Friday, April 30
Check back on Monday for our reports on both the Saturday trip gathering and the big gathering at Quaddick. Enjoy this great weather and . . . . . . . . have fun and just get out there & box!!!
Wednesday, April 28
Just noticed that the NeeDeeps are back on the State Stamp Series. Today, they planted their Arkansas letterbox. We'll have to watch and see when the next bunch gets planted. I think they told me that they are all carved, but stopped planting them to get to different type letterboxes. To refresh memories or clear this up for our new readers, the NeeDeeps have carved a series of letterboxes patterned after the state quarters being issued by the US Mint. Arkansas is the newest in that series. Now back to your regularly scheduled program . . . .
Tuesday, April 27
This coming Sunday, May 2, is the CT Gathering at Quaddick State Forest. Don't miss this great event hosted by MommaFox, Bald Eagle, The Maplines, and Teach & Preach. Check out our Gatherings page for the particulars. This should be a very well-attended event, as, while it's in CT, it's close to both the MA and RI borders. That territory covers a huge amount of available letterboxers. Hope to see you all there.
Monday, April 26
- The completed size of the map of CT after you find all 8 counties will be 6.25" wide by 4.5" high. She suggests you stamp each county on a different piece of paper, then assemble and glue it on another piece of paper like a jigsaw puzzle. The only question being "Can you find that Hartford County Hitchhiker to complete your map??? I'm having more fun than I should with this thing!
I had a truly evil thought! The Engraver has offered a prize to the first letterboxer who completes the State Stamp Series and mails us a copy of the completed map. I might make things a little more difficult to reach that goal! Sue and I never got to place the Hartford County portion of that Series since we were so busy trying to reach our F500 on Saturday and we still fell 2 short! So - I have decided to make the Hartford County stamp a Hitchhiker with the caveat that it must remain in a box within the Hartford County. Even after that first finder discovers it, they must move it to another Hartford county box - that should make things a little more interesting!!! Let's see who gets the prize!!!
With the success of both the mens and womens UCONN basketball programs this year in the NCAA tournaments, I had an easy task of choosing the new Box of the Week! The Huskyville Letterbox is our choice, placed by Wild Rover.
Our Poll of the Week relates to your attendance at the coming gathering on Sunday, May 2 at Quaddick State Forest in Thompson, CT. Check out our New England Area Gatherings page for specifics, directions and a direct link to MommaFox's website with up-to-the minute details.
Website of the Week honors go to Leader of the Pack. Check out the link in the right column. Carolyn will be our next victim in out Interview Series.
Sunday, April 25
Saturday, April 24
I have posted a new page, History of Dartmoor Letterboxing, as told by Anne Swinscow in her legendary book, "More Dartmoor Letterboxes." First published in December of 1986, this book and the previous, "101 Dartmoor Letterboxes", have become mainstays in the British letterboxing world. I hope that you will take the time to read it. It's amazing how much of her comments towards the end of the piece still hold true today, and in the United States.
We almost did it! Sue & I reached F498 today and had to quit due to darkness. We would have hit our F500 if 3 of the boxes we searched weren't missing ~ but ~ that's the great thing about letterboxing ~ there's always tomorrow! It wasn't a bad day, though. A legerdemaine box, a first finder and 5 others. In some parts of the country that's a few days worth of finds. We truly are spoiled here in the box-rich state of CT. Now we should hit our goal with a quick run after supper one night this week. Hope you all got out today - the weather was perfect for letterboxing.
Friday, April 23
Special thanks to The Engraver for her ingenious idea and the wonderful carving.
Planted our 26th letterbox today, There's a Fungus Among Us!
Noticed on the new Great Lakes talk list that Matt the Rat of Chicago is back and replacing his letterboxes. Matt was referred to in our interview with Funhog back a month or so ago. Matt visits our website from time to time so we'd like to say: Welcome back, Matt!
In collecting emails with first finds, I've received a number of great letterboxing stories, along with the vital first find info. One came from the midwest - forgive me but her name escapes me after all of the mail. This letterboxer is also an 11th grade English teacher. After introducing her class to letterboxing, they have decided, as a class, to design and carve a stamp and hide it on the school grounds. Better yet, she went on to say, they letterbox with her on Saturdays! Imagine - 11th grade students spending the weekend with their English teacher! I guess letterboxing transcends all sociological groups!!! How many of you teacher/letterboxers out there, and I know there are a lot, have had the same experience???
Thursday, April 22
Wednesday, April 21
Tuesday, April 20
There is some hope though. Sue and I are headed out after work today with friends to Hubbard Park in Meriden to enjoy the daffodils and find Northstar's In Bloom before it is gone.
Monday, April 19
Letterbox of the Week is Charlotte's View, placed by Limur in Southwest Harbor, ME. As you know, this island is reknowned for it's beautiful hiking trails, striking views and wonderful letterboxes. Website of the Week is Irish Tinker's site - find the link in the right column. The Poll of the Week deals with finding pornographic drawings in logbooks and how you would handle that. I'm afraid this may be an issue we have to deal with more frequently.
Sunday, April 18
Rubaduc emailed me with a great story about her grandson, Jared. Apparently, Rubaduc was taking him for a dentist appointment but also found the time to find our Unsung Heroes letterbox. This is her account of what happened:
- " I explained about being careful so people woudn't guess what we were doing but I wasn't too sure how much his 7 year old brain absorbed. He located the box and brought it to me just as a woman was cutting through the lot. When he saw her he said (looking oh so innocent :-) "time for lunch, Gramma." Talk about catching on fast.
Thursday, April 15
Watch for details & clues on Monday!
Congrats to Amymisha, who quietly began a new letterboxing website. The only way I found out is from an email from Camera Obscura, who sent me a link for listing their Love Buzz letterbox for inclusion on our I-95 Letterbox page. Thanks to Tim for keeping me informed and Amy, we wish you the best in your new endeavor!
I received a great package in the mail today from The Engraver. We asked for some of her dog series stamps that she carved this past winter and offered up on the LBNE talklist. Sue and I received the Dachshund, Yellow Lab and Bichon Frise'; all wonderfully hand-drawn and carved! We also got the Hartford County portion of the CT Map Series that she carved. One letterboxer from each county in CT received their county stamp to hide. Once clues are all posted and the letterboxes are found, the completed image will make up the State of CT. Great idea! We will be planting the 3 dog stamps soon - watch for clues.
Wednesday, April 14
Tuesday, April 13
Our first patient has been released from our Box Maintenance Hospital. Thanks to Silver Eagle for keeping us informed and the boxer who, in turn, advised Silver Eagle of its welfare. This is how this page should work - new boxes coming in, being found/repaired and then getting discharged!
Today must have been email day! We so appreciate anyone who takes the time to email us with a suggestion, an addition or a comment. Steve, of Steve & Heidi fame, emailed today with a question on our new I-95 Letterboxes page. He noticed the entry of one of the Rocky Neck State Park letterboxes listed in CT. He asked where we draw the line, as there are tons of boxes located there. To clarify - I think these boxes should be unique in an area [unlike Rocky Neck], practically a drive-by and about 10 miles or less from the highway. I hope this helps the determination of new boxes to be added in the future. Also thanks to all of those letterboxers who added a box to this page and emailed the status of our First State Letterboxes page. There have been far too many to name but we really appreciate your time and contributions.
Monday, April 12
The Box of the Week is Northstar's In Bloom. If you haven't yet visited Hubbard Park in Meriden during the Daffodil Festival, now is the time! It's something to see and you can also get this limited edition letterbox, which is out only as long as the festival's length. By the way, there will not be an ungathering after you find this one like the recent Prince of Naples limited box!!!
Our Website of the Week is Ryan Carpenter's website. The link is in the right column.
Sunday, April 11
Saturday, April 10
Phyto has placed a new letterbox in the great state of ME, called Chocolate Church, located in Bath, ME. Looks like another of those wonderful treasures for which this state is known.
Friday, April 9
Wednesday, April 7
Tuesday, April 6
Great new gatherings are on the horizon!
June 5th is National Trails Day and in CT that means a gathering! Letterboxer2002 had coordinated what looks to be a great event - a letterboxing clinic to introduce new people to the pastime, a stamp carving class by none other that Brian of TeamGreenDragon, carving and letterboxing supplies for sale by the Great American Stamp Store, and plenty of new letterboxes out in the area. There are plans underway to provide for camping with an event stamp for those that join the Saturday night campfire, and a special Things That Go Bump in the Night series to be distributed after the campfire to be done at night with a flashlight and another event stamp! Do we CT boxers know how to throw a gathering or what?
RustyPuff has announced on the talk list a teaser for the Moose Hill Gathering Mach2. You remember the gathering; you remember the place! Now it's time to try letterboxing at Moose Hill when the temperature is above freezing! Dates and more info to come.
Watch our Gatherings Page for updates and announcements!
- UCONN - UCONN - UCONN - UCONN - UCONN - UCONN - UCONN - UCONN!
Not only did the Women's team 3peat; but we won the Men's NCAA title as well. First time in NCAA history that the same school has won both mens and womens championships in the same year! The Pepe's are extremely excited as Sue is a UCONN alumnus. It looks like UCONN is the capital of college basketball!
Congratulations to both great teams for a terrific season - you did us proud!
Monday, April 5
Our usual Monday treats are ready! Poll of the Week - relates to the April Fool's joke played on the letterboxing.org website; Box of the Week - Rayne's Come into my Parlor . . . located in Broad Brook, CT; and our Website of the Week is Fudrick's Letterboxing Travails.
Sunday, April 4
For those of you who might have missed our Prince, he will be moving to southern VT very shortly. Also, we have 3 new letterboxes to hide at Osbornedale State Park in the next few weeks. Watch for them to be announced here, along with the Prince of Naples new VT home.