The Bluebird of Happiness  LbNA # 29832

OwnerLone Star Quilter    
Placed DateApr 5 2007
CountyBastrop
LocationCedar Creek, TX
Boxes1
Found ByThe Stalcup Family
Last UpdateApr 18 2014

Clues

Did you know that the only places in the world where the
Eastern Bluebird can be found are in North America and Bermuda? The early settlers were captivated by this lovely, plump, sweet singing bird. More songs and poems have been written about the Bluebird than any other bird.
It is associated with - Spring - Love and Joy. It is a symbol of commemorating Marriages and Anniversaries. It is considered to be a messenger for Contentment and Health.

Be like I, hold your head up high
Till you find a blue bird of happiness.
You will find greater peace of mind
Knowing there's a blue bird of happiness.
And when he sings to you
Though you're deep in blue,
You will see a ray of light creep through.
And so remember this, life is no abyss,
Somewhere there's a blue bird of happiness.

McKinney Roughs Nature Park is one of the developed parks managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority. A beautiful park, it includes several trails through rolling box canyons, wildflower meadows, lazy river bends and a diverse biological population. It also includes an exhibit hall featuring live creatures native to the area and a science center offering educational and recreational programs. Included in your entrance fee is the opportunity to borrow one of three different nature packs: Birding Pack (includes binoculars and a guide book), Plant Pack (comes with a magnifying glass and explanation of what plants to look for) and a Kid Pack (includes bug containers and recreational children’s books describing the plants, birds and insects found at the park).

Directions:
McKinney Roughs is located on Hwy 71 13.2 miles east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and 8.4 miles west of Bastrop on north side of road. Drive through entrance and park by Visitor Center. Go in and pay entrance fee.

Clues:
From the Visitor Center, walk north behind the Mark Rose Science Center to the Ridge Trail at the far left. You will notice numbered marker posts as you go. Follow the trail to marker R10, where the Woodland Trail intersects the Ridge Trail. Follow the Woodland Trail downhill to a bench and a switchback at marker W2. Go on down to marker W6, passing two more benches tucked into a little cove on your right. Stand facing marker W6 and look up the hill at 10 degrees to a medium-size oak tree that reaches out over the trail. The Bluebird of Happiness is behind that tree at its base, under a pile of rocks. Be careful of the wire fence nearby. Be Happy!