Stone Mtn Echoes: Whiskers Hides LbNA # 49522
|Placed Date||Aug 7 2009|
|Location||Stone Mountain, GA|
|Found By||Eidolon |
|Last Update||Sep 7 2009 |
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 «B»still«/B» 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: Whiskers letterbox was planted by The Jolly G-Man on August 11, 2002. It is still active.
From Whiskers' favorite napping spot, find the tack on the marked trail. Head down that trail, looking for a double tack. At the double, turn left on the faint trail. At the next tacked tree, stop. Turn left. Whiskers is hiding behind the hungry rock. When replanting, please make sure to cover with pine straw/leaves and tamp down to look natural.
UPDATED 3/22/14: It appears that the tree with the double tack is now a log. Please use these clues (can be done during the day).
Continue down the trail. You will soon come to a V tree on the right of the trail (right on the trail). Take @ 16 steps further down the tree. Turn left. Take @ 16-18 steps and look for rock.