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Letterboxing with snakes
posted by John : September 25, 2011


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What the heck?


Well, they said it was going to rain, but it's not right now. So let's go letterboxing. Sounds like a good plan, right?

It didn't rain until we were exactly half way to the top. Typical. Just enough time to get hot and sweaty in all our gear or to put all the gear into my backpack.

There are supposed to be three letterboxes on the Rattlesnake Ledge trail. I figured we'd hike up, then hunt for them on the way down. Good idea, huh?

You bet. Except we misread the first clue and wound up all the way at the second ledge. A pretty dang could climb for the kiddos even if it wasn't terribly quick.

So after failing to find the mythical top letterbox we retreated down toward the first ledge and lo and behold, we found the top letterbox. The kids held their umbrellas over my head while I did super quick stamps.

Rehidden, we skipped the main Ledge and ran downhill toward the next letterbox. There it was raining even harder, if possible. We were also getting cold. A quick, sloppy bit of stamping and we bailed on the lower letterbox to get back to the car before hypothermia set in. At last count, I had three kids and a dog (plus one at home) so I feel I did pretty well.

We'll head back for the last letterbox at some point. Just not sure when. We'll probably wait for it to start raining really hard again. Or maybe for it to snow.

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