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Letterboxing in Moss Point

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

Have you ever heard of LetterBoxing? Not a lot of people have, but It's a world wide hobby with roots dating all the way back to the 1800s.

Known by many as treasure hunting with a twist, Letterboxing is an activity that mixes nature with adventure.

Saturday, The Grand Bay Reserve in Moss Point offered a first hand look at what the activity is all about.

Before heading out to the trail, This group of first time Letter-Boxers got a little background on the activity while also creating a journal to document their findings.

For many the act of "Letterboxing " isn't exactly something you hear about everyday, but that doesn't change the fact that it's actually very popular.

"It's an activity where you look at clues and then go follow those clues to go and find a treasure box that has a journal and it also has a stamp in there than you can stamp in your journal."

Staying active is something we all could use in the journals of our own lives.

Aside from the physical benefits of letterboxing, the idea is to collect as many stamps as you can while also using the clues to learn something new. 

"We're really trying to promote healthy living by going outside and being active, but at the same time learning about our costal resources," said Jennifer Buchanan, Grand Bay NERR.

Like many in the group, Dawn Ross and her son Kyle had never heard of letter boxing, but now they're both pros and they're glad about it.

"The whole journey has been amazing. He loves being outside and he loves looking for things. They've had a lot of different birthday parties where they've had treasure hunts and I just thought wow this would be great," said Ross.

"I'm a naturalist in Colorado, so I can use in For Collins in Colorado. And I am so excited about this because I can use this material when I get back to Colorado. All you need is some pencils, papers a fun attitude, and it's like a treasure hunt," said Joann Thomas.

So if you're looking for something fun for the kids or you're just feeling a little adventurous, Grab some supplies and start your journey.

You can find more information on letter boxing by clicking HERE or by visiting the The Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve's website HERE.

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