Basking By The Brazos  LbNA # 40873

OwnerSilver Eagle      
Placed DateJun 13 2008
CountyFort Bend
LocationSugar Land, TX
Found By smallgenie
Last Found Oct 15 2014
Hike Distance?

Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 600 yards RT)
Status: alive

The Brazos River, called the Rio de los Brazos de Dios by early Spanish explorers, which can be translated as "The River of the Arms of God," is the 11th longest river in the United States. It runs 1280 miles from its source of Blackwater Draw, New Mexico to its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico just south of Freeport. It is dammed in three places, all north of Waco, forming Possum Kingdom Lake, Lake Granbury, and Lake Whitney, and is managed by the Brazos River Authority. Recently, a new park was opened where the Brazos River flows through Sugar Land in Fort Bend County. It is called Sugar Land Memorial Park, and is part of the planned Brazos River Park. It has a nice pond and pavilion, along with a walking path and this minibox.

In Sugar Land, go southwest on Hwy 59 to University Blvd exit and turn left under the Hwy. Go about 1 mile to the intersection with Commonwealth Blvd and turn right into Sugar Land Memorial Park. Go 3/4 around the traffic circle and head south, away from the pond and pavilion. Continue to the end and park by the gravel trail head.

Go left (east) on the gravel path and follow it as it turns right (south) for about 200 yards. Just before the path bends west, go left across the grass to the edge of the woods. Continue left around the corner and follow a small path with woods on the right, a drainage ditch down below on the left and the Brazos River up ahead. Go about 125 steps along the tree line, even if path disappears, to a broken tree. Turn right and and a little behind you and walk 7 steps to a small opening in the woods. Continue into the woods another 7 steps to a medium tree just left of a large tree. The camo minibox is hanging on its back side about 4 feet high. The box is a pill container and is permanently attached to the tree, so remove the top by pushing down while turning counter-clockwise. When replacing the top, make sure to screw it on all the way and check to make sure it doesn't come off if you lift up on it. After stamping in, continue following the drainage ditch a little ways to where it flows into the Brazos River to do your own basking.