Friday, October 16, 2015

SLC Street Art

Date Placed: October 16, 2015
Letterbox: Traditional
Carver: GreenJello
Planter: GreenJello
Location: 162 East 200 South, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
There's some pretty cool street art around Salt Lake City. But my favorite, by far, is in an alleyway off 200 South. Go check out some of my favorite murals that downtown has to offer.

For more information about the largest of the murals, read here.

Instructions: This is a stamp only letterbox. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SEARCH FOR THE STAMP UNLESS YOU HAVE SOLVED THE CLUE. Let's keep this urban hide safe for years to come! Please rehide carefully so the stamp is not showing (look how it is hidden before retrieving so you know how to put it back).

Saturday, May 2, 2015

A Streetcar Named Desire

Date Placed: May 2, 2015
Letterbox: Mystery
Carver: GreenJello
Planter: GreenJello and Johnny Lingo
Location: Murray, Salt Lake, Utah
Status: Active

Directions: Check out the SW corner of the overflow parking lot.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Taking A Break

Date Placed: September 13, 2014
Letterbox: Traditional
Carver: GreenJello
Planter: GreenJello and Natsuyama
Location: Bear River Greenway, 75 Bear River Drive, Evanston, Uintah, Wyoming
Status: Active

Looking to take a nice break on your I-80 drive? Want a lovely destination not far from Salt Lake City? The Bear River Greenway is a lovely spot to visit in Evanston.

Directions: From I-80, take Exit 5 and head north off the exit. Turn right on Bear River Drive (not quite a mile from the exit). Turn right in a couple blocks under the Bear River Greenway sign; follow the road under the bridge and into the parking area. Once there, stroll around to your heart's content on the paths and around the little lake. Eventually, make your way to the north and enjoy the lovely Bear River. When you spy the Seated Leg Press on the way towards the bridge, stand on the northeast corner of the cement pad and align yourself to the second, further away rock gap in the river. Take 8 or so steps towards the gap to find yourself standing on a flat topped boulder. The northwest corner of the boulder has a bunch of smaller rocks that hide an opening underneath. Please replace box completely underneath the boulder before placing the smaller rocks back around (to hold it in place in case moving water reaches the rock).

Monday, June 17, 2013

Flew In For A Quick Visit

Date Placed: June 15, 2013
Letterbox: Traditional
Carver: GreenJello
Planter: GreenJello
Location: Bachman Creek Greenbelt, 3900 Shorecrest Drive, Dallas, Dallas, Texas
Status: Active

I popped down to Texas for a very brief visit on business. Behind my hotel was this lovely Greenbelt. So, of course, I had to leave a box behind!

Directions: At the intersection of Shorecrest and Cortleigh, head towards the water. Follow the social trail that hugs the upper shoreline and drops down into a more secluded space. As you enter the foliage, the box is at the base of the first large tree on your right.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Date Placed: December 12, 2012
Letterbox: Traditional
Carver: boblovesmusic
Planters: GreenJello and Johnny Lingo
Location: I.J. & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center, 2 North Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Status: Active

ATTENTION!!! A new geocache has just been placed
less than 5 feet from this letterbox. It is absolutely
ESSENTIAL that you dig the bark out of the hole before
placing the box back in its spot, and COMPLETELY cover
the box with bark after rehiding so it is invisible to
those searching for the geocache. Thank you!

I received this stamp for the Secret Santa 2012 swap from boblovesmusic who lives in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Thanks for sending this lovely stamp to our neck of the woods! :)

Dear GreenJello,

Happy Holidays to you and your family! This stamp I'm particularly proud of. First of all, it's probably the most complicated and difficult carve I've ever done, and it came out even better than I could have hoped for! Second, it relates to both my love of Star Trek and to my cultural and spiritual upbringing in Judaism. The famous Vulcan salute (Love Long and Prosper) you see on Star Trek was inspired by a traditional Jewish priestly blessing performed by a Kohanim. The gesture is supposed to look like the Hebrew letter Shin (ש). Leonard Nimoy was raised in a traditional Jewish home so he was exposed to this and thought it would make for a great "alien" salute. Pretty neat I think!

Anyways, I hope you enjoy it! And I hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with celebration and happiness!

Directions: Find the street lamp on the north end of the parking lot. Walk 10 steps east. The box is hidden behind the second large retaining wall block in the concrete cubby hole, covered in bark.


Date Placed: December 12, 2012
Letterbox: Traditional
Carver: GreenJello
Planters: GreenJello and Johnny Lingo
Location: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Status: Active

On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love hid for me...

Start at the parking lot at the intersection of 12th Avenue and the 12th letter of the alphabet. Find the trail. Go up the trail to the fence, where you will take half of 12 steps up the trail at 12 degrees to the intersection of trails. Go left 12 steps and spy a large rock under a bush to your right.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Santa's Longest Night

Date Placed: November 24, 2012
Letterbox: Traditional
Carver: W S M and C
Planters: GreenJello and Johnny Lingo
Location: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Status: Active

When you think about getting to work only one night a year, that sounds pretty sweet. You might say Santa has a great thing going. But there is much more to it than that. All of his supervisory duties year round, spying on everyone to make sure they're staying in line, dealing with the elf and reindeer unions, flooding toy factories at the north pole due to melting snow (the Greenhouse Effect, you know... global warming). He's really got it pretty rough. Then there's Christmas night.

It's a long night. Much longer than 24 hours. Consider the time zones, the rotation of the earth, the weight of the sleigh, the tolls and passports he's forced to produce. He could be up for days on end before it's all said and done.

Before a long stretch of nothing to eat but cocoa and cookies, Santa stopped in to grab a delicious crepe and a cup of the house chai. He was not disappointed! Just for fun, he left a present for people to find across from the restrooms on the shelf.

Only good little clue solvers get to find this during the jolliest season of the year! Once Santa begins his delivery service to the non-naughty on his list, the present will disappear!

Notes: Thanks to W S M and C from Colorado for letting Utah enjoy this traveling box for a season!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mythical Creatures

Date Placed: September 16, 2012
Letterbox: Traditional
Carvers: Various
Planters: GreenJello and Johnny Lingo
Location: Mill Creek Canyon, Salt Lake, Utah
Status: Active

Miss Alaineous couldn't believe her good fortune as she explored trails in lower Mill Creek Canyon. She was able to spot many amazing mythical creatures as she hiked around!

She stopped in the east end of the first pullout to the right after the stone pillars. It seemed a fitting way to start the day, finding a "theme" behind the rock that sat to the right of the utility pole.

Heading up Rattlesnake Gulch on the Pipeline Trail, she stopped briefly to look at the map of where she would be hiking. Not far from that point, she noticed a rocky outcropping to her right. Climbing up to the first flat section, she surveyed where she would head next. But wait... what was that she saw eastward down below the top tree? There seemed to be something hiding at the bottom of the stone V. After spying the Mermaid's Steed, she wondered where the Mermaid might be. She headed up to the second flat section, and was amazed by the view. Then a sound came from the north-northeast, where a lone boulder group sat. It appeared that the rocks almost dribbled down the hill toward where she stood, ending at a point. Ah! The Mermaid.

Continuing back on the trail, she soon came to a social trail on her right that lead up over a small embankment to open into a stone amphitheater. Once in the clearing, she noticed a tree on the north side that had interesting snake-like roots. She knew it would probably be best to be careful, as Medusa likes snakes. Further along the trail, a boulder on the left side appeared to be scorched black by the breath of the Fire Dragon. Good thing the tree next to it seemed to escape harm. She decided it was time for a water break, and stopped at a flat rock that was perfect for sitting. It was next to a rock that jutted into the trail. While she rested, she observed a Faun sitting up to her right, just behind the second large rock. After her break, she resumed her hike. A giant, majestic boulder was on her left. She climbed up to the top, and noticed a rock cluster to the southwest. There was a Griffin guarding the west end of the rocks. She skipped past the giant boulder in the pathway, and soon reached the dividing sentinel. To the left and up to the first switchback corner afforded incredible views; to the right and on the north end of the dividing presence, Pixies were known to hide under mossy boulders.

Miss Alaineous decided to start up the trailhead at the top of Church Fork next. She got lucky today (probably because she started so early) and nabbed one of the coveted parking spots at the top of the road at the beginning of the trailhead and didn't have to add on the extra walk from the main road. What luck! She started up the trail and crossed over the small stream (so pretty!). Soon, she had choices. She decided to head left first. At the Y, she took the left trail. Soon enough, a 6 foot size flat boulder was on her right. Curiously enough, it was shaped like South America. Even more curious was the Phoenix hiding under Chile. She continued on the trail, enjoying lovely views of the canyon, when she spied a Pegasus quietly waiting in the tree just up above the end of the metal curve.

Heading back to the Y, she wanted to take the other fork. Just before going down that part of the trail, she noticed a Fairy sprinkling magic dust around a large hollow tree on the right hand side of the trail. Continuing on up, she saw a group of large scattered boulders on her left. The large one closest to the trail had another even larger one right behind it. And behind that one was a cute Mischievous Dragon! She kept hiking up, and stopped to look at an amazing pine tree on her left with an interesting exposed root system. Just for fun, she began counting from the tree. 128...129...130 Oh, look! An almost hidden social trail on the right! She ducked under the branches to find a lovely small waterfall scene, with a small pool. So pretty! It was almost magical... wait! There was a Djinni sitting at the base of the tree. Magical, indeed!

With one last trail to explore in this area, she headed back down to the base of the Y and crossed the bridge to the left. Following the trail up and around, there was a well-traveled social trail to her right that lead to a rocky overlook of the canyon. A stately Sphinx was on the left, just where the rocky area began. She continued on, where some safety fencing started. At the top of the first set of fences, a lookout juniper tree stood. Gollum was nestled in its roots, surveying his precious view.

Desolation Trail seemed to call to her. She started up the path, and hiked for a bit. Not particularly far into her hike, she spied a large boulder on her left, almost like a lone watchman, right next to the trail. It seemed the perfect location for a Gryphon to be perched. Yes, there was one, nestled up in the tree behind the boulder. Continuing on the hike, she was grateful for some advice she had been given previously: "When life gets rocky, be sure to choose the right." Heading ever upward, she happened upon a most unusual site: it appeared that there were some trees growing right out of the rock that was jutting into the trail. It was difficult to see where the rock ended and the trees began. There was quite a lot of rock-- it stretched around. At the far end, there seemed to be a little "cave" up about seven or eight feet from the trail. She climbed up to take a closer look. Moving away some smaller rocks in the hole, a Cornish Pixie flew out! She started hiking again, up and up and up, until finally-- the overlook! Heading down the path to the rocky outcropping, she noticed to her left a darker grey rock with lots of orange lichen on it. It kind of stood out. She headed down behind it, and found the Dragon quietly surveying the valley below from the north end of the rock.

Burch Hollow was her next stop. She started up the Pipeline Trail in this section, and headed up Elbow Fork. This trail always reminded her of a snake, the way it curved around. Funny enough, as she rounded the first of the u-turn shaped "coils" in the trail, she saw a Sea Serpent hidden in the tree grouping on her right, next to the trail. At the third u-turn, she noticed a two-trunked tree off the trail to her right. A Chupacabra waited within. At the curve of the fourth u-turn, a Centaur stood quietly in the multi-tree grouping on her left. She rounded the sixth u-turn and a long, rounding rocky curve. As she continued, the trail finally started to descend slightly. Right before it started to ascend again, she saw a very large flat grey boulder off to her left, almost hidden in the clearing. Stopping there, she looked around the clearing. Heading back about 8 steps, she saw to her right a multi-trunked tree that reminded her of a many-headed Hydra.

To finish off her fun day, Miss Alaineous decided to stroll down the boardwalk next to the creek. There was a Unicorn in the elbow of a small section of boardwalk that branched off the main one, at the second set of stones leading to the stream from the faux falls. She then spotted a Hodag lurking beneath the boardwalk at the top of the black stone stairs at the end of her walk.

Carving Credits:

Many thanks to the awesome letterboxers across the country who carved for this series. Please be sure to leave a nice comment when logging your finds to let them know you appreciate their generosity!

Mythical Creatures: GreenJello
The Mermaid's Steed: Dancing Pecan
Mermaid: Slick Kitty
Medusa: Dizzy
Fire Dragon: Electric Medic
Faun: Hosmer's
Griffin: Red Paisley Quilter
Pixie Petals: GreenJello
Phoenix: Rowe-vers
Pegasus: Mosiac
Fairy Dust: Angel Kisses
Mischievous Dragon: roly-polies
The Djinni: GreenJello
Sphinx: Katie Lindsay
Gollum: SZSRocks
Heraldic Gryphon: Funny Mingo
Cornish Pixie: GreenJello
Dragon: Aiphid
Sea Serpent: brandicat
Chupacabra: SchmedlyO
Centaur: Red Cruz-sader
Hydra: Aiphid
Unicorn: tchr lady
Hodag: By Four If By Sea

Notes: There is a $3 per car fee when leaving Mill Creek Canyon. Bicycles are free. Dogs are welcome, and can go off-leash on odd-numbered days.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Beaver Creek Nudist Ranch

Date Placed: September 1, 2012
Letterbox: Traditional
Carver: GreenJello
Planters: GreenJello and Johnny Lingo
Location: Nudist Road, Kamas, Summit, Utah
Status: Active

Wait, what??? There's a nudist ranch in Utah?!!!

Ok, not really. :) It's a long-standing joke, but it's worth getting a photo in front of at least once in your lifetime.

Directions: Driving up the Mirror Lake Highway, just outside the city limits of Kamas, take a right on Nudist Road (not quite 4 miles from the Chevron). Once you've had a fun laugh, find a second one under the tree to the right of the sign.

Hello From Rhode Island!

Date Placed: September 1, 2012
Letterbox: Traditional
Carver: RIclimber
Logbook: GreenJello
Planter: GreenJello and Johnny Lingo
Location: Road Island Diner, 981 West Weber Canyon Road, Oakley, Summit, Utah
Status: Active

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

The Road Island Diner is a fun trip back to the 40's, complete with jukebox music and servers with names you're used to seeing on great-grannies. :) Go for a visit... you won't be disappointed.

Directions: Starting from the knife and fork, look to the line of rocks at the edge of the parking lot. You are interested in the fifth one down from the end.

Notes: Please be ever so careful to replace the rock as you found it. Because this is a landscaped area at the edge of a parking lot, it can easily be found and discarded as trash. Make the rock look as natural in that place as it did when you arrived, please.