We did a Volksmarch at the Mineola Nature Preserve in Wood County. Mineola is located about 20 miles north of Tyler.
There are two listings here. One listing is called Birds in a Tree and it is a series of 5 boxes. Boxes 4 & 5 are listed as retired so that left three to hunt for. They were last found in October of 2013 so I felt there was a good chance of finding them.
For the first box it said to find the tree with the blue paint on it. Check.
We then looked for a tree with 3 trunks. This was my first guess. And it had a promising looking opening.
But no box was found so I checked this likely looking tree.
But didn’t find a box there either so we wrote off that box. Box #2 said to look for three fence posts. Check.
From there we found the tree and the box and collected our first stamp of the day. Box #3 sent us to the bridge with the alligator sign. Check.
Then we walked further and finally looked for another tree where two trees had grown together. I checked here.
Nothing. Further along I saw these but the brush was too thick and I didn’t wade through it to look. We marked box #3 as a “not found”.
The second listing was called Childhood memories: Pigeon Street which hasn’t been looked for since March of 2012. We had hopes of finding it also. We were supposed to come to a bouncy bridge but somehow we never did. I didn’t mark this as “not found”. Maybe I will get a chance to look for it again some day.
I had carried a box of my own to hide . As we walked the route I kept an eye out for good hiding places. I keep hoping but the route was mostly low lying wooded area.
We ate a picnic lunch with the other walkers before heading home. On the way back we stopped at the old train depot in Mineola to look for Make your own train #4 – Coal Car. It hadn’t been looked for since June of 2010.
We scored our second stamp for the day here.
Continuing home we next stopped in Canton. Canton has a lot of boxes and we had limited time so I chose America’s Shortest War as the one to look for. (Has a great story attached to it) It was last found in August of 2012. We were again looking for a multi-trunk tree. I tried both of these but had to post another “not found.”
One final break on the drive home. We stopped in Athens. This box called The Cardette was last found in December of 2011. It is near the Fine Arts building on the campus.
I didn’t read the directions very well and first thought this is the bridge referred to in the clue.
After re-reading the clue I redirected to this bridge.
The box was supposed to be under the bridge and I found two bricks but no box. Another “not found”.
We had a lot of fun even if we didn’t have a lot of success.