I guess I should start with a little blurb on what Letterboxing is. Well, we call it "Hiking with a Purpose." Letterboxing is an outdoor hiking adventure, where clues are followed to find "hidden treasures" out in the woods. In each box there is log book and rubber stamp, usually the rubber stamp is hand carved. "Finders make an imprint of the letterbox's stamp on their personal log book, and leave an imprint of their personal stamp on the letterbox's logbook ." states LBNA – Letterboxing North America.org
We have been Letterboxing for years now. We started in 2005 in New England. where you can't take two steps without finding a box. Since the move to PA our boxing days took a hiatus to having a kid and growing pumpkins, but with an increase of boxes planted in our area and the cooler weather setting in we are ready to hit the trails again.
Our trail name is Pointer Party. When we started boxing we had three German Shorthair Pointers and if you have ever encountered us on the trail we are a "party". Dogs, leashes, bags, ink, stamps – crazy business.
At this time we are one dog down but have a little one in tow. SO one less leash but now we have a kid carrier – still a party.
We cleared a couple of new plants just to get the kid geared up to hike. Sunday was a great day to be out and Kings Gap is always nice hike.
I'm not a box counter, which is apparent since my LBNA account was closed due to inactivity. So, I did it, I counted and we have found 580 boxes, planted 18, exchanged with 118 boxers and been to 5 events. These numbers pale in comparison with the greats we boxed with in CT but we are still proud of them.
We recently placed a new box, a little bit of a mystery to find.
Somewhere near Carlisle, PA is located the "Forgotten Places" Letterbox
Our "Heritage" is something that is inherited from our past. Some people have "Army" memories, others remember their "Old Navy" days. Behind those memories are oLd, forgotten paths. The path less taken – the rocky road. It's down thiS road through fields, over BUmps and in the woods wheRe this forgotteN place is located. In her final resting place you'll have to find Elizabeth Hoffer. Time has taken a toll on the marker and it now leans in the direction you'll need to walk. The day of her death is the amount of steps you will have to take. Once you have taken the steps look to your left, by the back corner of an old marker base, between a "rock" and a hard place, you will find this forgotten place.
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