Christmas  LbNA # 22949

OwnerRubberband Man    
Placed DateDec 25 2005
CountyMissoula
LocationMissoula, MT
Boxes1
Found By Hart x6
Last Found Jun 24 2007
StatusFFFFFFa  
Hike Distance?
active

This letterbox is called the “Christmas” letterbox. Not terribly original, I know, but seeing how these clues were coming out on the 25th, I don’t suppose I could have named it much else.
The entire trek should only last about fifteen minutes including driving time. It’s so cold out these days that I figured I’d make it short and sweet.
Here’s the puzzle: 1) think of a sport that is popular in Montana (one word), 2) double one of the consonants, 3) roll back a different consonant three spots (so a D would roll back to an A, an E would roll back to a B, etc.), 4) rearrange the new set of letters to get a Missoula street.
Once you’ve gotten the street, go as far north as you can on it. You should see a big, beautiful tree apart from the others. Park nearby and start at this tree. From the tree, you should see a cement structure forming a short path (not a sidewalk). Go directly through and down the cement path and continue on a straight line. Stop before you enter the street and turn around. You should see a circular red image on a square object framed in a diamond shape on the path you just walked through. If you’re not sure, then you can check it by continuing on a straight path to the next available tree (the path goes through the street, so be careful if you do this); the object will still be framed when you turn around.
Go to the circular image. Behind it, you should find a small metal box (you will be in plain view of everyone, so please be discrete). Push up and out, and you’ll find a letterbox!