Searching for letterboxes

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There are a great deal of things to do outdoors, but letterboxing is my favorite.

You might be asking yourself, what is letterboxing? Letterboxing is like a scavenger hunt, but with very nice-looking stamps, which are handmade most of the time.

To letterbox, you will need a few things. Those items are your own stamp (you can make one using an eraser and an exacto knife), ink for your stamp, a notebook, a pen, a trail name to log in your findings and, for complicated ones, a compass.

To find out where the letterboxes are hidden, go to atlasquest.org and type in any town you'd like to search for a letterbox. When you find one in your area that looks interesting, print out the clues so you can begin your search.

Once you've located a letterbox, inside you should find a notebook that you can stamp with your own stamp to show that you were there. Along with your stamp, you write your trail name, the date and a short message to the owner of the box telling them what you liked about it. You will also find a stamp in the letterbox to stamp in your notebook for your own collection of stamps.

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Sometimes, there may be more than one stamp in the same area by the same person. Those are called a series. If you are lucky, you might find an extra stamp called a hitchhiker! If you are lucky enough to find one, you take it with you and relocate it on your next letterbox adventure.

After you have found the box, make sure to put it back exactly where you found it, and be very careful that no one sees you. By now, you know everything you need to know about letterboxing, so why not try it out for yourself?

Want to find out more? Visit online: letterboxing.org

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