Major Major  LbNA # 17231

Placed DateAug 8 2005
Location???, CA
Found By ???
Last Found Apr 5 2014
Hike Distance?


This mystery letterbox concerns a famous American novel. The letterbox title is the name (or two-thirds of the name, or half of the name) of one of its characters. The box is located in a city whose name is the Spanish translation of “Saint X”, where X is the first name of the novel’s author. Chapter I of the novel contains many numbers, but only one number appears exactly twice, once written in words, once written in digits. This number is the number of the highway that you need to take southbound out of the city.

After leaving downtown, you will drive until you reach an exit whose name is identical to the last name of the novel’s author, except for an extra letter within the exit’s name, which is the first letter of the novel’s protagonist’s last name. Take this exit and follow the signs for County Park. You will eventually reach the sign with the county park’s name, which is the same as the name of the exit you took. The sign indicates that the park has two entrances; you want the entrance that satisfies the following characteristic: the name of the entrance is a compound word, and the first part of the word is the last word of Chapter XXIV (the compound word is a possible translation of the name of a famous mission in the state of residence of the character in Chapter I who is good-natured, generous, and likable). If you wish to avoid paying the vehicle entry fee (which is currently 10% of the word mentioned four times at the end of Chapter II), you can drive past the entrance, cross the bridge, and turn left at the stop sign at the end of the bridge. If you park on that street and walk back to the bridge, you’ll find a path that crosses a footbridge which takes you into the park.

Drive counterclockwise around the park, and you will reach a parking area with a large two-digit number painted on it; that number is the number of days in Chapter XVIII mentioned in the paragraph before someone suddenly yells, “I see everything twice!” Park in that area and stand on the number, facing the road. Walk straight across the road to a notch in the curb and then proceed down the road to the next notch in the curb. Now walk down a short dirt path toward the creek until you are standing at the edge of a bike path. You may now be asking the question, “Which way should I go?” The novel’s protagonist answers this question three times in Chapter XV, the first time one way and the second and third times a different way; do what he says the second and third times.

In Chapter II, the protagonist’s tent can hold A people; B is the result of dividing the only number mentioned in the first paragraph of Chapter XX by the only number mentioned in the first paragraph of Chapter XXII. Then A + B is the number of paces you take (remember that a pace is a left and a right) to reach a group of trees on your left. The tree closest to the path is actually a sawed-off stump; up the hill and slightly to the right of that tree is a tree that is growing at a slant uphill. If you look on the right side of that tree under some leaves, you’ll find a large piece of bark hiding the letterbox. Be sure to rehide the letterbox exactly the same way; the path is well-traveled with a lot of off-trail traffic.