Why the Tree of Life?

1.20.2006

Letterboxing

K, D and I went letterboxing for the first time yesterday. The night before, I had bought us each a little stamp: a ladybug for K, a dragonfly for D and a butterfly for me (they came as a set); an inkpad and a notebook. We packed everything in K's little backpack and headed off to Zilker park the next morning for our hunt and a picnic. We had a lot of fun figuring out the clue: 'the dolphin points the way', counting paces from the canoe shack and deciding which way was left. I think K was most excited when I began turning over rocks, and we found a box! I'm sure he didn't really know what we were doing until that moment. I had a hard time convincing him that this was the only box that we were going to find that day and that we would have to go home for more clues. The only hard part was balancing on a steep, leaf-littered slope, trying to hold onto D, stamp notebooks *and* keep D from eating leaves by the fistful all at the same time. I think it will only get easier and more enjoyable with time. And it will be lots of fun to make and hide our own letterboxes in the future, not to mention our own stamps which is a requirement for letterboxing-purists. :)

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