"Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with "treasure-hunts" in parks, forests, and cities around the world. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes by cracking codes and following clues. The prize: an image from a miniature piece of art known as a rubber stamp—usually a unique, hand-carved creation.
Letterboxers stamp their discoveries in a personal journal, then use their own rubber stamp, called a signature stamp, to stamp into the letterbox's logbook." From http://www.atlasquest.com/
Letterboxing has a long history...beginning in 1854 in England. Go to this site for more info on the history. http://www.atlasquest.com/about/history/
I am including videos of two times the I recorded the find! One Letterbox was found at Swan Creek Park in Toledo, OH where I seemed more concerned about moving a spider. My husband, Ray came with me for this find. We follow clues...like a treasure map...and hopefully find a box with a logbook and stamp in it. This one was not a box but a strong plastic bag. Sorry...the videos don't work on my iPad or iPhone. (Darn Apple not allowing Flash Player!)
The other box was found at Camel Rock just north of Santa Fe, NM. My friend, Stephanie was with me. We did not have a stamp (which you need to stamp the logbook) and we were on our way to pick up a friend in Santa Fe...so we bought a stamp there, returned and made sure we left our mark. It is a silly video that gets shaky sometimes...but that must be from the excitement felt by Stephanie and me.