Health Series #1  LbNA # 33097 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateJul 16 2007
LocationColumbia, IN
Planted ByTrailStompers    
Found By palestar
Last Found Sep 3 2007
Hike Distance?

These boxes are hidden at the same place that two of my very early boxes are hidden in, Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. I don't know about the hike length as far as miles, or elevation. But I do know that it's not a difficult hike. There are a couple of places where you need to walk up a short but steep hill that has steps up it to walk on. It took me about an hour and 15 minutes to get these four boxes planted, taking my time and enjoying the scenery. Hope that gives you an idea. For directions to the sanctuary, do a web search or check the clues for one of the aforementioned boxes, "Quilt Blocks" or "Happy Turtle." NOTE: You'll see that these stamps have been drawn on and labeled appropriately in their logbooks, to complete the images. You may do the same, or leave them as they are after being stamped, whichever. I wanted to carve the details and labels into them, but it just wasn't happening! That's what I get for not using PZ Kut. Also, these containers are all camo-painted or camo-tape-covered, so look closely.

Park in the area marked for the purpose, down the gravel driveway just past the red barn. You may grab a map from the small kiosk if you'd like.

Heart to Heart:
Begin by walking back down the gravel driveway you just drove up, back down to the Wildflower trail head. There are soooo many lovely landmarks on this trail that I had a hard time passing up some of them to use as hiding spots. Lets say thanks to God, Mother Nature, or whatever/whoever you talk to, for this beautiful place, and thanks to Edna for getting this trail started. You'll see what I mean. Look at all the wonderful ferns! Well, if they're up at this time of year. As you walk along and enjoy your surroundings, your heart is pumping somewhere around 60 to 100 times each minute, give or take. Oxygen is being delivered to each and every cell in your body, and hopefully you have enough hemoglobin to do this job and keep your heart rate where it should be. At the same time, carbon dioxide is leaving your body at the trading center where your alveoli lie in your lungs. Your heart might be working in a little bit of an overdrive mode now, especially when you climb up to get to the first box near the third footbridge. From the near end of it, take a compass reading of 85 degrees. Right up there on top in that stump is where an illustration of this process is located. That's right, go on up. Your muscle fibers in your legs and arms will really be needing that extra oxygen which first comes in through your pulmonary veins, into the left atrium, to the left ventricle and then out to the rest of the body via the aorta. Hope you're not holding your breath! Those muscles need this process to take place! Please be careful on your way up, and on the way back down. Keep track of the number of footbridges from here.

Continue on the trail they way you were going. Hopefully you don't have any pain from the little climb up and back down. Avoid the camp ground (CG), and you'll see what I mean when you get further up and are asked to pick a direction. Just before footbridge #7, find this spot and use your triangulation skills: At 252 degrees, there is a dead tree leaning at a slant; at 295 degrees is footbridge #7; at 128 degrees are two darkish, blackish trees with a peculiarly contrasting whitish appendage snaking its way up. You should be on the trail between two trees, each one close to the trail. From this point, take some paces at a heading of 338 degrees to the big root/dirt collection holding up a deadfall. On the other side of it is another tree holding up another deadfall. From the spot where you stand, these two together look like a great squawking bird, perhaps in pain rated at about a 10 or 11 on a scale of 0 to 10! Of course, children don't rate or verbalize pain in the same way adults do. Between the roots/dirt and the standing tree on the other side, there is an illustration of a concept used for children needing medical attention. It's under bark and sticks.

Ape to Man:
Continue on as you were down the trail which starts to follow a fence line pretty soon. No, I do not believe man evolved from apes, but the phrase "ape to man" helps medical professionals remember the sequence to use in assessment of the heart and its sounds. The letters stand for valves that are heard at certain spots on the chest, found by landmarks like the ribs, the spaces between them, and the sternum. The logbook will explain further. Keep heading away from the CG when you are reminded of it. At the fork joining trails 1 and 2, take 2. At footbridge #8, I was thumping along with my walking stick, probably sounding like a troll stomping across, and a gray squirrel flew out from under the bridge and up into the tree ahead. I think we both scared eachother! From here, go straight, and you'll cross another footbridge. When you get to the 90 degree left turn, look between the pair of trees and the fence for another treasure.

Eventually, you'll have to exit the woods and enter a meadow. When you get to this point, go left. When you're asked, take "10." After that short trek, you'll exit the meadow and go back into the woods. Several paces in, there are two trees just to the right of the trail, that sorta appeared to me to be dancing, if I used my imagination. Perhaps a gentleman tree "dipping" a lady tree, all the way across the trail? Lovely! I bet their EKG strips would show heart-shaped blips (they're so in love!), and maybe short, rounded, upright peaks (their hearts are all a'flutter!). Take seven paces from this pair and you'll see a stump to your left. Check in there for the last box of this series.

Keep going through the short remainder of this trail, and you'll come out near a little outbuilding and a pole barn. Go between then and then about straight ahead back to the parking lot. Have fun and be safe!

I really hope you enjoy this hike, this place, these boxes. Please contact me if you have questions/comments/etc. :) :) :)