Go Green LbNA # 46439
|Owner||The 4 Investigators|
|Placed Date||Apr 3 2009|
|Location||West Des Moines, IA|
|Last Update||Jun 19 2010|
The letterbox Go Green is hidden in Brown’s Woods.
“Brown's Woods, Iowa's largest urban forest preserve, offers more than 2 miles of trails to explore. This 484-acre forest in West Des Moines features a canopy of oak and hickory trees stretching from Brown's Woods Drive to the Raccoon River. The rolling hills and small streams of Brown's Woods are a joy to explore at any season. This wildlife area is named after Tallmadge E. Brown, a successful Des Moines lawyer who acquired large tracts of land around Des Moines in the late 1800s. One of them was this beautiful forest acquired by the Conservation Board in 1972.
Visitors may collect nuts, fruit or edible mushrooms for non-commercial use if the plant is not harmed; however, removing plants, hunting, or trapping animals and cutting wood is illegal here.
Entrance located off of Brown's Woods Drive (West of SW 63rd St.), West Des Moines, Iowa"
Info copied from mycountyparks.com
The hiking trail consists of two loops connected by a straight trail. The letterbox is hidden off the straight trail.
When walking on the first loop you will find a sign that points one way to the parking lot, and another way to the one hour loop. Turn toward the one hour loop. As you walk down the hill you will notice a creak on your right. If you look up stream you should be able to see a small waterfall. There is a well worn foot path that leads off the hiking trail and along the crick to the waterfall. (The path is before the bridge) Follow the footpath and find the fallen giant that points directly to the waterfall. Someone nicknamed the giant Cory. Don’t be afraid to stick your hand in a small round hole, in the fallen giant, to retrieve your prize. Tike time to notice the rock layers below the waterfall.
When we placed this letterbox we also took the time to pick up litter along the trail. It always frustrates me that no matter where I am I can find evidence of the people that went before me. I have decided that it is not enough to just not litter. I need to pick up other people’s litter. If we all pitch in to pick up after others, who are careless and insensitive, our natural areas will look a lot better. So, next time you go for a hike grab a bag and do your part!
The Four Investigators