Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Letterboxing Adventures

Treasure hunting, who doesn’t love it?  To learn more about our Geocaching/Letterboxing adventures, click on the Geochaching/Letterboxing category on the right side of the page.

Geocaching is a lot of fun!  And so is Letterboxing!  There are not as many Letterboxes out there but they are well worth finding. 

So what is Letterboxing?  Here is the official website. 

In short, it is just like a Geocache, in that you use a GPS and follow clues to find the cache.  A Letterbox has something special … a rubber stamp.  Many stamps are custom made, others are commercial but the symbol or picture mean something special to the owner.  Those who Letterbox, have some type of notebook and their own rubber stamp and ink pad. 

When you find the cache, stamp your book with the  “cache stamp”. Then stamp the “cache book” with your stamp.  Below is an example of my Letterboxing book, rubber stamp and ink pad.  I had a custom rubber stamp made from a favorite gorilla picture.

This is a page from my Letterbox book.  I stamp the book and then write the details of where I found it, the name of the cache, date etc.

While searching for a Letterbox does take a bit more prep work than simple Geocaching, it’s fun when you find stamps for your book. Give it a try! I’d love to see your book and all the fun stamps you collect.

The House Witch – A Yearly Visit

 

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Since 2015, we have had a visit from our house witch each October 1st.  Esmeralda stays all month and leaves us by November 1st, sometimes bringing friends, other times not.  And just for fun, I snap a quick picture each day to show her activities. 

Click here and follow along on Instagram to see what she is up to daily.

Below are a few of the pictures of activities I have caught.  Do you have any traditions involving “visitors” for the holidays? Continue reading “The House Witch – A Yearly Visit”

Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Geocaching Adventures – Part Two

Treasure hunting, who doesn’t love it?  To learn more about our Geocaching adventures, click on the Geochaching/Letterboxing category on the right side of the page.

What is Geocaching?  Read more here.
Official Geocaching website is here.

Our family has enjoyed Geocaching over the years.  Here are a few of our adventures. Continue reading “Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Geocaching Adventures – Part Two”

Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt! Geocaching Adventures – Part One

Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? The thrill of discovering “clues”, sometimes involving a riddle, or simply following a map to the “buried treasure”. However you define it, a “treasure hunt” can be a lot of fun, and a great way to get out and move your body while enjoying time away from your day-to-day grind.   Want  to learn more about Geocaching?  Read this post.

"Microcache | www.stephsneckofthewoods.com"Our family discovered Geocaching around 2002, back before we all had smart phones with us daily. The Geocaching website was not what is today. Not as many features or interactive maps, just a simple map, and GPS coordinates with a few clues or a riddle to find the cache.
We did not own a GPS unit but instead, borrowed one from a realtor friend.

So, we set out on one of our early Geocaching adventures.  Back in the early days of caching, we did not always find what we were looking for.  Sometimes, the coordinates were inaccurate.  Other times, fellow “treasure hunters” were not always careful and did not place the cache back in the exact location after their find. Other times, “muggles” would find the cache and removed it altogether.  It was a bit frustrating at times.

But as with any good treasure hunt, don’t give up – try and try again.  Over the years the site improved, Geocachers became more and more common and they seem to be more careful with their finds. Continue reading “Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt! Geocaching Adventures – Part One”

Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Why Not Give it a Try!

Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? The thrill of discovering “clues”, sometimes involving a riddle, or simply following a map to the “buried treasure”. However you define it, a “treasure hunt” can be a lot of fun, and a great way to get out and move your body while enjoying time away from your day-to-day grind. Why not get family and/or friends involved and make a day of it?

No time to devote an entire day?  No worries! Many of these treasure hunts can be completed in a short amount of time. Continue reading “Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Why Not Give it a Try!”

My Why and My 100+ Journey

Where to begin?  This is a raw topic for me overall and one that I have revisited many times over the years, but just eventually push aside when it seems too hard to deal with. 

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I was pretty much always an overweight kid, and that transitioned into being an overweight adult, and eventually, an obese one.

This past year I turned 50 and in a few short months will turn 51, and in looking back over the years there is a feeling of time wasted. Why have I not taken control of my health? Why have I allowed myself to miss out on so many social events, either because of embarrassment, lack of energy, or simply knowing I could not participate in whatever was going on. Admittingly though, sometimes it was just wallowing in my own self-pity and feeling tired of always being the largest person in the room. Worse yet, actually going to an event and not fitting in the chairs, or being over the weight limit for rides, etc.

Continue reading “My Why and My 100+ Journey”

Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein

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"Sitting on Books | stephsneckofthewoods.com"Title: Little Gorilla
Author: Ruth Bornstein
Category: Fiction
Genre: Children’s
Details: Hardcover, 31 pages
How did I get this book: I purchased the book many years ago, to read to my youngest son
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Overview: An adorable short story about a gorilla and those around him. Continue reading “Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein”

Gorilla Baby: The Story of Patty Cake by Pearl Wolf

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"Sitting on Books | stephsneckofthewoods.com"Title: Gorilla Baby
           The Story of Patty Cake
Author: Pearl Wolf
Category:  Non-Fiction
Genre: Children’s (Vintage)
Details: Hardcover, 30 pages
How did I get this book: I purchased the book from a yard sale
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Overview: Gorilla Baby: The Story of Patty Cake is a true story about the surprise birth of a gorilla baby to Congo and Lulu of the Central Park Zoo in the ’70s. It’s a story told through clear text and startling black and white photographs. Continue reading “Gorilla Baby: The Story of Patty Cake by Pearl Wolf”

Why Don’t Gorillas Lay Eggs? by Katherine Smith

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"Sitting on Books | stephsneckofthewoods.com"Title: Why Don’t Gorillas Lay Eggs?
Author: Katherine Smith
               Consultant: Nicola Davies
Category:  Non-Fiction
Genre: Children’s
Details: Hardcover, 32 pages
How did I get this book: I purchased the book from a yard sale
Get your own copy HERE

Overview: (From the back cover) Do you know why gorillas don’t have long tails? Do you know why they eat vegetarian instead of hamburgers? Why Don’t Gorillas Lay Eggs? explores these questions and many more. The fantastic illustrations and the easy-to-understand text reveal how the characteristics and behaviors of gorillas allow them to survive in their unique environment. Continue reading “Why Don’t Gorillas Lay Eggs? by Katherine Smith”

Ancestry DNA, Should I, or Shouldn’t I? And Do We Have the Right to Know About Our Ancestors?

DNA testing for genealogy seems to be all the craze now.  Some jump on the bandwagon and take the tests right away, others seem more hesitant.  How will the results be used?  Is our information really private?  What if I find out something … unexpected?!

All of these same questions went through my mind.  Ultimately though, I did take the test, through Ancestry.  My sisters and father took it as well.  And the results?  Well, my dad is my dad, and my sisters are my sisters, no surprise there. 😉 Continue reading “Ancestry DNA, Should I, or Shouldn’t I? And Do We Have the Right to Know About Our Ancestors?”