|Our shadows in the parking lot as we got underway|
We thereby opted to wait until autumn, even though we knew that the clues would be more difficult without foliage on the trees. I am delighted that we waited for another reason as well – back in May, our chief supporter wasn’t really into the sport of letterboxing as the kids and I. He would tag along and frequently help us to locate boxes – but he didn’t have a signature stamp or trail name of his own. Since then, he has had a change of heart and has joined the ranks of letterboxers all over the world.
We drove out early in the morning … arriving about 9 a.m. In this area, there are well over 25 letterboxes. We hunted for four hours – taking a brief rest now and then to refuel when necessary – still we didn’t find them all.
|Buddy enjoying a brief little siesta|
Sweetie wins the award for most boxes found … she would run ahead of us and find the boxes before I had even finished reading the clues. She is quite the treasure hunter. Dad and Buddy proved to be the most persistent .. finding boxes that even I had given up on.
|Sweetie finding yet another letterbox before we even arrived|
As per usual, some of the boxes that were originally hid have since been lost. One was believed to have fallen into a hollowed tree trunk. We thought perhaps we could see it though our arms were not long enough to reach it. I thereby offered to my husband my survival knife in hopes that perhaps he could poke it and thereby retrieve it. This didn’t work. However, as I proceeded to put the knife away, I sliced my right index finger quite severely (not quite requiring stitches, but nearly so). Funny, as I equipped my day pack earlier this summer, I purchased a first aide kit as well as this knife. Had I not been using this knife, I would not have had need for first aide. Ah well. Live and learn. Fortunately, it was I who was injured and not one of the kids.
|Me … modeling (thankfully) the only injury of the day|
We went out for lunch after our adventure and then stopped by the pumpkin patch for our pumpkins. It was a great day!