Letterboxing

Treasures Abound for NH Geocache and Letterbox Hunters

As spring moves into summer across New England, thoughts turn to outdoor adventures of all kinds. In addition to hiking, boating, and scenic drives through the state, some fun things to in New Hampshire include Geocaching and Letterboxing, two forms of a type of hide-and-seek treasure hunting game that are growing in popularity and can involve the whole family. There are hundreds of hidden “caches” in the state, many near this New Hampshire resort.

Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a high-tech treasure hunting game in which adventure seekers use a Global Positioning System (GPS) device or smartphone to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, and then share their experiences online. According to the official Geocaching website, “Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.” The site notes that there are over 2 million active geocaches around the world. A cache always contains a logbook or a logsheet, which includes information from the owner of the cache and notes from visitors. The cache may also contain any number of knick-knacks for trading. These items turn the cache into a true treasure hunt! The basic rule is: “If you take something from the geocache, leave something of equal or greater value.”

In some cases, the owner has made the container both a geocache and a letterbox and posted its coordinates on Geocaching.com, as well as posting clues on letterboxing sites. If there is a rubber stamp inside the box, do not mistake it for a geocaching item for trade!

Letterboxing is another form of treasure hunting that uses clues instead of coordinates, combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a “charming outdoor quest.” Letterboxing.org states, “A wide variety of adventures can be found to suit all ages and experience levels.“ According to the site, Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly accessible places and post clues to finding the box online. However, “clues to finding some of the most highly sought boxes are passed around by word of mouth.” Letterboxes usually contain a logbook and an often hand-carved rubber stamp. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox’s stamp in their personal logbook, and leave an imprint of their personal stamp in the letterbox’s logbook.

By visiting these and other Geocaching and Letterboxing websites, you can easily find a treasure-hunting adventure nearby. And here in the Lakes Region, you know the adventure will take you through some beautiful territory!

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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