Sunday, June 6, 2010

Hello From Tennessee!

Date Placed: June 6, 2010
Letterbox: Traditional
Carver: Cheekee Monkey
Logbook: Cheekee Monkey
Planter: GreenJello
Location: Dry Canyon Trailhead, Lindon, Utah, Utah
Distance: Under 1 1/4 miles, round trip 
Status: Active

This is part of the "Hello From The United States!" series of boxes.

The Wandering Raccoon From Tennessee
By: Cheekee Monkey

So you really do exist.
Slowly cautious,
Slumping by the window...
Wide as the screens where I've only
Seen you till now...
Where I sit and sit and
You, foreign as inspiration,
Plodding as method...
Myopic, I take a moment to place you...
Plump as a homely cat and silent.
Thicker than fox,
And masked in movement.
Now in focus, catching attention,
They call you fun-bearer...
No wonder you go low-key
And come without a trace...
By the time I have glimpsed you,
You're elsewhere according to
Your nature...
Hand-scratcher, trickster,
Solitary, sneaky visitor.

The Wandering Raccoon From Tennessee has been seen recently in these parts....

Directions: From I-15, take the 1600 North exit (#273). Head east, and travel almost the full length of the road. Just before it turns to the right, make a left on Skyline Drive. Drive up the road for a bit, passing about 5 side streets on the right, and turn right on Dry Canyon Drive. Follow it to the end, and park in the lot.

Start at the trail at the north end of the parking area. Head to the right of an information sign, where a trail marker you encounter will inform you that if you are hiking, biking, or horsing around, you can proceed up the path. When you are almost centered between the two water treatment tanks down the hill, look back. A smaller trail shoots off almost in the direction you were coming. Take that trail.

Follow it around down the hill in a long horseshoe arc. (Oh, look! There's an exposed pipe next to the trail.) Keep trekking, until you're well past the water treatment tanks below you.(Oh, look! More pipes in the trail.) At the bottom of the S curve, you'll want to head up the spur trail off to the right. 13 steps up the incline will bring you to a wash on your right. 6 steps up the wash, on your left, is a SPOR in a tree.

Please rehide well with rocks and leaves!

Notes: The raccoon is the State Wild Animal of Tennessee.

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