Monday, November 16, 2009
Plant a Mystery
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.
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...
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