Huntley Meadows Creatures LbNA # 50624
|Placed Date||Sep 27 2009|
|Location||6948 S Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA|
|Found By||LewP |
|Last Update||Mar 8 2014 |
******* May 2014 Update --- The Park is OPEN!! There is construction around the entrance (and will be for some time) and the new parking lot is not available, but you can pull into the entrance and park on the side of the road.
Enter Huntley Meadows Park from the South Kings entrance (across from an EXXON gas station). This IS NOT the entrance near the park visitors' center. If you are in the visitor center parking lot on Lockheed Blvd you need to get back in your car and drive around to the other entrance.
Follow asphalt bike trail. You come to a fork at the "Chesapeake Bay" sign - go right (don't take the maintenance road).
Stop at the bench on your right and find my trail partner Abbzzs' box called "Nutty Creature" (LbNA # 49879). [Turn around and walk back about 15 paces to a small overgrown path on your left. Walk down this path about 20 paces to a small mound on your left. On the side of the mound is a cement block. Hidden under this block you will find a nutty creature. PLEASE try to avoid crushing the box when you return the cement block. Log in to Nutty Creature separately. :)]
Box #1 Flutterby (Store bought)
Return to the bench and then continue to follow the asphalt trail into the park. The maintenance road will soon rejoin the walking trail. Soon after the trails rejoin you will see a sign with a Monarch butterfly and a story about how Huntley Meadows was named. From the sign take eight steps, make a left face and walk 14 steps into the woods. You will see a tree with five small trunks. Look where the trunks come together and you will find two butterflys. This is a busy place on the trail so be as sneaky as you can.
Box#2 Flying Creature (Hand Carved)
Return to the ashpalt trail and head into the park. You will see bird houses #15, 18, 16, & 17 on your left - keep going. The trees are growing so most of the bird houses are hidden.
You will come to a bench on your right and a sign about "amphibious creatures". Read the sign and keep walking on the asphalt. You can take the Pond Loop if you like though -- it returns back to the asphalt trail.
On your right you will see a park bench and a trail with a sign that indicates "no bikes". Never mind, just stay on the asphalt trail. [This is where the Pond Loop rejoins the trail]
On your left you will see a trail with a signed marked no bikes, no motorcycles, but dogs on a leash are just fine. Take that trail into the woods for about 80 steps (40 paces) and you will see a tree with four trunks on your left - take a look where the trunks come together and you will see the flying creature nesting comfortably.
This was my first attempt at carving a stamp for a box. I am not expecting a blue diamond, but it was worth putting in a box - right?
Box #3 Tiny Creature (Store bought)
Return back to the asphalt trail and continue into the park. On the right you will see the Warbler Waves, stop and enjoy. Keep moving, there will be a bench on your left and if you look close you may see water under your feet. Keep going until you see a viewing platform and a bike rack - park your bike, look and enjoy the view.
Leaving your bike in the rack, walk back down the trail and make a quick right into an open field. After a good rain it will be a little muddy (ok, maybe a lot muddy). Just around the corner you will see a bench. Walk behind the bench. With your back to the bench make a left face and take 5 steps. Look at the tree to your right with a couple rocks around it. Underneath a black rock in the shape of a triangle you should find a tiny creature (no log book).
Enjoy your trip back to the park entrance. It was a bit over a mile out there. All three boxes -- round trip is @ 2.5 miles.