© 2008 Dub Scroggin (I’m in disguise)
Letterboxing involves following clues to a hidden box. In the box you’ll find a rubber stamp and a small journal. You use the stamp from the box to mark your personal journal, and then use your own stamp to leave an impression in their journal. A little experience at this and you’ll be planting clues and concealing boxes for others to track.
© 2008 Dub Scroggin
Solving a mystery appeals to most everyone. Letterboxing is a much safer way to satisfy your clue-seeking wanderlust than real crime. Following the clues enhances reasoning, navigation, and map reading (Ms. Drew would applaud) skills—and you’ll explore new places that heretofore might have escaped your notice.
You’re probably wondering how all this got started—an easy mystery to solve. The first letterbox was placed at Cranmere Pool in 1854 by a guide at England’s Dartmoor National Park. An April 1998 Smithsonian Magazine article ("They Live and Breathe Letterboxing") is substantially responsible for this addictive activity here in the U.S.
The Letterboxer's Companion leads you through the letterboxing process and what you need to get started. Other books on the subject (I’ve not read them) include:
My letterbox kit
So where do you find the clues? Letterboxing North America (see Clues below) is the best source for letterbox locations in North America. They also provide links leading you to the rest of the world (I’ve letterboxed in the Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos Islands, along the Mexican Riviera, etc.).
- Carve Your Own Rubber Stamp Tutorial
- Dartmoor Letterboxing
- History of Dartmoor Letterboxing
- Letterbox USA Yahoo group
- Letterboxing North America (LbNA)
- Smithsonian Magazine’s “They Live and Breathe Letterboxing” article