Stone Mtn Echoes: Extreme Letterbox LbNA # 49499
|Placed Date||Aug 4 2009|
|Location||Stone Mountain, GA|
On August 7, 2004, letterboxing in Georgia became something more than a little-known hobby. On that day, an article appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The Game's Afoot" featured interviews with Mark and Red's Bunch. On that same day, the first-ever Southeast Gathering was held at Stone Mountain Park.
At the end of that day there were 14 letterboxes inside the gates. Five years later, there are more than 250 active boxes -- THE greatest concentration of letterboxes per acre ANYWHERE.
The Stone Mountain Echoes letterboxes have been planted to commemorate those first 14 boxes, to honor what the pioneers started at Stone Mountain. The locals visit these old haunts regularly on our hikes through the park, as some of the original boxes are still active. And yes, some of those old boxes have been lost forever. Even so, while the locations and trails are much more familiar, those spots still retain a sense of mystique and wonder, as if the amazement some of us felt seeped out of us and became part of the mountain. We hope these new reprointerprecreations can help bring those same feelings to the folks who are just starting out, or who just haven't been there yet.
The original Extreme Letterbox was planted by Mark in time for the first Southeast Gathering, on August 7th, 2004. It has been retired (lost).
At the top of the mountain proceed behind the skylift and WGTV antenna. Stand at the spot where there the country club is at 65, Evergreen is at 125, and the antenna is at 250.
You should be standing on or near an arrangement of rocks in a vernal pool. Sight 315° to some conical trees, and look for an arrangement of small rocks, covered with pine needles, at the base of one of the trees.
Happy Anniversary, Georgia letterboxers!