Monthly Archive for June, 2011

Beautiful. Dangerous.

It’s June, which means the cactus is blooming in our backyard.

I’m in love.

Why is the title of this post so appropriate? Click here to find out!

Beautiful. Dangerous. There’s a lesson in life in there somewhere…


Look out!
…we’re on a Letterboxing roll!

Check out our latest.

The Art Dragon

We’re at it again!

Go find the dragon…if you dare!

Butterfly at the Lake

…and just like that, we’ve planted our first traditional letterbox!

Here’s the clue!

Oh my goodness, this is so exciting; I can hardly stand it!

Stamp Stanley, the Hitchhiker

I’m sure you’ve heard of Flat Stanley. He’s the little paper guy that gets himself mailed all over the world to the delight of Elementary Students everywhere. (If I had a penny for every Flat Stanley has come to Colorado via one of my friends, I’d have a lot of pennies.)

Claire and I have been wanting to create our own letterboxes ever since we got hooked on this hobby back in August. It wasn’t as high on our priority list as finding them, but we knew we’d do it someday.

Well, this day has come. After finally locating the supplies we needed this weekend, we’ve started carving. (It’s harder than you may think to find supplies in our area, which is awesome since Letterboxing is all about the hunt!)

Carving Supplies. Locals, the Michael's in Superior carries these. Don't bother looking in a smaller store. You're welcome. 😉

We opted to start with a Hitchhiker so that we could get one out there quickly. A traditional letterbox requires premeditation and then action based on those things: a superb hiding place, a tricky clue, etc. Plus, we have log-books and carving supplies, but we don’t have any of the Lock-it boxes yet. Patience is not our forte, so we’ve gone the quick route for our first letterbox.

A hitchhiker requires a carve and a tiny container. Daddy just finished all the Altoids in his “mini box,” so we took that as a sign.

We got the idea to do a Stamp Stanley because who else would love to travel?

Carving Stamp Stanley. I sat out on the deck to carve him last night. Perfect!

Wooden Block Backing: Daddy insisted on making a more professional looking back to Stamp Stanley that would help him hold-up under the pressure of all this travel. It's a nice touch!

Stamp Stanley is complete!

Claire and Stamp Stanley

All ready to go!

Goodbye Stamp Stanley! We hid him in a box in Denver that gets a lot of traffic. Enjoy your travels! We hope to hear from you soon!

Here is a link to his spot at Atlas Quest.

VACATION by the letters

V: I have white Vs on my feet from wearing my flip-flops on sunny adventures. I wore them every day on vacation, and every day since.  I love this time of year!

A: We had so many Adventures in the form of Letterboxes!! We left Denver with 49 letterboxes found and returned with 58. We found 7 in one day! WOW!

C: Car rides, car rides, and more car rides! Not only did we road-trip it across the Midwest and back (two 8-hour stretches, two 2-hour stretches, and another 3-hour jaunt down and back to visit Great-grandma in the nursing home), Claire got to take a ride in Papa’s 1932 Ford and go to a car show with the guys! (Grandma and I stayed behind so that they could have some quality time together.) I’m not sure who was happier: Claire or Papa. She said he didn’t stop smiling once.

A: This A stands for Ants, which we encountered during on of our Letterbox adventures. One of the pouches hadn’t been found for almost a whole year, and was now part of an ant colony at the base of a tree. I’m not sure we’ll be quite the same after that experience. I know the ants won’t be.

T: T is for Tasty Food! My sister-in-law is a fabulous cook, and we reaped the benefits. My brother hunts, and he was joking with me that the “organic, free-range turkey” we ate one day would make my Boulder friends smile.

I: I love the Internet. Eva my Droid did really well on this trip. My brother lives a couple miles off the grid, so I took advantage of being unplugged for a few days. After that, we were back on and connected, and the letterboxing site with its search function was amazing. My inlaws are hooked on Letterboxing AND they’re enablers. “Can’t that thing tell you if there are some around here? Look.  We’ll wait!” they’d say when we stopped at random locations. It did, and we found some! Amazing. (What they didn’t know was that I was trying to find a way to check without being rude. Ha!)

O: Options! We’d planned on fishing in Iowa during their “free fishing” weekend (like we did last year), but the winds were so strong on Friday that it was comical and we didn’t even try. Saturday wasn’t nearly windy enough and it was hot and muggy, and the fish weren’t biting. So, we decided to check out the local swimming pool with my sister-in-law and nephew. It was a BLAST. My nephew LOVED it and started trying to swim the INSTANT he hit the water. The day was saved! Yay for a Plan B!

N: My nephew! I love getting to spend time with my nephew. He was born while we were in Hawaii in October and we got to meet him over Thanksgiving. My brother and sister-in-law are great about sending pictures via txt and updates, so I feel like I’m in the loop. Claire loved playing with him, and she was SO GOOD with him. Granted, it helps when you know that he won’t steal all the attention (or your toys) from you forever.

We were gone June 2nd through the 9th.  Needless to say, we had a fantastic trip. The timing of this trip was purposeful in that Claire hasn’t had a chance to obsess over the fact that her beloved Pre-K has come to an end and Kindergarten doesn’t start until the end of August. We have her signed up for Art Class starting next week, meeting two mornings a week all summer and Karate on Fridays. There will be just enough structure to keep us in line, with plenty of free days for us to get ourselves in trouble.

I love summer!