Adventures in Central Texas

With a Friday off we decided to do a day trip around Central Texas and do some Waymarking (virtual geocaching where you take a picture to record your visit) and Letterboxing.  We headed south to Salado.  Our first stop was at the public library to collect these three waymarks.  Under the category of Citizen Memorials was a sculpture entitled “In Memory of Betty Jane McConnell”.

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and there was an old school bell entitled “In Memory of Ruth Howe”.

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Also at the library was a Dedicated Benches called “Dedicated to All Who Serve”.

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We left the library and headed over to the another waymark under the Sculpture Gardens category entitled “Salado Sculpture Garden”.

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None of the sculptures inside are waymarks (at least not yet.  I entered a couple of them) but here are the pictures.

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While there I checked on my letterbox “Fish Face” and found it safe and in good condition.  I then looked for “Museful Mouse” but did not find it.

We headed back up to Temple where I planned to hide a box I’d named “Bird Watcher’s Delight”.  We arrived at Little Flock Cemetery and since it was a waymark under both Worldwide Cemeteries and Texas Historical Markers, I have pictures to prove I was there.

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Sadly my letterbox at this location is not to be.  It is now a time capsule.  I was checking to see if it would rest in the middle of a hollow tree and I thought it was a snug fit, but when I let go it dropped (about 4 feet) and was totally unreachable.  So if the plastic outlast the tree, whoever chops it down may find a letterbox which may astound and amaze them!

We moved on to look for another letterbox called “Silent Awareness” which was at the ground of the Old Settlers and Veterans Association of Falls County.  This is about half way between Lott and MarlinIt was an interesting place with a historical marker (not a waymark yet).  It is falling in disrepair.  Hope they fix it up.  We successfully found this box and collected a very cute stamp!

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We headed back into Waco were we went over to Oakwood Cemetery to look for a letterbox called “Cemetery Icons”.  This is a series with 4 stamps.  I’d already found three of the stamps and today I was looking for the fourth entitled “Hand Pointing Up”.  Unfortunately the bush it was supposed to be in, was empty.

So we had a fun day trip touring around Central Texas.

 

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Letterboxing the Northwest

We had a busy trip to Washington and Oregon doing the Volksmarching Convention walking events, but I did find a few minutes to do some letterboxing.

Monday, 6-15, we did a 13K event at Silver Falls State Park (beautiful). Then we headed up the Columbia River Gorge to see the other waterfalls. Our first stop was for a letterbox in Troutdale, OR. We successfully found “Historic Columbia River Highway 30“. We continued on along the scenic highway to Corbett where we found “Vista House“. It was a double treat it had a hitchhiker. “A Girl’s Day Out” by Darkstar was waiting for a ride to a new location. Our last letterbox that day was “Bridal Veil Post Office” in where else but Bridal Veil. Once again we had a treat. “Hippity Hop” by Evermore was waiting to move on.

The next day after doing an event at Fort Vancouver we headed south into the Oregon hill country to Corvallis where we found “Red Red Heart“.

On the 18th we headed to Lincoln City for an event. We took Hwy 101 just for fun and stopped at Depoe Bay. We had a little trouble with this one, but finally found it. It is a very cute stamp too, so I’m glad we did. “You Otter See This!” was found in good condition.

On the 19th after walking in Salem we were headed north to our walk for Saturday which was at Mt. Saint Helens. We stopped off in Kalama to look for “I-5 Lady Liberty” and found it too.

So we didn’t look for many, but we found all we did look for.

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Letterboxing Longview, TX 6/6/15

We were in town for a 10K Volksmarching Event. So I brought along a stamp that I named “Great Texas Balloon Race” in honor of Longview hosting a hot air balloon race for 32 years. We also had four boxes we planned to look for done by Stitches in Longview.

Our first search was for two inside the Library called “The Nicholson Legacy (2)

Longview Public Library

Longview Public Library

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They were very cleverly hidden, and we successfully found them both. Our next search was for “Our Protectors” which was just outside the library.

Last but not least we looked for “4-H” at the Maud Cobb Activity Center.
Which is a lovely place that I’m glad we got to visit. It wasn’t part of our walk route so we’d have missed it otherwise.

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We left my box in Greenwood Cemetery.

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We had a great time in Longview!

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Letterboxing in and around Waco, TX

This daily rain has really put a damper on my letterboxing. You just can’t letterbox in the rain!   It wasn’t raining this morning so we headed out early to try and find two new boxes before it could start raining again.

Both clues started here.

Both clues started here.

First we went for Cemetery Icons – Wheat. The grass was long and there were puddles everywhere. The mosquitoes collected multiple blood donations! But we found the box! Hurrah.

We went back to the historical marker and looked for The Mighty Oak. I’m glad I looked for it because it was out in the open. When they mowed the cemetery it would have been a goner. I hide it back at the base of the tree. Hopefully it will stay there.

I continued over to Hebrew Rest Cemetery to check on my own box – Happy Hanukkah. But it was gone.

Next we checked on my box Warren Park. It was gone also.

My final stop was for my box Hewitt Park. It had been reported that it needed a new container so I fixed it up. When I got home I logged on to both AtlasQuest and LBNA and retired the two missing boxes and changed the clue for Hewitt Park. It needed changing because they had cut down one of the trees.

We hadn’t been home long before it started raining. There is major flooding in and around Waco this evening. Hope the three boxes are same and sound.

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Letterboxing in Austin, TX

The volksmarching event this weekend was in Gruene, TX.  I left behind a box there.  Hopefully it will get found at least once before it disappears.  On the way home we stopped by Reed Park just off the MOPAC in Austin to hunt for a letterboxing series by Origami Hen.

We parked near this historic site.

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We headed off into the woods to look for the first box in the series.  If you see this rock ledge, you took the wrong path.  LOL

We backtracked and found the correct path and collected the first box: Origami Series #1 – Airplane

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We continued searching and saw this neat broken branch standing along the trail.

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We found the next two boxes:  Origami Series #2 – Star Box and Origami Series #3 – Flapping Bird.  As we continued on we came to the opening with a view of the canal.  Very nice homes here.

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We continued on and found the last box:  Origami Series #4 – Boat.

Then we had a nice stroll back to the woods to where our car was parked.  Even with the recent rains the path in the woods wasn’t muddy.  Nice area.  Fun hunt.

 

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Letterboxing the Texas Panhandle

On our way to the Dumas Volksmarching Event we detoured to look for a couple of boxes. The first was Up the Trail at Doans, Tx.  But it was missing.  We enjoyed visiting this historic site.  It was an interesting place.

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Historic Doan’s Store

We went on to Altus to look for Waterbird Missile. It was a small town and the box should have been in this park, in this tree.  But we didn’t find it.

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We went on and did the Dumas 10K. The next day we did a 10K in Channing. After the volksmarch we went to the cemetery and looked for The Rolling Courthouse. Yeah, we found it.

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We drove back to Dumas where we spent the night.  With plenty of time still we visited the  Windows on the Plains Museum.  We spent time inside as well as wondering around the outside.  We found the Texas Ranger letterbox inside.

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The next morning we headed to Stafford to do the 10K there so we paused on the way to look for Cactus, TX letterbox in Cactus, Tx. Unfortunately the sign the letterbox was supposed to be hidden by was gone. No way to locate the box.

From TexasEscapes Website.

From TexasEscapes Website.

After doing the volksmarch in Stafford we looked for The Stratford Station which was a cute little gingerbread building. Unfortunately, the box was gone.

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We headed on over to the Stratford Cemetery where I left behind a box The Stratford Pheasant. Stratford claims to be the pheasant capital of Texas.

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We then moved on to Dalhart where we would be spending the next night.  We had some time to kill so we went looking for  The Empty Saddle.  Not only did we not find the letterbox (in the cemetery); we didn’t find the actual sculpture.  They are widening the highway and it has been taken down.  According to locals it is being refurbished and will be placed in a new location after the highway construction is complete.

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The next day we walked Dalhart, and spent another night before heading south to Tascosa (Boys Ranch) to do a walk. It was an interesting place. While there I planted Deadly Duck at Tascosa Boot Hill cemetery.

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Leaving the Boys Ranch we drove to Abilene to spend the night.  Before heading on home the next morning we looked for Flitter Flutter in the Cemetery. Found it.  We also saw this memorial in the cemetery.

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We were going through Dublin so we stopped to look for I’m a Pepper but it was gone.

Clue to the box was this poem.

Clue to the box was this poem.

This is where the box should have been.

This is where the box should have been.

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Letterboxing Mineral Wells and Wichita Falls

We were heading out to North Texas to do some volksmarching events.  We took a break in Mineral Wells to look for some boxes.

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Our first search was for the Meandering Moose in Elmwood Cemetery.  Success.

Next we looked for Laumdronat (their spelling on the building) which was hidden near an actual Laundromat that is also a Washing Machine Museum.  Before we looked for the stamp we toured the museum (free).  We found the box.  Yeah.
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Next we headed over to look for Crazy Water at the Famous Mineral Water Company.  We found it too.
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After this travel break we headed on up to Wichita Falls.  We looked for two in the Riverside Cemetery.

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First we looked for Where’s George Series Box #27: Longhorn and had success.

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Then we looked for V – Texas Governor’s Series which was for the 33rd Governor of Texas, James Allred. Above is his marker which we found with ease.

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The cactus/rock garden gave us a little bit of trouble, but we finally located it.  From there is was an easy find for the box.

It was a great day of letterboxing.

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