• Kearns Skaarup posted an update 1 week, 1 day ago

    Locals and visitors alike understand that Richmond is a popular destination for American history enthusiasts. Racing fans flock for the area every six months to take in big events with the Richmond International Speedway, and other summer concerts and festivals keep everybody entertained. For hobbyists interested in letterboxing, Richmond is rich with several opportunities to add timeless souvenirs for your collection, and memories to treasure.

    A Brief Letterboxing Primer

    For the advantage of readers a novice to this centuries-old practice of “treasure hunting,” letterboxing is analogous towards the “geocaching” trend gaining popularity among GPS users. Letterboxing has its own origins inside mid 1800s in England, where secret boxes storing letters as well as other communications were happened upon or hunted. Visitors would leave something in return. In recent years, enthusiasts will hide letterboxes (normally a plastic, sealed container) containing imprints as well as a guestbook in various places outdoors, and hunters will use the stamp for his or her own notebooks, while stamping the letterbox book to allow the owner realize it has been found. An Internet seek out popular letterbox sites Letterboxing and Atlasquest will yield hundreds of such boxes hidden all over the world.

    architectural letterbox in Richmond

    One can find several letterboxes inside the metropolitan Richmond area, in urban and rural locales. Traditionally, a hunter will check Internet sites for clues on where to find the boxes – some may give precise directions, and some may present a puzzle to decode as a way reach the goal. For an concept of what you should expect in Richmond letterboxes, here are some select ones available for search:

    An Irish Lass in Hollywood – hidden inside Hollywood Cemetery

    The Siren’s Song – hidden around the campus of the University of Richmond

    Deep Run School – hidden near Short Pump Park

    The Carillon – hidden near a war monument

    Slippery Rock – hidden in Deep Run Park

    Rules of Letterboxing

    Some things to remember when a weight letterboxing expedition:

    Make sure you’ve directions available. You won’t desire a compass unless searching for a challenging box, yet it’s good to print the directions from your letterboxing websites so you aren’t getting lost.

    Be discreet if you discover a letterbox. Some letterboxes hidden in parks and landmarks may be removed by staff or stolen, if you decide to look for a box be mindful by using it and make sure it can be hidden that you think it is, so others will find it later.

    Plan your route. There could be a number of different letterboxes hidden within a few miles of each other. Do your research and you’ll produce a whole day in the search.

    Have fun! Letterboxing together with your kids is really a great strategy to encourage their orienteering skills.

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