Go Treasure Hunting!
If you’ve never gone letterboxing before, you’re in for a real treat. Letterboxers place small weatherproof boxes in public places like city parks and state forests, then post clues online for adventurers to follow. It’s fun (not just for kids!) to puzzle through the directions, see your surroundings in a new way— and find the hidden “treasure.” (You can also try geocaching, a highertech version: It requires a geocaching app and a smartphone, and you use GPS to find hidden boxes.)
Small notebook, pen, ink pad, stamp
Visit letterboxing.org or atlasquest.com for tips and to find a hike near you, then crack the code or follow the clues to make your way to the letterbox.
When You Find a Box:
Inside you’ll discover a logbook and a rubber stamp. Mark your book with the box’s stamp, then sign the box’s book and stamp it with your own personal stamp to prove that your family found the treasure.
Make It Personal:
You can make a customized family stamp—or one for each family member—by sticking an adhesive craft foam shape such as a flower or shell to a cork or small block.
Keep It Going:
Look for letterboxes on getaways and vacations, and consider creating your own letterbox for others to find..