Dachura the Dragon  LbNA # 49095 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateJul 27 2009
LocationAustin, TX
Found By Gryzzled Gryphon
Last Found Sep 9 2011
Hike Distance?

Every park needs a dragon to spice things up. That's why I placed Dachura, the slightly-friendly-but-capable-of-destruction beast who resides in Dick Nichols Park.

This box is in Dick Nichols Park, which is located in South Austin. To get there from Mopac south, take the westbound William Cannon exit and turn on Beckett Road. Drive until you reach the park, and get out on the left side of the parking lot, if possible.

Alrighty, lets get to it. To start, what in the world does “Dachura” mean? Well, it just so happens that Dachura means “from the oak.” As you drive into Dick Nichols, do you see a profound, majestic oak taller than the others? It is the tallest tree in the park, and it is located on the far left outskirts of the vicinity. To reach it, find the basketball court and get on the sidewalk right in front of it. Start walking...you should pass a drinking fountain on the left and a large rainwater collection ditch on the right. Keep walking until the path begins to turn right; once you see the oak, casually advance under the mighty branches.
Now, lean against the oak facing the basketball court you passed earlier. Your view will be obscured by one of the many thickets that surround the oak. Take about fifteen steps forward until you are stopped by the thicket. Carefully begin to search for a SPOR (suspicious pile of rocks) among the slim trunks, walking back and forth along the edge of the thicket if necessary. Keep in mind that this is just a "clue"...Dachura appreciates the efforts of 'boxers who have to put up a mild search for her. But beware, she can be a touchy creature, and she may have a few thorn stalks to guard her den. By being observant (and not tearing up the area in frustration), you should secure her and be able to view her beauty. Replace her carefully, please, as oak dragons enjoy their privacy.

This park is very popular, and the fields here are often used for youth sports practices of various kinds. In addition, the walking path takes people right past where this letterbox is located.
Because of these things, I advise you NOT to come in the late afternoon or evening, especially during sports season and after school hours. The best times to nab this box, and the other boxes in this park, for that matter, are either very early morning or after dark. ( don’t worry…there are lights at the basketball court). Coming during the week also helps. Oh, and this may sound crazy, especially if you live in Texas, but often the hotter days prevent many casual park-goers from venturing forth. The park is practically deserted in the middle of the day on hot days!