Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow  LbNA # 8896 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateJun 26 2004
LocationOlathe, KS
Planted ByWyldBlueberries    
Found By spanky_kc
Last Found Oct 14 2004
Hike Distance?

10/17/2004: True to its name, this one is missing. Check back in the future.

Difficulty: fairly easy. 3 / 4 mile walk round trip.
Compass required: no

This box is hidden at Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North Highway 7 in Olathe, KS. Be sure to check out the “Slow and Steady Wins the Race” box while you’re here.

Directions to Ernie Miller Nature Center:
From the intersection of I-435 and I-35 in Kansas, go West, and get on K-10. Go south on K-7 several miles and turn right into the park at 909 N Highway 7. Park in the main parking lot by the Nature Center.

From Olathe:
Go west on 135th Street (Santa Fe) until you reach K-7. Turn right and go north on K-7. After about half a mile, turn left into the park at 909 N Highway 7. Park in the main parking lot by the Nature Center.


The Hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. "I have never yet been beaten," said he, "when I put forth my full speed. I challenge any one here to race with me."

The Tortoise said quietly, "I accept your challenge."

And so the race begins at Ernie Miller Nature Center on a trail whose name reminds the Hare of how he felt following the eventful race.

"That is a good joke," said the Hare; "I could dance round you all the way."

"Keep your boasting till you've beaten," answered the Tortoise. "Shall we race?"

So a course was fixed and a start was made. The Hare darted almost out of sight at once. He raced along the trail, turning left first, and then he suddenly stopped at a bench beside a pond. To show his contempt for the Tortoise, he lay down to nap.

When the Hare awoke, he immediately began racing past the amphitheater, always keeping on the paved path, and then across the bridge. Across the bridge, he could see the Tortoise going up the steps, but in an effort to win, the Hare turned to his right instead.

The Hare kept running along the trail bordered by a creek. At the first opportunity, the Hare bounded up a higher trail, jumping from wood rail to wood rail. As he reached the top of the stairs, the Hare heard loud cheers in the distance. The Tortoise had reached the end and won the race. After finishing his climb, the Hare could only go 28 more paces before he collapsed under the shade of several shag-bark hickory trees to the left of the trail. His box is at the base of the largest one covered by rock and bark.