Posted by: Orlick | February 25, 2010

What is Letterboxing ? Possibly the funnest thing ever

I loved treasure hunts as a kid. My dad would make the clues around the house and backyard, then I would get spend an hour following the riddles to get to the last one that read “You Found Me!” or something like that. Who doesn’t like an adventure? Now, my niece gets a treasure hunt every year to find the afikomen.

Letterboxing is a self-sustaining world-wide hobby. With the aid of just their website to catalogue the adventures, people from all over create treasure hunts where the end is only a box keeping record of who’s been there. Wherever you live, you will probably be surprised to find that there is a letterbox not far from your home.

It’s for people who like to discover and explore nature. The waterproof boxes at the finale have a stamp inside and a log book. You are supposed to use your own stamp and stamp their booklet and then use their stamp and stamp your own sketch book. You can read and write messages in the log book for future travelers to see. This is great for kids, it teaches respect for nature and what is around them, but also when putting back the box, it shows them to respect what someone else has created, as they will try to hide it just like before to keep the magic.

It really opens up your mind; you’ll realize thousands of people pass by this space (sometimes every day) and none of them know about this little hidden box. And if you are in a new place looking for something to do, you can check the database of letterboxes around the world.

And if you’re tired of clinking forks on plates, this would make a fun date. It makes you walk around, gives you lots to talk about, and let’s you discover how the other person handles themselves.

Some hunts are long, some are short. Most are outdoors, but here’s one that actually takes place inside the Strand bookstore:

Go to the children’s section. In the back corner
farthest away from the employees desk is the box.
Look for Mythology, on the 3rd shelf from the
bottom is a big fist size hole in the wall.
Reach behind and the small tin box is attached by
magnet to the steel shelf. Of course, be stealth.

So check it out and have fun!
Letterboxing North America

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