Wednesday, July 6, 2016

CMW Poem Series: The Blues

I finally got the opportunity to plant my letterbox CMW Poem Series: The Blues, on June 25, 2016. The happy occasion was my niece's wedding. I wanted to plant this box where I wrote the poem, and I don't travel as much as I used to, so hadn't gone over the blues probably since I wrote the poem. Thank you, Danielle, for getting married in Oregon, so that I would have an excuse to visit this area where I would always take a much needed break during my travels.

To find the box:
This box can be reached whether traveling east or west on I-84. If you are traveling east, take Exit 228 for Deadman's Pass. Follow the signs for the Scenic Viewpoint. This will mean traveling through the one way tunnel under the interstate. (There is a rest area on both sides of the highway at this point. Both these rest areas are beautiful, and I spent many a stop walking around them to get the kinks out of my legs.)
Traveling west on I-84, take Exit 234 for Emigrant Springs State Park, and follow the signs to the Scenic Viewpoint.
Follow the gravel road up to the turn around at the viewpoint. You will notice that a rough road continues on, but is blocked by large boulders. Find the geological survey marker near the boulders. Follow the old road on foot, passing a big Douglas fir. Just beyond it, to the left, is a large log. "The Blues" are hiding under the root end of this log, hidden by bark and duff.

You should be able to see this view from where you find the box.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Personal Traveler: Love Blew In

This is my third personal traveler. I am recycling a stamp that I used in an LTC tracker because I love the stamp. This stamp represents my dog, Love Blew In, who I named after I wrote the poem/song. She has truly brought more love into my life. To acquire this stamp, tell me what breed Blew Girl is.

Personal Traveler: The Ride

Since I am in the process of planting letterboxes that were inspired by poems I have written, I thought maybe I should include the poems/songs that inspired my personal travelers. 
"The Ride" started out as a poem, but evolved into a song. I have recorded the songs I've written on the computer, mostly so that I wouldn't forget what the tune for each song is...because I find I cannot transfer my tunes to a musical staff. My aunt by marriage, Marianne, wanted to hear my songs, so I sent her a CD. She is very musically gifted and wrote me a letter telling me that "The Ride" was her favorite song. Here it is in all its scrap booked glory:

To obtain this personal traveler, ask me "What is Marianne's favorite song?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

CMW Poem Series: Above the Clouds

Sunrise above the clouds at Haleakala, the picture behind the poem.

View of Henry's Lake from 30 steps off the survey marker.

Since I planted this letterbox on July 4, 2013, I guess it is about time that I post the clues to find it. I actually took this letterbox with me on my trip to St. George in April, but didn't find a suitable place to plant it.

Sawtelle Peak is about as far above the clouds as you can get in Island Park. To get to the top, find Sawtelle Peak Road off of Highway 20. It is the last crossroads heading north from Ashton before you reach "the flats". There is a Chevron station on the south east side of the crossroad, and a Subway located on the north west side. The road heading east is called North Big Springs Loop Road, and the road heading west is Sawtelle Peak Road.


Follow this road clear to the top of the peak, and park in the large parking area near the "No Unauthorized Vehicles" sign. Make your way to the knoll behind the radar, it doesn't matter which way you go, as long as you climb to the top of the knoll. In a pile of rocks near the top you will find a survey marker.

Stand on the survey marker and take 30 steps at 312 degrees. (Remember, I am short, so take 30 small steps!) You should be standing almost on top of the hiding place. Just in front of you and to your right is a circular cut in the cliff with a steep drop (see photo to right). If you look to your left, about two steps down is one of the many social trails. Step down onto this trail and you should see the little nook you were standing almost on top of. A fist sized rock is hiding the letterbox from view. Upon removing a couple of rocks, you will find a duct taped piece of cardboard. Behind this cardboard is the letterbox.

Someone had already found the letterbox when I went up to take the compass reading. The picture above is how I found it. I took a couple of more rocks up to help hide it, but loose rocks are hard to find at the top. Boys (including the really tall boys) find it amusing to throw rocks off the top.  :)

This is a really popular place for locals to take their friends. It is less crowded early in the morning, but take a jacket because it can be cool even on hot afternoons. Please be exceedingly stealthy when retrieving and re-hiding the box.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

CMW Poem Series: Handiwork Divine

When I lived in Idaho City, we would take drives along the Boise River. The Middle Fork Drive was our favorite, we would drive up to Atlanta and hot spring, swim hole hop all the way down to the reservoir. I decided our favorite hot spring would be the perfect place to hide my "Handiwork Divine" letterbox. This is a long, slow drive along the reservoir, so take a picnic lunch and your swimming suit.

I thought it would be fun to include
some pictures of Buckblackhoof, Music Chick, and Crazy Mountain Woman in those younger times. Buckblackhoof and Music Chick pose on a rock above the pools with Whisper and Nakina. Crazy Mountain Woman and Whisper relax in the hot water. 

 CLUES:  From Boise, go north on Highway 21 to the turn off to Spring Shores. This is the road that goes to Atlanta. Drive past Spring Shores and Arrowrock Dam. You will follow this road for 46 to 47 miles to Roaring River Road. Take the bridge across the river. On the south side of the river there are parking spots on both sides of the road, park in one of them. On the left side of the road is a trail that leads to the hot springs. At the beginning of the trail there is a sign that warns "Don't get in hot water!" which lists the dangers of hot springs. Follow the trail up the river. You will first go downhill, then the trail levels out for a little bit. Before you start back up hill, there will be a large boulder on the right side of the trail. Face this boulder and look up the hill at a boulder slide. Slightly up the hill is another boulder, bigger than any surrounding it. On the south west side of this boulder you will find Handiwork Divine. (This is a fairly large stamp so bring a piece of 3 1/2 x 5-inch paper.)

There is plenty of room in this letterbox. If you would like to add a stamp that portrays the beauty of God's handiwork, you are more than welcome to add it to this box.

 To return to Boise, it will be faster to continue up toward Atlanta and take the road after the Dutch Creek forest service complex (FR 327) toward the North Fork of the Boise River. There are two ways from here to reach Highway 21. I prefer the Little Owl Creek Road which brings you to Highway 21 at the Edna Creek Campground.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

CMW Poem Series: Point of View

Several years ago I used to do a lot of traveling for work. One time I had the opportunity to travel to New Mexico, where I passed by these ruins. I couldn't resist stopping to take pictures, and eventually this picture inspired a poem.

Crazy Mountain Woman and I share a birthday, so we took another birthday trip to St. George, UT, (we did the same thing two years ago). Today we journeyed back up to Cedar City to find the rest of the letterboxes in that area. We went up SR 14 and came across this beautiful vista point where you could see Zion National Park. What a great place to plant "Point of View"!

Directions:  From Cedar City, UT, take SR 14 up the canyon. Between mileposts 16 and 17 there is an overlook or view point. When we stopped there on April 25, 2013, there was a place for an informational sign, but no sign. I don't know if it is taken down for the winter and put back up in the summer or if it has been permanently removed.

Clues:  Stand facing the sign (or the view towards Zion if the sign is still gone). To your left is a tall group of aspen with four sub-alpine spruce to the left of them. There is a trail going down hill on both the near side of this group of trees and on the far side. Take the second trail, but don't go down very far. See the two fallen trees to your left? The letterbox is hidden between those to logs, about two feet from the west end. There is a knotty limb that looks like it is joining the two trees just to the east of the letterboxe's hiding place.

I do not get down this way very often, so if the box is in need of maintenance or goes missing, please AQ mail me.  Thanks!

Monday, October 22, 2012

CMW Poem Series: Carma

When I lived in Idaho City, Crazy Mountain Woman, Buckblackhoof, and I would trailer our horses up to Pine Creek to do our riding. It was always enjoyable, and if Buck didn't ride with us, we would let friends ride his horse. I was surprised to see how much the area has changed. Instead of turning the sharp corner in the clue below, you used to be able to keep going straight up the hill. Now you can barely tell there was a road there.

The fun and laughter we shared together will always be a treasured memory. Sometimes I wish I still lived there so that we could make more memories on fantastic rides. I wish I had a picture for this poem, maybe someday I will. So, Crazy Mountain Woman, here is your poem:


Remember the ride 
Where we sang as we rode
Beneath towering pines
On that old forest road?

 The sun shone so bright
In the sky, summer blue
We laughed and we chattered
As sisters will do.

We've always been close
In both mind and heart
Born on the same day
Though five years apart.

We like the same things
But we are different, too,
My hair is brown, yours is blonde
My eyes green, yours are blue.

We laugh at Dad's jokes
Though his humor is dry
And we keep Mom posted
On every new talent we try.

We like to sing together
We're sisters, so we blend
And I can truly say
You are my closest friend.

I know you'll always be there
When I need a listening ear
Sharing joy and sorrow,
Sad or happy tears.

And I will be here for you
As a sister and a friend
Because I will always love you,
Worlds without end. 

Clue to the Letterbox:

North of Idaho City approximately 9/10ths of a mile is the Bannock Creek/Pine Creek/Thorne Butte Lookout road. Turn right onto this road, cross the creek and take the right fork. Do not cross the creek again, but follow Forest Road 304 uphill. Take Forest Road 347 (about 1.4 miles from the highway). Turn the sharp corner and park in the second small pull out (1.5 miles from the highway). Off the road, downhill, to the right just in front of where you parked is a group of boulders. One of the boulders (the largest) is relatively flat. On the creek side of this boulder beneath branches and duff you will find "Carma".

Note:  This stamp is large (4 inches by 3 1/2 inches).