Saturday, April 10, 2010

Letterboxing with Friends

The boys and I have really become addicted to Letterboxing since our last adventure and it became more fun for us this afternoon when we met up with our friends Nicola, Lala and Finn for a new outdoor treasure hunt at sweet, old, rustic park tucked away in the hills!

Since Lala was the big kid of the group - you know, being 5 and knowing right from left :)- she helped us out immensely with the first direction...
"go to the staircase furthest to the right"

For the next set of directions, Matteo had his trusty compass
"go up the staircases to the absolute most total northeast corner of this glorious old park"

"There you will see an old bay tree with a few holes in it next to about 20 stone stairs"
"At the top of the stairs is a redwood tree. Between the bay and the redwood, at the base of the redwood is the letterbox under the leaves"

...and there we found the wonderful journal and stamp left by HeartGirl on Valentines Day

It was such a pretty hike, with a gentle waterfall
many steps to climb
and an ancient playground that time forgot, with an actual see-saw!

I think Luca fell in love with the sweet Lala...
I know I did!

and I know that the boys had a wonderful time with friends and each other!

It's been a wonderful, amazing first week of this Great Outdoor Challenge! I've really been inspired by seeing how others enjoy their time outdoors. Here's a link where you can check them all out!


Anonymous said...

I love this, and that you got to do it with friends! How fun!

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

Your photos and storytelling are amazing, Marina. We had such a good time with you. You are such a breath of fresh air.

Olivia said...

How wonderful! I hope to take my own girls on some letterboxing adventures this summer!

Your photos are gorgeous!

Lisa said...

what fun!! I've heard of this letterboxing. We'll have to give it a try! Your photos are great!
happy weekend

Nicole said...

Looks like such a fun afternoon! We used to letterbox with our older kids and then got out of the habit. We might have to start with the littles now - thanks!

c said...

wonderful! What park is that?

Hope you are doing well!

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful and magical place. great captures friend!

Andrea said...


I'm so sad that we didn't go with you, J recognized that he was too tired and so I tried to honor that and everything but I, personally, was so sad to miss out on an afternoon with you guys. I took them both to another letterbox the very next day because I couldn't get it out of my head.

Jenna said...

I love that wrist compass Matteo was wearing!

Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) said...

Oh those little explorers!! It just looks like so much fun.

<3 <3

Ken said...


Kate and I would love to go letterbox with you guys sometimes. I keep thinking I want to go but I never actually get it all together...


Kelly said...

Yes, what park is that? It looks magical!

Marina said...

Ken/Robin- we're totally on! Let's find another good kid friendly hike!

Kelly- it's John Hinkel Park, just off Arlington in the hills