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letterboxing gathering 2002
Hampden, CT - The Sleeping Giant

2005 by aisling d'art
11 May 2002

On a warm and glorious Saturday in May 2002, letterboxers arrived with smiles, rubber stamps, notebooks, and potluck lunch fixings at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, Connecticut. Our hosts were Sir Bruce and Lady Aili of Camelot Series fame.

After exchanging stamps and greetings, the earliest arrivals set out for adventure guided by the inspiring Butterfly Lady, and we quickly found treasure at Hobbomock's Cap letterbox. After admiring this new stamp and recording our successes in respective registers and trailbooks, we set out again, towards River Run letterbox.

A few successes (and adventures) later, some of us headed back for lunch (catching more letterboxes along the way, and a clever one hidden under the picnic table by Butterfly Lady) while the intrepid of the group marched onward and upward into the wilderness!

Lunch was fabulous fun, with new letterboxers arriving steadily. We swapped greetings, stamps, the occasional handshake, and even a salute where appropriate.

Hitchhikers were delivered, the Flutterby garnered well-earned "oohs" and "aaahhhhs" for the stamp, the box, and the book, all of which were works of art.

After more conversation and delicious food, stalwart hikers set out yet again for new and exciting adventures in pursuit of treasure, returning victorious later in the day.

And, as we left our beloved Giant and drove off towards our respective homes, everyone seemed renewed, refreshed, eager for more adventures and opportunities to meet new & old letterboxing friends... and with a very big smile for a worthwhile day of fun.

Thanks to Bruce & Aili for hosting this, and to everyone who attended and made this a fabulous gathering!

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Below are a few photos taken during the day. Click on the small photo to see it much larger. Feel free to print any that you'd like.


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For more information about letterboxing, or to find clues to the treasures at Sleeping Giant, see www.letterboxing.org, and join the Letterboxing-North America-USA (LbNA) list at Yahoo!Groups.


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