Dead Man Mesa LbNA # 62150 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Jun 3 2009|
This letterbox was originally placed by Viejo, but he is unable to maintain so I have taken it over.
An ammo can at 5800 feet elevation. The terrain is open scrub and level but rocky and quite muddy when wet. Suitable for older children and animal companions.
Any place with a name like Deadman Mesa deserves a letterbox.
A story is told that at the time of the Vernal and the Autumnal equiluxes when the time from sundown to sunup is exactly equal, a strange quiet comes over the mesa - all life energy seems to ebb - the exact opposisite of an energy vortex. Communication devices (and GPSrs) stop working. There is an account, perhaps apocryphal, that the only remains of an old prospector who camped on the mesa during the quilux were his bones, bleached and dessicated as if they had been exposed to the elements for years, even though the remains were found the next day. His wallet, camp utensils, and other personal objects nearby established his identity beyond doubt.
But there have been other times when folks have gone out onto the mesa aand whose remains were never found. If you are on the mesa and your GPS starts acting erratic, you see and hear no sound of animal life, and it becomes very still, and your dog begins to whine, you might consider coming back at another, more propitious, time.
The letterbox is on the highest point on the mesa but the slope up is very gradual. You can park along the road down into Fossil Creek and walk but you can get much closer with a 4WD, high clearance vehicle (if you take the right road!) The area is lovely but there are no trails or landmarks. A GPS receiver will be required. The ammo can should be in plain sight.
N 34° 24.049
W 111° 35.222