Heron and the Hummingbird  LbNA # 60963

OwnerLone Star Quilter    
Placed DateMar 3 2012
CountyFort Bend
LocationBrazos Bend State Park, Needville, TX
Found By Stepping By Faith
Last Found May 4 2013
Hike Distance?
Last EditedOct 30 2015

I’m not sure that early Native Americans were familiar with Aesop’s Fables, but some of the moral tales that are attributed to them are very similar. One such story concerns, not the Tortoise and the Hare, but a couple of feathered friends. Heron and hummingbird were very close, even though one was tall and gangly and awkward and the other was small and sleek and fast. They both loved to eat fish. The Hummingbird preferred small fish like minnows and the Heron liked the large ones. One day, Hummingbird said to his friend, “I am not sure there are enough fish in the world for both of our kind to ear. Why don’t we have a race to see which of us should own the fish?” Heron thought that was a very good idea. They decided that they would race for four days. The finish line was an old dead tree next to a far-away river called the Brazos in a far-away place called Texas. Whichever of them sat on top of the tree first on the fourth day of the race would own all the fish in the world. They started ou the next morning. The Hummingbird zipped along, flying around and around the Heron, who was moving steadily forward, flapping his giant wings. Then Hummingbird would be distracted by the pretty flowers along the way. He would flit from one to the other, tasting the nectar. When Hummingbird noticed that Heron was ahead of him, he hurried to catch up with him, zooming ahead as fast as he could, and leaving Heron far behind. Heron just kept flying steadily forward, flapping he giant wings. Hummingbird was tired from all his flitting. When it got dark, he decided to rest. He found a nice spot to perch and slept all night long. But Heron just kept flying steadily forward all night long, flapping his giant wings. Hummingbird finally remembered tha he was racing with Heron and flew as fast as he could to catch up with the big awkward bird. Then he zipped along, flying around and around the Heron, who kept moving steadily forward, flapping his giant wings. For two more days, the Hummingbird and the Heron raced toward the far-distant riverbank with the dead tree that was the finish line. Hummingbird had a marvelous time sipping nectar and flitting among the flowers and resting himself at night. Heron stoically kept up a steady flap-flap-flapping of his giant wings, propelling himself forward through the air all day and all night. Hummingbird woke from his sleep the morning of the fourth day, refreshed and invigorated. He flew zip-zip toward the riverbank with its dead tree. When it came into view, he saw Heron perched at the top of the tree! Heron had won the race by flying straight and steady through the night while Hummingbird slept. So from that day forward, the Heron has owned all the fish in the rivers and lakes, and the Hummingbird has sipped from the nectar of the many flowers which he enjoyed so much during the race. Look around and see if you can find Heron and the Hummingbird; they both visit this park from time to time.

Directions: This letterbox is located at Brazos Bend State Park. Go to park headquarters, pay your fee and get a trail map.

To the box. Locate the Horseshoe Lakes on your map. Drive past the day use picnic area and park at the end near the Horseshoe Lake Loop Trail. Find the trail sign and proceed on the trail. Take the first "Y" to the left. You'll see a bench without a back rest on the right, but keep on going. At the next bench, which is dedicated to a man named Rainbolt, have a seat and look out on the lake. There could be a great blue heron perched in the upper branches of the dead tree. Behind you, over your right shoulder, and about 10 steps beyond the path, you'll see another dead tree. The Heron and the Hummingbird box resides at its base under the usual stuff.