No Country For Old Letterboxers LbNA # 50375
|Placed Date||Sep 12 2009|
When this box was placed at Sanderson in Terrell County, Texas, at approximately 1:36 p.m., Saturday, September 12, 2009, it was, according to Letterboxing.org the first Letterbox in the last Texas county that remained without a box. The last county had fallen. So what to call it? “Lonesome Box“, in honor of Texas author Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove? Nah. How about “The Last Box” (after McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show)? No. A better idea was is honor of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men which was based in Terrell County. So this box got the name of “No Country For Old Letterboxers.” How about that, Friendo?
This box is located in Sanderson, Texas. Pine Street parallels St Hwy 90 one block to the north. Go to the very WEST end of Pine Street and locate the trailhead of the “Cactus Capitol Of Texas Nature Trail.” There will be a trail map posted at this trailhead and your destination will be the observation point at the south end of this nature trail (about ½ mile from this trailhead, but requires ascending a steep and winding path for about 2/3 of the distance. Must be able to hike over moderately rugged but maintained trail).
Hike UP to the observation point by following a trail with many switchbacks proceeding directly uphill from the trailhead. The trail is faintly marked in some places but well marked in others. The trail reaches a junction point about 2/3 of the way up the mesa from which the trail goes right or left. Proceed left (southerly) to the point overlooking Hwy 90 and the Southern Pacific Railroad. There you will find two benches and a trail sign describing Mexican Free Tail Bats. From the most westerly bench (second bench), stand with the bench on your right and facing the Bat sign slightly to your left and uphill from the bench. From the end of the railroad tie that creates the bench retaining wall, proceed uphill toward the sign for two steps to a large rock used for trail border (larger than its neighbors). The box is nestled at the uphill side of the rock under other flat rocks. Please rehide carefully so that cleanup crews or casual visitors will not notice the box.