Monday, October 31, 2011

New letterboxers

I've had some reports recently from several new letterboxers in the Columbia area about the status of my letterboxes. It seems that most are still intact and in good shape. I am quite pleased that many of them have been in the wild for 5-7 years. Now that the summer heat has died down, it might be a good time to think about a Gathering...I know several local folks are itnerested...the trick is just picking a place, a time a theme and getting the word out (perhaps in November, a Thanksgiving theme? or a Yule party in December?) It would be a great way to maintain Columbia's tradition of letterbox survival due to proper re-hideation (thanks to Lnd-Crzr for coining that word).


New use for carving tools

I was carving jack-0-lanterns with those cheap little saws that come with pumpkin carving kits and was thinking,,,geez, I wish had some better carving tools.
and then it hit me...I have an entire arsenal of carving tools for stamps....pumpkins are soft enough that it should work on them just fine.

I manage to carve out quite a nice pumpkin this year using those tools. Will post pics as soon as I've had a chance to download them.

I would love to see pics of other people's pumpkin carves this year!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Boxing again!

I took advantage of the beautiful weather and headed out for a while today. Took a new trail buddy along. We started at the Mid-Mo Hicthchiker Hostel to drop a HH from Wisconsin. Picked up a new one. Boy, it's still pretty overgrown out there. More skeeters than I expected this time of year. Next we headed to Capen Park and had some success there. I think Forget Me Not is gone. We did look around at some suspicious piles of rocks at the foot of some trees and found a box without clues! It was a lot of fun to be out today. If you haven't been out for a long time, give it a try! It's as much fun as you remembered!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The little box that could

The rash of emails from new boxers and  the story about letterboxing in Columbia Homes rekindled my interest in our sport this month.  I've decided to check the condition of my stable of neglected boxes.  Tonight I stopped at Saarinen Microletterbox with low expectations.  It is, after all, in a very public place.

To my amazement, it was not only there but in fairly good shape.  The book was wet but in one piece and the stamp was still in its felt case.

That little box has done me in.  I've got the bug again.  I'll repair and replace the box and make the rounds of the others. ( It's been so long I'll have to read my own clues to find them, I'm afraid.)  I'm also in for Ron's suggested late summer gathering.

By the way, I spruced up the site a bit.  Let me know if the design works for you.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Letterboxes up for adoption; free LB supplies

I will be moving from Columbia, Missouri and re-locating to the state of Washington in early July. If anyone in the area wants to adopt any of my boxes, please let me know: Please respond only if you have already found the box(es) you wish to adopt, and if you live in Columbia or within an easy driving distance of Columbia. I will also likely have some letterboxing supplies to donate as I am trying to reduce the number of items I will have to move (it's cheaper to re-stock than take it all with me). --Fox-fyr

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Letterbox of the Week: Devil's Kitchen

I just saw a note on Atlasquest that my Devil's Kitchen box is the AQ letterbox of the week!
It's my first letterbox, still my favorite clue I've ever written, and has survived in the same location for five years. if you haven't found it yet, it's a great winter hike!

(who's had to put letterboxing on hold for more than a year due to the new baby who's now nine months old).

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Maintenance Mayhem

Hello everyone, I wanted to say that I am trying to at least get back out and check all of my boxes over the coming months and maybe even replacing a few that have been pulled or went missing.

For those of you who have been out along the Katy, I recently relocated Sadako's Story and the Hen of the Woods box. If you have found them, there is no need to find them again as they have only been slightly moved, one to avoid potential flooding and another because its hidey hole literally disintegrated after 4 years.

The Chicken of the Woods box is currently pulled for the same reason. I hope to get it back out there in the next week or two. When I found it, it was just sitting in a pile of sawdust. The bonus box was also very exposed as the tree holding it had fallen over, luckily the box was just sitting in the mud.

Also, for those of you who had found either my Blackberry Hill or Diana Bend box (which is part of an "unnamed" series) and were a little confused when you looked at the contents, let me explain. I planted both of those at the same time in the dead of winter and I think the cold went to my head, becuase this summer when I was out picking blackberries and checked in on these I realized, I had placed each box in the other one's place. I switched them back, so now they are correctly where they need to be. If you only had found one, I would suggest going back to the hiding sport as now there should be a new box (the original) there for you to log.

I know everyone has gotten very busy this past year, so I thought I would see if anyone wanted to get together and catch up while checking boxes for maintenance. If so drop me a line and we can get out and hit a few and make sure the great boxes in our area are safe and sound for the next finders.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Need help

I have some boxes that are mostly finished that go aroudn Jeff City. I have moved about two hours north can can't seem to get these planted. Is there anyone interested in finishing this for me? The stamps are carved and have log books to go with them. I just need them sort of put together (I have containers) and planted. Any takers?

I can mail the package or perhaps meet you if I am coming that way. I have had these stamps for almost 2 years and can't seem to get them planted!!