Sonoran Desert Animals 2008 Series LbNA # 37883
|Placed Date||Feb 10 2008|
Trail difficulty: fairly easy; dirt & a little rocky desert trails.
Stamps hand carved.
Status: all boxes alive and well on April 15, 2015
NOTICE: The "big freeze" of the Winter of 2011 killed many of the Saguaro Cactus in this area. Some of them died and fell over almost a year after the freeze. So be aware that the Saguaro remaining as clues may fall over at any time and then cause problems in finding the boxes!
These letterboxes are off Kinney Road a little west of Tucson. From I-19 take Exit 99 and go west on Ajo Way for about 5 miles. Turn right on Kinney Road and drive for about 3.9 miles. Turn left into the Ironwood Picnic Area and drive all the way to the end and park.
Please be sure the contents are double ziplocked when you put them back in the boxes (i.e. the stamp is in a ziploc, the book is in a ziploc, and the two are in the larger ziploc bag), and all of it placed INSIDE the box. Please rehide all the boxes well under the rocks and covered with some brush & plant debris so that they can not be seen from any direction. After replacing the boxes, please take a different route back to the trails to help prevent creating “social/wildcat/unofficial” trails.
Gila Monster Letterbox: From the large charcoal grill under the very huge Ironwood Tree, walk roughly north on a trail down to the wash, up the steep slope on the other side. At the top of the slope there are trails going off to the right, left, and straight ahead. Go straight ahead through the two large Palo Verde Trees. You will soon arrive at a major trail junction (two small rock cairns there). Continue straight across the junction. Continue straight across two side trails. After crossing over the second side trail you will soon drop down into a moderately large wash. Just after going up the other side, you will see a tall armless Saguaro Cactus on the right side with a dead tree on the ground between the Saguaro and the trail. From this Saguaro, go at about 26 degrees (from mag. north) for about 50 steps to a large Palo Verde Tree with an armless Saguaro sticking up through it. The box is under the backside of the tree under a flat rock covered with some brush.
Harris’ Squirrel Letterbox: Return to the trail, turn left, and return to the major trail junction (the junction with the two small rock cairns). Turn left. After passing a large dead tree lying along the left side of the trail, continue to an about 5 1/2 ft. high Saguaro cactus on the right side of the trail (it has Prickly Pear Cactus growing around its base) where the trail makes a gradual left turn. Continue a short distance to a dead collapsed Saguaro with ribs sticking upright out of it on the right side of the trail (where the trail is making a gradual turn to the right). From this dead Saguaro, go at about 310 degrees for about 60 steps to a medium size Ocotillo. The box is behind it, behind a piece of Saguaro skeleton, and under a flat rock.
Checkerspot Butterfly Letterbox: Return to the trail, turn right, and return to and continue straight across the major trail junction (the junction with the two small rock cairns). After walking for a while, just before the trail dips down into a shallow wash, look to your left for a tall armless sickly looking Saguaro with an “offset” in its trunk about 6 ½ feet up. Now, look to your right for a dead Saguaro skeleton on the ground. From this skeleton, go at about 300 degrees for about 20 steps to a tall armless Saguaro with a moderate size Palo Verde Tree behind it. The box is under the back side of the tree under a flat rock covered with some brush.
Cactus Wren Letterbox: Return to the trail and turn right. After crossing a fairly deep major wash, continue for about 130 steps to a major trail junction (two small rock cairns there). Turn left. You will be walking through a Cholla Cactus forest. Go to the first armless Saguaro on the left – it is about 11 steps off the trail. From this Saguaro, go at about 128 degrees for about 77 steps to a large lone Palo Verde Tree. The box is under the back side of the tree under a flat rock covered with some brush.
Bobcat Letterbox: Return to the trail, turn left, and continue straight (left) across the trail junction. In a short distance at another junction, continue straight. Walk for a while until the trail makes a fairly major turn to the right. Walk for about 60 more steps. Look to your right for a large Saguaro with 9 arms; it is about 21 steps off the trail (this is the first large Saguaro with arms on the right after passing the trail junctions). From this Saguaro, go at about 342 degrees for about 51 steps to a large Palo Verde Tree with a baby Saguaro in front of it. The box is under the back side of this tree behind a chunk of Saguaro skeleton and under a flat rock covered with some brush. [A letterboxer has reported to me that this Bobcat box and its contents have been chewed on by an animal, probably a coyote or javalina, and the stamp has some damage. At the request of this letterboxer, I am going to leave it that way as an example of "a box about an animal, worked on by an animal"! (I did replace the container, log book and ziplocs.)]
These boxes were placed for the 4th Annual Tucson Letterboxers Gathering.
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