“Caboose”

passport book

“Caboose” collects inked stamps from the National Parks she visits. In case you don’t know, National Parks have unique inked stamps that are only available to their visitors. I met “Caboose” last Sunday at the Big Meadows wayside in Shenandoah National Park. She arrived after the Byrd Visitors Center (BVC) had closed for the day and was disappointed she couldn’t get her Passport Book stamped. Unfortunately, she could only get the unique Shenandoah National Park inked stamps at the BVC.

So, I agreed to mail her the park’s inked stamps and a park brochure. I just couldn’t pass up the chance to help a fellow AT hiker and collector. It’s a poor substitute for stamping the Passport Book yourself, but it’s the best we could do.  Unfortunately, she won’t get to press the inked stamp onto the ink pad, choose the best place to put the stamp, and smear the ink on the page. Shenandoah National Park has 4 stamps (including the Junior Ranger stamp) so I’ll put them on a sheet of paper and let “Caboose” cut them out and tape them in her book.

PS: I’m a big supporter of the National Park Passport Book program and I collect unique cancellation stamps from the National Parks I visit. Real fanatics of this program buy these cancellation stamps on E-bay and tape them into their book.

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