"Jukebox Life Lessons #22 - Disco Trains" is a letterbox.
It is part of a series called "Life Lessons from the Jukebox" that was created by The Sprite and Highlander, who embarked on a project to try and plant a musical life lesson in states all across the country. So they created the boxes and then gathered people across the country to plant them. Instructions just for #22 are contained here (i.e. at http://www.letterboxing.org/BoxView.php?boxnum=21524&boxname=Jukebox_Life_Lessons_#22_-_Disco_Trains).
But there is also a whole series of these jukebox life lessons, which you can find at this link, which lists all of them.
I chose to plant this "DISCO TRAINS lesson" letterbox in Forest Park, which is the most prominent urban park in the St. Louis, MO area. It is a glorious park, with a very romantic history as it was the site of the 1904 World's Fair. Until the middle of this century when television and movies flowered, a World's Fair was THE place to go and see and learn about the latest and greatest developments that were occurring all over the world. Any city lucky enough to host a fair was filled with excitement and wonder during its year in that spotlight! In 1904 St. Louis was that lucky city. And of course, in those days, the out-of-town visitors mostly came to town via TRAINS!
As for music and jukeboxes -- the "jukebox" I use nowadays is my ipod -- suitable for listening to while I roller-blade all around the vast perimeter of Forest Park! There is a wonderful paved trail for this, so give it a try if you never have! Even if you don't roller-blade, you could walk or bike that trail.
To find the letterbox, you can start right by that trail. The best thing to do, if you are driving east away from Interstate 270 on highway 40, will be to get off highway 40 at McCausland and to drive north to the park by making a left turn on McCausland after you exit the highway. Just after crossing Clayton, the street turns into Skinker, which is a street that is on the western edge of the park. (If you are driving west on 40 from downtown, the best exit is Clayton/Skinker.)
Shortly you will come to a street with a light, called Rosebury Ave. You can park right on the street around here, assuming you do not park in any of the no-parking sections. You should see a paved biking/roller-blading path just about right next to you, once you park. From the Roseburg Ave. point, walk south on the paved trail down to the bus stop. There you will see that there is a gravel path parallel to the paved path, and that another paved path joins up to the path you are on, and dead-ends. You want to leave the paved path you were on, and start walking down that second paved path. Follow that path as it leads into the woodsy area.
In a short while you will come to where an unpaved path crosses your path. Stay on your paved path. In a bit, you will see a sign on the left, that has a little roof-like overhang. At that point, if you look to your right, there is a small gravel path. Follow that path. It winds through a pretty area and soon you will see a wooden sign that says something like "Pedestrian only", and it is right near a paved path that crosses your gravel path. Keep following your gravel path. Soon you will come a bench and the site of the "tree in tree." Take a minute to rest and read about this.
When ready, start at the bench and proceed on down your gravel path for about 38 steps. You should find a small dirt path on your right, which is a path that will take you into the woods a bit, and it will wind back in a way that will land you pretty much behind the "tree in tree" site. So go ahead and take this path to that point by walking down the path for about 65 steps. You should be able to see the "tee in tree" site, unless there is an awful lot of foliage growth covering it. Once there, you will want to stand on the path, but also turn and stand so that you are facing the "tree in tree" site.
Now look a bit to your left and you will see a tall tree with a fat trunk. Fat relative to most of the trees around anyway. (Or else, depending on where you landed after your 65 steps, you might need to look almost in front of you and see this fat tree blocking the "tree in tree"). In a line that sights pretty much straight WEST from that tree you will see 2 more nice tall trees, also with good sized trunks, but not as big as the first. Just in front of that line of trees (so that it is between the line and the "tree in tree" site) you should see a large uprooted fallen tree with its root base sticking up. Go over to that fallen tree. Just to the right of the upturned root base, you will see a kind of heavy compacted dirt pile that seems to be clumped about some dead tree trunk. There is an opening in the big dirt clump, which is marked by some larger stones, and this is where the box is hidden.
NOTE: You will want to bring your own ink (a few colors can be fun) or ink pad to use in stamping, and of course paper or a personal logbook to stamp into. Also bring a pen to log your name, the date and where you are from.
ALSO: Please be discrete in your Letterboxing activities and be careful when you re-hide the box.
Email me when you've found this letterbox and I'll pass it along to The Sprite and Highlander.
Also, please email me if you found any issues or problems, or if you suspect the box is missing.