What is Letterboxing?
Letterboxing is an interestinging mix of treasure hunting, art, navigation, and exploring interesting, scenic, and sometimes remote places with a bit of "cloak and dagger" mystery thrown in.
Here's the basic idea: Someone hides a waterproof box somewhere (in a beautiful, interesting, or remote location) containing at least a logbook and a carved rubber stamp, and perhaps other goodies. Lock N Lock boxes are the new "box of choice". The hider then writes directions to the box (clues), which can be symplistic, cryptic, or somewhere in between. Often the clues involve compass bearings from landmarks, but they don't have to. Selecting a location and writing the clues is one aspect of the art.
Once the clues are written, letterboxers attempt to find the box. In addition to the clues and any maps or tools needed to solve it, you should carry at least a pen, your personal rubber stamp, an inkpad, and logbook. When you successfully decipher the clues and find the box, you stamp the logbook in the box with your personal stamp, and stamp your personal logbook with the box's stamp. This is your treasure, the image of the stamp. The box's logbook keeps a record of all its visitors, and you keep a record of all the boxes you have found, in your personal logbooks.
Hand carved rubber stamps are highly sought after. A purchased stamp is acceptable but not preferred. At least for us...
Letterboxing - for me at least - is a temporary art form - like snowflakes and sunsets. I never expect any box that I place to become a permanent fixture. And I don't expect a 100% success rate when I go looking for letterboxes.
weather and landscapes change with time,
hiding places are poorly chosen, careless boxers fail to accurately replace,
curious creatures with a taste for plastic cart away a new treat,
Muggles stumble upon them, bummer but part of the game. So don't be disappointed if you don't find your prize. Enjoy the journey!