Bluemont Junction LbNA # 26035
|Placed Date||Sep 29 2006|
|Location||Bluemont Park, Arlington, VA|
This box was originally planted by BellPepper in 2006. It stayed active and in its original location in the woods behind the train car until June 2012. Unfortunately, during a severe storm in late June, those woods sustained serious damage, and Arlington County began clearing out the area where the box was hidden. This necessitated a move since the original landmarks no longer existed.
BellPepper's original comments and the first part of his clues appear below, but have been updated with the new clues.
The W&OD Railroad opened in 1859 and ran from Alexandria to the Appalachians. It was built to transport coal and other raw materials, but those industries never took off and by the 20th century the railroad line served primarily passengers. Today, a scenic and popular 45-mile recreation path has replaced the rails, but there remains at least one homage to the trail's past.
Find the entrance to Bluemont Park on North Manchester St, just off Wilson Blvd. Parking is free and plentiful. Make your way from the lot to the W&OD trail and head east, crossing a red bridge. Soon you will see a red caboose on your left. There's a youth soccer field just beyond, so if you go in the afternoon you're bound to find a lot of people around. There’s also a museum inside the caboose that opens on weekends in the summer.
New Directions to the Box: Take the gravel path to the left of the museum/train station and walk into the woods. At the split, bear left. At the next split, go right onto a dirt path. Before long, you will find yourself at a tree gate. From that point, take 33 steps, stop, and look right. You will see a second tree gate. Walk through it. Behind it and 6 steps slightly to the right, you will see a large 2-in-1. Behind that, under a small pile of sticks and brush, is what you seek. Please rehide well.
BellPepper's PS. If you're up for a longer hike, Scarab's box "Ghost Castle of East Falls Church" is also on the W&OD trail, a mile and a half away. We won't tell you which direction.