I held my Letterboxing 101 class this past Saturday with 7 students (our 8th had to bow out - we missed you Beth!) clutching their tool kits, brown bag lunches and tennis shoes. We carved our stamps, bound our letterboxing journals, then headed out to the wilderness in search of letterboxes.
Our first stop... Balls Bluff Park in Leesburg, VA.
Left to right: Larcy, Amy, Dianna, Marlynn, Darlene, Jenny & Leiann.
Armed with their first set of clues, the group started down the walking path at the park. Now, letterboxing is a hobby that requires of bit of discretion. All subterfuge, however, is lost when eight women are laughing and shouting "Did you find it?", "(shriek) TURTLE!", or "Dianna, where are you?". Fortunately, the park was pretty empty, so we didn't draw too much attention to ourselves.
Yeah..... that would be our Type A personalities Jenny & Amy leading the charge.
We haven't even made it to the first box yet & we're already lost.
The first box was a bust. It just plain wasn't there and I'M SURE we were in the right place. It happens. Boxes are destroyed or thrown away by people who think they are trash. No big deal... onto the next box:
The three that found it!!
After stamping our newly carved stamps and taking a breather (as well as patting ourselves on the backs), the women moved on to the third/final box in the park. The box was planted back in 2003 and the clues were just too hard to follow. Leaves had fallen & obscured the paths, old trails were no longer in existence and we kept getting ourselves turned around. After twenty minutes or so, we just gave up.
Final score: 1 for 3 at Balls Bluff.
The class was officially over, but several of us decided to follow up on a second set of clues: Goose Creek.
Unfortunately, we were 0 for 2 at Goose Creek. Both boxes were missing, but we all thoroughly enjoyed the mile long hike.
I can't say enough about these women. Most started as students (years ago at Artfully Scribed, Rubber Chicken & Cami's Paperie) and all have become dear friends. Some are scrapbooking friends, some are "cabin trip" friends, some are e-mail friends and some are best friends. It was wonderful to get out of the classroom and do something new.
I have another class coming up on Saturday, October 27th. Want to come play? E-mail me to sign up! Anybody can do it. One of my upcoming students will be 9 months pregnant (I salute you Cenia!). If she can do it, anybody can!
For information about Letterboxing, read my first letterboxing post.