Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Letterbox at Fort Caroline Park

Today, we made our second letterbox experience.

Letterboxing is "an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber-stamp artistry in a treasure-hunt style outdoor quest." Our first letterbox experience was in February 2009 when we lived in Portland Oregon.

I found today's letterbox through atlasquest. We started at Fort Caroline National Memorial Park.

We took the trail behind the visitor's center. Then we followed the signs to the fort and played there for a while.


Then we followed the nature trail just a short distance. Following the clues, we passed the #3 ecology sign and took 27 paces. We were told to look for an old stump on the left. Kylie saw it right away.
Behind the tree you see in the right of the picture, there was a fallen timber. The letterbox was hidden under some moss under the timber.
The box had two stamps--an owl and a teacher. These were beautiful hand-carved stamps. We stamped them into our book and then stamped our three-star stamp into the box's visitor's book. Karen wrote a note in the book and Kylie signed her name.


On our return trip to the car, we stopped and chucked rocks into the River of May, making Karen laugh and shake her head at how horribly Kylie and I throw. It was a fun family afternoon.
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Stacey said...

Looks like fun. Is it also called Geocaching? I know of people who do something similar.

Wendy and Karen said...

Hi Stacey,

It's very similar to geocaching. You usually need a gps device for geocaching. With letterboxing, you use written clues. With geocaching, people exchange trinkets or treats and with letterboxing there are just stamps. There are a lot more geocaches than letterboxes so I imagine we will end up doing both. It was fun! Thanks for your comment. I just love your blog.

Tammom said...

Do ya'll throw like GIRLS? lol My kids accuse me of that all the time!