Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Letterboxing on the Trails

Quoted from the Atlas Quest website:

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, by stamping it into the logbook found with the letterbox, perhaps writing a note about the weather or their adventures in finding the letterbox.

I hiked 3.5 miles along the Radnor Trail in Wayne, PA with my buddy, Deirdre. Deirdre took time out from her hectic rehearsal schedule to join in a letterbox hunt. She is a fan of Nancy Drew and I have been trying to convert her to a letterboxing fan as well! I think it is a perfect fit, if you like the mysterious and stylish world of Nancy Drew, I think you would also like the artistic and mysterious world of letterboxing. :-)

Back in NC, I had to go out to Lake Norman State Park to get 5 more letterboxes that I missed the other day!! That puts me at 45.5 miles hiked for Washington Trails. And I have exceeded my goal of 40 miles and well on my way to 50 miles for the month of August.

Unfortunately, Ryan and I have only raised $760 for the WTA. This is only half way to our goal of $1500 and we only have 7 days left in August to hike and raise money.

I hope to hike a couple of miles on the PCT with Ryan when I see him again! His blog is

and we have a webpage on the WTA website


and my individual fund-raising page:

It looks like I can hike 50 miles on my own at home, on my layovers at work and while joining Ryan on the PCT. If you don’t want to donate via credit card on the website, checks can be made out to WTA and sent to me at the address below. Thanks so much for any help you can provide!

Amanda Arkebauer, PO Box 16131, Seattle, WA 98116

Giant Backpack not included! :-)

1 comment:

Lea said...

I like the picture of your logbooks! That top one on the right - that's from when we hunted the FIRST LETTERBOX I EVER ACTUALLY FOUND!