The Cranky Donkey LbNA # 10634
|Placed Date||Sep 5 2004|
|Location||Palo Alto, CA|
|Planted By||Flying Pigs|
|Found By||Nature Hikers|
|Last Found||Mar 10 2017|
This has been reported missing. I will be out of the country until June of 2006. I will either find the box or replace it when I return.
A pleasant walk or bike ride with flat terrain. Stroller-friendly.
Ideally, this trek would start at the Blackberry Gully letterbox. If you do start there, the walking distance is about two miles one way. If you want a shorter walk, start at Gunn High School, where the trip is about 1/2 mile one way.
From Blackberry Gully
Start at Blackberry Gully (www.letterboxing.org/BoxView.asp?boxnum=10110&boxname=Blackberry_Gully). Proceed down the path toward Palo Alto. Pass the cemetery to your left. When you get to Arastradero Road, turn left on the sidewalk toward Foothill Expressway a short distance, and then cross Arastradero at the crosswalk over into Gunn High School. Take note of the bike path far to the right which you should follow to your goal. Follow the bike path to the tennis courts and beyond.
From Gunn High School
Begin at Gunn High School on Arastradero Road near Foothill Expressway. Proceed all the way to the back of the parking lot near the tennis courts.
Common to Both Starting Points
You should now be near the tennis courts. You will see a sign asking you to leave your car behind. Follow the path. Pass the tennis courts on your left. Don't take any of the turnoffs into the adjacent neighborhood. Follow the path for about 1/4 mile. Stop when you come to a "T" in the path. Look (but don't go) to your left. Notice that this is a good place to call your mother if it is Mother's Day.
After you are done talking to Mom, take a right at the "T", and continue down the path, keeping the barbed wire fence to your left.
You will soon come to the home of some donkeys. Local lore is that the humble donkeys on the other side of the fence were the inspiration for Eddie Murphy's character in Shrek. No one knows if it's true, but what is a good rumor if you can't spread it?
What is most definitely true is that one of the donkeys once enjoyed chomping on the ankle of a cute 6-year-old girl who ventured too close. Hence the namesake, the Cranky Donkey.
And now a poem by A.A. Milne, in honor of our six-year-old friend, and originally written for Christopher Robin:
Now We Are Six
When I was one, I was just begun.
When I was two, I was nearly new.
When I was three, I was hardly me.
When I was four, I was not much more.
When I was five, I was just alive.
But now that I'm six I'm as clever as clever.
I think I'll stay six now, forever and ever.
Continue past the donkeys, carefully protecting your ankles.
You will come to a bridge. Cross the bridge and stop. Look down and take note of the yellow lines in the middle of the path. Proceed down the path a specific number of yellow lines. How many yellow lines? Walk along exactly the number of lines that equals the age of Christopher Robin when he quotes, "I was not much more."
Turn to your right and note the dirt path which leads to a lovely park in which to have a picnic. But before you have your picnic, take one step down the path for each year old one typically is when they get their first Driver's License.
Now turn to your right and take (first prime number greater than 5) steps. Look down and you'll see a massive fallen log, lying on its side. The letterbox is hidden underneath this log, in a small hole that is covered with bark. But before you remove the letterbox, take a look around and make sure no one is watching! You may have to wait a minute or two until the coast is clear. Please be sure to re-cover the letterbox with bark when you're done.