The Count of Monte Cristo LbNA # 31325
|Placed Date||May 27 2007|
Location: Bald Bluff Scenic Overlook & Nature Area
Hike Length: approx. 1.0 mile
Elevation Gain: 1050 feet
Ink: Colorful stamp! Please, bring your own blue, green, gray, black, brown and red markers. Please don't use a rainbow stamp pad. Thanks!
About the book: The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, is a wonderful tale of love, despair, suffering, perseverance, camaraderie and revenge. I was assigned to read this novel for a high school book club, but never read it. 15 years later I picked it up on a rainy day and couldn’t put it down. It is well worth every minute spent reading. You may know Dumas from his other famous tale, The Three Musketeers. This is far and away one of the most gripping and quality stories ever told. I hope you’ll go to your nearest library and check it out today. (As always, the movie doesn’t hold a candle to the book…)
Park in the lot off Hwy H and start climbing the trail. Follow the switchbacks to the top. Please be careful to stay on the trail as there seems to be lots of poison ivy on the edges. Once at the top, enjoy the view! Then, go to the second bench and count the letters in the name on the plaque, including his title. Multiply that number by ten. (Second bench plaque reported missing. I can't remember how many paces, but it's something like 111.) I will go hike this again in October and figure out an updated clue. Most people have been able to figure out the location without the exact pace count.) Go that many paces down the smaller path beyond the bench. A large tree has fallen across the trail and rests atop the trees where the box is hidden. (This large tree has since fallen and is left cut up off the trail.) Leave the path and go to the grouping of large trees on the left. Do not go beyond the trees as there is poison ivy further on. The Count is resting in the base of the northern-most tree.
Please be kind and update me on the condition of the box. :) This is the first letterbox stamp I ever carved! It went out as a Postal Letterbox two times. So if you were part of the PLB, you've already seen it.