Much like the little geocaching "travel bug" I found yesterday, a hitchhiker is a mini-letterbox that people carry from letterbox to letterbox. The one I found (pictured at right) was just a tiny stamp and logbook inside a very small plastic bag.
The first time we found the He Said, She Said box, I wasn't prepared with a logbook and stamp. So this morning--since it was gorgeous out--I wandered back and found the box again so that I could properly stamp in. The hitchhiker had evidently been placed there yesterday.
I looked it up and discovered it was part of a series of "Hunchback of Notre Dame" stamps that the placer had liberated from a thrift store in Ohio. This particular stamp was Quasimodo, and he traveled from Ohio to Illinois to Indiana to Tennessee and then mysteriously popped up in my neck of the woods.
I'm thinking of making a few boxes of my own in the next few weeks--if I can figure out the stamp carving thing--so I may save him to stash with one of them...if I don't get the urge to get out and find more boxes before then!
(Letterboxing: P0 F4 X0 / Geocaching: P0 F2)