Here is what the wiki definition of letterboxing is:
Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby that combines elements of orienteering, art, and puzzle solving. Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly-accessible places (like parks) and distribute clues to finding the box in printed catalogs, on one of several web sites, or by word of mouth. Individual letterboxes usually contain a notebook and a rubber stamp. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox’s stamp, either on their personal notebook or on a postcard, and leave an impression of their personal stamp on the letterbox’s “visitors’ book” or “logbook” — as proof of having found the box and letting other letterboxers know who has visited. Many letterboxers keep careful track of their “find count”.
Here is a picture of what a letterbox looks like after you have found it and are about to stamp.
Let me back up now and tell you a little about how my family got involved with letterboxing. A family in our church that was also homeschooling like our family showed up one day on a “field trip”. This hobby/activity involves learning to follow directions, read maps, read a compass and just get some fresh air! Perfect homeschooling lessons! That was back in 1998. All our children grew up and the only ones left doing the letterboxing are us adults!!!! It is a great excuse for us to stop all work and just relax and take a walk in the woods and look for a letterbox! There is still adventure and finding the hidden treasure still makes us feel like kids again!
Letterboxes are hidden all over the world and there are thousands and thousands of LB’s all over this country! There are probably some right in your hometown! Here is the website where they are all listed nationally. Take a few minutes and see if you can find some letterboxes in your area.
To get yourself started you need a stamp that represents YOU! This is my stamp:
I am Pog Momma and my stamp represents something dear to my heart – my hedgehogs! My husband’s stamp is a Celtic cross and he signs his name – A Celt for Christ. Get the idea?
Next you need a notebook of your own – like this:
This notebook is where you put the mark of the stamp YOU FOUND and inside the box is a notebook by the person who made the stamp and you stamp YOUR stamp on. Following me??
We have a regular backback filled with our stamps, paper towels, our ink pens and our notebook. And of course the camera. Here is my husband sitting on a log in the middle of the woods, stamping into the above notebook. It is a lot of fun!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me! Give it a try and if you do join the fun, please let me know!!!!
Also, I have a blog all about our letterboxing adventures – check it out: