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.

Posted in Active Retirement, Day Trip, Family Fun, Letterboxing, Travel, Texas, Austin | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

DSCF9688 DSCF9689

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.

Posted in Active Retirement, Day Trip, Family Fun, Letterboxing, Texas, Texas A&M, Travel | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

DSCF9622

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.

DSCF9649

DSCF9650

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.

DSCF9651

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

DSCF9652

DSCF9653

DSCF9655

DSCF9656

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.

DSCF9654

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.

DSCF9658

DSCF9659

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

DSCF9661

DSCF9660

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.

Posted in Active Retirement, Day Trip, Family Fun, Letterboxing, Texas, Travel | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

DSCF9603 DSCF9604 DSCF9605 Once you get to the top of the stairs you can search for the box.  It was found safe and sound.  In very good condition for being placed in 2009!

Posted in Active Retirement, Day Trip, Family Fun, Letterboxing, Texas | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Letterboxing Junction and Llano, TX

The city of Junction didn’t have any letterboxes so I planned to plant one.  We checked out the cemetery but it was too open and well maintained to host a box.  We checked out this historical marker but it had been vandalized and it wasn’t a good location either judging by the trash laying around at the top of the stairs.

DSCF9553

I briefly considered putting it here.  LOL

DSCF9499

We ended up putting it in the Kimble County River Park.  It is near a picnic area so kids running around (they get into everything) may discover it and carry it away.

DSCF9539

On the trip home we stopped in Llano to look for “Taken for Granite” in the Llano cemetery.  Interesting story.  I wonder what happened to the original statue?  We found this great stamp.

DSCF9554

We went on to Leonard Grenwelge Park to look for “Birding Letterbox: Vermillion Flycatcher”.  From the clues we followed we went directly to a geocache.  No sign of a letterbox.

DSCF9557 DSCF9558

Our last hunt was out of town.  It was “Bald is Beautiful”.  The box was open and contents scattered, but it was all there.  The logbook had been wet, but was dry now so I tucked it into a plastic bag.  The stamp was damaged also.  The box is missing the tabs to hold it closed.  So after putting everything into the box, I tucked the box into a plastic bag and hid it at the base of the pole.

 

Posted in Active Retirement, Day Trip, Family Fun, Letterboxing, Texas, Travel | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Letterboxing So Llano and Ft McKavett

DSCF9471We were at South Llano State Park to do the volksmarch but the office didn’t open until 8am so we went ahead and went letterboxing.  We looked for “Old Bear Creek Texas Ranger Camp” and found it.  We then went looking for “Junction Boys” but the signs described in the clues were gone.  We searched around where we thought it should be but were unsuccessful in finding it.

By then it was after 8am so we went and paid our park entry fee, registered for the walk and headed out.  Turns out the Ranger Camp letterbox was along the walk route!  But that’s okay.

We went into town after the walk to eat lunch and to pick up the letterbox I wanted to plant.  I’d forgotten it at the motel.

Back at the state park we quickly planted my box in the day use area.  The entry for it is directly across from the office.

DSCF9503

On the way out of the park we searched for and found “Mr. Texas – Texas Governor’s Series”.

DSCF9504

DSCF9505

We still had a lot of daylight left so we headed over to Fort McKavett to do some more letterboxing.  We looked for “Camp San Saba” and found it.

DSCF9523

We then located the springs and looked for “Fort McKavett”.  We didn’t find it.

DSCF9524

DSCF9522

Just down the road from the Fort we looked for “Washer Pitching”.  We found it.

DSCF9525

We looked for six boxes and found four.  We planted one.  Another good day.

Posted in Active Retirement, Day Trip, Family Fun, Letterboxing, Texas, Travel | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Letterboxing Ozona and Senora, TX

There were no boxes in Ozona so I carried one along to hide along the 10K volksmarch walk route.  As we neared the end of the walk, I found a nice place to leave it in the park across from the Crockett County Courthouse not far from this statue.

DSCF9413

When we finished the walk in Ozona we headed East toward Senora.  There was a listing for a rest stop along I-10 so we stopped in to look for it.  Unfortunately “My Friend Chuck” has gone missing.

DSCF9462

I’d carved a stamp named “Black Jack Ketchum” to hide in Senora.  We left him here.

DSCF9469

I won’t show his exact location but he is near here.

DSCF9464

 

Posted in Active Retirement, Day Trip, Family Fun, Letterboxing, Texas, Travel | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment