It's a Dog's Life  LbNA # 21306 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateApr 9 2006
CountySanta Fe
LocationSanta Fe, NM
Planted Bydobroguy    
Found By Front Range Hiker
Last Found Oct 7 2007
Hike Distance?

This is a hybid Geocache/Letterbox. If you are unfamiliar with geocaching, see It has the usual rubber stamp, stamp pad and stamp log book as well as "trade items" which geocachers may take, leaving some other "treasure". Please feel free to take something/leave something. Also, there is a stack of self-addressed postcards. Please stamp, draw, stick or write on one and mail it to me from your home town postoffice if possible.

To find the box, locate the Frank Ortiz park on the Northwest side of Santa Fe. Headed north on St. Francis Drive watch for the National Cemetary north of town. Just about at the cemetary where St. Francis turns into 84/285 turn left on Alamo Dr. At the traffic circle turn right on El Camino de las Crucitas. Follow this to Frank Ortiz Park. Look beyond the playground area for a memorial. The memorial is an attempt to address the period in U.S. history when the civil rights of free, law abiding Americans were suspended based on their race.

Thousands of Japanese Americans were rounded up on the U.S. West Coast in the early months after Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan on Dec. 7, 1941, and shipped to internment camps as "enemy aliens." A total of 4,555 Japanese American men were sent to the Justice Department internment camp in Santa Fe, on this site, without a trial. Many Santa Fe Vets of WWII were opposed to the memorial.

From the memorial, follow the sidewalk to the W or SW. Keep following it when it turns into a dirt path. After about a 1/4 mile you will come to the end of the park and the highest bench in it where you can sit and watch dog owners and their pets playing frisbee in one of Santa Fe's only leash free parks. The letterbox is behind the bench, under the roots of a tree, under some rocks.