Ancient Egypt Comes to Oregon  LbNA # 41855

Ownertwinkle    
Placed DateJul 4 2008
CountyClackamas
LocationClackamas, OR
Boxes4
Found By4 ch
Last UpdateMay 29 2009

Clues

NOTE: We saw lots of POISON OAK right off the trail.
Please bring various colored markers instead of an ink pad!
Mount Talbert Nature Park – Start at parking lot on Mather Rd. Please be aware someone has recently vandalized that park and signs were destroyed.

Hathor: (THIS STAMP/BOX IS MISSING)
This Egyptian cow goddess is one of the oldest known of Egypt. She symbolizes the great mother or cosmic goddess who conceived, brought forth, and maintained all life – including the life of the deceased by supplying celestial food for those in the underworld called Tuat.

Take the trail heading uphill behind the bathroom area of the parking lot and pass the second switch back. Continue past four connected maple trees on the uphill side of the trail. Walk thirty paces (past three roots crossing the trail) to a small fern grotto. Look for a moss covered boulder on the left side of the trail. The box is concealed behind the the boulder underneath a small rock pile.

Osiris Reincarnated:
This Egyptian god is the brother/husband of Isis and god of the dead and of resurrection. The Egyptians believed Osiris was the father of all gods and gave birth to them. He was the father of the past, present, and future – meaning immortality. Set, Osiris’s brother wanted to take control of Egypt while Osiris was teaching in other lands. He created a chest to fit Osiris’s exact proportions and tricked Osiris into lying down. Then, Set slammed the lid shut and threw him into the Nile. Isis set out to collect the pieces of her husband’s corpse and after some time, his soul returned to his body. Hence, the Egyptians believed in reincarnation.

Follow trails toward the summit. After the last main trail intersection leading to the summit trail, walk around 1/8-1/4 of a mile to a faint path to the right which drops down around three feet before rounding a medium-large Douglas fir tree on the right side of the path. Continue on the main trail approximately five paces to a medium-large Douglas fir tree (on your left) with a four inch diameter maple tree emerging from the base on the trail side. The box is hidden behind the tree between roots and covered well with rocks.

Anubis - (We have received a report that the stamp is already missing from this box)
Anubis is the jackal-headed god of the dead. He is Osiris and Nepthys’s son. In the underworld, the heart of the deceased would be weighed to a feather. If the Egyptians lived a good honest life, their heart would weigh less than the feather. If they lived a life of evil and lies, their heart would weigh more than the feather and their heart would be eaten by Amam and they would not be allowed into the underworld. Anubis stood guard over the scales to make sure the hearts were weighed fairly. All Egyptian names ending with IS are typically Greek translations of Egyptian words. Such is the case with Anubis – his Egyptian name is Anpu.

Continue on the trail through the cleaning to the Summit and into the woods. Pass a gnarly singled stemmed maple tree leaning on a three-stemmed maple on the right side of the trail. About seventeen paces beyond the three stemmed maple is a two stemmed maple on the right side of the trail which has a perfect spot for one to sit. The box is in a hole under the right stem facing the left stem. Sit on the nature-made bench between the stems to stamp. Rocks are covering the opening.

Embrace an Egyptian
Turn left on the West Ridge Trail and follow the path down a hill past four switchbacks. Continue past three large rock groupings – two on the left and one on the right. About ten paces beyond the rocks turn right and walk to a small fir tree with a swelled trunk. The box is behind the tree under a very large rock. Hide carefully and make sure rock is in place.

Continue on the path down the right side of the meadow and across the board walk at the bottom. Take a left on the Park Loop Trail to Mather Road Trail and return to the parking lot.