PLEASE NOTE: This is a LETTERBOX HYBRID geocache. There is no trading with this cache and everything that is in the cache should remain there for the next person. Letterboxing is a precursor of geocaching, using compass bearings and other clues to lead the seeker to the letterbox. Typically a letterbox contains a logbook and a stamp. If you wish, you may stamp your personal journal with the rubber stamp in the letterbox (cache); then you may stamp the logbook with your personal stamp if you have one - if you don't have a stamp, just sign the logbook. But be sure to leave the stamp, logbook, inkpad, and instructions in the container.
In addition to your GPS, you will need a compass to find this letterbox hybrid geocache. You will also need to bring your own pencil and if you have a small rubber stamp and a journal, bring those along, too.
The letterbox is a small lock'n'lock box. Please be sure to snap on the lid securely and to be very careful about replacing the cache/letterbox. Only your care in replacing it will keep it from being discovered by others.
This letterbox hybrid is called "Best of Luck" and I hope you are fortunate in your quest to find it.
Locate the trailhead at the posted coordinates and walk north until you come to a trail crossing. Turn left and follow the trail roughly southwest. Continue to walk along this trail, which runs a ridge that parallels a nearby shopping center below and to the right. If you see a very small tree with an orange ribbon on your left, you will know you are on the right path. Continue on. Stop when you see a green underground cable marker on your left. It is about 4' tall and hard to miss. Notice that there are numbers on this marker. Write them down.
Now add these numbers together and you will come up with a 2-digit figure. Multiply this figure by six. Turn around and backtrack along the trail exactly this number of double-paces (start on your right foot and count every time it hits the ground).
When you reach the end, turn right (due South). Remember the original 2-digit figure (the one you determined by adding the digits on the marker)? Walk that number of paces off the trail until you see a slim, multi-trunked maple tree. There are at least 5 thin trunks around a central opening. Tucked inside this crotch is the letterbox you seek, covered with a few other branches. Be sure to replace the cache carefully so that the location of the box is not compromised.
Best of luck to you, friends!
- honeychile -
"a joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones"
NOTE AND DISCLAIMER: This cache is hidden in the great outdoors. Welcome to the South! We've got skeeters; we've got chiggers; we've got ticks; we've got ants; we've got snakes and other critters; we've got poison ivy, oak, and sumac; we've got mold and allergens; we've got kudzu and other pesky vines; and boy, have we got briars, brambles, and stickers! Depending on the place you elect to enter the off-trail portion of the hunt, you may very well find these and other denizens of our environment. Please dress accordingly and take adequate precautions whenever you interact with nature.