September 05, 2008


Every so often, my wife drags the family out of the house in search of a letterbox. A letterbox is a hidden container with stamps; those who search for letterboxes find the clues on the internet, then follow the clues to the hidden box. Once the box is found, each person uses the stamp in the box to stamp their own letterboxing book. Each person then takes his or her own stamp, and stamps the book that is in the box. Then the box is carefully returned to its hiding place.

I could do without the letterboxing part of it, especially since half the time, we can't find the letterbox--either it's been moved/taken, or the clues aren't clear enough. But I do appreciate the opportunity to get out of the house with the family for awhile.

Last weekend, our letterboxing took us to Hilltop Park in Signal Hill. (No, I didn't ride my bike up there this time.) As we walked around, Tristan holding the clues, a group of kids with skateboards tried to figure out what we were doing. We just smiled and waved and continued on our way.

There are three letterboxes hidden in and around Hilltop Park, and we found them all. But I'm not going to tell you where.

1 comment:

Adam Gonnerman said...

I had never heard of that before. I can't imagine how letterboxes in well-visited parks and similar public locations don't get stolen frequently. Maybe they do.