Sunday, May 16, 2010

LET'S GO LETTERBOXING

I FOUND ONE!!!

LEAVING MY MARK - I WAS HERE

WRIGHT BROTHERS FAMILY MONUMENT



WEEPING ANGEL - FIRST LETTERBOX WAS A FEW YARDS
BEHIND THIS BEAUTIFUL MONUMENT - THE ANGEL HAS A
TEAR RUNNING DOWN HER RIGHT CHEEK
THE TREE WAS GROWING AROUND THIS
CIVIL WAR ERA STONE
CIVIL WAR CASUALTIES FROM MANY STATES

CIVIL WAR CANNON
HEY, I FOUND ANOTHER ONE!

WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?

Letterboxing is like treasure hunting except after you find a treasure and record the date you found it, you put it back exactly where you'd found it so someone else can discover it. You also leave your mark in a small notebook provided by the one who hid the treasure. Most people use rubber stamping as a way to let the one who hid the treasure know it was found. It's better explained on the website: http://letterboxing.org
Granddaughter, Spouse, and I went letterboxing this afternoon. Most of the treasure boxes we found were in the Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. It's reported to be one of the largest cemeteries in Ohio. Some very famous people are buried there, including the Wright Brothers, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Erma Bombeck, and many founding fathers, inventors, and business icons of Dayton and the surrounding area.
Cemeteries are interesting places to visit. Woodland has a Civil War section where each grave is decorated with an American flag. Some flags had been blown over or broken and we re-positioned those we could. Rather than being an eerie experience, visiting Woodland Cemetery was an interesting history lesson. Granddaughter said she'd like to take photos of the Wright Brothers' gravesites to school to share with classmates. Apparently her class recently talked about the contributions the brothers made to aviation.
There are letterboxes hidden all over the United States. The website will guide you to the locations. It's a fun family activity everybody can enjoy. Let's go letterboxing!

3 comments:

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

I love the photos you shared...is letterboxing like geo caching? I have never heard of this..and when do we get to see your smiling face..I would love to put a face with the words.,;)

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I have never heard of Letterboxing--- Now I know I do have to visit--better plan on a 3 month stay in order to do all I want to do with you out there!!!
Hugs, Di

Cat Haven Crafts said...

Can't wait to take a look at the letterboxing website! Hubby and I are going up north on vac and it might me an interesting thing to do! I also love to explore graveyards especially old ones! Love the artwork on the tombstones.
Looks like you had a grand time with your grandaughter!