Letterboxing around Ruidoso, NM

After completing the hike up Turkey Canyon Trail, we set out letterboxing.  There were no letterboxes in Ruidoso but there were several nearby.

On the way to Capitan to eat lunch we stopped for Little Bear Fire 2012 which is in Angus, NM.  We found it successfully.  Cute stamp.

At Capitan after eating lunch we looked for Smokey Bear.  We went to the Smokey Bear Museum/Park and watched the movie.  Wish it had more about the real Smokey and less about preventing forest fires.  Guess they didn’t make home movies back then.  We continued outside to visit his grave.

Smokey the Bear's grave.

Smokey the Bear’s grave.

Plaque about Smokey.

Plaque about Smokey.

We continued over to the signboard and looked at the base of the tree between the large rock and the tree.  We were not able to find this box.

Riparian Area sign

Riparian Area sign

Area beyond the sign.

Area beyond the sign.

Rock and Tree base.

Rock and Tree base.

Leaving Capitan we headed on over to Lincoln.  On the way we stopped at the Capitan historical marker to look for Little Teddy Bear.

Capital historical marker.

Capital historical marker.

Thick grass.

Thick grass.

It doesn’t say to the left or the right of the flat boulder so we looked on both sides.  The grass was very high and thick.  We didn’t find the pouch.

Continuing on toward Lincoln we looked for The River and the Mountain Stamp which is along the side of the road.  We found it successfully.  Everything was in good shape.

In Lincoln I was going to look for Billy the Kid which was in a field behind the Lincoln County Courthouse.

Lincoln County Courthouse.

Lincoln County Courthouse.

But the weeds were high and  I decided to pass on even looking for this box.  We had a great time looking around Lincoln though.

We headed back to Fort Stanton to look for Fort Stanton and E.T. on the Rocks.  We found both of these successfully.

If I’d planned ahead I could have looked for the box at Spencer Theatre yesterday when we were there for the tour.  We stopped again to find Opening Act.

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It was found and it is another nice carve.  I was first finder on this one.

The next day while doing the hike at Grindstone Lake which is in Ruidoso I left behind a stamp to commemorate the hiking.  It is called the West Texas Trailwalkers and it is near this signpost just 0.1 mile from the trail head parking for Grindstone Lake.

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Letterboxing Plains, TX and Hondo, NM

While doing the Volksmarch in Plains I left behind a box in the city park.  After the walk we drove over to Bronco to try for the box there.  We found the roadside marker.

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Unfortunately the location given was in a field of knee high weeds.  So we decided to not even attempt to find the box.

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We continued on to Hondo Iris Farm where I planned to plant another box.  It is the wrong time of year to see the Iris in bloom but it was still an interesting place.

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There was Cosmos in bloom in several locations.  There were also interesting potted plants.

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There was a store with jewelry, clothing and artwork.  There is also a letterbox hidden there now also (with owner’s permission) so if you are out that way, please stop in.

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Letterboxing Brownfield, TX

We passed the location for Gary P. Nunn while doing our Volksmarching tour of Brownfield.

Mural near letterbox

Mural near letterbox

Brownfield is home to the Terry County Quilt Tour.  There are 10 murals of quilt pieces scattered around town.

 

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Cemetery Historical Marker

Cemetery Historical Marker

Brownfield Cemetery

Brownfield Cemetery

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Letterboxing in Emma Long Park in Austin

We went down to Austin today.  There was a 15% chance of rain…  you guessed it.  We were the 15% that got wet.  Not really wet, just a mist but when the trails are dirt they do get slick.

We started out after the 7 boxes in the “Let’s Have a Picnic” series by AnnaBee.  This is what the trail looks like.

Heading out from Turkey Creek Trailhead.

Heading out from Turkey Creek Trailhead.

Creek is dry here.

Creek is dry here.

Lots of Pretty Berries.

Lots of Pretty Berries.

Small Waterfall.

Small Waterfall.

Pretty wildflowers.

Pretty wildflowers.

This trail is a “leash free” dog area so we had plenty of furry hikers on the trail.  Some really beautiful dogs (all of which are going to need baths tonight).  The trail is like a lollipop – a single trail leading to a loop on the far end.  All of the picnic stamps are before the loop.  We found 6 of the 7 boxes.

If you do the whole loop it is a three mile hike.  We continued on around the loop and placed a box near the 1 mile marker.  It is called “State Bar of Texas” in honor of my daughter who is an attorney in Austin.  After placing the box we continued on in search of “The Reason for the Season – Merry Christmas 2010″ by PI Joe.

My letterboxing companions.

My letterboxing companions.

View of some steps.

View of some steps.

Cool swirling tree trunk.

Cool swirling tree trunk.

Watch out for exposed tree roots!

Watch out for exposed tree roots!

A grotto with some ferns.

A grotto with some ferns.

A rock ledge we had to climb.

A rock ledge we had to climb.

Pretty pink toadstools.

Pretty pink toadstools.

Lava rock.

Lava rock.

We were successful in find the Reason for the Season – Merry Christmas 2010 box.  We had to keep pausing in our search due to the amount of people hiking by, but we finally had it.

We finished up the hike back to the trailhead.  It was a good day.  Looked for 8 and found 7.  Planted one.

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Letterboxing in College Station

On our way back from volksmarching in Shoreacres we broke up the long drive by stopping in College Station to letterbox.  I’d mapped out four locations to look for boxes but then I found a series had just been placed in College Station Cemetery.  Seven new boxes in one location was too much to pass up.  So I will keep the other our locations for later.

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We successfully found all seven of the boxes, but #5 and #6 gave us a little trouble.  In fact we’d given up on #5 and moved on to #6.  We almost gave up on it also, but when we found it we decided to go back and give #5 another try.  I’m so glad we did.  Great series of stamps.

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Letterboxing Emory and Kaufman, TX

bridgeWe were up at Emory for a volksmarch and there was a box listed in the city park.  The walk took us right to the park so we looked for “Eagle Fest” even though it said in the clues that the box had been reported missing.  The clue said to look for the bright red bridge with hand-rails.  This is not exactly handrails.

DSCF9619It said to look for a green footbridge with no handrails.  We did not see any such bridge.  Just two of these small black bridges with handrails.  We looked under them just to be sure, maybe they painted them and added handrails since 2007!  We didn’t find anything.  We gave it up and continued with our walk.

I was carrying a box to plant so when we came to the cemetery, I left behind “Flycatcher” near this grave.

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After we finished walking and eating lunch we stopped in Kaufman to do some letterboxing.  There were two listed in town.  First we looked for “Love’s Enduring Journey” at the Kaufman Pioneer Cemetery.

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We found the box but a corner had been chewed off and the contents were full of water. The logbook was hopeless and even the stamp was rotted. It is a shame. I took a picture of the stamp but I don’t really know what it represented. This box had not been found since 2011.

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From there we went over to the Kaufman County Poor Farm. Interesting place and history.

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But we didn’t find “Circle Tour 2012 – DFW & OK” and I think this pile of trees may be the reason. I think the tree in the clue is gone.

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There were two more boxes listed as Kaufman but they are really about 10 miles south at a ghost community called Cottonwood. First we looked for and found the “Cottonwood Church” box. Then we continued on to the cemetery and looked for “The Rocking M Artist“. Here are a couple of cemetery pictures.

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The clue says to go to the lone bushy evergreen in the center. The pouch is hanging fairly low right in the middle.

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This evergreen is pretty near the center and we circled it all the while thinking they had trimmed it up since it was last found in 2013 and the box was gone. But don’t be fooled by the word “lone”. There is another evergreen and the box is nestled in the branches. It’s hanging loop has broken off but the pouch is there and the logbook and stamp are fine.

So we looked for five and found three; and I planted a new one in Emory if you are up that way. Happy hunting.

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Jacob’s Ladder – Waco – Cameron Park

I’ve heard of this ladder for years and I never went to see it, much less climb it.  Today in pursuit of “HOTM – Jacob’s Ladder” I took the challenge and climbed it.

Ladder was originally wood and was replaced by cement steps in 1963.

Ladder was originally wood and was replaced by cement steps in 1963.

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