Log in

No account? Create an account
entries friends calendar profile

Your first task is to find Moose Mountain Road - it's just east of Cascadia State Park on Highway 20. Turn north onto Moose Mountain Road. At the first fork (not far!) turn onto Forest Service Road 2027. Follow 2027 for about 8 miles, then turn right onto the 840 road. When you get to the quarry, park your vehicle somewhere out of the way of roads and rock removal.

Topo map based on approximate quarry/parking latitude/longitude: http://www.mytopo.com/maps.cfm?mtlat=44.427301&mtlon=122.349092

The route is a little overgrown in a couple spots, but never fear, the road is still there on the other side:

At the end of the road-trail, this is what you'll see! Minus the preschooler.

Walk forward a little, then turn to your left. This is what you see:

Walk toward the gap in the trees.

As the image says, I made a little stone cairn, but it probably won't last long.

X approXimately marks the spot!

Current Location: Oregon
Current Mood: chipper chipper

Leave a comment
If you're traveling north on U.S. 85 in North Dakota, visit the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park (don't forget your National Parks stamp from the visitor center) and then pick this up on your way north again, in the little scenic view pullout on the left side of the road, on the bluff above the entrance to the Park.

If you're traveling south on U.S. 85, the scenic view pullout is on the right hand side of the road approximately 13 miles south of the Long X Trading Post and Visitor Center in the middle of Watford City. If you reach the entrance to the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, then you went just a little bit too far.

You never know just what you'll see
under the 'glass' that rests on me.
Photos and maps and ads galore
but maybe just a little bit more ...
... look behind but not below!

Current Location: North Dakota
Current Mood: artistic

2 comments or Leave a comment

Lonesome George is a term for a solitary (usually large, old) bison bull. Please resist the urge to give one a pet (or any other bison, for that matter) if you see one! They weigh more than some cars, and can run a lot faster than you can.

To find the letterbox:
Take the Painted Canyon exit # 32 off of I-94 in North Dakota, enter the Visitor Center/Rest Area parking lot and park. Enjoy the scenery, use the facilities, have a picnic, take some photos, check out the visitor center (and get the National Parks stamp for your book while you're at it!).

the view at Painted Canyon

When you're ready to hunt down Lonesome George, you'll need to walk back out to the cattle guard you crossed over entering the parking area. As this is National Park land as well as a rest area, the box is outside the fence.

This next part is not at all small kid or pet friendly. Carefully!! cross the cattle guard when there aren't any cars coming, then hop down onto the ground on the left side of the guard outside the fence.

Look down - in the bottom of the cattle guard are a couple of openings, look in the more southerly of the gaps!

Current Location: North Dakota
Current Mood: busy

2 comments or Leave a comment

cattle jam at the cattle guard

Take the Fryburg exit # 36 off of I-94 in North Dakota. Go north and then turn left onto the gravel road just north of the westbound on-ramp.

Follow this gravel road as it heads west and then curves around north. While driving north, the high, sturdy fence on your left is the boundary fence for Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Where the boundary fence turns and heads westward, there is a cattle guard in the road. Don't cross it! This spot by the corrals is your destination. The corrals are used by the National Park when they need to round up the wild horse, elk, or bison herds in the Park. This only happens every few years or so, so you'd have to be very very lucky with remarkable timing to be able to watch that. Unless of course you planned it that way ... but I wouldn't recommend trying to discreetly retrieve a letterbox with all that kind of hullabaloo going on.

If you pull over to the side of the road, you should be just fine (unless someone comes along mowing the verge), it doesn't see a whole lot of traffic. Alternatively, you can park at the gate in the boundary fence, as long as the corrals and that road/gate aren't being used.

If you park there at the gate, you'll nearly be able to reach the letterbox from your car! ;)

There is a lonely looking little tree to the left of the gate, but it has recently acquired a friend to keep it company.

Current Location: North Dakota
Current Mood: chipper chipper

Leave a comment

First find North Dakota. That's not too hard. Then find ND Highway 22, which isn't very hard either (hint: look in the western half).

Now you need to follow that highway until it crosses the Little Missouri River ... if you're travelling south, go over the bridge. If you're travelling north, it's slightly trickier - DON'T go over the bridge. :)

In either case, you'll see a section of steel bridge in a gravel pullout on the east side of the road. Bring a camera, it's good cover.

The sign's in kind of bad shape, but you can spend a moment reading up on the Lost Bridge.

See the fence behind the bridge bit and sign? Turn and face due north -- the letterbox is at the fence, due north of where you're standing if you're standing there reading the sign. (Yes, the fence is also east of the sign.)

Now that you've got that location planted in your brain, go around the sign and walk EAST toward the fence. (It'll be easier this way, trust me.)

Now walk northish along the fenceline until you get to a gate. From the gate, continue following the fenceline north, but now you need to start counting.

After the gate, count 6 wooden posts, the 6th one should be a larger "corner" post. Stop!

Under some rocks, right up against the post (hopefully safe from mower and cows) ... there's where you'll find the letterbox.

Current Location: North Dakota
Current Mood: artistic

Leave a comment

Sun, Moon, Star is a three-box series located at the Pine Mountain Observatory SE of Bend, Oregon.

To get there from Bend, take Hwy 20 east. After you pass the Millican store, take the next right - there will be a green and white sign that says Pine Mountain Observatory. Follow this gravel road 8 miles to the visitor parking lot of the Observatory.

There is a Forest Service campground across the road - come for a weekend, do some stargazing, hiking ... just remember to pack in your own water (there is none) and pack out all your trash!

Climb the hill past the telescopes, all the way up (about .2 miles) to find the 360° view of Pine Mountain, the Cascades, the high desert, Deschutes National Forest, trees, wildflowers (in the right season), and a lot of rocks.

In fact, those rocks ... go and stand at the opening in the ring rock fort. Go 44 steps at 80°, and you should find yourself at a tree with a rock at its base. Not over, not around, not through, that leaves ...what? :)

Trek back down the hill to the telescopes - walk partway around the first one to find a concrete path. Follow it past the benches and where it forks right, you should too.

Where the concrete turns to wood and takes a downward turn, try under again ... starboardly.

Return to the pre-junction path, and follow it toward the next telescope. Where the path makes a left-hand bend, stop.

Face 200° and what you seek is no more than 5 feet in front of you (and NOT down the hill!) ... think rock.

If the caretaker asks you what you're doing, please do tell him you're letterboxing - he knows all about the boxes!

As an added bonus ... bring your wireless-enabled laptop, sit down on one of the benches, and capture an image of yourself letterboxing. ;)

Current Mood: awake

1 comment or Leave a comment

Like the ugly duckling, no one ever told him that he was adopted...

Find your parking space along Highway 101 in Oswald West State Park ... when you see this you're in the right place:

Or you could park at N 45° 44.905 W 123° 57.757 if you're into that.

Across the road is a trailhead for Neahkahnie Mountain ... but you don't want that. Right now, anyway.

Follow the trail toward the ocean - it may be muddy in spots. After a small rise you'll find a good spot to sit and think, eat a sandwich, and take in the view. To be sure you're at the right place, you're looking for "in memory of" Jaden.

Stand at the SW end of your rest stop with your back to it, and take 55 Patch-sized steps along the trail that wends leftward up the hill.

The area you're looking for looks like this:

If you turn and face 45° (NE) and the silver snag in the distance has vanished ... you're at the right tree.

Please make sure Wayward is covered up again to hide it from view.

Enjoy your walk - keep an eye out for the bald eagle! But most of all, STAY AWAY FROM THE CLIFFS! Leash your dog, and your children too if they're inclined to wander -- it's a long way down.

Current Location: Oregon

1 comment or Leave a comment

First, you must find Saddle Mountain State Natural Area.

Then, you must find the picnic area. This can be more difficult at some times than at others.

Until the cleanup and repairs have been finished, please exercise extra caution in navigating the area.

Find the REALLY BIG ROCK looming over a spot to picnic. It shouldn't be hard to see. :) Perhaps you'd like to sit down and eat your lunch while you think about things for a little while. Once you've picked up all your lunch leavings (and any other leavings you locate, if you feel so inclined), have a look around the rock. You'll notice that the top of the rock is a great deal more accessible from the back than from the front.

In fact, you could climb up to the top with a baby on your back, it's so gently sloped.

In fact, someone did!

Mountain Rose is nestled in a sword fern, awaiting visitors. Size is large enough to hold hitchhikers comfortably.

Current Location: Oregon

3 comments or Leave a comment
Location : Alsea Falls Recreation Site (BLM) 
Hike        : approximately 1 mile round-trip 
Terrain   : trail is narrow and steep in places, very slick when wet, muddy in winter, falling danger. NOT wheelchair or stroller accessible. 

The letterbox is hidden among a stand of second-growth alders and maples. Be sure to check out the GIANT stumps leftover from long-ago logging days, complete with springboard cuts. 

You are here! If the gate is closed, please don't block it when you park. There are a couple of pullouts on the road for additional parking.

If the gate is closed, it may be for good reason.

There may also be trail hazards - proceed with caution!

Cross the bridge over the river.

Turn left.

Go down the stairs and follow the trail left.

Straight ahead.

Slippery when wet!

Over the troll lair, almost there!

Leave the trail by the log, circle around to the back of the mossy multi-tree.

Going around to the back side ...

Look down low - see the dark little cave?

A hollow down low under moss and root, a shining star has gone to earth!

On your way back to the car, don't miss seeing Alsea Falls! When you cross the bridge over the river, turn right to follow the little goat track down to the base of the falls. Use extreme caution -- the trail is narrow, steep, and slippery.

Current Location: Oregon

8 comments or Leave a comment