Okay, so about that letterbox I mentioned that I was putting together to take to Saskatchewan, I thought I'd take the opportunity to show you how I put together a letterbox... Although there are certainly other ways to do it - some of which might be better. Here goes:
Okay, clockwise from the top right, here is what I have:
- Good ol' Lock & Lock, one of the only things I use which I discuss here. Air and water proof. Very important that it be both - I haven't yet seen any other brand that actually achieves this (whether they say on the packaging that it is or not). You'll see that this L&L is still clear; I've taken to using Krylon spray paint to paint them black before planting... However, given that this will come with me through securtiy to board an aircraft, I decided that the box would be well planted instead.
- My little exterior box note on the lid; if you click on the image, it's large enough for you to read. I want this little note to serve two purposes: to prevent the box from being thrown away by a well-intentioned person and to prevent over-zealous police forces from blowing up my suspected bomb.
- Continuing to the top of the clock, you'll see my current incarnation of the pamphlet I leave in my boxes for the curious noxer. You'll notice that the word "intriguing" is nowhere to be found...
- Top right, a hithhiker, not one of my own, who is going to travel to a fairly unvisited province.
- Sliding down from the top right, you'll hit my trusty Ziplock Freezer bag - more sturdy than the sandwich kind, but susceptible to theft by family members.
- On top of the ziplock is my logbook - hastily made by covering the the covers of a standard lined pad - lots of good info is inside.
- And last but not least, my carving wrapped up to keep it clean... I don't actually put the stamp in the Ziplock. Paper can/will be destroyed by water; rubber will not. One of those things I learned in grade school.
This box will now be packed on my carry on and hopefully I won't be seen as some sort of letterboxing terrorist on my flight next week. *fingers crossed*