Letterboxing in Addision – Spoiler Alert

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We were doing a walk at Vitruvian Park so I check for a nearby box and found Prickles listed on LBNA. It hadn’t been looked for since 2013 so there wasn’t a good chance we’d find it, but we decided to try. We had trouble with the directions so I’m going to post some clues to help with the search. If you don’t want to know these, click off this blog now.

Park in the athletic field area (32.940205, -96.850375) and walk East on Spring Valley Road. Just past the light at Vitruvian Park turn left on the Addison Fitness Trail. You will eventually come to the piece of art pictured above. Continue going North to the group of bushes on the right.

From there the LBNA directions only say to look behind the wall. This is an area that is 50-60 feet long and the bushes are growing over the wall making it hard to search behind it.

So here is the spoiler.
Go to the North end of the bushes. Turn right and follow the wall back for 10 paces. The box is under the bush on the back side of the wall.

The box has a stamp and a logbook, but they aren’t protected by a plastic bag. I didn’t have a bag with me, but if you look for this box, please take a bag with you to put the stamp and logbook in for extra protection. I was surprised that after two years the box was even there. This is an active path so please be careful to not get caught. There are no nearby benches to sit on, but move away from the hiding area to stamp your logbook and then hide the box back carefully.

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Letterboxing in Dripping Springs & San Antonio

We were headed to San Antonio to do a night volksmarch to see the Christmas Lights on the Paseo del Rio (Riverwalk).  The walk didn’t start until 5:30pm so we had plenty of time to visit Charro Ranch Park in Dripping Springs.

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I had placed a box (DOG SCOUT DAY 2015: Cannon and Aggie, Corgis) here earlier in the year near a bird blind.  That location wasn’t working out well as people tend to sit for hours watching the birds.  So I relocated it on the Cross Country Trail.

There is already a box called “Twisted X Beer” along the Cross Country Trail that I was able to collect.  Not far from this location I noticed a post with a peace sign on it which turned out to be a Labyrinth.
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I had another box with me so I found a hiding spot nearby for it.  So now Charro Ranch Park has three letterbox treasures to hunt for.  It is also home to at least four Geocaches.  Please don’t get the two types of treasures confused.  If you hunt for both, please leave the stamps in the letterboxes they are not for trade.  Just collect a print of the stamps in your logbook.

We continued on South to San Antonio.  We still had plenty of time to visit some nearby cemeteries to look for letterboxes.  All the cemeteries were near each other for easy hunting.

Angel of the Alamo – St. Mary’s Cemetery

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This is a very nice stamp and I found it without any trouble.

Ben’s Bones – Alamo Masonic Cemetery

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This one was also found without any trouble.

13 Days of Glory – City Cemetery No. 1

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This one proved to be beyond me.  I never found the historical marker referred to in the clues.  So it was a DNF.

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I did find this one, however, in this same cemetery. 

These four boxes had great historical information included.  We got a history lesson as well as fun.

 

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Six Letterboxes in Kilgore, TX

We were headed out to East Texas to do a volksmarch in Kilgore.  I discovered there were five treasures along the proposed walk route and another out in a cemetery.  There were also several in a park, but we didn’t have time to look for them. 

We looked for “Silkwood” in Danville Cemetery before registering for the volksmarch.  It has a fascinating story.  One I don’t remember ever hearing on our local news.

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We found this box and I also left a box of my own in the cemetery.  We went to the City Park to register and then looked for “Van Cliburn”.

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We didn’t find this one.  We continued out on the walk.  When we arrived at the Railroad Depot we searched for “World’s Richest Acre”.  Once again we were disappointed.  We did find a TV hidden in the bushes!

The walk continued on and we came to the Veteran’s Memorial where we looked for “UNO”. 

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The clue stated to look at the fourth big rock.  We tried the fourth rock from the monument.  No luck.  So we tried the fourth rock from the entrance.  No luck there either.

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We continued our volksmarching event and entered City Cemetery where we looked for “East Texas Oil Museum”.

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Our luck improved.  We not only found it but there was a Hitchhiker named “Peace” hidden there too.  We finished our stamping and headed back on the volksmarch.

The next box to look for on the walk route was “Rangerettes”.  Unfortunately some of the bushes have been cut.  We looked around but found nothing.

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The last box to look for along the walk route was “Shakespeare in Kilgore”.  It was hidden in Shakespeare Park.  We found the bushes it was supposed to be hidden in appeared to be dead.  We found a plastic bag ripped with no cover with a soggy logbook.  The stamp was there.  I put the stamp in a new box in a new bag with a new logbook.  I put the box in the branches of the box so the clues would fit but it was in plane sight as the bush had no leaves.

So I collected four stamps.  We had a good day.

 

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Lake Granger Letterbox – 11/07/215

We did a volksmarching event in New Braunfels (Wurstfest) and broke up the drive home with a hike on the Comanche Bluff  Trail along Lake Granger.  To access the trail through Taylor Park (Corp of Engineers) there is a $4 day use fee. To access the trail from the west trailhead  located off County Road 496, there is no charge.

The Letterbox we were looking for is “The Pirates of Comanche Bluff”.  The letterbox gives instructions from Taylor Park (campsite #45) but it also give alternate direction for starting from the west trailhead.

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Heading out on the trail.

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Toadstools in the middle of the trail.

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Our first bridge.

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Friendship Bridge

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We finally came to the trail split where campsite #45 comes in.  Okay now we are cooking.

We continued on for quite a while (the instructions say a quarter of a mile and I know we went further) and we never found a trail junction with the wooden steps coming in from the right.  We finally gave it up.

We had a nice hike in the woods though and enjoyed finding Friendship Bridge.  Friendship was a small community that was covered with water when they made Granger Lake.  The Pratt Through-Truss Bridge was moved here.

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Letterboxing in Fort Worth 10/10/15

We headed up to the Fort Worth Botanical Garden for some treasure hunting.  Some of the boxes we had planned to hunt for were completely wiped out.  A large area of the garden was closed off and from looking through the fence all vegetation appears to be gone.

Closed off area.

Closed off area.

Area denuded of vegetation.

Area denuded of vegetation.

These are the boxes I believe would have been in this area.

  1. Butterfly Breeze
  2. Dragonfly Fury
  3. Mythology Series – Nordic Mythology

So as not to give away too many hints, I am listing the boxes in alphabetical order.

Artist Series  (only box #3) O’Keeffe’s Red Poppies was found.  The logbook is full, a really nice stamp.

Creepy Texas Critters (Only box #1) Texas Brown Tarantula – We found the tree with the big vine but no box.

Hummingbird Series  #1 & #2 were both found in good condition.  For #2 there is no sign that says “Compost Outpost”.  Look for the sign for a “Nature Trail”.

Jake and Elwood, The Blues Brothers Music Box #7 – we found the large stones and did a thorough search but didn’t find the box.

Found no small rocks next to a big one.

Found no small rocks next to a big one.

Japanese Manhole Cover 5 is a popular box.  The logbook was full.  Really nice stamp.

Maneki Neko – should have been in these rocks.  Unfortunately, it is gone.

Doing a thorough search.

Doing a thorough search.

Ornette Coleman Comes Home Music Box #8 we found the box with a moldy logbook, but no stamp.

The Picnic Basket has a soggy logbook, but a really nice stamp.

The Playful Knight was found in good condition and it had a HH named Jelly Fish with it.

When we finished in the garden we headed across the street into Trinity Park to seek its treasures.  Two of them started at this duck pond.

Duck Pond in Trinity Park

Duck Pond in Trinity Park

Ant Attack! should have been in this hollow tree.  But is was missing.

We checked real well, but found nothing,

We checked real well, but found nothing.

Duck Duck Goose was found in good condition.

The real train went by while we were looking for these two boxes.

The real train went by while we were looking for these two boxes.

Train Train – The Engine was unfortunately gone.  It should have been in this hollow tree.

Where the box used to be, but its gone.

Where the box used to be, but its gone.

Train Train – The Caboose was found in good condition.

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Letterboxing and Waymarking 9/6

 

Day 5

We had some fun in Abilene before heading on home.  First we left behind my letterbox in the municipal cemetery.

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We visited the big Buffalo Skull so I could make it into a Waymark. 

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While there I found a large bronze Bison that I also made into a Waymark.

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Our next stop was the “Old” Taylor County Courthouse so I could make it into a Waymark. 

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Before long we were in Comanche.  We headed over to the city park and looked for the letterbox named “Comanche!”   Unfortunately we didn’t find it.  We located the bench in the clue and the trees along the creek, but not the box.

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We also found some really nice tree carvings.

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We headed over to the cemetery to look for “Visiting Mrs. Bryne”.  We were successful in finding this one.

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We continued on to Hamilton where we headed over to the cemetery to search for “Brushy Bill aka Billy the Kid” and “Jumble Game 23“.  We found them both.

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We continued on into town where we visited the County Courthouse which is an existing Waymark. 

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I visited the post office so I could make it and the mural inside into waymarks.

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We continued on to Gatesville and visited the courthouse here also as it is an existing Waymark. 

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We then went in search of the letterbox “Whoo’s Watching” which was down by an old 1904 Truss Bridge.  I didn’t find the letterbox but I’m making the bridge into a waymark.

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We went back into town and found the post office so I could waymark it and the mural inside.

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We had a great trip.

 

 

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Letterboxing and Waymarking 9/5

 

Day 4

The next day our new county was Knox.  The county seat is Benjamin, but the walk was at Brine Lake.  I waymarked the dam.

As the name Brine implies the beach is white with salt.

As the name Brine implies the beach is white with salt.

After the walk we continued in the general direction of home.  Our route took us through Benjamin so we stopped to take pictures of the courthouse which is an existing waymark. 

Knox County Courthouse

Knox County Courthouse

We continued over to the cemetery to find the letterbox “Lightnin’ Ben” . 

I made the cemetery into a Waymark.

I made the cemetery into a Waymark.

We were supposed to find a headstone with an open bible on top and a specific name.  Not finding it I walked around looking in likely locations and I thought I’d found it.  But when I opened the box it contained “Coyote”.  I was thrilled to find a box I didn’t even have clues for.  We eventually found the clue headstone and I looked in the tree indicated by the clue but did not find “Lightnin’ Ben”.

Clue headstone.

Clue headstone.

Where the box should have been.

Where the box should have been.

We continued on toward Knox City and stopped at a roadside rest area to look for the letterbox “Who Needs Seeds.”   We were successful in finding it.

When we got to Knox City we toured around town taking pictures of the old tractors and the murals so I could make them into Waymarks.

Flowers made of plow disks.

Flowers made of plow disks.

In honor of the annual Watermelon Festival.

In honor of the annual Watermelon Festival.

Cute longhorn.

Cute longhorn.

Texas Pride.

Texas Pride.

 

Park of the mural.

Part of the mural.

We stopped next in Anson to visit a couple things already waymarked.

 

 

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Texas President Anson who signed the papers to make Texas a member of the United States.

Texas President Anson Jones who signed the papers to make Texas a member of the United States.

Stamford was our next destination.  We looked for the letterbox “The Tonkawa” at a very nice mural marker along the highway.  The box was open and the pieces were scattered but I found them all and put them back together.  Unfortunately the bush they are hiding under is dead so the stamp may not last long.

Nice historical mural.

Nice historical mural.

I left a letterbox of my own at  a small centennial park.  I also made the statues into a waymark.

Cowboy and steer in the park.

Cowboy and steer in the park.

Before we left town I visited this spider so I could make it into a new Waymark. 

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We finally made it to Abilene where I wanted to plant a box.  We checked out the Veteran’s Cemetery but it was too well groomed to host a box.

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We retired to our motel room so I could look for another cemetery to leave my box in.

 

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