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A Cherokee's Rite of Passage: Legend

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Hidden : 07/03/2011
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Located at a beautiful overlook of Twin Peaks/California Peak in the Rio Grande Nat’l Forest, south of the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Park at the Zapata Falls Rec Area & take the Zapata Falls trail to the Zapata South Lake trail. After making it up the first set of switchbacks head S/SE off trail at the add’tl coords (1A) given below (easiest route) & up the first steep grassy hill. The hike is approximately 2 steep miles one way. Give yourself 4-5 hrs to reach the cache & make it back.

If you’re lucky, you’ll also discover the Lost Mine and the Lost Cabin of Zapata along your journey to the cache! If you have the spare time, it's definitely worth hiking a little farther to the extra coordinates below (2A) for a great scenic overlook!
A Cherokee's Rite of Passage:

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Perhaps even some human might do him harm. The wind blows the grass and shakes his stump, but he must sit stoically, never removing the blindfold. It is the only way he can become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night, the sun appears and he removes his blindfold. It is then that he discovers his father sitting on the stump next to him. He has been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, our Heavenly Father is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.


Congratulations CO Rockhounds! You're determination paid off and you achieved a great FTF.

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