our Letterbox adventure

Are you familiar with Letterboxing?
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 Letterboxing 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.
(Special 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.

find the fence

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 iron fence.

up the hill

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...

tree with square

having spotted the tree, we started to get excited. Maybe there WOULD be a box hidden in the location we were searching.

100 paces

Our next instruction was to walk 100 paces up the hill into the woods.

the woods


We were pretty excited at this point as we spied the rock mentioned in the directions.

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It wasn't far from the tree shaped like a vee....

And there, just next to the rock, covered with sheets of bark -

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we found it!

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It was carefully wrapped in a zip bag and contained a pen, a notebook and a stamp and stamp pad.

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There were a couple of years worth of stamps and notes and signatures from people who had visited.

Middle signs

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 success.

heading back

We headed out of the cool wet woods and back towards the trail, the bottom of which was blocked by a long, locked board.

blocked trail

We stopped to read some old looking graffiti - about Erica and Phil.

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I'll flip it so you can read it too -

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4...A WHILE!!!

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Middle drew an arrow toward the word LIFE and wrote: GET ONE.

So much for "leave no trace" adventures in the woods.

When we got back to the parking lot I invited Middle to practice driving - which I'll tell you about tomorrow.


Anonymous said…
Mystery Man and The Teen started letterboxing at the beginning of the summer - until MM sprained his ankled running through the woods.

Been meaning to post about it so enjoyed yours.
KPB said…
How lovely.
Tell Middle I'm a little disappointed at his comments re Youngest's pirate regalia and that he should pay greater respect to the obvious impact his opinion has on his younger sibling.
And that I may just have to kill him with a tray if he insists on behaving like, you know, a brother.
Anonymous said…
letterboxing is geocaching without the gps.

maybe the boys need a gps so they can geocache.
I would have left a trail of breadcrumbs to find my way back to the car!

We got "lost" in the Mashpee River Woodlands when the kids were young. It was only for about 30 minutes but they would never go back with us.

MsCellania said…
Can you send Youngest here, immediately? There would be no pirate costume scoffing, and I'm smitten with his Life - GET ONE.
Anonymous said…
LOL! I would have admired Erica and Phil for their perspective beyond their years, if they'd ended it at "awhile."
RW said…
Oh. Siblings with comments.
Gotta love them.

I am some impressed with all your summer activities.
unmitigated me said…
I think I just found something new to try.
Anonymous said…
Congratulations on this mysterious adventure which by the way, you rocked.
Did you put the box back where you found it or hid it somewhere else?
Eager to hear about the driving.
Anonymous said…
And it was me right up here...
Stephanie said…
I have always wanted to try this. Maybe now that someone I actually "know" has done it I will!

fun times. I can't wait to be in the woods with no mosquitoes.
Badger said…
DH wants to do geocaching. I think it's just an excuse to buy a new toy. Letterboxing sounds more fun to me. If, you know, I enjoyed the outdoors and whatnot.
Anonymous said…
Sometimes human beings come up with some pretty good ideas. This activity is one of them. I wonder how it came about. It makes me smile.

Anonymous said…
Somebody was a genius when they came up with Letterboxing!
Anonymous said…
How fun! We were just in Granby, Colorado and there are some letterboxes there. From now on I will check letterbox locations of places we plan to visit. Thank you for sharing your adventures.
Amy A. said…
You know you can letterbox and use electrical devices all at the same time? We do geocaches - with a GPS. All you get is coordinates to find the box. Fun, too!
Anonymous said…
I'm thinking Letterboxing was around long before geocaching.
And the trippy part is interpreting the instructions.
Yay you!
Dani said…
Am I too old for you to adopt me? Please?
Great family fun.

I like Pirates.
Eliane said…
You have won a Belgian award!
Pretty Things said…
That has to be one of the coolest things EVER!!!! And the photos are great (loved the 2nd one with the trees blurred but the boys not).
Mary said…
Such a great idea !

I am telling the boys about this when they get home from school.
Anonymous said…
I'm so excited! I just found some fun clues for a letterbox near our home. We're going for a little adventure. Thanks so much for this latest bit of inspiration.
Anonymous said…
bb = One Excellent Mother.
Kathy Rogers said…
Living here in L.A., I can't help but comment about a young man sporting that bandanna without being an actual Crip. A person could get shot around here for less. Tuvalu must not have any gangs. Or your kid really is a Crip. Or that's not blue. In which case, I'll slink away now.
tut-tut said…
An intriguing concept; good luck with your transitions.
Lucrecia said…
Thanks for the reminder of this - I'd heard about it a while back and promplty forgot. I was always intrigued with Geocaching but did not want to have to purchase the GPS system without knowing for sure my kids would enjoy it. We will be trying this soon!