A little adventure day

Today, since I had most of the day to myself, I decided to make it an adventure day.  After dropping the kids off at Camp Nana, I headed out to explore the surrounding area.  What better way to do that than to letterbox?  What, what?  What is letterboxing you say?  It is a global treasure hunt that takes you to off beat places that you might never have heard of or ever wanted to go, that is until someone placed a letterbox there!  You follow clues to find a hidden custom carved stamp.  That’s right, a hand carved rubber stamp, a little piece of artwork for you to find and stamp in a notebook.  Why?  For fun of course!  “What’s the point of being a grown up if you can’t act childish sometimes?” -Doctor Who.  Besides, it’s fun, it’s free and it gets us outside and spending time together.  But today, it was just me.  🙂   (Go to Atlas Quest to learn more about letterboxing!)

 

I started in Hillsboro.  There was only one box reported to be active there.  The others had vanished.   But this one was still alive and kickin’!  And look at these crepe myrtles.  That is what makes Texas pretty in the summer.  I never would have known this beauty was here if it wasn’t for letterboxing.  I walked around the grounds some.  The museum is only open on Saturdays, if you would like to stop by when you are in the area sometime.    If you do end up stopping by, beware of the guard dog.

The Cell House Museum, Hillsboro, Texas

The Cell House Museum, Hillsboro, Texas

 

 

The "guard dog"

The “guard dog”

Letterbox found!

Letterbox found!

 

Then my adventure turned west down TX 22, to Meridian State Park.  I love hiking and state park, so why not stop here and find the couple of letterboxes that are hidden there and get a hike in too?  So I did.  There was a purple diamond hiding in there.  Those are special boxes that are loved by many of its finders, so many, that it is deemed a box of the week.  I have not found one yet, so I was excited at the opportunity.  After following the clues, there was no box.  I looked under every stone, but did not find it.  Oh well.  I did find the other box on the same trail though.  So I am now 2 for 3.  Not a bad day so far.

 

This is where the clues led, but there was no box to be found.

This is where the clues led, but there was no box to be found.

 

Lots of stones, but no box.

Lots of stones, but no box.

While I was in the park, and had no little complainers, I decided to take a hike around the lake.  It was a 2.5 mile hike and it was just what this soul needed.  I was almost the only person in the park.  For most of the hike I was alone.  I did see a few people fishing, but that was about it.  It was hot, but not uncomfortably.  The smell of cedar and juniper filled the air.  Many different birds sang their sweet melodies, insects buzzed in the trees, and the rustling of the leaves in the gentle breeze made this hike worth a little heat.  There were also many monarch butterflies fluttering about.  My daughter would have loved it.   It was so nice to be alone and enjoy myself.  I am thinking I need to do this more often.  Perhaps once a month?  Sounds good.

 

On my hike

On my hike

 

A butterfly on the trail

A butterfly on the trail

 

After finishing my hike, I proceed to the next town with a letterbox.  This one was located just outside Hamilton, Texas and it was placed to commemorate “Billy the Kid”.  Apparently he did not die in New Mexico, but rather lived out his day out here in good ol’ Texas. There are even museums with “evidence” that this was truly THE notorious outlaw.  This was an easy enough  box to find.  I did find it rather interesting the types of “presents” left on the memorial.  And “next door” to Billy, was an  interesting marker, for Briggs.  It had a piano on it, but no dates.  Maybe they were on the back and I just missed them.  I did clean off a WWII vet’s marker.  The grass is starting to grow over the end of the marker and dirt was covering part of his name.  It kind of makes me upset to see that.

There was another box here in the cemetery, but it was vanished as well.  It hadn’t been logged as found for about 2 years though.  3 for 4 now.

 

"Billy The Kid"

“Billy The Kid”

 

So onward with my adventure day.  Up north to Stephenville I went.  There was a box there, but had been reported to be missing for quite some time and by  quite a few people.  I took their word for it that it was gone, and ate dinner instead.  After a tasty meal, I headed back to the road.  I passed some interesting buildings, so I quickly turned in.  The grounds had a bunch of the areas older buildings, moved here for everyone to enjoy and remember days gone by.  There was a neat little gingerbread house and an old church.  There was also a strange statue of the big bad wolf.  I might just have to carve that character and place a box out there.  It’s worth a see!  (I’ll leave the picture out so you can go find the park and the letterbox when I plant it, sound good?)

 

Fuzzy's for dinner

Fuzzy’s for dinner

 

Historic Park in Stephenville

Historic Park in Stephenville

 

Now that I had made plans to come back and place a box, I moved on to the next and final stop on my adventure.  The Texas Hill Country Furniture and Mercantile, Home to the worlds LARGEST ROCKING CHAIR.  Truly it is.  They had a sign stating the Guinness book of world records deemed it so.  It was made from Cedar and was very tall!  I walked all over and did not find that letterbox.  There were grasshoppers though.  So many, it was very hard to walk around without getting jumped on.  I opted out of  going in the store, mainly because I was getting tired and thirsty and was ready to go home, and partly because the box was missing.  3 for 6 today, still isn’t bad, but was hoping for one in each town I visited.  Oh well.  We’ll just have to plant some new ones in the future.  🙂

 

World's Largest Rocking Chair

World’s Largest Rocking Chair

 

Thank you for coming along on my adventure day.  I hope there are more in the near future.  I wonder where the road will take me next time?

 

A little patriotism for the summer

First,  I must comment that the weather here in Texas is an unheard of pleasant 86° here this day of July 5.  Normally we would be roasting at near 100°+.  Ahhh.   God had been good to us this summer. ♥

As this is the fourth of July weekend and people are decked out in their red,  white and blue; fireworks light up the evening skies and families gather around the bbq, I sit and think how wonderful we have it here, how much our founding fathers went through so that we may live in prosperity, the sacrifice of our solders to guarantee that we can continue to prosper and have that opportunity. We try to teach our children that we have been given so much.

I feel honored to be living in the United States and am glad for the opportunities I have here. I thank our service men and women for their service to our country.

I hope you have enjoyed your time this weekend, be it with friends or family or in solitude. I know I did.

So I finally started a little blog.

I have been wanting to start a blog for some time now.  Just haven’t gotten to it yet.  So here it is, fresh and new.  I’ll share little things with you that you might find inspiring, insightful, helpful or just plain silly.  It’s a way for me to connect to the larger world out there and maybe make a little impact on someone’s life in a good way.  So much of my life is consumed with motherhood and managing the house, that I forget to stop and take time out for me.  I would run around like a chicken with it’s head cut off, not knowing what to do with myself when I had a few minutes to spare, all to me.

So here is one solution to that, this little blog.  A place for me to share a little bit of me with you, and maybe by reading, you won’t be lonely, you’ll see you are not in this alone, that all us mothers feel similarly, and just want to feel, well, human.

Stop what you are doing right now, and take some time for you.  Read a book, paint, listen to your favorite song, or, write a little blog about nothing and everything all mixed up into a jumble of stuff that might prove interesting one day to someone.  😉

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