Welcome to letterboxing!
This centuries-old game, first invented in Dartmoor, England, is a combination of orienteering, treasure hunting and hiking. It's a game with fans and followers all over the country, and we're excited to join the letterboxing community this season.
For some letterboxing history, as well as articles on how the game is played, check out the following websites:
These websites also post clues for letterboxes hidden across the country. Just search any city and you'll see a list of boxes within 150 miles. Then, start hunting!
Now, for our letterboxes.
Five boxes are hidden throughout the town of Riverhead, and we challenge you to find them! Follow the clues and grab the following supplies before you head out:
You'll be out and about, walking along paths and through the woods. Enjoy the scenery and leave your environment just as you found it! (That includes the letterboxes! Once you've found a box and stamped in, please hide it exactly as it was; we want future players to find it, too.)
This will be where you record your stamps. Each letterbox you find will have its own personal stamp inside. Your goal, when you find the box, is to "stamp in": record the box's stamp in your logbook. You can make any notes next to your stamps that you want, so you can remember where, when or how you found the letterbox.
Most likely, the letterboxes you find will have a stamp but no ink pad. (Bad weather has a way of ruining them.) Be prepared by bringing your own, in as many sizes and colors you'd like. The more variety you have, the more artistic your logbook will become!
Your own personal stamp
The majority of letterboxers make their own signature stamp, as an expression of their individuality. You can hand-carve it or custom order it--just make sure it says something about who you are. Each letterbox will have a logbook inside; this is how you show us that you found it! Stamp into the box's logbook using your personal stamp, and stamp into your own logbook by using the box's stamp.
A cool trail name
Every letterboxer has a trail name. Pick an alias that will identify you to others. Green Tortuga...Three FLAmigos...Mudflinginfools...these are some of your fellow letterboxers around the country.
A letterboxer's kit: logbook, ink pad, signature stamp
"All's Well That Ends Well"