Letterboxing Huntsville, TX

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There was not Volksmarching event this weekend so instead of doing a Year Round Event we headed down to Huntsville to look for treasure.  Above is a picture of the lilies in the Lake Raven.  Below is a wildflower we saw while hiking in the State park.  Sorry, I can’t identify it for you.

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But our first stop was at a rest stop just north of Huntsville.  There are two boxes listed for the south bound side of I-45.  Turns out it was very nice with information about the area.

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FANTASTIC IN PLASTIC 2 says to go out and enjoy the view of the pond which we did.  Both boxes send you out to a bench.  With Fantastic in Plastic you continue on.  We did, but we didn’t find the box.

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LBTX  – We returned to the bench and followed the clues.  We had more success with this one!  I did get my fingers pretty messy stamping it in though.

Back in the car we continued south of Huntsville to the State Park where TALE was recently held.  There we had many boxes to choose from.  I will not list them in the order we attempted/found them because that would give the next hunter too much of a clue.  Just telling you which ones we hunted for gives you a heads up.  Below is just a view of the kind of trails you will encounter at the park.  Nice area.

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ADVANCE COPY – We started from the nature center and successfully found this one.

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ANIMATED OUTLAWS – We found this one.  We sat here to stamp our books.

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BEEP! BEEP! (2)  We didn’t find either one of these.  I think we were in the right area though.  We were to look for a “gnarly looking tree”.  Does this qualify?

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From there we were told to look for a tree trunk arching over the trail.  Never did find it.  Can it have fallen or been cut down??  We came to a “long fallen log” and a “small tree in the middle of the path” which is the clue for the second box, but from there we could not find it either.

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GIRL SCOUT INTEREST PROJECT – HIGH ADVENTURE

This one was high adventure indeed.  We scored the box and a very nice stamp it was too!

Identiy Thief – We found this cute stamp and it depicts something we should all be afraid of.

McGruff-the Crime Dog – We were successful in finding this one too.

PUBLIC ENEMY #1 – We found the box and inside was also clues for a “bonus box.”   You cross this bridge to get to the bonus box.  We found the box but it doesn’t appear to be listed on the website so we can’t record the find.

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SNIPE HUNTING – We found the snipe! And inside there was also a hitchhiker.  Eggs in a Nest came away with us to look for a new home.

THE BIRD IN BLACK – To get to this box you will cross this bridge.  We had a little trouble finding this one, but eventually we figured it out.

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THE RAVEN #2 -  This box took us to this platform.  But from there we had no luck.  Too many pines, no specious pile of sticks.

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TWO IN THE BUSH –  We found this one successfully!

You Have a Choice – Yeah another success!

We broke for lunch (we ate at El Chico – I recommend it)  with the intentions of coming back to look for more, but we opted instead to search for those listed in town.  We did the ones at Oakwood Cemetery.  Both start here.

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RAVEN 2, TEXAS GOVERNOR SERIES – We found this box and inside was a hitchhiker (our second for the day).  We took away Doctor Who and will find him another home.

TEMPLE HOUSTON, THE SON OF SAM – We were successful in finding this one also.

We also went to look for HOTM – TEXAS PRISON MUSEUM.

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We found the box and we also took the time to go inside and look around.  Interesting place, well worth the money.

Out front we checked out this monument.  It honors the 150 years of the Texas Prison system.

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We also did a search for HOTM BIG SAM.  The clues start here at the visitors center.

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We continued after finding the box and viewed the statue which can be seen for miles on I-45.

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On the way home we made one last stop at the I-45 rest area on the north bound side to hunt for a box.  The design inside is the same with different information.

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WALKER, TEXAS RANGER – was successfully found also.

There are still a lot of them waiting for us to find, but we will have to come back another day.  Huntsville is a great place to visit!

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Letterboxing in Rusk, TX

We walked the Rusk 10K Volksmarching Event on Saturday.  The walk route took us to Butler Park where two boxes were listed.

Entrance to Butler Park

Entrance to Butler Park

The first box we looked for was Shenandoah Shadow and we found it successfully.  Had a little trouble inking it as it is a large stamp, but very nice!  We continued our adventure by looking for Old Rusk College.  It was still there.  Another nice find.

The Volksmarch continued into Cedar Hill Cemetery where three boxes were listed.

Cedar Hill Cemetery Entrance

Cedar Hill Cemetery Entrance

We found the first clue for Cemetery Cross: Rose.

Officer Zimmerman's Grave

Officer Zimmerman’s Grave

We then went for the box and found it well protected by these thorns.

 Vines with thorns.

Heart shaped leaves are vines with thorns.

We managed to get it though!  We then went in search of December Holiday Series Box 1 which was near this clue.

Clue for Dec Holiday box.

Clue for Dec Holiday box.

We looked in the tree and on the ground in case it had been blown down.  But to no avail.  Couldn’t find it.

Searching in vain.

Searching in vain.

The third and final box in the cemetery was Bernie: A Star is Born.  We found this clue.

Clue for "Bernie" letterbox

Clue for “Bernie” letterbox

We continued on and successfully found Bernie.  We continued on the volksmarching trail and it took us to the Rusk footbridge.

Information on World's Longest Footbridge.

Information on World’s Longest Footbridge.

"Bonner Bank" letterbox is nearby.

“Bonner Bank” letterbox is nearby.

This is the location for Bonner Bank.  We fumbled around for awhile but finally got it right.  We found the box.  However it was full of water and the logbook was moldy mush.  I didn’t have a logbook with me, so I stamped a scrap of paper and put it into a new clean bag before replacing the box.  I trashed the old bag with the mushy logbook.  Sorry, couldn’t see any reason to put it back in the box.

That was all the boxes along the walk route.  After we finished the walk we drove to look for The James Brothers whose location was listed just a little south of Cedar Hill Cemetery.  Unfortunately we were not successful in finding this box.

We took a break and ate at Taco Bell.  Energy restored we headed out to do one more box before heading home.  This was for the Discovering History Hitchhiker Hostel.  This was a new idea for me.  I’d never heard of a hostel in letterboxing term.  Really neat idea.  I was going to post a picture but the write up asked that we not tell anyone anything about this box other than we found it.  It was a lot of fun!

So we looked for 8 boxes and we found 6.  Not a bad days adventure.

 

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Letterboxing in Bryan, TX

We walked the Bryan 10K Year Round Event today, then we ate salad at Subway.  Energy restored we headed out to do some letterboxing before heading home.

First we looked for “I’d Rather Be Camping”.  The clue says there is a small pallet between the curb and fence….

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This is the only pallet we saw.  This is the view between the curb and the fence.

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Dug around in the leaves but didn’t find a box.  So we moved on to another location to look for “20 Questions Game 4 – Year”.  We found the park and followed the clues.

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The last picture is of the tree we think the box should be in, but we didn’t find anything.  Two strikes.  We moved on to look for “Brother, Can You Spare a Lime?”.  I confess I have no idea if we had the right location or not.  But we didn’t find a box.

We decided to try one more location and headed out to find “This Bud’s for You (2)”.  We found the Pavilion and the trail.

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We found the marker for the China Berry Tree.

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At last we had success.  We found the first box.  Now off to look for the second one.  We found the teepee.  Can you see it.  The camera didn’t catch it very well.

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We found the small lake.  Directions said to go left around to the other side of the lake.  We were directed to walk along the tree line, but you’d need a weed wacker to go that way.  So we went back to our car and drove to the other side of the lake.

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We followed this trail along the edge of the lake and found two possible tree stumps about 10 feet tall.  Neither of which hid a box.

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So we didn’t have a good day.  Looked for five and found one.  But we left one behind for others to look for.  Happy hunting.

 

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Letterboxing in Austin

We hiked around Lady Bird Lake today.  Along the walk route was a box called “Congress Avenue Bridge“.   We found what we believe to be the correct location.  We searched in the grapevine at the base of the tree in between waiting for others to pass by on the trail.  We did not find the box.

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After completing the hike we ate lunch at Freebirds.  Excellent food.  We then headed over to Oakwood Cemetery to look for three boxes.

Our first search was for “The Leaning Tower of Pease – Texas Governor Series“.  Yeah, it was still there.  Beautiful carve.  Logbook was full.

We then went in search of “Oakwood Cemetery“.  It was near this baby’s grave.  What a neat place to hide a box.  Another full logbook.  These are popular boxes.

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Our third and last box was “Oh Susannah”.  Very interesting story.   Found the box intact and with another full logbook.  Just as we were returning to our car it started to rain.

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Back Letterboxing in the Texas Hill Country

We went down to Fredericksburg (great tourist town) to do a volksmarch.  Afterward we did some letterboxing.  Not every day is blessed with success though.  Our first attempt was for “NIMITZ“.  It should have been here, but it was gone.

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From there we headed over to Lady Bird Johnson Park to check on a box I’d placed called “Volksmarching in America“.  It had been reported that the box had been turned into a Geocache.  But we found that the whole thing was missing, as well as the picnic table we stood on to put it up there!  I’ve gone online and retired the box.

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I had brought along another box to replace this one and we chose a location more off the beaten path.  You have to take a short stroll on a nature trail to find this one which we named “Spirit of Walking“.  If you are curious this is what you will see if you seek the box.

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From there we headed home and since we were passing through Hye, TX anyway we stopped to look for Bee Cave Bob says ‘Hye’ which should have been by this light pole, but it has gone missing.

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When we passed through Johnson City, we left behind a box in the Masonic Cemetery for Lydon B. Johnson.  The box (LBJ) was left here.

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So we didn’t find any of the three we looked for, but there are two new challenges for anyone headed to the Hill Country.

 

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Letterboxing Kerrville Schreiner Park

Kerrville Schreiner Park was the scene of a Letterboxing get together a few years back.  There are 23 boxes in the park.  We spent the night in Kerrville and was up eager to find the hidden treasure on Sunday.

These are the ones we found
1. Snappy Spook
2. All Wrapped Up
3. Carefree Crone
4. Gracious Ghoul
5. The Hobblin’ Goblins in Kerrville
6. Freakish Fiend
7. Witch Way
8. H is for Halloween
9. Witch
10. Hangman Game 46
11. The Pirate Ghost
12. The Long Lost Map
13. The Cursed Treasure
14. Kerrville Trail Ride
15. Morton Bath Salts
16. Grave Digger

We hunted for four others but didn’t find them.

1. Strength
2. Honest Abe
3. Haunted Rock
4. Leave only Footprints

The remaining three we didn’t try for. Two of them had clues beyond my ability to solve, and the third I think we just missed the trail the second set of stairs called for in the clue was on.

We started at Trailhead #2.

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Trailhead

Fence clue in one of the write ups.

Fence clue in one of the write ups.

First set of steps.

First set of steps.

This wasn't part of any letterbox.  It is a cat (I think).  Headstone says "Snow Ball" 1968 - 1975

This wasn’t part of any letterbox. It is a cat (I think). Headstone says “Snow Ball” 1968 – 1975

This is for "Haunted Rock" Is this the haunted tree?

This is for “Haunted Rock” Is this the haunted tree?

This is for "Haunted Rock" also.  We didn't find the box here either.

This is for “Haunted Rock” also. We didn’t find the box here either.

This water tower was a clue for a box.  Nice steep hill to climb.

This water tower was a clue for a box. Nice steep hill to climb.

View from an overlook.

View from an overlook.

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Texas Hill Country Letterboxing

 

We went down and did a Volksmarch in Hunt.  When we finished eating lunch we headed over to Ingram to find the Easter Island and Stonehenge.  Pretty nice.

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This it Stonehenge.

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If you sit on the bench as shown you can see where the “Easter Island” letterbox is hidden.

From there we attempted to locate the “Point the Way Home Letterbox” which was supposed to be under asphalt at the end of this bridge.  We did not find a box.

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Our last attempt for the day was for “Kerrville Folk Festival”.  It is near here.

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But be careful! There is a huge Century Plant blocking your path.

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And they have nasty sharp thorns.  I was amazed when I looked down at my leg and saw it was swelling up and turning purple just from a brush with a Century Plant.  But we got the stamp!

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