Things we do on vacation…

I don’t know about you but when I run a half marathon race in the morning, I want to spend the afternoon going on an adventure (this is very sarcastic!).   Okay really I do like to do other things beside running and I kinda feel like we need to do something fun together after the morning has been spent watching me run.  So in comes letter-boxing.  Have you ever heard of letter-boxing?  I found out about it last year at work.  One of the clinicians was telling us all about how to do more things with kids.  Funny thing is, I told my other half all about it and we decided to do it in places we travel, like the cape this weekend for my race.  The best part is that it takes you to places you would probably never go and away from all the touristy areas.

Basically this is how it works.  You need to get yourself a journal/book with blank pages, a stamp pad, markers and an adventurous spirit.  You then go to a website such as this one and look up areas you are traveling to or areas near you and let the scavenger hunt begin.  Here are some pics from today, this one was from a graveyard which in a weird way seemed like a good place to visit on this memorial day weekend.

Really pretty cemetery.

Really pretty cemetery.

The Mad Jack letterbox we found today.

The Mad Jack letterbox we found today.

Our stamp book.

Our stamp book.

This isn't what the stamp looked like but it is a representation of some stamps you can find that are handcarved.  Pretty cool.

This isn’t what the stamp looked like but it is a representation of some stamps you can find that are handcarved. Pretty cool. (I don’t want to give away the cool stamp we found)

 

Give it a try.  It’s lots of fun to figure out if the clues are really good!  You might be surprised at how many letterboxes are in your community right now.  I know I was.  Oh and one more thing is that if you join one of these websites, you can create your own letterbox, plant it and others can find your plants too.  We haven’t done one yet but it might be fun in the future.

Have you ever tried this or something like it?  

PS – Stayed tuned for an update later this week about the half marathon I ran before we went on these crazy adventures.

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7 thoughts on “Things we do on vacation…

  1. Gentle reprimand: Just so you know, letterboxers don’t like for the stamp to be shown. It takes the fun out of it for other letterboxers, wondering what the stamp we find will look like. Not that I’ll be in that area any time soon, but someone who read your blog might be. Hope you don’t take offense. Happy hunting.

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