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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Playing Catch-Up, Part 2

I left off with our mini-meet in Portsmouth, NH, which ended up being held on a Wednesday evening.  Our next letterboxing activity was an outing that same weekend to Manchester, NH.  No event - just BB3 and I boxing for our first time by ourselves in this big city.  We had a great day of it and saw some really great sites out on the trails.

We started out at Lake Massabesic, a place we had never been to before, but is a very popular scenic area, and to which we'd be returning to in a few months for an event - more on that down the road.  ;)

A view of Massabesic as we were searching for boxes.
Another view - we were surprised by the amount of sailboats out there.
Hmmmm.  Could there be something in here?  ;)
A nice family of ducks - I think they were boxing as well.  ;)
After boxing around the lake, we headed over to the Massabesic Audubon Society.  We knew that there was a series over here, and I think maybe a few others, but what we didn't know and found out after we started boxing there, was that the MAS had their own series of "letterboxes" set up as a program for kids to learn and explore their trails and grounds.  They had large screw-top plastic jars tied to key positions along the way, there were stamps and ink pads in each one, and it was set up as a scavenger hunt.  Of course, we stamped as many of them as we could find.  ;)

It was a Sunday when we went over to Manchester, and by the time we arrived at the MAS, they were closed for the day, so we couldn't go inside, but we had plenty of time to explore the grounds and find boxes.  The only part that slowed us down was a passing shower that came through, but we were fortunate to have arrived at the bird blind when it started, so we were able to stay dry while it passed.


The first MAS "box" that we found was at the base of this barn under that bat box.

They had a huge community garden that I believe was planted by girl scouts.



This was a really cool place to visit, and we hope to return someday to explore the indoors of the society as well.  We did return to some of these trails when we came back for the Meet Me @ Massabesic event, but that story is for another time.  ;)  Til then...

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