Monday, November 16, 2009

Plant a Mystery

(stamp size 2.25" x 2")

Back in '06, letterboxers across our great country participated in the Plant a Mystery Letterbox event. The stamp above is one I carved to commemorate the event. It was sent out as a postal letterbox to those who participated. Originally, I had planned to carve out all the background, but I ended up leaving the stamp unfinished because I liked the 'nighttime' feel.

Below is the stamp I planted for the event. Unfortunately, it no longer exists, but I sure enjoyed doing the research and planting this one. I had no idea that we had a blockhouse so close to my home, right along the Puyallup River; bloody skirmishes between the natives and homesteaders...who knew? Nothing remains of the blockhouse today, save an inconspicuous pyramid shaped monument stone that no one stops to read.

(stamp size 3.25" x 2.5")

The 'box may have been a mystery, but it's no mystery what happened to this one. It was planted discreetly in the many vines of an umbrella-type tree; you had to climb under it's protecting branches and let your eyes adjust in order to discover the hiding place of this well-camo'd 'box. Unfortunately, it would seem, the homeless liked to use this tree as a shelter, so I guess one of them must have gotten curious. Perhaps they liked it so much, they took it with them...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad I got it when I did!! I think it was my first mystery box! I have "WA mysteries" as a saved search, that way I know when someone has been up to some sneaky business!

Sad to hear that it's gone, maybe we'll find it hanging out with the lost socks someday,
~CLoveR

Ari C'rona said...

Cool carves, my friend! Your visits to the past bring back memories like trying to find out where in the world Ft. Maloney was! :o)

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