Castle Rock Letterbox|
*I'll be very happy to give any of these boxes back
to their original owners upon request. I have only adopted
these boxes for upkeep and historical means and do not count them
among my planted boxes.
Wisconsin Letterboxes of
This box was placed by Matt the Rat as
part of the series of boxes he placed along I-90 in WI. It was
pulled shortly after I found it on
3/22/03. The reason why it was pulled is actually a pretty
funny story. . .
My friend from Sparta and I took three of his little boys out for a
day of letterboxing on 3/22/03 - a cool spring day. First on
our agenda was the Castle Rock box, located in the wayside off
I-90/94 at the Camp Douglas exit. When we got to the wayside,
we found it was closed. Thinking it was only closed for the
winter season, we found a place nearby to park and walked into the
wayside from the back.
After finding the letterbox and stamping in, the kids were enjoying
playing on the rocks for a bit while I took pictures of the
experience. As we turned to go replace the box and leave, we
were suddenly surrounded by MPs with guns from the Camp Douglas fort
nearby! They came out of nowhere and we were caught promptly!
After some discussion and checking of driver's licenses (which my
friend didn't have which caused some suspicion itself), the MPs
informed us that the wayside was now closed due to its proximity to
the military base. They didn't want any 9/11s happening there,
so the wayside would only be open during the summer and then only
under certain circumstances. As our stories "checked out" and
a background check found no problems with us, they held us for a
while for the local sheriff to come. Lucky for us, the sheriff
had better things to do, and we were let go! We thanked the
men for their service to our nation and congratulated them on their
stealthy maneuvers and promptly left.
When I reported our experience to Matt, he pulled the box as soon as
he could! Since the wayside will be open in the summertime,
Matt might replace the box to make it available then. Stay
Camp Douglas Letterbox
Nearest Town: Camp Douglas, WI, Juneau County
Stand at the base of the castle between two towers, like
enormous stumps of stone. To your left is a pine, to your
right, an oak. At the base of the oak look for a small hollow
to find the box.
Placed Dec 22, 2002 by
Matt the Rat, Chicago
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