Monday, August 07, 2006

Moving to Central Missouri

Hello all, my name is Rachel, and as I said in my comment earlier, my fiance and I have been letterboxing for over a year now. Unfortunately, last summer he left for Marine Corps boot camp, and I went to college at Ohio University, so the letterboxing we have done is scattered between Kansas City, where we both call home, and what we could do visiting in Ohio and in Washington D.C. where he is stationed. I would say we have found about 25 boxes. Another result of our not seeing each other very often is that we haven't been able to find a place to plant our first box. It's put together, and ready to go, so it will most likely be placed the end of this month when he visits me at Mizzou, since I am transferring. I'll be sure to let everyone know when that is.

Letterboxing was actually a birthday present I gave Sean. He said he wanted something we could do together. I searched for weeks trying to find something unique and interesting that would keep us busy for a long time when I stumbled across an article in Travel and Leisure magazine about a fun "2 hour vacation". I was intrigued, and did some research (I think I read the entire LbNA website) and went out and bought all the materials we needed and printed off several sets of clues. That's how we spent the entire day of his birthday. The more boxes we find, the more we love it. We even had a romantic picnic one day at the place we first met, topped off by finding a letterbox that was on the grounds. We're always very careful about replacing the boxes just as we found them. I think my favorite part is reading through the logbooks and seeing the stamps and comments of the visitors before. I'm excited to be a part of this group since it has seemed like letterboxing is a sort of secret society (which it is) that the members never see each other. So thank you so much for being here, and I can't wait to meet you!


Jenny J said...

Welcome to letterboxing MidMo style, Rachel! Really enjoyed your story of how you discovered letterboxing. Our group is great bunch of cordial and creative folks. Hope to meet you both at the next gathering!

WyldBlueberries said...

Great to have you Rachel. Props for seeking Letterboxing out and finding it. For many of us it was more of a "how cool is this!" when we first stumbled across it.

You're right it's an underground society (not like those corporate geocachers, grumble, grumble ;-)

Lnd-Crzr said...

I second the welcome, and also enjoyed your story about finding LB.
We do get together every once in a while for a Gathering, including one that is up-coming in the Fall. There is some information on previous Gathering in the archives on this blog.

Fox-fyr said...

You picked the right school to transfer to, judging solely on the basis of how many letterboxes are in the area, of course, which is really the only important criteria, right? ;)

What a great way to get into letterboxing. My Five-Star Drinks series was a B-day gift to Lnd-Crzr (who has so far also been the only one to complete this exteme series, though several others are getting close).

We do see each other occasionally outside of gatherings, sometimes right on the trail during the hunt.