pirate gun, hook and hat at home. His spirits lifted shortly after we pulled out of the driveway.)
With directions in hand, we drove about three miles to a park nearby….
We took turns going over the instructions once we got to the park.
There was some discussion of interpretation but we guessed we’d figure
it out as we went along.
We walked past the dog park and into a wooded area.
It was damp and cool (remember the thunder storm?) and slightly uphill.
We followed the paved path long enough for me to feel slightly
winded as IT WAS UPHILL and began searching the landscape for a wrought
Just around a curve and up another hill we spotted it -
the remnants of a fence from an estate.We turned left and traveled further into the woods and higher on
the hill. At one point we came across a larger fence separating the
park from houses and had to double back. We had forgotten to look for
the tree with the white rectangle on it…
having spotted the tree, we started to get excited.
Maybe there WOULD be a box hidden in the location we were searching.
Our next instruction was to walk 100 paces up the hill into the woods.
We were pretty excited at this point as we spied the rock mentioned in the directions.
It wasn’t far from the tree shaped like a vee….
And there, just next to the rock, covered with sheets of bark -
we found it!
It was carefully wrapped in a zip bag and contained a pen, a notebook and a stamp and stamp pad.
There were a couple of years worth of stamps and notes and signatures from people who had visited.
We left our marks and made some notes – Youngest wrote about not
being allowed to wear his pirate equipment and I left my blog address,
and then we stood and talked about where we were and reveled in our
We headed out of the cool wet woods and back towards the trail,
the bottom of which was blocked by a long, locked board.
We stopped to read some old looking graffiti – about Erica and Phil.
I’ll flip it so you can read it too -
ERICA & PHIL
Middle drew an arrow toward the word LIFE and wrote: GET ONE.
So much for “leave no trace” adventures in the woods.
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