Monotropa uniflora (Indian Pipes)  LbNA # 43436

Placed DateSep 9 2008
LocationMoberly, MO
Found By I dig toasters
Last Found Oct 22 2012
Hike Distance?
Last EditedJul 16 2016

Monotropa uniflora (Indian Pipes)

Iíve only seen Indian Pipes once, and that was at least 20 years ago in Rothwell Park. Their spectral beauty against the dark earth of the trailside by the lake took my breath away. Iíve kept hoping I would come across some more one day, but so far that hasnít happened. So I decided to put some out there for someone else to find. Of course, it wonít be nearly as wonderful as the real thing, but I hope that the hike through one of my favorite areas of the park will be rewarding in its own right. The day we placed this box, I saw a bald eagle flying up from the lake after catching a fish, which he or she took to the top of a tree. We saw a hawk sitting in a tree being scolded loudly by smaller birds. There were a several varieties of mushrooms along the path, and many wildflowers in bloom. In short, it was a truly great place to be on a pleasant day.

Note. September 26, 2015. Yesterday I received notice of an attempt on this box. I try to get out and check on my plants as often as possible, but I have not been able to do so lately. As soon as I get a chance I will check and post its status here. At this time the status is UNKNOWN, even though it says OK in the listing.

This box went missing for about 2 years. We looked for it on several occasions during that time without success, but last fall Ishi found it about 50 feet from its original location. The pouch had been gnawed by an animal and the logbook cover was a bit moldy, but the stamp and the pages were okay. So I decided to bring it out of retirement and hide it in the same general area in which it had been placed originally with new cover and new clues. The stamp is the same.

Note: September 13, 2013. When I went out to check on a couple of boxes this afternoon I discovered that most of the tall half snag mentioned in the clue has fallen to the south of the remaining portion. So now it is a short pointed snag. The box is still in the half lying to the north. Thanks to the finders so far, the contents are still clean and dry. Currently there are quite a few raspberry and rose briers mixed in with the brush along with some poison ivy. You know, the usual hazards that we all expect.

Find the RV park by the mini train. Head south on the gravel road at the south end of the RV park. Cross the tracks twice. At the sand pit go 215 degrees to the west edge of the pit to north-south dirt trail. The pit area can be muddy in wet weather, but you can make your way around the edge on higher ground. It's a bit brushier, but not too difficult. Go southward on trail and cross two major drainages. The hills at each are a bit steep and can be slippery when wet. After reaching the top of the hill at the second drainage, keep an eye out for a medium tree with light bark and a hole in the base next to the trail on your left. (If you reach drainage with logs across the path,you have gone too far for this box.)
Go about 21 paces, 65 degrees to a dark-barked oak with a small wound scar on the side facing the path. From the south side of that tree go 100 degrees to a tall half snag with the other half on the ground to the north. Look in the east side of the end next to the base of the tree to find your wild flower. Please be careful with the bark cover.

I hope you enjoy the hike. I would love to hear from you and I welcome comments. Please let me know if the box needs is missing or in need of maintenance.