This blog chronicles my letterboxing adventures. It includes posts that share my travels that are letterboxing related, the letterboxes I have found and planted as well as the people I have met along the way. There are also photos included to help give a complete picture of the fun I had.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Pigs in the Mountain

I received notice that there were pigs loose in the mountains of Santa Fe. So this morning I grabbed the reports and headed up Hyde Park Road. I have to say that driving up the mountain is one of my favorite things to do, especially this time of year. This morning was a bit on the cool side - you know that pre-autumn weather. I only saw a couple of cars during my drive and that was fine by me.
That'll Do Pig!

I first drove up to the parking area for the Borrego Trail. I then followed the clues and took the trail for about 100 yards until I arrived at an old outhouse on one side of the trail and an old stone wall on the other. These were the landmarks I needed to find the box. Standing near the stone wall I took a compass reading and the suggested steps and quickly found the box. I took it back to the stone wall so I could sit and stamp in. I took my time and enjoyed the peace and quiet of this beautiful morning - I was the first finder of the My Favorite Swine: Babe. After stamping in and replacing the box I took a little time to sit and relax and just enjoy the moment. Then I made my way back to the car and headed back down the mountain to my next stop.
Best Friends

I pulled in to the Black Canyon Campground and parked in the day hikers area. I grabbed the clues for the next box - My Favorite Swine: Piglet. It was only a short walk from the parking area to the box and the clues were easy to follow so I didn't have any problems nabbing the box. Nearby I found a large stump to sit on and stamp in. When I opened the box the first thing I saw was a clue to a bonus box. So I copied the clue and then proceeded to stamp in to the Piglet box. Again I was the first finder. After stamping in I replaced the box and then looked for the bonus box. It was literally about 10 feet from the Piglet box. I used the same stump to sit and stamp in and then replaced the box. I really enjoyed my couple of hours in the mountains and I think I will have to take another drive up there soon.
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