The Patchwork Girl of Oz  LbNA # 35531

OwnerLone Star Quilter    
Placed DateSep 26 2007
CountyHarris
LocationHouston, TX
Boxes1
Found ByWry Me
Last UpdateNov 6 2011

Clues

The Patchwork Girl of Oz is one of the wonderful stories by L. Frank Braum. The magical practices and potions of the Land of Oz is the thread running through The Patchwork Girl. The story begins with a visit by a young Munchkin lad, Ojo the Unlucky, who with his Unc Nunkie visit a reclusive magician, Dr. Pipt. The old sorcerer has just completed the six year task of brewing a spoonful of the Powder of Life, and is preparing to administer it to a life-sized rag doll made by his wife Margolotte. The intent is to create a servant to help his wife in her chores, but unbeknownst to the magician, Ojo doctors the doll's brains.
In the confusion that erupts as the Powder of Life performs its miracle, Margolotte and Unc Nunkie are turned into marble statues and the Patchwork Girl (also called Scraps) is brought to life quite unfit to ever be a servant. To restore life to the two hapless victims, Ojo undertakes a quest to find the ingredients for an antidote to the enchantment, accompanied by the Patchwork Girl and the Glass Cat, another creation of Dr. Pipt. A series of adventures ensue, as they brave new challenges and meet new and amazing peoples and lands in their hunt for the magical ingredients. Through the trials of this grand quest Ojo learns that he is no longer presumed to be ill-fated by circumstance of birth, and is known henceforth as Ojo the Lucky. This box was placed in Memorial Park as part of the letterboxer gathering called “Follow the Yellow Brick Trail”.

Directions:
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 the baseball fields on the right. Park near the last one and look for the trail marker sign with a map of the mountain bike trails. You will also see a Purple Trail marker post.

To the box:
Start down the trail, keeping the baseball field on the right and the woods on the left. You will come to another Purple Trail marker post. Walk 46 steps straight past this marker and you will come to a Blue Trail marker. Turn right and follow the Blue Trail until you come to its junction with the Red Trail. Bear left, staying on the Blue Trail until you come to a wooden stile. This area may be muddy after a rain. Standing on the concrete pad that supports the stile, turn around and take 31 steps back in the direction from whence you came. Look right into the woods for a downed log about 16 steps away. About 6 feet from the near end of that log, nestled between the log and a hardwood sapling, you will find Scraps.