Today we started a new hobby. I read about a thing called Letterboxing in my friend Bethany's blog: http://thegirlsmom.blogspot.com/ and got interested. It's like a scavenger hunt, and makes me think of amazing race. you find these letterboxes and stamp their book with your stamp, then stamp your book with their stamp, and sign your family name, and where you're from. We found some stamps all the way from Illinois, and North Carolina in the letterboxes we did today! They are usually fairly easy to find, but covered up so you don't see them unless you know where to look. You print off the clues or directions and off you go!
I did a little research and thought it looked fun, so I dragged my somewhat skeptical husband, that just went along to humor me... at first. The first one I chose had 5 boxes all close, which was a good choice becasue after we found the first one then my husband really started to show interest. I almost think he didn't believe anything was there! By the time we got to the last one, he was calling out directions and allowed me to take pictures of him finding them (he doesn't like it when I take pictures of him). He admitted that it was fun to do and we'll be doing more in the future. Success!
Our first Letterbox adventure was in the Coeur d'Alene area and was in an absolutely beautiful campground and hiking area. I'll post some pictures of a hike we took there too.
This one we had to hike almost a mile for, (hence the triumphant pose) but the rest were within a mile of each other by car.
So here is a fun, cheap, long term hobby you can start with your friends/family. Read more about it here: http://www.letterboxing.org/
Enjoy! (and thanks Bethany!)