Here are the three letter boxes that will be living in Black Rock City for 2009. If you wish to place a Letterbox (yes please) you should post a clue on http://atlasquest.com
under "Black Rock City". If you still don't know what Letterboxing is, atlasquest.com is a good place to start.
1) Attracted to Shiny Things.
If you happen to be wandering around the playa kicking up dust between August 31 and September 7 during the Burning Man Festival of 2009,
you will see many amazing and interesting things that will catch your eye. Pack plenty of water and prepare for a surprise around every turn.
As you bike or meander through the spokes of the desert wheel, somewhere around 3-ish & G-ish you will notice a cluster of very large, shiny, silver objects.
Next to one of the smallest of these silver twinkie shapes, you will see a motley flock of odd looking guard birds.
The lone buzzard stands near an "X" that will signal the location of what you seek. Bam! You have found it.
2) Snowflake Village
Like Bali-high, this city of 50,000 appears out of the playa dust but once a year for a week in August and disappears on Labor Day. To be worthy of entry you must have your golden ticket and a week's worth of food, water, clothes, and ear plugs. If you are going to be at Burning Man 2009, do come by & visit this short-time box.
Within the Nevada desert is Black Rock City. And on that city's main esplanade is an oddly named Village of Snowflake. And within that Village is an unlisted camp called "Shack of Sit" with it's 1,000sf of shade. Have a sit on one of their couches, partake of some ice water from the natives while looking around for a suspicious lump in the carpet or sand under a chair or table.
I hope the snowflake stamp will remind you of these kind people in the desert offering shade & water.
This camp & letterbox are family-friendly.
3) The Time Machine
"I am afraid I cannot convey the peculiar sensations of time travelling. They are excessively unpleasant. There is a feeling exactly like that one has upon a switchbackâ€“of helpless headlong motion! I felt the same horrible anticipation, too, of an imminent smash. As I put on pace, night followed day like the flapping of a black wing. The twinkling succession of darkness and light was excessively painful to the eye. Then, in the intermittent darknesses, I saw the moon spinning swiftly through her quarters from new to full, and had a faint glimpse of the circling stars. Presently, as I went on, still gaining velocity, the palpitation of night and day merged into one continuous greyness; the sky took on a wonderful deepness of blue, a splendid luminous color like that of early twilight; the jerking sun became a streak of fire, a brilliant arch, in space; the moon a fainter fluctuating band; and I could see nothing of the stars, save now and then a brighter circle flickering in the blue.â€
Don't sweat the petty things, pet the sweaty things.