Box needs first aid - see comments in Status page Love's Hiding Place  LbNA # 28807

OwnerAdoptable    
Placed DateFeb 14 2007
CountyLos Angeles
LocationLancaster, CA
Boxes1
Planted ByGMKDLJ    
Found By spamlet
Last Found Jan 15 2017
StatusFFFOFFFaFFFF  
Hike Distance?

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: Appx. 1/2 mile each way(Just guessing)
Time: 10-15 min. slow pace to find box
WARNING: Be very alert for snakes! (and ants!)
Status: New

This letterbox has been created in celebration of Valentine's Day 2007. It is dedicated to my Love. We have been married over 10 years now, and through thick and thin, I always know my Valentine love's me.

So I was thinking about how this holiday started and found some great info on Saint Valentine and his heroic, romantic acts.

It is believed Saint Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men -- his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today.

St. Valentine's life reminds me of one of our favorite verses:
Song of Solomon 8:6b-7a
...for Love is as strong as death,
its jealosy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench Love;
rivers cannot wash it away.

***CLUES***CLUES***CLUES***
Sooo, to start this little Valentine adventure, find your way to The Lakes Community Center located off of Elizabeth Lake Road in Lake Hughes. Stand at the flag pole to find a trail that heads off at 240degrees. From here you'll have to decipher the clues I've included in my very amatuer poetry. Good Luck!!

LOVE'S HIDING PLACE

Let’s find a trail and go for a walk,
with you I love to meander and talk.

When love is new, it comes with ease;
Hearts beat with thoughts of one another to please.
But then, many a bump and loose gravel we meet,
Busyness, distraction, life’s rat race to beat.

When we come to a Y in the path, some may ask,
“Which way should we go, to the left or turn back?”
No-onward! We’ll make the RIGHT decision,
Never look back, only ahead, and with a great vision!

We press on hand in hand, to enjoy the fresh air (appx75-80 paces)
And breath deeply of one another’s care.
Surprises may come around any old bend,
Like when we see to our right, scrub oak and MISTLETOE blend.
(Ah, thy kisses are so sweet -when under the mistletoe our lips do meet!)

And now the water down below
Portrays love’s ebb and flow. (appx 10-15 paces)
And, a wall of ROCK to the left defines
The strength of our commitment through the test of time.

Shallow roots of bitterness will not hold very long (you're really close now!)
We’ve forged the mighty ROOTS of our love deep and strong.
The soil of God’s Word nourishes as each day we press on.

Though the winds, rains, and storms come - our strength to test,
A mighty tree grows upward, its branches are blessed,
And within the strong TRUNK of your tenderness my love can rest.


**Please rehide box very well under leaves and rocks so that it cannot be seen from any direction or washed away in heavy rainfall.**