Found a Letterbox (Geocache) from 2003 in the Roots of a Fallen Tree!

FreeBirdTim

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This has to be one of my stranger finds. I was walking in the woods and spotted a huge tree that had fallen over. I always check out the roots of fallen trees, as well as the ground underneath it. Never found much doing that, but you never know. And as usual, there was nothing to be found detecting in the roots. But I did spot a small plastic container in the dirt at the base of the tree. Figured it might be a geocache and I was sort of correct.

Turns out, it was actually a letterbox. Letterboxes are similar to geocashes, but they give clues to help you find it, instead of GPS coordinates. They also use rubberstamps to mark the journal and no trinkets are left in the box. This one is from 2003, with no additions to the journal since then. I usually don't take geocaches home, but this one was soaking wet inside and untouched for 15 years!

I cleaned it up a little and will attempt to dry off the journal, but I don't know if I'll put it back or not. Seems pointless if no one's found it after all those years. We'll see.


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Well done. I have found 2 geocashes while detecting. I look inside but leave them for others to enjoy.
I too check tree roots. So far only bullets and an old buckle. Id say its safe to keep it as it has been abandoned for so long..
 
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I've found a few geocashes, but they're usually sealed better and watertight. I sign their journal and put it back. This journal was in a zip-lock bag, but the last person who found it didn't zip it closed correctly. I'll try to save it, but it's pretty fragile.

Funny how there were dozens of entries in 2003, but then nothing at all. Very odd...
 

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Nice find. I have found 3 Geo Caches over the years. I just put one of my Treasure Hunting Business cards in it, and move on. They are neat to look thru though. All 3 were found under or in fallen trees.
 
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Nice find. I have found 3 Geo Caches over the years. I just put one of my Treasure Hunting Business cards in it, and move on.

That's a great idea! Good way to spread the word. I usually mention my YouTube channel when I sign their journal and tell them I found the cache while metal detecting.
 

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most of my finds are by trees rings and coins ive found at least 10 geo cashes a cat grave and a turtle coffin yuck the cat tag rang up on vdi as a quarter lol well done
 

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Neat find...I ran across one at an old foundation I was detecting in the woods. I didn't have anything to write with so I just tucked it behind the rock I found it by. Ddf.
 

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My wife and I are letter boxers. I am sure that the owner of that box miht appreciate having it back so they can replant somewhere else! What state did you fin it in?
 

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