ALL HAVE BEEN REPORTED AS MISSING. I haven't been back to check on the reports, but from what the emails have said, I think they probably are gone. (Busy Bee - Nov. 21, 2006)
July 12, 2005 - I just checked on these today, and 3 were missing. PURPLE COW is still there and in good shape, except for the little 'souviniers' being ruined, so I removed those for now. Otherwise the box is fine, but watch for poison ivy.
COME ON, SEA BISCUIT was wet, so I removed it for now. I will replace it in about a week.
I am not going to replace the missing boxes, although I may add some different ones in the park.
LOOPING LASSOS SERIES of 5 LETTERBOXES IN ROB AND BESSIE WELDER PARK…
(WATCH OUT FOR SNAKES!)
Please be sure to hide everything from sight again before you leave. The park and the trail are sometimes very busy and sometimes not in use at all; so try not to be surprised along the trail by other hikers and walkers. There seem to be quite a few who use the trail in the late afternoon, especially. For those with children, the park has large oak trees, picnic tables and benches and lots of nice playground equiptment.
Rob and Bessie Welder Park is located on highway 181 just north of Sinton. Driving toward Skidmore/Beeville, just a few miles out of Sinton, you will see Rob and Bessie themselves, at the entrance to their ‘Ranch’, swinging their lassos overhead. Drive on in under the lassos and start your adventure.
Rob and Bessie have trouble on their hands! The corral fence and back forty pasture fence have been knocked down by a belligerent bull. Some of the horses are loose and so are the cows. Many have been rounded up again already, but some are still missing. This is where you can help. Pull on your boots, grab your lariat and round ‘em up.
LETTER BOX #1: ‘LOOPING LASSOS’
First you’d better go by the bunkhouse and round up the two hired hands. Going into the park turn to your right, and then to the right fork again, to the Walking/Hike/Bike Trail. Park your car and enter on the paved path. Watch out for snakes!
Turn into the ‘loop’ taking the first right on the path. The second tree by the trail, to your right as you walk, holds the first letterbox in this series. Taking 10 careful steps off the trail, looking behind bushy branches, and about halfway up the trunk, you’ll find the box with two cowhands taking a siesta under some pulled grass and leaves. (Be sure to re-hide the box with extra grass and leaves from around the site.) Now, don’t be discouraged when you see this sorry pair, I know they are a disreputable sight, but they are the first carvings I tried. If you are a newbie, you will be very encouraged to see that not everyone starts at an expert level in carving! *wink* LOL!!! From now on, be assured, the stamps do improve.
LETTERBOX #2: ‘COME ON, SEABISCUIT!’
Now to get on with your roundup, go back to the path, then proceed down the trail for approximately 77 steps, to a small huisache tree on your left. At the thorny base, in fast growing weeds, you’ll find an unusual horse to end up on this western ranch.
LETTERBOX #3: PURPLE COW: From here you can either continue around the loop or turn back the way you came. You will find this strange cow inside the corner of the fence where the looped trail began. Poke and prod with care, to remove debris from over the top of the box. A poetic surprise awaits.
LETTERBOX #4: GALLOPING PETROGLYPH: Get back in your car and drive back the way you came. But when you come to the entrance gate road, keep going around ‘Circle Drive’ to enjoy the playground area. Don’t get turned around or the rest of the clues won’t fit. You should be on the side closest to the highway. Pass the swimming pool, then the white rock/brick building. Park in the first parking area near the blue swings. With your foot on the most westerly of the swing’s legs, take a compass reading of approximately 300*. Look across the park road for ‘twin trees’. Walk over to them, then note the hollow trunk of one, with a looped, woody vine growing up the hollow. On the floor of the hollowed out trunk is a big chunk of wood, lift it out to round up another horse.
LETTERBOX #5: PICKING UP THE TRAIL: Standing between the twin trees, take another compass reading of approximately 230* SW. Notice the somewhat straight row of 6 trees. Walk out to the 6th, a large forked oak. This time don’t prod in the hole in the trunk, but instead with a stick, lift the leaves and debris in the hollow between limbs on the 320* side. This box will provide you with all the ‘hoof prints’ you covered in your round up today.