Revolution #2: The Throne of Joy

LOCATION:  Valley Forge Nat'l Historical Park, Montgomery County, PA

CHALLENGE:  2.5 stars

DATE/NUMBER:  05-Jul-1999/12


It has been reported that this box is not here. It has also been reported that someone may replace it. Still, there is no reason you can't enjoy the clues and the place, however.

Today's adventure starts where Revolution #1: A Walk in the Park, ends, and is somewhat more challenging.

From the location of that letterbox, go 22 paces at 184 degrees back to the deadwood. Then, follow a bearing of 267 degrees to a chef and 3 colonels, where you'll spy your original start at 150 degrees; thence 310 degrees to an exclosure.

From there, its 300 degrees to where the unknown rests in peace on the edge of the woods, pass right by another exclosure (on your left) on the way. Thence 196 degrees to visit the land of the Jewish people, perhaps stopping to salute the country you are in at 296 degrees, somewhere along the way.

Find the trails at 234 degrees and take one south to a junction, thence due east to visit the memorial to another past hero nestled amongst the majestic trees, thence take a bearing of 169 degrees to where X marks the spot.

The box obviously isn't here, so take a trail at 214 degrees, soon passing by where one is three and three is one on the left. Keep on the trail as best you can, fighting gravity, 'till you can follow the blacktop and keep a bearing of 138 degrees to where O marks the spot (where the box is not).

Spot a big ol' tulip tree at 208 degrees and some trails at 100 degrees, taking the right one. Tiptoe through the tulips 'till you see your first sign of the river and the mount. Thence stay on a trail east to a junction where one is four and four is one, thence bear 198 degrees to the Throne. Have a seat in the Throne and relax for a while in this magical place.

Of course, the box is in this place. Find it in a natural cubbyhole 17 paces at 142 degrees from where you sit.

NOTE 1:  If you have some time after stamping up, you may want to look for the next box in the series. Click here for the first box in the Revolution series.

NOTE 2:  Good amount of off-trail (fields and woods) walking is involved. This box is not recommended for the beginning letterboxer; it is deceptively difficult and most likely more difficult than the clues appear.

NOTE 3:  Be wary of snakes and other wildlife when reaching into dark places. No need to dig for this box. All bearings magnetic unless otherwise noted. A pace is a long stride counted on a footfall of either foot, i.e. two paces are counted each time the right foot hits the ground. Be aware of if or when there is game hunting in the area.

NOTE 4:  Please re-hide the thing well back in its space were you found it, and be discreet when stamping up.

DISCLAIMER & COPYRIGHT:  PERSONS USING THIS CLUE OR HUNTING THIS LETTERBOX DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK. Do not hunt this letterbox without reading and agreeing to the waiver first. Children, do not hunt this letterbox without the supervision of an adult who has read and agreed to the waiver. Possession of this clue does not imply rights of access to particular lands and route choices, or the safety thereof, including the location of the box itself. Always observe current local regulations, signs, property rights, and customs; you are responsible for your actions. Clue not indended to be taken literally or to suggest route choices; route choices (and the choice to proceed at all), are your choice.
This clue and associated stamp art are copyright © 1999, by Randy Hall. Permission to reproduce for personal use granted; all other rights reserved.