It's a Wonderful Life  LbNA # 27475

OwnerSophie & Me    
Placed DateNov 24 2006
LocationWaukesha, WI
Found By starbambi
Last Found May 22 2015
Hike Distance?

This series was originally placed for the Christmas Gathering on 12/2/06 at Mitchell Park, but has now been moved to a new location.


Checked and in place 4/08

I lovingly dedicate this series to my favorite movie of all time; Itís A Wonderful Life! This is one movie that I tend to watch all year round - not only at Christmas time, and it always makes me laugh, cry and feel warm inside, no matter how many times I see it. I must not be the only one that feels this way, because this film was recently voted to be the #1 feel-good, inspirational movie of all time by the American Film Institute.

This letterbox series is very dear to me and I hope that youíll enjoy it too! I have tried my best to make the walking distance short and the clues direct so that it could be as family-friendly as possible. With that in mind, please do your best to be inconspicuous while you are out on the trails looking for this series, and please reseal and rehide the boxes carefully so that the series will last and be available for a good long time.

There are six boxes in total in this series, a large anchor stamp and five smaller stamps. You will find the small stamps in micro boxes first. They will have no logbook in them because the containers are pretty small. The logbook for the whole series will be in the bigger box at the very end of the search, and you can log in there.

Park your car in the lot for picnic areas 1 and 2 at Minooka Park to begin the hunt!


The Charleston Box: This stamp reminds us to let go of our inhibitions, to party, to dance and to not be afraid of making a fool of ourselves. Remember the scene in the movie where George and Mary dance right into the swimming pool? Life is wonderful when we can laugh at our mistakes!

1. From the parking lot, follow the three-banded post as they take you past the archery range.

2. At the red-banded post, turn right so that you are heading east. Walk about 100 yards and look for the birdhouse on your right. The Charleston micro box is hidden about three steps east of the birdhouse in the base of the 6-trunked tree.

The Suitcase Box: This stamp symbolizes the importance of having dreams and aspirations. George Bailey dreamed of traveling the world. Life is wonderful when we have something to look forward to and goals to strive for.

3. Continue on the path heading east and go up the hill. As you crest the hill, look for a big rock on the left, and just a few steps from that, look for a blue and yellow-banded post.

4.When you reach the post, take a reading of 40 degrees, step over the big log and look in the eastern-most base of the multi-trunked tree for the suitcase box.

Zuzuís Petals Box: Sometimes we may feel insignificant and unimportant in this world, but each of us matters greatly to others in the scheme of things. What we do or donít do has an effect on people more than we could possible know. This movie greatly illustrates that notion, and reinforces to people that everyone makes a difference in this world, and their absence would create an incredible void. George finds his daughter Zuzuís rose petals in his pocket shortly after he realizes this. Life is wonderful when we understand how much we are loved and needed!

5.Go back to the red post and follow it as it turns from simply red, to red and yellow. It will take you across the street, where you will hook up with the red post again. Take the trail heading west.

6.Keep looking low as you walk down the trail, looking for a 10 near the ground on the right. Once you find the 10, look kitty-corner from it to your left for a tangled mess of logs.

7. Look at the western side of the outside the base of the empty stump. Zuzuís petals will be here, between the stump and part of a fallen log.

The Bridge Box: This stamp symbolizes the discouragement we all feel from time to time. At one time or another, we have all felt overwhelmed, defeated and hopeless, and just like George Bailey, we want to give up. This part of the movie is so important because it reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles or times of desperation. Life is wonderful when we can understand each other and have the compassion to talk each other down from the ledge!

8.Continue down the red path. Soon you will come to a fork in the trail and see a blue and red banded post and a red banded post. From the red banded post, walk 24 steps and look to the right to spot the big fallen tree. You will find the bridge box under a rock, lodged between two branches of the fallen tree.

The Bell Box: ďTeacher says, every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings!Ē This stamp reminds us that believing in child-like stories and ideas keeps us young. Go ahead, pick up that lucky penny, wish on that falling star, imagine whatís at the end of that rainbow...simply because it feels good! Life is wonderful when we have faith in things unseen!

9. Keep heading down the trail and cross the street. Continue along the trail, keeping to the right. You will walk past a tan house on the left. As the trail curves to the right, look to your left to spot a fallen tree about 15 paces off the trail. Look in the middle of this fallen log for the bell box.

Itís a Wonderful Life Box:

10. Continue down the trail and look for the four-color banded post. When you come to this post, it will direct you to continue down the path, heading to the left. You will pass another four-colored band and then you will come across a tree in the middle of the trail.

11. At the tree, take a compass reading of 30 degrees and spot the first large oak you see. Go to this oak and look inside the base. Remove the box and stamp up!

We hope you've enjoyed the hunt! Please notify us as to the status and condition of the boxes!

-Sophie & Me