Texas Hill Country Letterboxing 10-25-14

We did an overnight down to the Texas Hill Country.  We did a volksmarch in Waring and then headed out to letterbox on our way to Kerrville where we planned to spend the night.

Our first stop was in Comfort to look for Where’s Hermann?   We found the location with the marker. Very sad to reflect on what happened here.

Memorial to young campers who died in flash flood.

Memorial to young campers who died in flash flood.

We found the box and the cute stamp. We headed on toward Kerrville coming to Center Point. There are two boxes in the cemetery there.
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First we looked for 13th Floor Elevators 2. We found the clue.

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We found the box and stamp. We continued on to look for Texas Ranger Cemetery. We found the building and the box. Inside was a nice stamp but very large. I had a little trouble getting it all inked.

Also inside was a hitch hiker. One I’d already had before. I brought it to Texas from Wyoming and left it in Kerrville a few months back. Now I found it again so I will relocate it. I went onto AtlasQuest to record the find. It won’t let me record it again. It just replaced the first date with the current date. Probably because the person in between didn’t log their find. I’ve been having trouble with Letterboxing.org but finally got online to record it there also.  This particular hitchiker had started out in New Jersey.  I think it is a shame the finders never recorded it so the starter would know about it’s journey.

So we had a really good time. We looked for three and found four!!   I didn’t plant any this trip.  I don’t know if it’s politically correct but I picked up two boxes I’d planted in Waring and retired them.  I will plant them somewhere else.  It has been a year and no one looked for them so I’m guessing Waring is too far off the beaten path.

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Carol pictures

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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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