Stone Mtn Echoes: Squeeeezebox LbNA # 49502
|Owner||Runs for Beer|
|Placed Date||Jul 31 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 Stone Mountain Squeeeezebox letterbox was planted by the Squeezeboxers May 28, 2003. It is still active.
From the site of the original box pan a light downhill, westerly toward the tree line. Follow tacks to a ground level hide. Hidden under the back edge of the stone, behind a rock. (Day clues: from the original box, walk due west across granite to the edge of the next tree cluster. Approx. 30 steps due west from the edge of the trees to a ground level hide (under back edge of smallish low lying stone, behind a rock.)
A note about the stamp image: When the original Squeeeezebox was planted, the log contained the contact information for a bonus clue located at Tallulah Gorge. I believe that the bonus has been missing for a number of years (described the empty hiding spot to the owners of the box), but the stamp image has been re-created here to commemorate these additions to letterboxes in GA from our ‘boxing friends from Dartmoor.
Daylight clues to follow soon. Happy Anniversary, Georgia letterboxers!