After seeing a Boston Globe story this AM on letterboxing — a combination hiking/mystery solving activity that involves following clues to find boxes that include stamps you can use to verify your find — we went out and looked for letterboxes in Wellesley after learning their general locations via the Web.
We’ve written in the past about letterboxing’s high tech cousin geocaching, which involves using a GPS and can also be done right here in Wellesley.
Letterboxes have been planted in some familiar spots in Wellesley, including Wellesley Free Library and outside the Hills Branch of the library, plus in public spaces, such as Longfellow Pond (one report says this couldnt be found), near Playhouse Square and Kelly Memorial Park. We knocked off the Hills and Playhouse Square ones, leaving our mark and grabbing a stamp imprint from the letterbox creator.
You don’t need much to get started with letterboxing: a logbook of some sort, an ink pad and stamp, a pen, and a compass and some bug spray if you’re headed into the woods.
Circle your calendar for Oct. 24 for the Wellesley Trails Committee‘s annual kids day, which will feature letterboxing and geocaching at Longfellow Pond from 130-330pm.