The "Queeny Park Queens Rule!" Series - Artemisia II.
This is the third in the series.
This box is back again!
This series features a set of historic Queens.
I selected "Queens" as the theme, because, obviously, the very name of the park just begged for that (even if Queeny is simply the last name of the man that originally owned the land there)!
Anyway, Some of the Queens that I chose to honor may be familiar to some of you; others may be unfamiliar to most.
That is because, in selecting the queens, I attempted
to satisfy a number of things.
First, I wanted the queens to be true rulers. That is, not only were these women titular queens, they also had
power and responsibility of rulership during at least some
part of their tenure.
Second, I wanted to select a variety of queens from relatively recent history, as well as some from distant to ancient times.
Third, I wanted these queens to be considered rather more
"historic" than "mythological."
Fourth, I wanted to try and repesent queens from various
continents and cultures.
This final criterion was particularly difficult to satisfy, since our western culture offers us far more historical material to work with
in some areas, and very little in others.
In any case, these are all fabulous women who had fascinatinglives, and I hope you enjoy learning a bit about each of them!
How this works:
I have planted 7 Queen letterboxes, plus one final box.
Each of the 7 Queen boxes will stand on its own, so you can track down any one of them, in any order, and stamp in for as many or as few of them as you choose.
However, this is also a series. So, for those of you that wish to collect all 7, you have a further reward you can attain. I have also planted a final letterbox, which may be viewed as the "crowning glory" (um... pun intended ;-) of the series. The final letterbox requires that you find all the others first, and once you do that, the full instructions for the final one will become available to you.
Featured Queen III - Artemisia II
This queen lived in the 4th century BC.
Artemisia II was the Queen of Caria, which was in soutwestern Turkey (by modern day Bodram). She and her husband King Mausolus were very devoted to each other.
Artemisia was an acclaimed botanist and medical researcher in her day, resulting in future botanists to name a plant genus, the sagebrush, after her.
When Mausolus died in 352 BC, Artemisia became the sole sovereign. She was a clever military leader when an opposing army sought to overthrow her rule. Her opponents
thought it would be easy to de-throne her since she was only a woman. What she did, though, was feign a surrender and meanwhile launch a successful surprise counter attack!
Her most notable accomplishment, however, was the magnificant tomb she built for her beloved husband after his death. This sructure was so glorious it was considered
one of the Seven Wonders of the World in ancient times. Indeed this was the origin of the word "mausoleum" which came down to us to mean a large splendid tomb.
The Mausoleum was a beautifully columned rectangle, with a pyramid shaped roof. It was visible from all sides, even from a far distance. The Mausoleum was rectangular in plan being about 120 ft. by 100 ft. It featured a chariot that was 20 ft. high and had a burial chamber that was decorated in lots of gold. Itís total height was 140 ft. and it was described as a brilliant jeweled building.
This memorable tribute to her husband fed speculation that after his death, Artemisia never truly recovered from her broken heart.
Drive into the area of Queeny Park that is accessed via Weidmann Road.
Drive along and park right by the lamp post on your right, that is
very near to a spot where the creek stops running above ground
and disappears underground. It is noticeable by the rocky area there.
Facing the stream, you will want to follow the treeline and walk around to the right;
you will see that you come to an open area or meadow.
If you walk into the meadow, continuing to track the treeline that you
walked around, you can eventually see a bridge that is probably
still closed for repair.
You will want to look for a path into the woods that begins at
the bridge, and runs across the meadow before running into the woods
on the other side.
Once you find that path into the woods, you will go down it.
You will probably run into some brush blocking your path unless
someone has cleared it. You can navigate around the brush to the right
Soon the path comes to a T. At this point you are going to backtrack a bit on the path you just
From the T, look down that path you just followed, and notice a large boulder visible
about 10 steps back on the path.
Go to the boulder (which will be on your left.) Once there, look a bit
further for a second large boulder just on the left of the path. Go to that second boulder.
Behind the second boulder is a couple of more piles of more rocks. Going about 10 or 15 steps
in toward these rocks (where you are at perhaps the second big pile), there is a nook behind
and under some of the larger rocks. Your letterbox is in that nook, covered with some flat
loose smaller rocks.
NOTICE how the letterbox is covered so that you can re-hide it
so that no parts are visible from any angle!
Bring your own ink or ink pad, and of course paper or a logbook to stamp into,
as well as a pen to log your name, date and where you are from.
This stamp measures 3.5 X 4 inches, so you make sure your paper or logbook is big enough for this.
You may enjoy using yellow and orange for this stamp.
Finally, Please be discrete when uncovering and re-hiding this letterbox, if you happen to visit the site during one of its more crowded times.