Letterboxing enthusiast plans gathering in Virginia City
Letterboxing enthusiast Vina Jiminez shows the stamps she carved for her Nancy Drew series located along a trail in Westwood. Jiminez is helping host a letterboxing event June 22 in Virginia City, Nev.Photo by Ruth Ellis
April 24, 2013 — A local resident is hosting a letterboxing event where teams will race around looking for clues in order to win the grand prize.
Vina Jiminez, a letterboxing enthusiast, and her co-conspirator are planning the family-friendly gathering, which she described as being similar to the television show, The Amazing Race.
The event, themed “Indiana Jones and the Lost Aztec Treasure,” will be held June 22 in Nevada’s historic town of Virginia City.
Letterboxing aficionados, treasure-seeking enthusiasts or families and friends looking for something out of the ordinary will work in teams to collect 10 rubber stamp prints in their notebook to win the grand prize.
But in the end, all participants will walk away with a prize.
“Everybody wins something. It’s a treasure hunt, so they will walk away with treasure,” Jiminez said.
There is room for 12 teams of no more than five people each. Those interested in participating should contact Jiminez by June 1 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jiminez has hosted four other events including a National Treasure themed hunt also held in Virginia City and drew participants from Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and Utah.
To help familiarize people with letterboxing, a class will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at Roxy Peconum Campground off Highway 36 where three letterboxes are located.
The class will assist those who want to participate in the June gathering because Jiminez said the clues they will receive are coded and people will have to learn the code or they will be completely lost.
Letterboxing is likened to a treasure hunt where people find clues to locate a box, which contains a logbook, a stamp and possibly an inkpad.
When people find the box, they stamp the letterbox’s stamp in their personal logbook and then leave an imprint of their own personal stamp in the letterbox’s logbook.
According to Jiminez, letterboxes can be hidden in museums, near landmarks along the road and even in stores.
The hobby is said to have started in England in 1854 when James Perrott left a bottle by Cranmere Pool in Dartmoor, with his calling card in it and invited those who found the bottle to add theirs, according to letterboxing.org.
People began leaving a self-addressed postcard or note in the jar with the hopes it would be returned in the mail by the next visitor.
The practice ended, but the current custom of using rubber stamps and visitor’s logbooks came into use and caught on in the United States in 1998.
Jiminez began letterboxing six years ago after her co-conspirator introduced her to the hobby.
She said it has provided her an opportunity to get out and about.
“All you need is a notebook, stamp and an inkpad,” she said.
Clues for letterboxes can be found at atlasquest.com or letterboxing.org.
Stamps found in the letterboxes may have been purchased in stores, but some enthusiasts such as Jiminez make their own.
She has carved more than 300 stamps now located throughout the United States and overseas in countries such as Italy, England, Ireland, France, Chile and New Zealand.
Her Nancy Drew series is a 13-piece stamp collection hidden along a trail in Westwood. There are approximately 40 letterboxes in Lassen County.
“It’s all about the treasure hunt, or the journey, whatever motivates you to do it,” she said.
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