Hiding and Seeking
That took care of the hiding part, now for the seeking! I noticed there was a relatively new letterbox out at Birch Creek State Park (part of the Lake Somerville State Park system), so I went out there Saturday afternoon. I also had the clue to another box in the same general area and both were on a mile and half loop trail. I followed the clues to the first one and I looked and looked. None of the noted trees seemed right. I back tracked to the split in the trail and re-counted my steps. Still nothing. I looked on the opposite side of the trail and around lots of trees. I finally gave up on that one and headed to pick up the other box. I found it with no problem. I went back the way I came and looked around a little more for the first one. It was getting dark, so I headed back on the trail and back to my car. I REALLY wanted to be the first to find that one box, so I was frustrated. I stopped by my brother's house and told him and his roommate about my trials. Then I told them the directions and showed them the clue. Only THEN did I see the line before the split in the trail which said to go to the left, then go to the split (which would be the 2nd split). I read that clue so many times, but somehow I kept jumping over that line in the directions. <insert forehead slap here> AAARRRRGGGGHHH!
It was really nice to hear the waves lapping at the shore while I stamped the boxes over this weekend. Just a couple of months ago, this entire area was completely void of water. We are still in a drought condition, but it's better than it was. I got my exercise this weekend and got to hear lots of birds. I didn't see the bald eagles, but I know they have been spotted around the Park in the past week or so. If it wasn't for so many other activities on the calendar, this would have been a great weekend for camping.