Along the Bluebonnet Trail  LbNA # 38048 (ARCHIVED)

OwnerLone Star Quilter    
Placed DateMar 1 2008
LocationBastrop, TX
Found By Mosaic Butterfly
Last Found Apr 26 2010
Hike Distance?

**Reported Missing**

Bluebonnets have been loved since man first trod the vast prairies of Texas. Indians wove fascinating folk tales around them. The early-day Spanish priests gathered the seeds and grew them around their missions. This practice gave rise to the myth that the padres had brought the plant from Spain, but this cannot be true since the two predominant species of bluebonnets are found growing naturally only in Texas and at no other location in the world. As historian Jack Maguire so aptly wrote, "It's not only the state flower but also a kind of floral trademark almost as well known to outsiders as cowboy boots and the Stetson hat." He goes on to affirm that "The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland." The ballad of our singing governor, the late W. Lee O'Daniel, goes, "you may be on the plains or the mountains or down where the sea breezes blow, but bluebonnets are one of the prime factors that make the state the most beautiful land that we know." Bluebonnets are truly a “Texas Treasure”.

This letterbox is placed in South Shore Park at Lake Bastrop near Bastrop, Texas. From Bastrop, go west on Hwy. 21 for about 1 mile. Turn left on FM 352 (look for park sign) and go to entrance on the right. Turn in and pay fee at entry booth.

To the box:
Find the parking area between the maintenance road and camping site no. 1 and park there. Follow the trail , going right at the intersection. You will soon be able to see the maintenance building on your right. After a short distance, you will come to a footbridge and you'll see another footbridge not too far ahead on the trail. After crossing the first bridge, walk uphill about 20 steps to a double-trunk oak tree just off the trail on the right. The letterbox is behind that tree, covered with leaves, sticks, and a white rock. Please recover as found, including the white rock. Thanks.