Mail Drop Information (Courtesy of Yogy & Cupcake)
If you’d like to send letters or care packages, here's some important information. The link to the right will take you to the actual list of places to send goodies. (The listed town stops are for-sure stops.) Letters can be mailed first-class, regular mail. Most locations accept packages from the US Mail. A few only accept mail/packages from a shipper like UPS. If you send a box via the US Post Office to a UPS address, I won't get it. The locations that accept only UPS packages are noted on my Mail Drop Schedule. Do not use FedEx. However you send it, please make sure that I DON’T have to sign for it.
When sending packages by the US Post Office, please use Priority Mail. My experience is that boxes sent first class fall into some Post Office black hole and I never get them.
What could you put in your (small!) box? Stuff I can eat. The CDT towns are small and have very limited supplies. I like cookies. And brownies. And rice-krispie treats, Abba Zabbas etc. When the clerk at the post office asks you if there is "anything perishable or hazardous" in the box, tell them NO. They don't need to know that there are cookies in the box. What should you NOT put in a box? Anything that I would have to CARRY. I'll have to turn around and mail those home, cause I can't take them on the trail with me.
I will try to update my Mail Drop Schedule if my plans change by more than a couple of days. Plans are never set in stone on the trail, so it's a good idea to plan for your letter/box to get to the town a several days earlier than I'll be there. It's important that you address each letter/box exactly as I've detailed on my Mail Drop page. It's also helpful if you write "Jeffers" in big black letters on all sides of any box. Then e-mail me at here to tell me that you've sent a box/letter. If I don't know you've sent something, I won't know to ask for it.
BTW, I love reading about what’s going on in your life while I’m on the trail.
Before sending a box/letter,
you might check with Ray