Stone Mtn Echoes: Duck Duck (Goose) LbNA # 49511
|Placed Date||Aug 7 2009|
|Location||Stone Mountain, GA|
|Found By||Scout MOM|
|Last Found||Jun 17 2011|
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 Duck Duck Letterbox letterbox was planted by Amanda from Seattle on April 15, 2003. It is still active.
After replacing the original Duck Duck Letterbox to its granite house, site 145° to a fire tack to a grouping of small pines. From that location, site 160° to another marked pine. From that thin fellow, site 110° to a marked tree with a low hanging branch. Stand at the low branch and site 100° to a pair of eyes that are just to the right of where Duck Duck (Goose) is hold up in a granite home.
Daylight clues to follow soon. Happy Anniversary, Georgia letterboxers!