Fishin' series LbNA # 1874 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Apr 29 2003|
|Location||10 S. Broad St, Winder, GA|
Placed by Mark
Fishin’ Series Difficulty for lbox 1 & 2: Takes about 45 minutes. One mile of walking on flat ground. Honestly, feel free to get bloated on a picnic and go hunt these boxes.
This series can be reached with a mountain bike. Camping/RV sites are available. ***See the note for the division of the letterboxes at the bottom*** F.Y.S.P. probably has some significant history attached to it... however, I don’t know what it is so I won’t try to BS you. I do know that I camped there and it was pretty cool because there are only a few campsites there (I'm talking tents, there are plenty of RV sites), I think maybe 7 total, and the sites are all arranged on a peninsula. I’ve also fished there and caught a tan, but that’s about all I took home. However, there are fish and boxes to be had! Maybe you should bring a fishing pole and try out these spots? This state park is rife with picnic areas and blasé kids attractions. I made the first two boxes, by the way they were the first two boxes I’ve hidden, very easy to nab. So, hit KFC or Churches, pack up the wee folk, maybe land a fish, and come snag some easy letterboxes! The easiest way to get to Fort Yargo is to take Interstate 85 to exit 126 and follow the signs. If you happen to live around the area, you can also access the park from 316 (heading towards Athens) or you can follow Hwy (US) 29. Whatever…it’s your gas. Enter the park and pay the $2 parking fee, because it is the nice thing to do. Continue on into the park; don’t go left to the campsites, but wind around to the right-hand side of the park. Proceed to the Picnic Areas. This will end in a loop crowded with picnic tables. This is where you park, and would be a good place to perhaps scarf down some lunch. But find the end of the loop, where the road begins to head out of the area, and park there. There is a trail along the lakeshore that goes to the left as you face the water. Follow that trail until you see a three-tree stump, shortly followed by two tall pines growing close by one another with a gray tree on your right-hand side (the side touching the lake). There is also another pair of twin pines within sight. These will be fairly prominent trees. Stand in-between the two pairs of pines, facing the most distant pines. Take a bearing of 50º and step 15 paces (exaggerated steps) to the wise gray Indian. Stamp in and re-hide with precision—I try to make it look like a very natural setting. This box faces a nice spot to sink a hook. Return to your car for the next box. Hop in the car and head back up the road, toward the way you came in, by completing the loop. If you are hunting in the heat, you may want to crank up the AC at this point and enjoy the brief reprieve from Georgia summers. At the stop sign, turn right. Follow the road past the miniature putt-putt course and the beach (well, really it is just sand on a lake) and aim toward the Group Shelter A area (there are restrooms here and even more picnic areas, in case you are still hungry). Park and face the building. Sight southward and follow the trail, which again follows the curves of the lake. Pass a pulpit that commerates a mystery because the plaque was stolen when I planted these boxes. Make sure to loom over it and continue onward to the left. Enjoy the strange sight of a lightning strike’s damage in a forest. There is a troll along the trail. Keep an eye out for that troll! He has stolen the letterbox and you must get it before he comes home. And everyone knows where trolls call home. Be very stealthy and you will be rewarded. What a strange trail! Trolls and fish and lightning. Follow the cheater's path up the hill to return to your car, or take the middle route for a loop to the "beach", or you can explore some good fishin’ spots as you wind around the lakeshore path. ***See note for the division of the letterboxes at the bottom*** Difficulty for lbox 3, 4 & 5: Moderately Difficult. The trail is flat for most of the journey, however the distance to the letterboxes is increased. This series can be reached with a mountain bike. Return to the Picnic Areas. This will end in a loop crowded with picnic tables. This is where you park again; find the center of the loop, where the first parking spot appears on your left (after the closed bathrooms) and park as near there as possible. The trail to the third letterbox is close by; if you look toward the lake, the A/B Connector trail will be on your right. This will be about a 1-2 mile trip to the lbox, 3-4 miles roundtrip. Take water, a pen, and an ink pad. Bug spray would probably be a good idea. In November, around sunset, I saw 3 deer calmly nibble dinner. Follow the A/B trail and surface from the woods by an electrical tower. Cross the field by heading toward the wooden bridge. The Marbury Creek Watershed is here and a lot of folks like to fish here mainly because they don't want to walk. Cross the bridge toward the island. At the trail intersection, turn right on the the blue-blazed Fort trail. Enjoy the view of the lake and continue until you find the first bench. Rest your behind on the left side of the bench. Dial in 250 on your compass to locate a big stump. Walk to it and then find the slanted gray J tree at 170 degrees. 10 paces, in a straight line parallel to the trail, is an old log/downed tree. Hidden under a flap of the bark is the #3 fishy. Please rehide well!
NOTE: Numerous reports have been made that #3 is no longer with us. I haven't checked it yet myself, but will ASAP.
Follow the trail back the way you came to the intersection of the trails near the bridge. You'll know you are heading in the correct direction by taking the marked Woodfern Trail. This is a mountain bike trail so step to the side if any approach (this is the trail etiquette). Soon you will come to a field of kudzu and a beautiful view of the lake. Head toward the overhang of brush. Continue on the trail for the 4th box in this series. As you walk, you will soon find a place to rest. Take a load off, and while there look straight ahead in the direction you are facing. 15 paces (exaggerated steps) into the woods, look to your right, and the lbox is just 3 stones away. Stamp in and re-hide with precision—I try to make it look like a very natural setting. Now, having rested, continue on the trail further into the overhanging brush. You'll come to an open area. Turn left at the intersecting trail. Look to your left for a red post, and walk toward it. Follow the red trail until you come to your first bench. After enjoying the view, sit on the bench with your back to the lake. Sight 101 degrees to find a double tree. Walk to that tree and then sight 143 degrees. Go to that point and about 14 paces away, to your left as you look deeper into the woods, is a white downed tree. The lbox is shoved under it, hidden by another log. Please rehide better than found, using leaves and such to render it as nature intended. Retrace your steps to exit. Do not crest the hill on the way out: the trail you came in on intersects at the midway point of the hill. Be sure to stick with that trail! Return to your car by backtracking the trail you came in on. Contact me with reports if you want to via email@example.com. ***The series was broken down into 2 easy lboxes and 3 moderately difficult lboxes. The difference is the distance, time, and effort it takes to find box 3, 4, and 5. Finding the boxes in order will require you to return your car to a spot you have previously been (but only to park, not the same trail), in other words you will have to backtrack if you want to find the lboxes in numerical order.*** NOTE: Always take adequate precautions (such as prodding with a stick and/or wearing gloves) before reaching into dark crevices and holes in the wild. Be on the alert for poison ivy or oak. And for crying out loud, watch out for the troll!