Day of the Dead LbNA # 49430
|Placed Date||Oct 26 2007|
|Last Update||Oct 6 2007|
Day of the Dead series:
Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated on Nov. 1 (All Saints' Day) and Nov. 2 (All Souls' Day). Although it may sound morbid, the mood for this holiday is festive, with emphasis on celebrating and honoring the lives of the deceased and celebrating the continuation of life. The belief is not that death is the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in life.
This series was originally planted as part of the Santa Fe Spooktacular Letterboxing Event in 2007. Boxes were unavailable for awhile thereafter but were replanted in August 2009. What better place to plant Day of the Dead stamps than on a hike to a ghost town? Visit High Desert Glider's Glorieta Ghost Town box while you're there.
To get to the Glorieta trail head: From Santa Fe, head north on I-25 and take exit 299 (about 15 miles from Santa Fe). Take a left at the top of the exit ramp, then another left at the T. Road will lead you into Glorieta Conference Center. Stop at the guardhouse and if someone is there, tell them you are going hiking to the ghost town. When you leave the guardhouse, turn either left or right and follow Oak St. around to the back of the property. Follow signs to parking area for hiking trails (near RV parking area). From here you will see a kiosk and signs for trails. Follow signs toward Ghost Town.
Box #1: Cancion de Amor:
*****I have a report the trail is closed for maintenance until fall 2014 so check back.*****
From the kiosk at the parking area - turn left. You should see the road to the RV park through the trees, you need to take the path that goes through the trees and get to this road. (Do NOT take the hiking trail that goes uphill.) Once you hit the road, turn right, walk past a large propane tank, and head towards the RV park. The road ends at the far end of the RV park, and you will see a rusty red colored gate for hikers to go through. Go through the gate, and then follow trail signs to Ghost Town (you will be headed away from the conference center, upstream). After 15 to 20 minutes of walking, you will come to a pink gate. Two or three minutes after the pink gate, you will see a very large gnarled mass of oak tree roots, clinging to the hillside on the left side of the trail. From the gnarled mass of tree roots - go to the left end of the mass of roots and look slightly uphill, at about 10 o'clock. Look for tree about 8 to 10 feet away. Look at base of tree, under a couple of rocks and some twigs and leaves.
Box #2: La Catrina: BOX IS MISSING. Rocks were moved and I couldn't find the box when I was there.
Continue up trail for another 15 minutes or so to the old rusty car on the right side of the trail. Look behind the car for the log that has fallen on the hillside, the one that has a white rock nestled underneath its downhill side, which is visible from standing by the side of the car. Box is on uphill side of this log, right across from this white rock. Look under a rock and leaves.
This image has been adapted from a famous print called "Calavera de La Catrina" by Mexican engraver and illustrator Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913). Posada was a political cartoonist who became famous for his Day of the Dead images. La Catrina is a Spanish word referring to the well-dressed and rich and this image is meant as a criticism of that society in Mexico.
Thanks to lionsmane for helping me replant these boxes!