The "Queeny Park Queens Rule!" Series - Hatshepsut.
This is the first in the series.
NOTICE!!! This Queen has vacated her premises in order to dry out a bit!
You are welcome to seek her home in the meantime, but unfortunately she will NOT be there to greet you at this point!
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 fascinating lives, 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 I - Hatshepsut
This queen lived during the
18th Dynasty of ancient Egypt around 1500 BC.
Scholars disagree on exact dates, but in general she lived either 1503 - 1458 BC, or else 1527 - 1482 BC.
The daughter of King Thutmose I and Queen Ahmose I, Hatshepsut married her half brother Thutmose II who became King when their father died. Sibling marriages were customary in ancient Egypt and they served to
keep royalty in the family!
Thutmose II died early leaving no son by Hatshepsut, although he did have one by another minor wife. This boy became Thutmose III and technically heir to the throne.
However, Hatshpesut was the regent because the boy was so young, and she assumed power with gusto. In fact, she proceeded to usurp the throne and to actually order her own coronation as Pharaoh. This made her a "god" as well
as one of the few women in history ever to be Pharaoh. As a symbol of her high status she wore the false beard of a Pharaoh.
Hatshepsut was extraordinarily adept at ruling. She strengthened her country's defense and even lead military expeditions to achieve this.
Her greater interest, however, was commercial enterprise. Success in this arena let her amass great riches and she used those profits for numerous construction projects. It is believed she ruled for 20 years during which time she built her own incredible monument in the Valley of the Kings, and it is still in existence today.
Eventually the child Thutmose III came of age and wished to reclaim the throne. He succeeded with a coup d'etat and attempted to wipe Hatshepsut's history from
all records. He accomplished this to some extent, but Hatshepsut triumphed in the end and ranks in history as one of the most unusual, amazing and productive Pharaohs of all time.
To find this letterbox, you had best not be faint of heart!
This is probably not a suitable adventure for children, as you need to
navigate some obstacles, large (downed trees, branches) and small (spiders and their webs)!
Plus it is a rather long walk.
OK - to begin...
Park in the Queeny Park parking lot that is accessed via Mason Road, and is
closest to the Dog Museum. Make your way toward the Dog Museum. Find the main
path that runs behind the museum. Take that path going left and
down the hill.
Follow the path down the hill, where you see the large Picnic Shelter. As the path
approaches the shelter, bear left. Follow the path a ways, past a pond, to a bridge.
Cross the bridge and keep going. Soon you will come to a T, and will see a
sign that says "Bridge Closed to vehicle traffic."
If the bridge is still under construction and repair, you need to work
your way around to the other side of the bridge by following the tree
line around to the right for a ways.
You will find that the creek disappears under ground, which allows you to
get to where the bridge would have taken you. So continue on that way
and work your way all the way back to the other side of the bridge.
Notice a little trail off into the woods that is very close to the bridge.
Take that trail. You will come to some rough areas where downed trees
and branches require you to do some navigation to get to where the path is
Do what you need to get back on the path.
Follow this path a little ways more. When you see an option to take a little path off to the Left,
(or one to the right) do NOT take it; rather, just stay on the main path. Follow the path until it veers to the right.
Now back up a bit on the path, and notice that along the path before it veers right, you can find a c-curved sort of trunk, beyond which on the left there is a large patch of large boulders.
There is a fortress within this fortress of boulders that you must seek.
This special fortress is located due west from the pathe, probably about 25 steps in, if you could travel straight as the crow flies (which you probably cannot because of all the boulders in your way.)
The fortress you seek however is marked by small rocks and boulders marking a hidden opening within a rather large boulder.
The letterbox is hidden is a crevice that the rocks
hopefully hide. Pay attention to how the rocks are laid
so that you might replace them carefully and completely!
Parts of this path may be muddy if it has been very rainy.
And you may wish to carry a big stick to whisk away spider webs in your path!
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 3.75 X 4.25 inches, so you make sure your paper
or logbook is big enough for this.
You may enjoy using black, yellow and green 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.