This is not to say that letterboxing isn't enjoyed by families, but I've noted that many of the most avid boxers are retired, single, or have older children they can leave at home. Letterboxers generally enjoy hiking, appreciate folk art, are self-directed problem solvers, and have a certain level of tenacity and tolerance for bug bites and other hazards of the trail. There is also a social aspect to letterboxing, with myriad events where boxers meet each other. Retired couples in particular find a pastime that is inexpensive, involves traveling, socializing, using their brains, and getting exercise.
|Letterboxes contain a stamp (usually hand-carved) and a logbook.|
"Find the path that symbolically links the edge of downtown Shelton with the edge of Huntington Center and if you are headed toward the Center come face to face with P#4609 about half way (we don't want to favor either side, do we?). Look left to a big red oak at the corner and check it's base."
If a letterboxer finds the "06484 Letterbox" using the above clues, he or she would open up the tupperware to see a hand-carved stamp and a small logbook inside. The letterboxer would have brought an ink pad, a signature stamp, and a personal logbook. An inked impression of the signature stamp goes in the letterbox logbook, while an impression of the letterbox stamp goes in the personal logbook. Everything is then resealed, and the letterbox is carefully rehidden in the same location where it was found so that no passerby can see it. Stealth is an important part of this very secretive game.
More information about letterboxing and clues to local letterboxes may be found at letterboxing.org and atlasquest.com. Two guided letterboxing hikes will be held in September by Trailhead Tessie, one for adults and one for families. See the Events section for details.