Category Archives: Letterboxing

Silva Starter 1-2-3 Compass

Silva Starter 1-2-3 Compass

This is a post in the My Things series on this blog. In it I chronicle items I own. I seek to describe why I own the item, whence it came, and what value it provides . . . and any other tidbits of interest.

Fairly early in my geocaching career, I went to the Boy Scout Center near me and purchased a Boy Scout compass for the few caches that required a compass. I am almost 100% positive that I left it in Moose‘s Subaru after an outing. I never saw it again.

I toyed, particularly when I was immersed in letterboxing and exploring orienteering getting a really nice compass. I am happy I didn’t. I do not use this very much at all. It’s in the cache bag should something require compass use. I cannot recall the last time that was.

BlazeOn Letterboxing Stamp

22-07-06 BlazeOn Letterboxing Stamp

This is a post in the My Things series on this blog. In it I chronicle items I own. I seek to describe why I own the item, whence it came, and what value it provides . . . and any other tidbits of interest.

Letterboxing is a game I want to love. Actually, I do love it. Unfortunately, it hasn’t caught enough where I am for it to capture my sustained attention.

The stealthiness of the activity, coupled with the clues, and the exploring all fit my liking. Traditionalists value a hand-carved stamp. This is where I struggled mightily.

I did carve some stamps. I never cared for my art. The bowtie was clever and most of the bowties I carved were okay. I knew I wasn’t good at carving because I couldn’t shrink the carve; they were always large stamps, which is not ideal for many logbooks. Furthermore, I wanted the year on my stamp. Lettering and numbering I sucked at.

I got creative for a specialty stamp for an event I attended. Again, not wanting to give away who I was, I crafted a stamp of Steven Tyler since the event was at Tyler State Park. I recall speaking with the organizer. He thought my stamp was of a horse. Oh, well . . .

When I returned to geocaching publicly in 2016, I decided to commission a stamp. I had had the pleasure of finding one of Kirbert’s stamps. He is a master. Love his work! I asked him if he would carve a stamp for me. We discussed it and this is exactly what I wanted. Love this stamp!

I’ve used it plenty over the years, but letterboxes and letterbox hybrids are too few and far between these days. Virtually every stamp I encounter is a store-bought stamp. It seems this art is dying.

Tipsy_1 finds 40,000 caches!

22-02-17 GC9J4YC

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This was the last cache of the day for me. I had been looking forward to it as I aways enjoy letterboxes and what a nice tribute to our friends.

Not certain what happened on the way, but I somehow missed a turn. Righted that mistake and then drove right by where I wanted to be. Took a while to find a suitable place to turn around. Came back and parked parallel to this. Dummy me didn’t realize there was a sizable and safe lot right near. D’oh!

Walked inand found the geocache without incident. All is in fine shape. Well, that stamp is most appropriate I think. Looks almost like the real thing! I actually left some swag that Ihad been carting about and always forgetting to leave: a bumper sticker, a set of TB tags, and a Geocaching Vlogger pin.

Thank you for the fun box in which to end my day; I appreciate it.

SJF 2 – Artwork Letterbox

21-07-27 GC56AA9

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Thought this one was along a different trail and was surprised that it was as far as it was from whence I thought it was. Even so, it didn’t add anything to our walking of the grounds, although I probably would have done it before the treehouse had I taken note of it.

Pleasantly surprised to find the trail, which I hadn’t see when we got off the main trail. Found this without issue.

Thank you for this: I enjoy seeking letterboxes and adding stamps to my personal logbook; I appreciate it.

SJF 4a – Signs Letterbox

21-07-27 GC5K29K

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This was the one geocache we came here for. I ended up finding nine others. 🙂 Found the needed information and walked over to this one. We were predicting where this would be and discovered it was closer than either of us thought. All is in good shape.

I enjoy stamping in and out of logbooks.

Thank you for placing this letterbox; I appreciate it.

4th Day of Cachemas (Llamas)

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While sitting in the car this morning as the rest of the crew went into a store for some provisions, I noted this waypoint on the map. Hmmm . . . we would be seeking #81 and 62 of the Fizzy grid this morning and this is equally spaced between the two. Why not seek this as well. Always enjoy finding letterboxes, so we added it to the itinerary.

Sure enough, as we traversed from #81 to 62, we stopped off and found this without incident. There was a trickle of water inside, but all is in fine shape. Stamped in and out and smiled at the experience.

Thank you for placing this and being part of our wonderful day in South Dakota; I appreciate it.

Minnesota State Tree: Norway Pine

21-07-21 GC32GJD

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My midwest trip has been going fabulously (IL, IA, and now ND and MN). Have never been to the Peace Garden State before and am loving it! After several days in and around Gilby, we re-located to Fargo for the geotour and other adventures. Good times with every footfall.

We headed out today to complete the last few geotour stops and pick up some letterboxes, high favorited points, and challenges.

After finishing the geotour and having lunch, we strolled out here to find this. Enjoyed the letterboxes we found today.

Thank you for being part of our wonderful day; I appreciate it.

Hermes: God of Roads, Travel, Hospitality, Heralds

21-07-21 GC4F5C2

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My midwest trip has been going fabulously (IL, IA, and now ND and MN). Have never been to the Peace Garden State before and am loving it! After several days in and around Gilby, we re-located to Fargo for the geotour and other adventures. Good times with every footfall.

We headed out today to complete the last few geotour stops and pick up some letterboxes, high favorited points, and challenges.

After touring Concordia for the Adventure Lab, we wandered over here to find this. I always make time for letterboxes. I like the stamp. I stamped in and smiled.

Thank you for adding to our day; I appreciate it.

Aphrodite: Goddess of Love

21-07-21 GC564QD

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My midwest trip has been going fabulously (IL, IA, and now ND and MN). Have never been to the Peace Garden State before and am loving it! After several days in and around Gilby, we re-located to Fargo for the geotour and other adventures. Good times with every footfall.

We headed out today to complete the last few geotour stops and pick up some letterboxes, high favorited points, and challenges. Always enjoy letterboxes and it was fun to begin new personal logbook this morning.

Thank you for being part of our wonderful day; I appreciate it.

Hestia: Goddess of the Home & Hearth

21-07-21 GC3TWAM

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My midwest trip has been going fabulously (IL, IA, and now ND and MN). Have never been to the Peace Garden State before and am loving it! After several days in and around Gilby, we re-located to Fargo for the geotour and other adventures. Good times with every footfall.

We headed out today to complete the last few geotour stops and pick up some letterboxes, high favorited points, and challenges. This was our first stop today,

Thank you for being part of our wonderful day; I appreciate it.