This box is dedicated to ineffective communicators everywhere (ourselves included). So, for those long-winded Christmas letters, the multi-paged e-mails and those interminable phone call and the many times we just don't get to the point. . .this box is for us.
This box is in Northeast Harris County, at Eisenhower Park. It is very close to Deussen Park, which also is on Lake Houston. Iím not really sure what city is closest, I put Sheldon, but it could be Crosby. Iím pretty sure itís unincorporated Harris County, though. Oh wait. Iím sorry, I digress.
Take Beltway 8 either south from Highway 59 or north from 1-10. Youíll want to find either North or South Lake Houston Parkway, not West. Iím not sure why there are so many Lake Houston Parkways, Iím sure it has something to do with the way the area is getting primed for development, but itís still pretty marshy on the Parkway. I saw that there was a proposed Lake Houston Parkway that went all the way into Loop 610. On the way, we saw lots of lily pads and some signs about alligators. Alligators always seem to find a way to keep living near humans. Gosh, Iím sorry; I digress again. Youíll want to follow the signs to Aqueduct Road and then turn left. Youíll be following along the water source for the City of Houston, in case you were wondering where our water comes from, it's Lake Houston. I guess that's why Aqueduct road is called that, but because it runs along the waterway. The water doesn't look so clean, but I guess the treatment area is south of there. Sorry, digressing again. Turn right on Eisenhower Parkway (the first one you come to). Follow the road around. Go right at the stop sign. Itís a pretty neat park, left in an undeveloped state, with the exception of a few picnic areas. There are no facilities there, just lots of nature and critters and the like. It made me wonder what the exact eco-system is, we saw cacti and palms and pines and oaks all intermingled. I wonder what you call that. Oh wait, I digress again. Sorry. Once you turn right at the stop sign, youíll want to look for the head-in parking area on the left. There is a green sign that says Nature Trail, there are stone picnic tables, and a port-a-potty is also in that area.
Take the trail through the three posts at the back of the picnic area. Thereís lots of sand there. I donít know why, but there were lots of vehicle tracks in the sand. My three year old found it kind of hard to walk, he was complaining about the sand in his shoes as we were on the trail. Luckily, the sand sort of stops after a while. (I guess Iím digressing again). Youíll pass another trail to the right. We went down that but it sort of petered out, and there were lots of fire ants and brambly things. We really couldnít find a good hiding place, so we decided that wasnít the best place to hide a box. You know how you hope that youíll find that perfect spot, but you end up sort of settling. Well we were trying not to do that. So, instead of heading down that trail, go straight. You should go 70 more steps. I mean I got 68, but my husband got 70, and the kids really didnít count, so I think 70 is probably the best bet. The trail should curve at that point. Around here is where I think Asterix found a cactus right in the middle of the trail. You should see a clearing to your left. Itís sort of a small clearing, but I think itís right to call it a clearing, because thereís nothing big growing in it, so I think it fits the definition of a clearing. Youíll go 10 steps into it and there should be a pine on your right. Behind the pine is another tree, I have no idea what kind. I guess it could be an oak, or a maple. I really donít know that much about trees. I keep meaning to buy a book so that Iíll know better, but Iíve been so busy I just havenít had the time. Anyway, Iím sorry, I digress again. Your tigress is hiding at the base of this small tree, in front in a nooky thing, under pine needles and leaves. Use the usual precautions (stick, etc) when trying to find her. I think Tigers might bite, but that's a whole nother story and I don't want to get off on a tangent right now.
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