All boxes serviced 10/07/07
Dawes Arboretum series 5+ boxes Difficulty: easy to moderate Distance: 3.5 miles, accessible by car, bike, or foot. WilloWanderer's pace count is 53 per 100 yards Dawes Arboretum is located on Ohio SR 13, about 3.5 miles north of I-70 exit 132. It comprises several hundred acres of rolling fields and woodlands. The arboretum has many native trees and other plants in natural settings, also many popular and more rare landscape plants in formal and semiformal settings. There is a nature center, picnic shelter, trails, bonsai collection, and many other features which we will leave for your own discovery. All the boxes in this series are on the auto tour route. Maps are available in the foyer of the visitor center, which is open whenever the gates are open. Do get one. Gates open early, between 7 and 9 AM, depending on sunrise, and close at dusk, which may be as early as 6:45 PM or as late as 9:30. Call for hours if that's an issue. The visitor center and nature center are open more regular hours, 8:30-4:30 or so. Dogs are allowed on leash. The city of Newark and village of Granville are nearby, with many attractions both natural and manufactured, including more letterboxes. A favorite stop for lunch is Clark's restaurant in Jacksontown at the intersection of SR 13 and US 40. Don't miss the family style dinner on Sunday. Please report problems with any of these boxes to WilloWanderers (firstname.lastname@example.org) Please note: The arboretum is well tended and heavily visited. Be especially careful when collecting and replacing boxes, as when stamping in.
Nakamura's Vision - One of the highlights of the park is the work of Makoto Nakamura, who designed a garden in 1964 and returned to oversee its development and completion. Find the entrance to this garden, near its own parking area, and look for the sign describing its features. Note especially the Iwagumi (manicured rock garden) to your left. From the sign, proceed 32 paces (1 pace=2 steps) at a bearing of 190 degrees. At this fork, bear off south along the path for an additional 75 paces. Step thirteen stones and find a place to sit with forty holes at your back. The object you seek will be below your left hand. Look around, be discreet. This is a popular area! Stamp in, then continue around the path to enjoy the stepping stones, arch bridges, and bamboo garden as you return to your starting point.
CURRENTLY MISSING - Commanding View Passing pilots can not only see the arboretum, but know what it is. Once you know how this is possible, you'll be on your way to solving this set of clues:
Fourteen it has that can be read, eleven's the one for you
Stand at the tip of the center prong, look a spell, enjoy the view.
Turn north and south and east and west, at a hundred and ten degrees
You'll see afar the thing you seek, standing among the trees.
Pace off on that heading as best you can, counting a hundred and nine
Then turn to your right and count again, forty one steps up this time.
Three hundred and ten degrees and down, you'll see a lonely shrub,
Uncle Jack Fogy is his name, beneath him you must grub.
He's in a spot that may be seen by those both far and near,
So quiet and quick your work must be, to use what's hidden here.
CURRENTLY MISSING - Wood, Water, & Stone Stand at the top of the observation tower and look off at 310 degrees. Spy a tree with white bark close to a picnic table or two? Go there, and sit on the stone bench near the white barked tree. Take a bearing of 40 degrees, and move 5 paces, then 8 paces more with your left hand on a rail. Turn around. What a view. Hand on the rail pass four steel and four wood. Look under a rock at the root of #5 steel.
Rare Tree Walk - microbox From the parking lot at the trailhead, head south along this path, passing the Japanese Stewartia and beneath the drooping Norway spruce. Watch on your left for the lacebark pines, sadly behind a fence because of vandalism. Continue on until you find a tree whose scientific name is Acer rubrum. Take a bearing of 220 degrees and look for a double row of trees. Somewhere among them is a white oak dedicated to Harva Sutter. As you look for it, don't miss the star shaped sphagnum moss along the woodland floor. From this marker, bear off at 220 degrees again, this time for 16 paces. Here you'll find a Chinese chestnut. Look in the central cavity behind some loose bits of bark. Great spot for a letterbox, huh? We replaced it here three times (waterlogged each time) before we gave up and moved it. So stand on the south side of the tree and look to 130 degrees. Step off 12 paces, between two spruces. Turn to 190 degrees and pace off another dozen under some low hanging branches. Three similar shrubs stand at 60, 120, and 180 degrees. You want the one farthest to the left. Look carefully around the base for a microbox.
Trees Knees Dawn-redwoods, members of the cypress family, were thought to be extinct until a grove of them were discovered in the 1940s in China. These ancient and fascinating trees have a beautiful orange bark and a unique conical shape. You will find one, with a plaque dedicating it to Dorothy & Stanley Rowe, near its cousins (the ones with knees). Cypress trees grow knees to help them breathe, as their roots are often completely submerged. Find the dedicatory plaque and look to your left for a series of horizontal boards. Cross all of these, taking every available turn, and you'll arrive at a point where wood meets stone and earth. Step off 21 paces at 160 degrees and look for your prize beneath a stone, among the humus in the center of what used to be a large rotting stump. Step lightly, as the area is rife with wildflowers. Note, too, that you are easily visible from the road, the picnic shelter, and a number of other areas where people tend to congregate.
Hole In The Ground-microbox:
'Round the founders' domicile, a soul might like to sit awhile
And while one sits to look and think, One might just like to have a drink.
The most refreshing drink, I've found, is one that comes up from the ground
A spring is fine, its liquid run is tasty when the day is done;
But sometimes springs are far away, and you too beat to hump it,
You seek a hole made in the earth and there attempt to pump it.
So up and down and up and down, success you may not find,
But looking up the careful eye may see a pump of different kind.