Spring Branch Secret  LbNA # 14932 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateMay 6 2005
LocationHouston, TX
Planted Bymother of five    
Found By Silver Eagle
Last Found Aug 26 2005
Hike Distance?

This box is located at the Robert A. Vines Science Center at 8856 Westview Drive, Houston, Tx 77055. It is part of the Spring Branch School District. I have named the box the Spring Branch Secret because I think that this little museum and its grounds is one of the best kept secrets in the Spring Branch area of Houston. The museum is free and open to the public weekdays (even during the summer) from 8:30-5:00. It is a great place to go on hot summer days (the air is always really cold!) or a rainy afternoon. It is also a wonderful museum for kids, it is small and manageable, and hold treasures that range from buffalo to wolverines, and boasts a pond in the back full of enormous bull frogs. My kids all love it, if you are boxing with kids this is a great place to go.

Before I get to the clues I am listing just a few of the things you can find in this museum, if you like you can use it as a sort of a scavenger hunt to help little boxers (and big boxers too!) discover the museum. See how many of these things you can find: FIDDLER CRAB, POLAR BEAR, BARRACUDA, BISON, ARMADILLO, KALIDASCOPE, PREHENSILE TAILED PORQUIPINE, ALLIGATOR GAR, AMERICAN ALLIGATOR, BAT EARED FOX, JAVELINA, SCREECH OWL, RED WOLF, 2 TOED SLOTH.

Now to the box....
Exit the museum and head on back to the arboretum (there is a sign pointing the way near the Oceanography Hall). First find the pond (you CAN'T miss it!) and then cross over the bridge and head on back to the museum, passing a bench placed by some scouts. Continue until you find two labeled trees, the Texas Hawthorne and the Parsley Hawthorne, side by side. From the trees, go and sit down on the nearest bench, facing the pond. Look over your shoulder for a large tree with tangled roots 29 steps away. Walk to this tree, and in a hollow root on the side nearest the pond you will find the Spring Branch Secret mini box awaiting you. Please re hide well, and let me know if you discovered the secret!