Tuesday, July 8, 2008


032I discovered Letterboxing a few weeks ago.  Basically you follow clues to a box that holds a stamp.  You stamp your book and record that you've been there.  Think of it as a passport of sorts.  So, today we finally had the chance to do it.  Some of us were excited and someone, who shall remain nameless, was not thrilled to go. 
Hint:  This is the less than thrilled teenager----------------------------------------------------------->

There is a park that we frequent that has the 2nd most boxes in the state of Texas.  So, this is where we headed.  The first box was difficult just because it was a long hike for an 18 month old.  So, I was very hot from carrying him by the time we found it.  But I was relieved it was there because it would have been hard to keep moral up if we didn't find the letterbox.

Letterboxing 014 The second and third boxes were easier because the hike wasn't as far and the boxes were close together.  See, how happy they are?  Devin is holding the camoflauged box and Ethan is holding the book.  Madison's friend came with us in order to get teenager to go with us.  See, how sweaty we are?  Have I ever mentioned that Texas is very humid?  Really?  I've already told you a few million times?  Well, that's because it is humid!!!

After we found our last clue we found something else that Texas has besides humidity.  Laura, we found a spider!  We talked about wrapping it up and mailing it to Laura, but instead we took pictures of it.

Isn't she pretty?  If you look closely you can see she has a little boyfriend above her.Letterboxing 015

It's hard to tell how big the spider is so I volunteered teenager to use her head for size comparison.  Next time she'll be happy when her mom wants to go Letterboxing!
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Ethan was a little worried about getting close to our friend.  But he was brave and he did it!  The picture isn't very good of Ethan, but don't our little friends look great?
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Cameron wanted a picture too.
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And then Cameron decided to taste our spidery friend.
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Letterboxing:  It's not for the weak!


Laura said...

yeah i would of killed you if you would of mailed it dear or alive. ICK!! i still think about that stupid sider that snuck up on me, and made me loose my pants. I am glad your kids are brave, because their aunt is a super wuss. I have heard about this Letterboxing and also about Geo Hunting and have always wondered about them. I am glad you checked them out, and they turned out to be fun.

Grandma J said...

Cameron is pretty brave! Is he really eating that thing?
When I saw the first picture of Cameron I couldn't get over how much he looks like Jason! After seeing the second picture, I thought he was silly like Jason. Is Jason that brave? Probably not!
BTW, You could never get me to do anything outdoors in Texas in the summer. Well, aqua aerobics, and my grandson's baseball games, which are extremely hot and humid even though they are in the evening.

Jlo said...

I love the letterboxing idea! What a summer fun activity. As for the spiders...YUCK!! Your kids were such good sports about it!!

Karie said...

I had to show my spider fearing child the pictures. Wish you could have been here for the gasps of fear that came from her. Beautiful pictures!

Jason said...

Watch it, Grandma J, I am not afraid of spiders. Or mice. Just snakes and eels.
Ya know, I think Cameron does look a bit like me when I was a kid. Lucky guy.
I have never heard of letterboxing ever in my life, but is sounds fun.
And it looks like your surly, unwilling teenager rose to the occasion and had a good time anyway!!!

Katrina said...

Thanks for the introduction to Letterboxing! It intrigued me and I looked it up, and My husband and I went on our first trek today! It is fun!

maddie said...

wow i love being refered to as 'teenager'
oh and your just jelous because i take wonderful pictures of myself with your camera ever five minutes
haha ughhh no,
that was not fun,
not at all,
i hated it :(
but thoughs freaking spiders were like scary dude

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