Welcome to S.F. Bay Time Traveler!

This website invites you to explore the San Francisco Bay Area and its history by becoming a time traveling treasure hunter!  Read stories of the people and events that shaped the culture and landscape of the S.F. Bay Area.  Then search for letterboxes hidden in locations where the history happened.  You will see the places around you through new eyes!

What’s Letterboxing? Letterboxing is an intriguing mix of treasure hunting, art, navigation, and exploring interesting, scenic, and sometimes remote places. It started when a gentleman simply left his calling card in a bottle by a remote pool on the moors of Dartmoor, in England.

Here’s the basic idea: Someone hides a waterproof box somewhere (in a beautiful, interesting, or remote location) containing at least a logbook and a carved rubber stamp, and perhaps other goodies. Then the hider writes directions for finding the box. Once the clues are written, hunters in possession of the clues attempt to find the box. In addition to the clues,  the hunter should carry at least a pencil, his personal rubber stamp, an inkpad, and his personal logbook. When the hunter successfully and finds the box, he stamps the logbook in the box with his personal stamp, and stamps his personal logbook with the box’s stamp. The box’s logbook keeps a record of all its visitors, and the hunters keep a record of all the boxes they have found, in their personal logbooks.

To find out all you need to know about this fun hobby, and access a huge list of directions for letterboxes hidden all over the USA, visit the Letterboxing North America website.

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