The Cowardly Lion of Oz  LbNA # 35530

OwnerBoots Tex    
Placed DateSep 26 2007
LocationHouston, TX
Found By Wry Me
Last Found Nov 6 2011
Hike Distance?

The Cowardly Lion is a character in the fictional Land of Oz created by author L. Frank Braun. He makes his first appearance in the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. He is the last of the companions Dorothy befriends on her way to the Emerald City. He is a lion, but he talks and interacts with humans. His name is self-applied, as he does not understand that courage means acting in the face of fear, not simply being fearful, when he believes he should be fearless. The Cowardly Lion joins Dorothy so that he can ask The Wizard for courage being ashamed that, in his cultural role as the King of the Beasts, he is not indeed brave. Despite outward evidence that he is unreasonably fearful, The Cowardly Lion displays great bravery along the way. The Wizard gives him a bowl of liquid from a bottle marked “Courage”, and in the remainder of the book, becomes almost like a bully and ready to fight at the drop of a hat. He accompanies Dorothy on her journey to see Glinda and allows his friends to stand on his back in order to visit the Dainty China Country. This letterbox was placed in Memorial Park as part of the October 6, 2007 letterbox gathering called Follow the Yellow Brick Trail.

Take Loop 610 to the Galleria Area. Take the Woodway Dr. exit and turn east on Woodway Dr. Stay in the right hand lane. Drive past the Houston Arboretum and follow the road to the right as it splits. You will see a parking lot on the right hand side of the road near the rugby field. Park here.

To the box:
Cross the wooden bridge, turn left and follow the trail past the rugby field on your right. You will come to a junction of the Red, Purple and Yellow trails. Look to the left for the Red Trail marker and follow the Red trail until its junction with the Blue Trail. Go right on the Blue Trail until you come to a wooden stile over nothing. Cross the stile and walk straight ahead to a tall Loblolly Pine tree just off the trail. The Cowardly Lion of Oz is cowering behind that tree, having covered himself with pine needles and such. Be careful….he bites!