Easy as ABCD  LbNA # 57946

OwnerRobin Sbob N Bean      
Placed DateMay 21 2011
CountyPolk
LocationMacRae Park, MacRae Park, Des Moines, IA
Boxes4
Found Byvaticanval (Attempted)
Last UpdateMar 26 2014

Clues

Letterbox A
Start at back of the restroom looking at the sea of trees and mown grass. Travel toward the nearby grill to the left. As you near the grill you will find your first letterbox in the Y of the evergreen tree.

Letterbox B
Begin walking following the road, but Do Not Enter. Turn right at the T and follow the road. Along the way did you notice the wildflowers? Are there animal tracks giving you clues to who might have been here? Keep traveling along the road with the Deer Management Area on your left until you notice an oak on the right side of the road that points at what you seek—it’s just lying around. Look low, not high, for a crevice as big as a PB jar until you find it.

Letterbox C
Go back across the street to the many fallen trees. Go downhill along these fallen giants taking a trail if you can find it. Another box is hidden in the largest of them all. There is a crater in the ground where the roots were torn out of the ground as this giant fell. The tree trunk near the roots protects this letterbox cache.

Letterbox D
The other end of the tree, the crown of this giant, points to the trail that leads you across the ravine. A bridge will make the traveling easier. Take the trail uphill to learn about recycling. At this sign you will find today’s smallest letterbox which once held SLR film.

To return to where you began, keep following the trail. As you travel watch for a small woodpecker hole shaped like an O in a tree with no crown (on your left). Nearby is a 3-eyed wood gnome (if you use your imagination) at the base of an oak. Is he happy or sad? Also nearby is a tree that has bark that looks like burnt potato chips… it is a black cherry! As you follow the trail you will learn about microclimates and savanna. At the head of the trail you can see the cabin and the restrooms where you began.

Caution: Stay on the trail, mowed grass or along the roadway as much as possible to prevent exposure to poison ivy and stinging nettles.