|Burns Conservation Area boardwalk|
In terms of proximity and number of boxes, Guelph is still my go-to place as there are so many boxes available. I suppose in time, I'll catch up and have to venture further out into pure Kitchener/Waterloo area.
Anyways, I got up last Tuesday, clues in hand, music for my car, and bopped away on the 407, Guelph-bound to go look for Fiddleheads' new box Fey Folk of the Forest. The forest was gorgeous in the morning, and the walk was beautiful and refreshing. I don't want to say too much about this box for other letterboxer's sakes, but if you are able, you should definitely make your way out to Burns Conservation Area to see the great things that our Fiddleheads has been up to. Definitely worth the trip!
|The final resting place of John Arkell|
Anyways, in this tranquil cemetery lies the final resting place of Arkell family members for whom the Arkell Research Station was named. It was beautiful and calm... And all I could think of was harassing birds. Moving on.
I decided to take another crack at Gee Bee Z, which I had gone to before but decided against given the huge "DO NOT ENTER" signs. This time, I pushed on, and found the letterbox exactly where the clue indicated it was. Except, the tree where it was placed had started to eat the thing, so I had to use all my upper body strength to extract it from the tree's hold. Another great Kirbert plane carve to add to my collection.
|Guelph Arboretum map|
Next, I was off to the Guelph Arboretum, one of my favourite places to visit, to find a letterbox by a new pair of letterboxers, Calvin and Mira. The Gryphon Dynasty letterbox took me on a fantastic stroll through the arboretum to a well made letterbox. I hope to see more boxes by Calvin and Mira!
While at the University, I headed back to the McLaughlin Library to hunt down Lone R's OPAL 2012 boxes - Winter Woodcut in the Library and Coffee in the Library. These started with the solving of two virtuals - my first - and led to a satisfying conclusion. The campus and library look so similar to what I remember, despite all the new construction and renovations, so I was feeling awfully nostalgic while wandering the campus.
Just up Gordon Street, I found the parkette containing Earth Diver and Arabesque's School series. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find the Goldfish due to some construction work and muggles hanging around, but was successful finding the Betta. I suspect I'll be back for the Goldfish at some point!
|Whooooo are you looking for?|
While visiting this library, I happened upon an interesting piece of art full of owls. Three owls, looks like it was either a large woodcut or linocut. Made me smile either way.
Next, I headed out to St. Joseph's Cemetery for another of Lone R's cemetery boxes. Although just as fantastic as the others, this one was slightly sullied by the fact that I watched some strange guy walk into the cemetery, and, obviously not seeing me, continued to walk up to a bush not 10 metres away from me and start peeing. Very classy.
|Blair's Sheaves Tower|
Next, I knocked off another box that I had attempted many moons ago - Harold and the Purple Crayon. Exactly where it was supposed to be. Delightful.
I finished off with another box that I had attempted recently - Lone R's Blair's Sheaves Tower. Also exactly where it was supposed to be. This one is also a lesson in how different areas can look from early spring to mid-summer. The place was so green and lush - if it weren't for the red mill, I wouldn't have even recognized it as the same place.
Finally, I got started with my own letterboxing this summer... Looking forward to more!
|Under the bridge at Blair's Sheaves Tower|