LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS  LbNA # 10738 (ARCHIVED)

OwnerAdoptable    
Placed DateSep 8 2004
CountyWALTON
LocationDESTIN, FL
Boxes1
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LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS

LOCATED IN THE SANDESTIN RESORT IN SOUTH WALTON COUNTY, FLORIDA, THIS IDYLLIC SPOT IT WORTH A VISIT FROM ANYONE, NOT JUST LETTERBOXERS.

PLACED ON A HOT SEPTEMBER DAY, THIS IS MY FIRST BOX AND THE FIRST IN WALTON COUNTY, FLORIDA.

DIRECTIONS:

WHERE THE MIDBAY BRIDGE ROAD,HWY 293, WHICH CROSSES CHOCTAWHATCHEE BAY BETWEEN NICEVILLE, FL AND DESTIN, FL INTERSECTS WITH US HIGHWAY 98 TURN LEFT ON TO US HIGHWAY 98. GO APPROXIMATELY 9 MILES TO SANDESTIN RESORT. AS YOU APPROACH SANDESTIN YOU WILL SEE ON THE RIGHT A WATERTOWER WHICH IS GREEN AND MAROON.TURN LEFT INTO SANDESTIN AT THE LIGHT JUST BEFORE THE WATER TOWER. NOW IN THE EVENT THAT YOU ARE APPROACHING SANDESTIN RESORT ON US98 FROM HYW. 331, TURN RIGHT AND FOLLOW US98 UNTIL YOU PASS HWY 30A THEN GO A FEW MILES FARTHER UNTIL YOU SEE THE WATERTOWER. THEN YOU WILL TURN RIGHT INTO SANDESTIN RESORT. GO THROUGH THE VISITORS' ENTRANCE AND SIMPLY TELL THE GUARD THAT YOU ARE GOING TO "THE VILLAGE." FROM THE GUARD HOUSE, TAKE THE FIRST RIGHT AND GO TO THE FIRST STOP SIGN. TURN LEFT AT THE STOP SIGN, WHICH WILL ALSO HAVE AN ARROW TO "VILLAGE OF BAYTOWN WHARF." GO TO THE NEXT STOP SIGN WHERE YOU WILL SEE A SIGN SAYING JOLEE ISLAND. TURN LEFT AND FIND A PARKING PLACE AS NEAR THE FOOTBRIDGE AS YOU CAN.

BEFORE CROSSING THE BRIDGE, TAKE TIME TO VIEW PICTURES OF SOME OF THE BIRDS WHICH HAVE BEEN SIGHTED ON JOLEE ISLAND. PROCEED ACROSS THE BRIDGE OVER THE BAYOU, STOPPING TO ENJOY THE VIEW TO YOUR RIGHT OF CHOCTAWHATCHEE BAY AND THE LUXURY BOATS ANCHORED THERE. IF YOU'RE LUCKY THERE WILL BE A BLUE HERON SOMEWHERE NEARBY. LOOK TO YOUR LEFT AT THE SALT MARSHES AND COTTAGES ON THE BAYOU. CONTINUE ACROSS THE BRIDGE.

AT THE FOOT OF THE BRIDGE TAKE THE SECOND GRAVEL PATHWAY ON YOUR RIGHT. WEND YOUR WAY THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE PICNIC AREA AND CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE GRAVEL PATHWAY. YOU WILL PASS A SWING ON YOUR LEFT, PAUSE AND LISTEN FOR THE SOUND OF THE BAY LAPPING AGAINST THE ISLAND. CONTINUE ON. TURN RIGHT AT THE BOARDWALK LEADING TO PIRATE'S ROOST. TURN LEFT AT BAY. WALK TO A SWING ON YOUR LEFT.

FACE THE SWING AND TO THE LEFT OF THE LARGE, BRANCHED PINE LOCATE A TINY TREE/BUSH. UNDERNEATH IT YOU WILL FIND THE LETTERBOX BENEATH SOME NATIVE GRASSES AND SOME PINE CONES.

WHILE DOING YOUR "LETTERBOXING" ENJOY SITTING IN THE SWING AND LOOKING AT THE BAY. THE DAY I PLACED THE LETTERBOX, A SAIL BOAT WITH SAILS LOWERED JUST ROCKED IN THE BAY SO PEACEFULLY, AND I SAW TWO BLUE HERONS.