Teddy Trio Letterbox  LbNA # 29146 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateMar 11 2007
LocationPayson, AZ
Found By Pumpkin Finder
Last Found Oct 13 2014
Hike Distance?

Hike distance: 1 1/2 mile roundtrip.

We visited Arizona's oldest schoolhouse in the little town of Strawberry, just up the road from Pine. We were thinking of early reader bedtime stories, including Goldilocks and the Three Bears, as we headed south on Hwy. 260. We passed through Pine and about a mile out of town turned into the Pine Trailhead.

We went through the gate and turned right onto trail 31. As we passed 10 arrow trail markers and numerous grey diamond markers on trees, we remembered the many bear warnings we have read in Arizona's wilderness areas the past few days.

We crossed a dry, rocky stream bed. After crossing we saw lots of rocks. Some were too big and some were too small. Some were too wet and some were too dry. We soon spied one that is just right! It is about 70 steps up the trail across the stream. It sits on the right of the trail and is a round, lichen-covered rock about 2 1/2 feet in diameter. It looks as if it is supported by three smaller rocks. Look under moveable rocks on the upside of this just right green rock. Be careful reaching in and under. Return the way you came.

If you look carefully where you tread, you might spy some fossil shells under your feet.