The long and short of it is, Letterboxing is like a treasure hunt. When you discover a letterbox, from clues you find on the Atlas Quest website, the letterbox will contain a logbook and a stamp. A letterboxer also carries their own logbook and personal stamp to record the find. I stamp the letterbox logbook to let the person who planted it know I was there and then I stamp my personal logbook with the letterbox stamp to help me record the letterbox I discovered!
Now, I've only been doing this for a week, but I've learned so many things. For example my letterboxing lingo has grown more than tenfold. I can now explain what a hitchhiker, first finder, plant, F/P restrictions are, and even how to hand carve a stamp. I've already created a box that I planted for others to find, with a hand carved stamp and logbook, complete with clues.
The best part of letterboxing? It's something I do with my girls, they've learned the LB etiquette, and we have a really great time exploring all sorts of amazing locations. Even J was eager to join us to grab a few new finds on Father's Day. So far the letterboxes we've found have been very creative and all the stamps have been beautiful hand carvings. I love connecting with such creative folks. Another great part of letterboxing is that they are planted around the world, so any where we travel to will have an extra bonus with hunting down special boxes.
Letterboxing is a lovely hobby and I look forward to where the adventures take me!
Here's my signature stamp, the stamp I take along with me to use in logbooks, leaving my little mark in the letterbox! It's a bit tricky wrapping your brain around carving a stamp, because you have to do any lettering or images you want backwards. My letterboxing identity is EatPlayLove (big surprise) with the Flatirons (for Boulder).
To date, 18 finds, 1 plant, and 1 hitchhiker picked up and sent off!
A huge thank you to JoAnn and Melissa for the endless answers to my questions via email and for setting me off on this adventure on the right foot! We're hooked!