Monday, October 13, 2008

Back to Boxing!

Hi all!

I don't know about you, but this was not our summer for boxing. Too much real life stuff like moving got in the way & our backpack sat restless all summer.

Speaking of backpack, I found something in my backpack - no not a cootie - rather clues. I have been hoarding the Catfish Cuckoo clues! It was not intentional really my apologies to touchtrek who I am sure was wondering what happened to them - I had super intentions of restocking the clues & out the door they go! Rather they moved to the lower regions of the pack.

So, if you're an industrious sort & would like access to these fabulously tough clues, then scroll through the mid-mo boxes to see where we've been recently. I will warn you the mosquitos are nasty!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Where Eagles Dare

Drebbel wanted me to let everyone know that "Where Eagles Dare" is back in its home. He recommends bug spray for anyone wanting to find it. The mosquitoes were vicious.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Quick Mini Meet

A few letterboxers who have been traveling back from the Live Breathe event out in Oregon are in town and I am throwing a quick mini-meet for anyone who sees this. It is at the Devil's Icebox parking lot at around 3:30 but might last a little bit if they want to go hunting a few boxes while here. Sorry for the late notice.

I hope to see you there.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Mid-Mo Halloween Gathering

Dustoff your broomsticks and fly in for a All Hallows Gathering at my house on October 25, 2008. This will be a family-friendly event. Please bring your favorite dish to share. I'll provide the rootbeer. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be a prize for best costume. I live on 2.5 acres and will be hiding boxes on the property for your letterboxing pleasure. You are also welcome to bring a box to plant for the event, either outside with clues or as a Hidden-in-Plain-Sight (HIPS) box somewhere in the house or on the grounds. There will also be a pumpkin carving contest. You may carve pumpkins on site (I'll provide the carving tools and candles, you bring your own pumpkin) or you may bring a pumpkin already-carved at home. For those of you with pet allergies, please be aware that I have numerous cats.

Doors open at 2 p.m., and festivities will continue into the wee hours of the night. Evening festivities will include a bonfire, glowsticks, and night 'boxing. Adult beverages permitted after sunset. You may drop in at any time and even camp in the backyard if you want to stay all weekend. Parking is limited. There will be some space in the driveway, and on the front lawn, but I live on a narrow gravel road so you may have to park one street away and walk.

If you wish to hunt for boxes the following day as well, you are welcome to do so.

Please contact me if you need directions or more information:
I hope you can come sit for a spell--Kat

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Living and Breathing Letterboxing

I will be leaving for a very special letterboxing event where I will get to spend a glorious three days doing nothing but boxing. Of course, I could not go without being an emissary for the Mid-MO LB community. So, I am asking for any hidden in plain sight boxes or hitchhikers, cooties, or fleas that you would like to have visit the great Pacific NW for a real letterboxing bash. This is a unique opportunity with letterboxers from all over the country so feel free to send HH with specific instructions (i.e. travel to New York, visit 10 or more sates) be creative, with nearly 300+ letterboxers the possibilities are endless.

I want to really show our talent so if anyone has some great hidden in plain sight boxes, I promise to keep them safe and return them with a bunch of new stamps and entries. So that is my primary reason for such a request, but I must confess that a secondary reason is that I have been so busy with work, family and other non-LB obligations that I haven't been able to cretae any stuff to bring. So if you have the time please help a brother out. I promise it will be worth your trouble. Oh and did I say the event is Sept 14 and I would need everything by next Thursday (the 11th). Sorry for the late warning but I wasn't 100% sure I was going until this week. Thanks in advance for all your help.

P.S. I will be flying out of K.C. so if any folks up there want to provide something for me to transport to the gathering, let me know and we can coordinate a pick up prior to departure.



This is just a reminder that I've set aside Friday, Sept. 26 from 5 p.m. to a little past midnight as a Devil's Icebox Wild Cave Tour at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park for letterboxers and other friends. If you are interested in attending, please contact me directly through LBNA.

Please refer to for details about the tour itself.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

We have been Welcomed!

Saturday August 16th was a beautiful day in Kansas. Couldn't ask for better weather. We gathered at West Flanders Park in Shawnee,KS for some fun. We met some new LBers including DS from Memphis. She brought an 11 box series for us to see that will now be planted in her hometown in Tennessee. Beautiful Stamps with a really cool "passport" for each of us. Elvis was amazing! Great carve.
The Outdoor Girls were perfect hosts with lots of fun and activities for us all. We exchanged stamps and got a SUPER event stamp. It was SO appropriate. Monkeys and Sunflowers! Lizzard had four boxes with a special theme that were ready to plant. This time instead of hunting boxes we were planting them. She even had a crate of hiding supplies including different colors of spray paint, gorilla glue, fake moss, etc. Each box was ready to go with a stamp and logbook. After a "proper hideation" spiel, we split into teams and scouted out hiding spots. We wrote clues and then hunted each others boxes. Great fun! Craw and Joey team wrote a very clever clue that was my personal favorite. They also introduced 8 month old "Lucky Little 13" who was a most agreeable boxer and darn cute to boot. It was wonderful to see Lnd-Crzr and son. Even Mr Monkey made a rare appearance! Some very new boxers were also present. It was neat to meet those new to our favorite hobby. You can view some pictures here. I was too busy having fun to take many photos. If you have some of your own please share! A grand time was had by all. I hear that the party continued at KC LBers favorite restaurant, Fritz's. Unfortunately, I had to go to work so others will have to post those tales. Thanks again for all the hard work for this gathering. I REALLY enjoyed it and am looking forward to spending time with my new Kansas friends!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Welcome to KS Gathering for McMonkey Mom

Check out the Atlasquest event board, August 16th, Shawnee, KS. Hope to see some of you again, soon!


(yes, she's returned to the fray!)

Monday, July 07, 2008

July 9th St. Louis Pool Party

I'm driving up to St. Louis for the 'Pool Party' mini-meet

and have two seats empty if anyone wants to tag along. We'll be leaving from Fulton/Kingdom City about 5:15 ish and returning late that night.

C'mon! It's a pool party!


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Callaway Mini Meet-n-Greet

A hastily and utterly shortly publicized meet and greet for a LB from out of town. Come, chat, browse logbooks and get sneek peeks into future projects from Lnd-Crzr and friends. Small turn out expected. The location is the Callaway county Library. Nice indoor, AC location.


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Letterboxing 101 Help Wanted

I am conducting a Letterboxing 101 program for Girls Scouts at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park Saturday and am looking for a couple of volunteers willing to help. The current agenda is to provide a lesson on letterboxing, then have them carve their own stamps and go hunting for several temporary boxes which I will have hidden around the park, all within easy walking distance of Hickam Cabin. Since we will be breaking into small groups, and I can't supervise all of them at the same time, I am looking for volunteers willing to go along with the small groups and help them with interpreting the clues, being discreet, how to properly re-hide the boxes, etc.
There will be a lot of people in the park that day so being discreet is paramount.
Please let me know if you'd be willing to assist. You can post a comment here or contact me via LBNA or AQ. The program will be from 9 to noon on Saturday, June 28. You will, of course, also have the opportunity to stamp into all of the boxes.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Comments on AQ

Looks like AQ has added a new feature that lets you post the comments people send you about your box (with options to not post them also). I received several such comments and notice an "Approve" or Deny" post feature at the bottom of the e-mail.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Where Eagles Dare

"Where Eagles Dare" is temporarily unavailable. Drebbel went to check on it and was able to retrieve it from the floodwaters, apparently it was about four feet under water at one point in time. But thanks to the Lock N Lock box it was completely dry! While we wait out the flooding, the box and a couple friends are going to make a short trip to Maine.

Here are a few pictures for those of you who have found the box.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Letterboxing Road Trip

I just saw the new poll and was delighted to find I was the first to vote, although my answer was a bit tongue-in-cheek. :)

Seems like a good time to ask if there's any possibility of a NE gathering of the Mid-MO letterboxers this summer?

With gas prices what they are, I would be happy to provide room and board (which, depending on the number of people, might be an air mattress on the back porch or a tent in the yard...but the nights are cool here so that should be pleasant).

The trip is 1500 miles...round trip gas at 25/mpg would run around $500. Carpooling would help reduce that, and there are some great sites to see on the way...Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Niagara I guarantee your delight in the sites to see around here!

I'll keep the light on for you!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Weekend In Indiana, drowning letterboxes

We just returned home from 5 days in Indiana. We met my sister's family (Jesemiaud) for a weekend of letterboxing in southwest Indiana. What we did not know is that they received 14 inches of rain during the week. 2 more on Thursday night when we got there. 7 more on Friday night. 1 on Saturday. 2 on Monday. Boxes were washed away. Heck, entire covered bridges were washed away. Roads to letterboxes were washed away. The plan was to get 30 during the trip. We ended up with 13 boxes, 1 exchange, 1 postal, 2 personals, and 1 hitchhiker. They have a small community of boxers but they have several good boxes. We met one couple from there. They were very nice. They helped us out several times, with boxes and with weather reports. It was a bad camping trip BUT we are planning to go back again next year. It will be better ( IT WILL HAVE TO BE. IT CAN'T GET ANY WORSE) and we will get the rest of the boxes in the area.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Mongolia man

Hi folks! I am in Ulaanbaatar, but leaving this morning for three days in the Mongolian countryside. We are taking a convoy of Russian 4WD minivans and staying in traditional gers with some herders.

I have a box along with me to plant in some remote place.

You can see my photos and read about the trip at my Heard From Afar blog. (that's me trying to look like Lenin).


Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Devil's icebox Wild Cave Tour

Some of you may have already received an e-mail about the following.
Once again, I am trying to organize a trip for letterboxers to visit Devil's Icebox Cave in Rock Bridge State Park. Because this is a leader request trip, it cannot be on a Saturday or a Sunday (those dates are reserved for the tours for the general public). Since most people work during the week, Fridays seem to be best. August 29 and Sept 26 are our options. If you are interested in going I need to know by June 10.

Details: $25 per person
It includes an orientation, hiking and carrying boats to the cave, about 5.5 hours in the cave, hiking and portaging back and clean up. The whole thing takes about 8 hours, and covers about 3.5 miles mostly over uneven rocky or muddy ground and in and out of water. You must be at least 14 and able to carry a 65-poun 1/4 mile over uneven terrain and up or down stairs. Participants provide three sources of light (at least one headlamp and two other headlamps or flashlights), sufficient non-cotton clothes to stay warm in a wet 56 degree environment, and shoes with excellent traction and ankle support. You must also have food, drink and a small packet to carry everything.
The park provides boats, lifejackets, paddles and helmets.
Details available at

This is our 4th attempt (we've been rained out the first three times).
I need a minimum of four and a maximum of 10 participants in order to make the trip happen.


Friday, May 30, 2008

Retiring the stamp -- Go find it

June 17 is our 36th wedding anniversary. That means it is time to retire the special-edition 35th C2B2 running whippet stamp.

So I've made a box and plan to plant it sometime the week before our anniversary. I'll post some clues and I'm really hoping one of you will be first finder.

But go before October. Winter in Mongolia is colder than you can imagine.

I leave Saturday for a two-week study tour of Mongolia with six other MU folk and some professors from other universities. We are studying the legacy of Genghis Khan, who the Mongolians call Chingaas Khaan and the 13th century Europeans called the devil incarnate. The guy on the short-legged horse wasn't as bad as his PR folks made you think. He outlawed torture, instituted freedom of religion and set up a postal service that had no peers for 500 years or more.

I'll blog about my travels at I get back July 16 -- but Cecile heads off on a trip the same time so we will celebrate the anniversary over the phone.


I went to the Lbna website today and found myself a little flustered by all the St. Louis area boxes that are out of my family's regular stomping grounds...not that I resent those boxes, because when we happen to the eastern side of the state, I'm the first to suggest finding them. However, I wanted to suggest that the mid-MO-ers petition Mr./Ms. Lbna to add a fifth (Central MO) region to the Missouri map. This could perhaps include from north to Moberly/Macon, south to Camdenton, east to Warrenton, and west to Sedalia?

I only offer this as as an idea -- I know that the Lbna is administered by volunteers...and I don't want to take their work or time for granted -- does anyone know if we could provide some support in making such a change? Any thoughts?

Saying Hello in the Bizarro World

It looks like McMonkeyMom is following in the sad footsteps of Grace to You in moving away from the best community of letterboxers in existence. I hope she recovers from the loss better than I have.

In the meantime, the folks in Mid-Missouri have a little over a week left to find the letterbox placed in honor of her birthday last summer and write a greeting in it for her before she leaves. Looks like this weekend is shaping up to be a nice one…wouldn’t a little jaunt downtown be just the ticket?

You don’t have to be a Seinfeld aficionado to find this box…you only have to know two things about McMonkeyMom: her first name, and where she works (until June 5th, that is). To help you on your quest, I’ve updated the clue to narrow your search down to one block, and I added a hint that is a sure give-away.

If that’s not enough, send me your name on the back of a twenty dollar bill (Click and Clack are practically my neighbors up here) and I’ll give you another hint. :)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Finally some pictures from the Hogwarts Spring Event! I had a superb time and wish that I could have camped overnight. The day started out chilly but ended up perfect. It was nice to visit with some familiar faces and meet some new boxers as well. Many kudos to Fox-Fyr for all of her energy and hard work.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Plant a Letterbox Day, Hole Plugging, and other ramblings

I was catching up on some letterboxing blog reading and I happened across a few posts that interest you.

The first is a reminder that next Saturday is Plant a Letterbox Day, so if you can try and plant one next week.

The second is something I thought might interest Clyde and a few others. It mentions something called "hole plugging" where boxes are placed without any clues at all.

So, there are a few more excuses to get out there and plant some boxes. And don't forget my letterboxing green contest, I can't wait to find some of those entries.

Happy hunting,

Friday, May 16, 2008

What ever happened to us...

...I bet a few of you are wondering. I joined the group and moved up north near Hannibal. I am so sad to see you had the lb event in JC our HOME TOWN!!! We were busy with military stuff anyway. I hope some of you enjoyed our boxes there in Binder. I hope I understand that with the event going on there...that there will be many boxes to find. We visit quite often and wouldn't mind setting out. There are many other great parks in JC. Look forward to more boxes. We really miss it.

Our little one (Tadpole) must have been 9 months when we first took her out. I packed her in a carrier and we hiked our butts off. lol. Well today was so exciting to see her, nearly three, doing her own thing in the woods. She followed daddy and offered a "be careful over there" every now and then. She really enjoyed running back up the trail before he could catch her. We had so much fun today letterboxing in Moberly.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

May 24, 2008

I've put together a letterbox that will only be available for a few hours on the afternoon of Saturday May 24, 2008. I've sent the clue to the people who I know have found "Where Eagles Dare," but I'm willing to send it to others as well. Please contact me or leave a comment here if you'd like the clue.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Hogwarts Express is Leaving the Station

Thank you all for a very successful Gathering. If you attended and did not get a thank-you e-mail from me or if I forgot to thank someone, please let me know.

We had 45 people in attendance, 26 boxes on the trails (including the Sorting Hat and all four bonus boxes) and at least 2 Hidden-in-Plain-Sight boxes at the Pavilion. Seventeen of the boxes will remain at Binder Park so if you mised the Gathering, you will still have plenty to hunt for (as always, keep your eyes open for bonus boxes). I will post the clues shortly on LBNA and AQ. Incredibily, a few stalwart letterboxers did find all 26 before they caught the train home. I loved the look on ahistory's face when he finally realized what the B-Hunters meant by their bonus clue of "the fox's flying purple topper." And some of you were wondering why I was wearing that crazy purple dragon hat all weekend.

The cold air Saturday morning finally warmed up to a sunny afternoon. And the weather on Sunday was perfect. Lovely trails (my favorites were the waterfall by Norbert the Dragon and the huge tree by the Whomping Willow). Good food (thanks for the morels, Ahistory; I hear I also should have tried the apples, C2B2; loved the M&Ms by the Outdoor Girls; and the deviled eggs were delicious). Lots of excellent letterboxers. I wish I had had more time to sit and meet with some of you, especially the newer folks. but I hope you all had a grand time...I did, especially once I had all the clues finally set out and could just enjoy the day.

The hayride was spectacular. Thirty minutes on the wagon on the way, with views of deer and turkey, a bonfire--thanks for the marshmallos and S'mores-- and the kids climbing trees, and a nice view of the night sky on the way back with another 30-minute ride.

If anyone has pictures, please send me copies.

Please also thank Jefferson CityParks and Recreation for co-sponsoring the event as it would not have been possible without their support. My contact there is Mike Bollinger and his e-mail is


Friday, April 25, 2008

Letterboxing in the Bluegrass

I just recently returned from a business trip to Lexington, Kentucky. The weather was great and everything is green (well blue-green) and blooming. While there, I managed to find a few letterboxes and one hitchiker. Lexington seems to have a nice little collection of boxes to choose from.

The boxes I chose to search for had simple clues (I didn't have time to do much ciphering). I did not find all I searched for, but the attempts were worth it. There was one box I just had to give up on due to the really nice weather causing a large infestation of muggles in the box area.

My favorite search was in a city park on a disc golf course (I went in the morning that time). The box was supposed to be in a hollow tree. I found the tree, but I think the box was either gone or had slipped down too far in the hollow for my arm to reach (the hollow's mouth was about shoulder height). Had I only had BBQ tongs, I might have been succesful. I let the placer know of my trouble, but also my enjoyment of the search.

My biggest disappointment was a "ziplock baggy box" that had leaked. The logbook, which was in its own ziplock, was soaked and the prior stamps were unreadable. I did not have any repair or replace materials, but I took some paper towels and dried out the bags as much as possible and then contacted the placer. I was able to get the stamp in my logbook as well, so it was not all bad.

My favorite stamp was that of a box near Martin Castle (plug in Martin Castle Kentucky into Google for photos and history). Yes, there is a castle right amongst the horse pastures. The stamp was very tiny and a very fair depiction of the castle itself. I found a name and stamp in there from Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe, who some of you may recognize from the newboxers chat list. The bonus was my very first hitchhiker that I have found in a box. It is called Imagine and the stamp is a caricature of John Lennon. It started in Georgia.

It is nice to have a hobby that travels with you. Also, if you don't have time to spend half or even a whole day boxing, and you have 1/2 an hour or an hour, you can sneak a box or two in.

See you on the trail (or not, if you're stealthy),


Don't miss the train!

Be sure the jump aboard the Hogwarts Express for the 4th Annual Mid-Missouri Spring Letterbox Gathering May 3-4, 2008. All boxes and activities will be based on a Harry Potter theme. Those of you who have signed up on's event page (under the toolbox drop-down menu) should have received a pre-trip packet via e-mail. Those people include Outdoor Girls (2), Ahistory, McMonkeyMom (3), One Mean Green Bean, The BHunters (4), Lnd-Crzr (2), J-Corn (3), C2B2 (2), SpankyKC (2), MO UR4Me (6), Apple (3), Craw and Joey (3), and Dragonfly2 (2).

If your name is not on this illustrious list but you would like it to be, be sure to sign up for the event or drop me an e-mail via so that I mail send you a pre-Gathering packet of information.

The event will be atBinder Park in Jefferson City May 3-4, 2008. It starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and continues through 5 p.m. on Sunday. Highlights include Hunting for 20+ boxes, Hitchhiker Contest, Boxes Hidden in Plain Sight(HIPS), Raffle, Craft Actvities, Hayride and, of course, the famous mid-Missouri POTLUCK.

If you have ITEMS TO DONATE FOR THE RAFFLE or PRIZES FOR CONTEST WINNERS, please contact me. These could include first-finders clues to new boxes, carving materials or tools, homemade logbooks, lock-and-locks and other containers, camouflaged duct tape, ink pads, compasses and other letterboxing supplies. Hiking, camping,and other outdoor items are also appreciated. Some of the Gathering decorations may also be raffled off, so don't forget to bring your spare change. All proceeds will go to teward off-setting the cost of the event, so please donate to your favorite local charity (the Mid-Missouri Letterboxign Society).

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Morels Spring Forth

Once more, that most sought after fungus, the morel has sprouted forth heralding spring. If you happen to find some while you're out on the trail, or if you get the fever like me and hunt them down, remember to take a picture and send me a description of where you found them to be rewarded. Just like last year, I will offer a special stamp to anyone who finds any mushrooms in my wild mushroom series and sends me the required photo and info. So keep your eye out on the trail and perhaps you'll get a reward for your logbook and your stomach.

Happy hunting.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Keeping a Watchful Eye

For those of you who have found Ode to Charlotte, please be on the lookout the next few weeks. I have noticed signs that suggest some construction maybe about to take place in her vicinity.

I do not think the box is in harm's way, but you never know with these things. So, if you happen to be passing by and notice that she is in sudden jeopardy, please let me know, or, if there's no time, feel free to pull her yourself. Thanks for your help.


Saturday, March 22, 2008

McMonkeys are Moving!

I have thought for a while now that is unfair to have so many great boxers here in the Columbia area and so few in other parts of the state. In an effort to share the wealth of knowledge I have decided to move. OK, not REALLY for that reason, but we are moving. My husband has accepted a job with KBLV 99.7 in Mission, Kansas. He will be leaving soon. The little monkeys and I will be here until around the first of July. We are excited about our new adventure. (Well, most of us are) I am pleased that we are already friends with The Outdoor Girls since we will be living near them. I have lots of family here in Columbia and will be back OFTEN. We will be arriving on The Hogwarts Express the first weekend in May and look forward to seeing everyone then. (Have you RSVP'd on AQ yet for this event? If not, please do so!) Talk to you all then if not before!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Easter everyone

Just wanted to say Happy Easter to everyone. The weather is turning warmer and thoughts of letterboxing should be playing in everyone's mind. Now get out there and box!


Friday, March 14, 2008

CONTESTS! and other Gathering updates

In case you missed it the first time around, there will be two contests at the Spring Gathering.

The first is a Creatures in Myths and Legends Hitchhiker contest: Create a hitchhiker based on a mythical beast (dragon, unicorn, hippogriff, etc) or an ordinary beast about which a legend had been created (Raven, Coyote, etc).

The second contest is a Hidden in Plain Sight contest (HIPS). Create a box that can be hidden in plain sight at the spring gathering. An example would be an otherwise ordinary-looking cookie jar on the potluck table that contains a logbook and stamp instead of cookies.

Winners will be voted on and prizes award on Saturday afternoon of the Gathering.

If you plan on camping at the regular campground, book your site now as there are only about five left. If you wish to camp in the primitive scout area (tents only), no reservations are necessary, but this campsite will be available to us only on Saturday night (not Friday).


Thursday, February 28, 2008

Wild Cave Tour May 9.

I've set the date for the Letterboxers' Devil's Icebox Cave Wild Cave Tour. We were rained out the last two times, so cross your fingers for this spring. The date is Friday May 9 from 5 p.m. to about midnight. That's the Friday evening AFTER our spring gathering. I need a minimum of three people in order to make the trip happen, and can take a maximum of 10 participants and two assistant leaders (assistants must already be volunteering with the wild cave tour leader training program).

If you're unfamiliar with the tour, check it out at DI Wild Cave Tour.
There is a $25 fee per person. You will also need to provide some equipment. The minimum age is 14. This is a strenuous tour, and you must be physically fit. Preference will be given to those who signed up for the last two tours. A stamp, of course, is included.

Please RSVP in the comments if you're interested, or if you have any questions. I need to know by the end of March. If you're interested in other caving opportunities , let me know. I am the secretary of the local Chouteau Grotto caving organization, and we go caving on a somewhat regular basis.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Where Eagles Dare

The clue for "Where Eagles Dare" has been made posted to Be sure to notify Drebbel if you find it... the game isn't quite over with this box.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Letterboxing on the Hogwarts Express

Check out the Event Posting on Atlas Quest for the Spring Gathering:
Letterboxing on the Hogwarts Express
Be sure to RSVP on AQ.
And if you're planning on camping, make your reservations soon as campsites are limited.

Be sure to check out the Hitchhiker contest for the Gathering. The theme is Creatures in Myths and Legends. Check out the link above for more details.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Lock n Lock, Rubbermaid, Gladlock oh my....

Now I have seen these discussions on the national discussion lists, etc, but I don't recall any local discussion about what works in these parts. So, what containers do you find best for letterboxing and why. Have you found some common ordinary household things that make great boxes? Have you used a container that just didn't cut it for letterboxing? These are the sorts of things that I would like to know. If you can, please list the advantages and disadvantages for some of the less common containers you have used. I think this would be great information for everyone.

Some fellow letterboxers out East recently turned me on to these potential boxes. At only $1.49 for a very sturdy and waterproof 4X3 inch container, they are hard to pass up. And they have a bonus nylon loop/clip increasing their placement potential.

Happy planting,

Friday, February 15, 2008

Music is in the air...

I know this is terribly late notice and that everyone has very busy social calendars, but if anyone is still searching for something really fun to do this Saturday evening (February 16th), then boy oh boy do I have a suggestion! Yes, tomorrow night Leela and Ellie Grace will be performing at Windsor Auditorium on the Stephens College Campus (1405 E. Broadway) in celebration of the release of their second album, "Where the Waters Run". The fun begins at 7:30pm (doors at 7) and is a family friendly event. The cost for admission is $10 for adults and $5 for the kiddos.

Astute letterboxers will recognize immediately the connection between these two local musicians and our dear hobby from the 'Favorite Music' PLB ring of last spring. Foxfire was kind enough to introduce our community to some of Leela & Ellie's beautiful music from their first album, and in doing so, introduce Leela and Ellie to letterboxing as well! I say we should continue this if hearing their phenomenal music live isn't enough motivation to come on out tomorrow night, I might add that I wouldn't encourage letterboxers to come to an "event" without a little extra incentive, if you know what I mean. So, here's what you do... visit Leela and Ellie's website or page (follow the links at the end of this post), listen to a bit of their music online, and then come to the concert tomorrow night. Find me there (at an inconspicuous time, of course) and mention that you believe "Letterboxing is our Common Ground". You'll get a little something special for your collection and an evening full of great music! I can't think of anything better than that! Letterboxing and music?! What? I might faint. But I won't.

Follow these links for more info (myspace has music you can listen to):

Monday, February 11, 2008

Where Eagles Dare

Last week I found Drebbel's "Where Eagles Dare" box. It's the most memorable box that I will ever find, no contest. The clue is currently WOM, but will probably be made public shortly. I don't want to give away the box's secret, but if you get a chance, find the box and leave a note. And if you want, ask me for more of the story.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Letterboxing D.C. Redux

As many of you may remember I had planned to go letterboxing in D.C. last winter (2007) but due to some unforeseeable circumstances was unable to even attempt one box. So this year I was scheduled again to travel to the D.C. area and I was determined to make the best of it.

So as soon as I checked into my hotel I was off to find at least one letterbox in the fading light and succeeded in finding Orion the Hunter. As the Lady in Red mentioned in a post earlier this year, true urban boxing is quite a different sort of thing than we are used to in Mid-MO. There actually are only about 15 or so boxes located in the District of Columbia itself mainly planted by a longtime boxer named Scarab, who I met and will talk about more later. There are more boxes in the area surrounding D.C. but I didn't have the extra money to afford that kind of transportation so I resolved to focus on the ones in D.C. itself. Many of the older boxes are missing. In fact, they have a very interesting philosophy about urban planting. It was similar to the one C2B2 had for their "Now you See Them Now you Don't Contest." Scarab in particular will plant a box almost expecting it to go missing. he kept saying often he was surprised that several of his boxes have lasted so long. Also he has been able to recover quite a few of his missing boxes as well to his surprise. In short, he places boxes expecting them to be only fleeting and to disappear which avoids a lot the frustration one experiences when a box disappears. Instead of disappointment for a missing box, he is delightedly surprised that several of his boxes are still around for the logging.

On my first morning I got up early to make a breakfast mini meet with Scarab and two members of Kilroy who was up visiting D.C. from their home in Tampa, Florida. We didn't have too much time because Scarab had to work and I had to go to my conference (my real reason for being in D.C.) but it was nice to exchange stamps and stories if even only for a short time. We set up this meeting in advance largely so I could attempt "It's About Time" an extreme letterbox of Scarab's that has been in existence for over year with no attempts. When you learn of my instructions you may know why. Anyway me being a crazy Midwestern letterbox with a reputation for FFs, I just could not pass up such a opportunity.

Before Scarab left I was given directions to his building and told to go to the security desk and say I had an appointment with him. I would be told the rest in time and I had to trust him. He did stress one final thing, that NO ONE at any time other than he and myself would know what I was up to. At first I thought this to be silly advice since it is always applicable to any letterbox, but as I approached the building, an internationally renown law firm specializing in Supreme Court law, I began to grasp the gravity of the situation. Here is a picture of the place.

Needless to say, I swallowed the frog in my throat who quickly joined the butterflies in my stomach and headed to the security desk. I had to present I.D. showing who I was and then given a visitor's badge and instructed to proceed to the 6th floor. Upon arriving at the 6th floor I was immediately overwhelmed by the impressive architecture and art in the lobby. The main hallways were lined with marble and the atrium above the reception area rose to the form the dome in the roof. I proceeded to check in with the receptionist and security gaurd there, where I was told to have a seat and given a hand written envelop from which I was to follow the instructions inside. Now I am not at liberty to discuss the rest of the hunt due to the secretive nature of it and I wouldn't want to spoil it for any brave boxers who may want to follow in my footsteps, thogh I may divulge more details over some good libations. But let me tell you, sneaking around city streets is one thing, but sneaking around the 6th floor of a strange office building within spitting distance of the White House, ducking into rooms that you really have no business being in and pulling envelops out from under desks to get your next instructions is something entirely different. You always have to be ready with an excuse for when you are accosted by that mosey employee wondering what the heck some stranger is doing poking around (which happened). It takes some confidence (the bad kind) and a little acting. Oh did I say that this hunt was "business casual dress required". I had a suit on so I blended in fairly well, but it was still very nerve wracking. When I finally had the box in hand I was so relieved but I got one final unplanned scare. It definitely was the most memorable hunt I have ever been on and I would highly recommend it for those without heart problems or pregnant.

I went on to find about 12 more boxes in D.C. while I was there. Several were missing and weren't well documented, but on average 60-70% of the listed boxes in the District were still around. I would highly recommend the following for anyone traveling that way or planning a family vacation for D.C. These are not in any particular order:
  1. It's About Time
  2. Pandemonium: the Fourth Estate
  3. Radio Days
  4. Orion the Hunter
  5. UU & Rice (my favorite theme of any box I found in D.C.)
  6. The Letterboxing Tour of Georgetown
  7. The Possessed (which i missed even though I was right there. I completely forgot to look for it while searching for others).
It was a super trip that more than made up for last year. Even the return flight home was nice, because I met fellow boxer D.C. Stones for a post-security exchange at the airport while waiting to board my return flight. He works at Reagan International and this was the first time he had done an exchange "post security" so that was kind of neat. It was also the first time I actually looked forward to waiting for my return flight.

The one warning i will give about D.C. boxing is that you sure do a lot of walking. It was often just easier to walk than to try and figure out the cryptic bus and public transportation schedules/routes. My feet were pretty sore and blistered by the third day and I figure I was walking at least 8-10 miles a day. I walked 16 miles on the last day I was there, so you get a lot of good exercise , though walking on concrete isn't as pleasant nor as easy on the feet as trail walking. Next to the walking the biggest challenge was the homeless which D.C. has an awful lot of. We are not used to walking in the wooded parks of our city looking for boxes and finding lean-tos and make shift shelters. On my final day, I even met the police on the trail as they were transporting a homeless man from the place he had made in the woods. They were collecting all of his aluminum cans, destroying his shelter and hauling him off to who knows where. It is a sorry state of our social world that we rarely notice or are able to ignore in Mid-MO, but one you cannot avoid while boxing in D.C. I was thwarted on more than one attempt by the homeless. It sure does humble a letterboxer. I mean here I am out in the woods looking for art and plastic and these people are just trying to survive. It sure keeps you in perspective and makes you appreciate the things you have and are able to do.

All in all, I got to meet some great people, acquire some superb stamps following some exciting and rather vague clues. I also learned a heck of a lot about how to successfully plant and make attempts in true urban environments. I more than made up for last year and would highly recommend this area for anyone.

Happy hunting,

Monday, February 04, 2008

Tips for letterboxing abroad (in the U.S. at least)

Walking around D.C. between the sights and the boxes got me thinking today about how great a trip this was (a complete account to follow when I return), but I thought of a few things that made this trip better (LB-wise) than in the past so I thought I would share them.

These are some simple suggestions that I will now ollow when I try to squeeze in some boxing in the down time on business trips. Lnd-Crzr is a pro at this so I would encourage him or any others of you to feel free to add your own tips to this list.

First, post a notice a few months in advance with a couple of reminder follow ups about the visit. Give the dates of your trip and ask if anyone would want to meet for an exchange.
Also ask what local boxes are a "must visit".

Second, do thorough research. Usually you can't find the location of thye box but you can pinpoint the starting spot. Have complete directions including maps of the area if possible. Also, contact all owners asking about the status of the boxes you are considering attempting. You often find out that some clues are outdated or the boxes missing. This can help you narrow down choices and avoid some dissapointment especially if you are on a limited time visit. Also, it lets some boxers who dont read the AQ and yahoo message boards of your visit and they may want to meet for an exchange. Which bring me to my next suggestion:

Last, meet for exchanges early and often. Other than the obvious reason to meet more boxers and swap enthusiasm and stories, you'll often get tips on boxes to avoid and other boxers to contact and try to meet and maybe, if you are lucky, a few word of mouth clues.

I find if you do these general things you end up with a much more memorable time and your learn not just more about the history of the place you visit you learn about the letterboxing history and culture there as well.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Event planning

I sent out Google "invitations" to use the planning form on Goggle Docs. But if you haven't received it or can't figure it out, you can go directly to the document here. Until you sign on as a collaborator, though, you can't write in the document.

Didn't get an invite but want to carve a stamp or otherwise help with the spring event? Email me at

Clyde (half of C2B2)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Post Gathering...Gathering

After the Gathering this Saturday at the library, a few of us will be heading downtown to Shakespeare’s for slices’ of Columbia’s best pizza pie and inevitably share stories of Letterboxing glory and adventure. Enjoy a good pie and endless yarns of snatching LnL from the mouth of dragons? Then come along and join us!


Sunday, January 27, 2008

Bad news, good news

A nasty end to one our our favorite boxes came with a great lesson that all who merely observe letterboxing are not "muggles."

I received a message on this board as a comment from on a very old post:

"I found a destroyed letterbox at the end of Wilson Street near the University of Missouri campus and at the beginning of the Rock Hill Park trail.The letterbox was left by C2B2.If you would like this letterbox returned call Eric..."

If you have searched for the Rocking and Crocking series in Rockhill Park, you may be familiar with the substantial stone monument to Mayor Clyde Wilson at the end of Wilson Street. Last week a fellow in a chemically altered state of mind barreled down Wilson at a high rate of speed, smashed the stone monument and disappeared way down the hill. The driver was not injured (apparently he was already numb) but in the debris from the wreck in front of his house, Eric Fritz found the smashed pieces of the smallest crock in the series.

Eric said he has never letterboxed, but he knew what it is and found this blog on the Web. And the rest is good history.

A tip of my hat to Eric Fritz. I'll invite him to our gathering or at least quaff a mug of rootbeer in his honor.


Sunday, January 20, 2008

Jim is back

Jim the Wonderdog had a wonderful letterbox to match his memorial in Marshall, MO. But some curr napped it.

You can't keep a good dog down. A new stamp, a new box and ... well, just check the clues.


Saturday, January 19, 2008


Zowie! Are you as chilly as I am? I am not fond of the deep freeze that has grabbed us. I was wondering though, what is the MOST extreme weather that you have boxed in? I personally know three crazy boxers that went out today. Did I mention that the high temperature today was 18 degrees? (Ask them HOW cold the wind was!) I chose to snuggle up on the couch and ignore the logbooks that were waved under my nose upon arrival home. I WAS WARM! That was all that mattered.

I hope that you will all come out for the gathering on Feb 2nd. I will venture out then and look forward to seeing you then!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Winter Tea Time and Dumbledore's Army

It's finally time to break the winter cold spell with a little letterbox Gathering.

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Columbia Public Library, Conference Room B, 1st floor
1:30-5 p.m.

Schedule (see details below):
1:30 Dumbledore's Army Plotting Session
2:30 Break for Tea and Stamp Exchanges and Contest Voting
3-5 Arts and Craft Session

In the tradition of English Tea Time, we will have an afternoon Gathering at 2:30 p.m. and drink a little tea, eat a few snacks (kudos to anyone that actually bring crumpets) and do a little letterboxing arts and crafts show and tell. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate, teach or learn letterboxing-related crafts such as making aged paper, creative logbooks, intricate box containers, stamp carving, etc. This will also be the time for the traditional exchange signature stamp images and meeting new people.

Also, as promised, the winner of the Short Sweet and Sassy contest will be voted upon and a prize awarded. If you have not yet found the boxes related to this series, now is the time to go hunt for them so you can make an informed vote.

Prior to the 2:30 Gathering time, if you wish to help plan the annual Spring Gathering (and/or find out how you can volunteer to help), join us at 1:30 for a gathering of Dumbledore's Army (a fitting title considering the Harry Potter theme of the Spring Gathering). We will be planning and making preparations for the spring event which is traditional the largest Gathering event of the year. I expect we will draw up to 75 people this year and so some coordination, planning and volunteers will be a must for this event. If you have not yet marked your calendars for the Spring Gathering, it will be all day Saturday and Sunday May 3-4 at Binder Lake Park in Jefferson City.

If you have questions or need information, please reply in the comments section or contact me directly through

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

A question or two

Hello all! I'm Clyde and Cecile's daughter, Gillian. My husband and I have planted a few boxes around Columbia that you may have come across in the past and although we no longer live in Missouri (we're now in Charlottesville VA) I've been following along with your blog and with updates on your gatherings from my parents.

I'm working on an article about Letterboxing in Missouri and I wondered if anyone would be interested in giving me a mini interview. you can respond (comment, I guess is the official term) or email me directly at

So here are my questions, and please feel free to add anything else you think might be interesting!

1. First, I know there have been some articles about letterboxing that have been somewhat dissapointing, so tell me what you would like to see in an article about it. What have you felt was missing in the past?

2. Tell me about a place that you discovered because of letterboxing, somewhere you would otherwise have never known about and what your reaction to finding it was. (That's always been my favorite part!)

3. Tell me what your favorite part of letterboxing is, what drew you to it and what keeps you at it.

Thanks in advance for any and all help I get. Since it's not a commissioned article, I obviously don't know if or when it would be published but I'm hoping!

If you're ever out Virginia way give us a holler!



Monday, January 07, 2008

Letterboxing Green - 2008 Contest

Happy New Year everyone. I have been quiet of late because I am finishing my masters thesis and don't have much time to letterbox until summer. So in my absence I figured I would give you something to do. With the new year, it is time for a new challenge, so here you go.

This challenge is fairly straight forward. As more and more of America is starting to focus on going green (hopefully this is not just the latest fad), I thought it might be time to think about sustainable letterboxing. In that spirit, I would like to challenge everyone to think reduce, reuse, and recycle in future plantings. So here are the rules.

1) try to use nothing new - you do not have to use entirely recycled materials ( I understand that recycled glue can be hard to come by) but the more of your box that is recycled (i.e. logbooks, the box itself, even stamp materials) the more it will count toward the contest. Bonus points for people who use materials that have been recycled more than once. For, example I often use old MU stationary paper for logbook pages. This stationary from the early 90s was made from 100% recycled paper to begin with, hence when used for logbook pages it is kind of being double recycled (if there is such a thing). Anyway the more generations of recycling you can employ the better.

2) leave no trace - special emphasis should be focused on placement. Placement should consider detrimental effects to the location and be done in such a way to limit the environmental impact or footprint left behind by the finders. One easy way to meet this goal is to try and place the box in a place near paved trails or sidewalks/roads. Thus I encourage all boxes to be handicap accessible, though this is by no means a requirement. Another part of reducing impact is limiting the number of boxes in any one area, so I ask that all entries be placed in locations where there are no existing boxes within a close distance. Other tips might include requiring public or non-motorized transportation in the clue or anything that reduces the impact a letterboxer would have during a hunt.

3) environmental theme - I think everyone (myself included) could use a good dose of education on sustainability and other green practices, so I ask that the all entries have some sort of environmental theme. Extra points will be given for those who address topics with creativity, such as using Dr. Seuss's the Lorax to educate about global warming. The more creative the bigger the impression and the more longer lasting the lesson, so extra kudos for those who tackle environmental issues in new and fun ways.

That is pretty much the how of it. Boxes should be placed anytime in the first six months of the year (Jan. - July 2008) though there is some leeway for late entries. We will hold a judging at the fall or winter 08 gathering. The winner will receive an urban camouflaged box, similar in idea to Charlotte but of a different design. Boxes may be located anywhere in Mid-Missouri (I may even accept contest entries from outlying areas such as K.C. or St. Louis, so contact me if you aren't in Mid-MO for more details) Please let me know if you have any questions and good luck. I look forward to finding some super entires.

Happy planting,