Palmetto - Quilt Block Series  LbNA # 49456

OwnerLone Star Quilter    
Placed DateMar 3 2008
LocationOttine, TX
Found By Mousepie
Last Found Mar 17 2010
Hike Distance?

This box, which had been missing, was replaced on 8-4-09.

This quilt block was inspired by the pointy leaves of the Palmetto tree, so what better block for this nice little park near Gonzales, Texas called Palmetto State Park? This is an unusual botanical area that resembles the tropics more than Central Texas. The ranges of eastern and western species merge, resulting in an astounding diversity of plant and animal life. Most notably, a stand of dwarf palmetto (Sabal minor) plants, from which the park gets its name, is found around the park's ephemeral swamp. These palmettos are found in east and southeast Texas, as well as much of the southeastern United States, but only individuals or small clumps are found to the west and north of this park. Wildlife frequently seen in the park includes white-tailed deer, armadillos, squirrels, raccoons, and numerous birds.

This letterbox is located in Palmetto State Park, close to I-10 near San Antonio, Texas. From San Antonio, go east for 60 miles to Hwy 183. Turn right (southeast) on Hwy 183 for about 6 miles, turning right on Park Road 11 for 2 miles to the park. Pay the fee and pick up a brochure at the headquarters and check out the first section of the park by the oxbow lake. Then proceed to the second section of the park, parking your near Palmetto Trailhead, by the Picnic area and CCC building. Pick up a trail guide in the box near the entrance.

To the box:
Find the entrance to the Palmetto Trail. You’ll know it by the water tower, which is really a “hydraulic ram”. Continue on the trail past the ram. When you pass marker 9. Turn around and walk back the way you came 16 steps to a strange looking tree on the left, full of holes and long curvy arms. Stop and look left 10 steps off-trail to a medium oak. The box is at the bottom of that tree, covered with bark and stuff.