So the family's been on a letterboxing binge lately. It's been a blast. They think they're going out on a scavenger hunt and they may have to walk on a trail. Suckers! When you do the math (and you know I do the math) it's pretty quickly apparent that the hiking time greatly outweighs the letterboxing time.
On this trip, we hiked up the Denny Creek trail about a mile and a half to the first letterbox. (Yes, this is the same trail I hiked earlier in the morning with Eric. I was scouting.) Total time hiking: 45 minutes. Total time with the letterbox: 15 minutes. That's a 3:1 ratio of hiking to letterboxing.
We continued on for another 15 minutes to the next letterbox above Keekwulee Falls. Total time letterboxing: 10 minutes. 1.5:1 ratio. Not as good, but still more hiking than 'boxing.
Then both hiking and letterboxing took a back seat to playing in an incredibly cold river like it didn't just melt out of that snow bank right there. We were there about an hour. My feet went numb within 30 seconds. Treen refused to put her head in the water.
The kids (including one of Clara's friends) were splashing around and relaxing in the "hot tub" (don't ask) and even finding frogs. (Actually, I think they were toads so probably a good thing they didn't get kissed.)
When they finally did get cold we headed back, hiking for about an hour straight.
So... more math,,, carry the two... 120 minutes hiking, 60 minutes playing, 25 minutes letterboxing. HIKING WINS! HIKING WINS!
I could really get into this letterboxing thing. There's even supposed to be one up on Mailbox...