Before the Mast  LbNA # 28632 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateFeb 3 2007
LocationDana Point, CA
Planted ByBerry Fun    
Found By Clarinet 226
Last Found Aug 20 2010
Hike Distance?

Box is right off the parking lot. Walk is flat and short. This box is the first placed by our whole family. (Morning~Sun, Foothill Forester, Berry Fun, Peak-a-Boo, Z:gull)

The City of Dana Point is named after Richard Henry Dana Jr. (1815-1882), a Harvard-trained lawyer, seaman, and author of the classic sea journal, Two Years Before the Mast (1840). In his journal, Dana documents his voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California on the merchant ship, Pilgrim. Therein, Dana describes the area once known as Capistrano Bay, as "the most romantic spot on the California coast." Today, Capistrano Bay is known as Dana Point. Dana Point Harbor provides slips and mooring for over 2,500 boats along with over 50 specialty shops and restaurants.


From I-5 North or South take the Pacific Coast Highway (Beach Cities) exit. North on Pacific Coast Highway. Left on Harbor Drive. Left on Island Way.

Find the statue of the man for whom Dana Point is named. From this statue follow the path along the water towards the large number 10.

Approximately 160 steps from the statue, you will find a Eucalyptus tree with a prickly cactus type bush with red spikey flowers (usually).

The letterbox is in a rocky crevice underneath this bush on the water side. It is hidden behind a couple of small rocks. They are some of the only ones that are moveable. These rocks are a bit below and to the right of the strange green box in the bush.

****Please remember to be discreet as this is a busy spot and close to a parking lot and sidewalk!****

---If you'd like to see the real thing make sure you take time to head over to the Ocean Institute---