We found our first Letterbox the other day! YAY!
It's something we've been talking about doing for a while, now, but hadn't done, yet.
Our friends' children were staying with us for a few days (ages 12-15), and they were getting bored - so we revived the Letterboxing idea. (For anyone that doesn't know what this is, go here: www.letterboxing.org
There are quite a few hidden in our area, but we chose the closest, easiest sounding one to get to. We had a good hike, even though it was pretty hot, and we forgot bug repellent (we all have about 1000 mosquito bites, each!).
Since this was a spur of the moment thing, we did not have time to carve our own stamps (I shamefully bought some at Wal-Mart - sorry!). To redeem ourselves for that faux-pas, I will be carving a killer stamp to use on our next adventure!
I HIGHLY recommend Letterboxing to anyone - it's not that difficult to do, yet it's a multi-layered activity, too.
If there are no letterboxes in your area, plant some! And then maybe leave little notes wherever you go with the website address on it - I'll bet you'll soon find that other people will get interested very quickly.
By the way - the box we found was planted almost a year ago, and we were the first ones to find it - and the people that planted the box left us a little "You're the first one to find this box" certificate that we got to keep and add to our books! That was really a nice little touch on their part. Their stamp was great, too. We all stamped their book, and left little notes.
Now I'm trying to figure out the best way to combine letterboxing and geocaching - anyone have any good suggestions for that?