PART II- HIDING BOXES
I began letterboxing in July 2013 (or there abouts). Since then I have hidden 82 Traditional boxes for others to find. Let me say that it has taken me awhile to learn good places and practices for hiding them because I have had mixed results.
During my first six months of hiding letterboxes, I placed twenty-five boxes. Seven of them went missing. Three of the missing ones were gone even before the first person went looking for them. The other four had one finder each before they disappeared. I’ve learned that you can’t trust that trees and bushes won’t be trimmed and that in the base of a tree near a active walking path isn’t a good hiding place.
But why do the boxes go missing? Well, two of the boxes were spoiled by Geocachers who took the stamps and left behind a trinket. Like the stamp below that was hidden at Enchanted rock.
The reason for the other five remains a mystery. I wonder if perhaps a walker with a dog might have found those at ground level (and not under rocks) while on the trail I picked? But why didn’t the dog owners rehide the boxes after seeing what their pet had found? The stamp below was along a trail in Navasota. Found once, the second attempt revealed a plastic milk jug in the place of the box with the stamp.
Another option could be a wild animal (squirrel or raccoon) carried them off? Who knows. But the moral is always put under a rock even if inside a hollow tree trunk.
Of the 82 Traditional boxes I’ve planted, I’ve left some of them in out of the way places. Not a good idea, as twenty of them have never been looked for. Others that I left at locations along I-35 have been found multiple times, and receiving notice of the find is what makes hiding them fun.
During this same time period I have also done 12 Hitchhikers. Hitchhikers are different in that you place your small stamp in an already established box. Then the person looking for that box finds the additional Hitchhiker and is supposed to take it and move it along to another box.
Of my Hitchhikers only 5 have been reported found and moved. It is really fun to see where they go. One has made it from Texas to Florida!