Rocking with Clyde LbNA # 23093
|Placed Date||Jun 17 2006|
|Last Found||Dec 6 2009|
The Rocking and Crocking Series:
This box is part of the Rocking and Crocking series in Rockhill City Park in Columbia, MO. All the boxes let you scramble over the park’s rocks to find letterboxes hidden in pottery crocks. Please treat the crocks with care, completely reseal them and replace them in upright position under the rock that shelters them. Then promptly log your find with LBNA at http://letterboxing.org .
You’ll need the general instructions to the series, which are outlined in clues for Rocking the Bench.
The Rocking with Clyde Clues:
Rocking with Clyde not only highlights one of our favorite names, but honors a man who made possible many of the more pleasant public facilities in Columbia. H. Clyde Wilson is a noted anthropologist and now-retired professor who for the entire decade of the 1980s was a council member and then mayor of Columbia. He once said he watched local government grow “from country conclave to a sophisticated bureaucracy.”
And his box has two special prizes. One you will figure out when you find the crock. The other is an easy stroll to Buck’s Ice Cream at the nearby MU ag school.
Stand looking off Kevin’s end of the bridge and follow your right hand up the trail. A stone’s through from the bridge the trail splits, with the main branch going up the hill. The trail is crossed by 44 timbers that serve both as steps and erosion control.
Note the microenvironment change as you go up the hill. The rocky creek bottom gives way to loose soil and soft forest floor.
At the 44th timber, the trail end and pavement begins. This was once Kaiser Street. But during World War I, the patriotic citizens of Columbia renamed it for the president who sent the Doughboys “over there.” Handy for our adventure and a fact related to me by Clyde himself.
Also next to that timber is a stone and metal marker for our own Wilson. Turn, face it and study it hard. Count the number of letters in his full name, less the part he shares with the president.
Go back down the trail that number of timbers. Stop and look to your left. Down the hill a dozen paces is a medium-sized tree with a hole in its base. Walk to it.
In front of the tree is one of its fallen brethren and on that decaying log is a stone cairn. Look in the downhill side of the cairn for your prize.
Make sure you not only restore the cairn when you replace the crock, but contact us by logging your find at LBNA. We’d love to hear how you enjoyed your hike.