NPSOT Spring Plant Swap

Our LaBahia Chapter of the Native Plant Society is hosting a

NPSOT Spring Plant Swap and Member Gathering



Every new season is the start of the best ever!
  Transplants, cuttings and seeds, Oh My!
  It's Spring and time to start thinking about preparing for the new growing season.


Home of
Ann and Richard Thames
1452 Schoenberg Road
Carmine, TX  78932


Saturday, April 13, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch provided

Come visit with other avid gardeners for a garden party.  Bring extra plants you have and swap them for new and exciting plants you don't have.  
Don't worry if you have nothing to swap, there is always plenty to go around.

"Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes"
~Author Unknown



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Flea Fest

May the 4th be with you! 




This is going to be a come and go event from 9am-3pm. The thriving metropolis known as Snook, TX will be having its hometown festival on this day. There will be a BBQ cookoff, games and petting zoo for the kids, arts & crafts vendors, food vendors, a car show, antique tractor show, parade and more. More info on Snook Fest can be found at facebook.com/SnookFest

Snook is between College Station and Somerville on FM 60. In Snook, turn onto FM 2155, go past the school and go straight on the FM 2155 Spur (the main road veers left). The Spur will T into CR 269. Turn right and you will be able to see the festivities from there.

NativTxn (me) and flower71 will be having 2 booths in the craft vendors area. We will have a log book (or sheet) to stamp in. We will also have a cootie/flea catcher. We will supply name tags for you to stamp and wear around the festival so you will be identified as someone who could be "cootied". Come out and enjoy the day and check back at the booths to see what new fleas and cooties will be hanging around. Look for the Texas flag canopy. 



You are welcome to bring any event boxes and leave them at our booths during the day. Between now and then, I will work on getting some door prizes. I will pull tickets and write the numbers on a board so you can check back throughout the day to see if you've won.

For anyone that is a geocacher, this is also the day of the WWFM X (World Wide Flash Mob 10). Cachers will be at the booth from 12:00-12:15pm.


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Letterboxing...Again

Today was a very windy and overcast day, but I still couldn't stand being cooped up in the house. This afternoon, I headed over to Birch Creek State Park (I'm getting good use out of my Parks Pass) to find a couple letterboxes that I hadn't found.  Since I was there, I went around and found 3 others that I had already found about a month ago, but somehow lost the card with the images. The wind was crazy, but when I was on the trails, the woods blocked it out for the most part. I added about 4000 steps to my daily total.

The last one that I found was in one of my favorite areas of the park and it had a high concentration of bird life. The Brown Headed Cowbirds were in a HUGE flock and they were very loud when they lifted off and moved around. There were coots and herons out there and a couple of gulls.

I cut out all of the images and a couple that I had found between the lost images and today's finds.  All are now applied to my journal and it is up-to-date. I THINK I have my finds marked off on both Atlas Quest and Letterboxing.org if they are cross listed.  I prefer the ones on AQ better because I like seeing messages that previous boxers have left.  Is it a cool stamp? Is it in good shape?  Missing?  You can also rate boxes there.

I'm up to 69 boxes found, not including Event boxes and Hitchhikers/Fleas/Cooties. I think I've found all of the geocaches in this park.

Walking For Fun and Fitness

A little over a week ago, we started our Walk Across Texas program.  A group of 8 of us from work have started up our team again. We will be keeping track of our walking (and other exercise) and competing against quite a few other teams from Brazos County. This is an 8-week program to try to get us in the habit of exercising more.

Just a few days before the WAT started, I found a website called Walking4Fun.com which is owned by a letterboxer and hiker. You need a pedometer to keep track of your steps that you make each day. This is free site to use.  Each day, you enter the total number of steps you made. You also set it up with your stride length (length between left and right steps as you walk). It then calculates the number of miles you walked for that day.  There are a few trails to pick from.

As you walk, you will see maps and pictures that tell/show you where you are along the trail you have chosen.  It's fun to see my progress and see the images as if I were actually on the trail with friends.  You can add friends to see how far they are walking and to see where you each are along the trail. Just in the last few days, Badges have been added to the site for even more fun and goal accomplishment.  I seem to add quite a few steps on the weekends when I am out letterboxing or geocaching.

I started off with a cheap pedometer that I already had, but it kept falling off my waist and didn't always count the steps correctly. I got the pedometer that was listed on the site and it's been great. It even has a 7-day memory on it in case I forget to log it each night. Also, it resets itself to 0 each night at midnight.  I don't have to worry about forgetting to set it myself.  It has a "Trip" feature so I can count the number of steps that it takes me to get to/from geocaches for a study that I'm doing through the Texas A&M Health Science Center. You can order this little pedometer right from the site above if you're interested and there is a good user's guide right there as well.


Walking4Fun Trail Badge

TALE 10

I got to attend my first big Letterboxing event. It was held at Buescher State Park in Smithville, TX and was called TALE 10 - A Tale of TALES.  I got to to the park right at 10 am and I met a couple of boxers at the front desk. Texas Wench and Crabbie Ol Man and the boys.  They were boxing event newbies, too, so we decided to sit together at the tables.  Some of the more experienced boxers told us the best thing to do was to sit in one place and let others come to us.  Good idea!  Since we were new, we had a LOT of exchanges to do. I started putting faces to the names I have seen on the Atlas Quest boards and the Letterboxing Texas Yahoo Group.

Cooties were rampant at this event. We were covered - and we loved it!  What's a Cootie?  It is a stamp (usually on the small side) and it is meant to be passed from person to person. There are other traveling boxes/stamps in Letterboxing.  Fleas can be passed from person to person or from box to box. They are the most versatile. Hitchhikers are to be passed from box to box only.  These travelers are about equivalent to Travel Bugs (coins, GeoKrety, etc.) in geocaching. Most of the ones we saw at this event were attached to wooden clothes pins. This made for easy attachment to people's clothes, jackets, caps, hair, etc.

After a couple of hours of stamping and exchanging and meetin' folks, it was time for lunch. There was a little bit of everything, so it was quite a spread. There was a raffle and lots of prizes, but I didn't get one. :(  It was fun to watch the going's on anyway. After that most people took to the trails.  Texas Wench and crew and I grabbed a couple of short-time boxes and then hit the main trail in Buescher to work on a series of boxes.  We met up with other boxers along the way and it was nice to walk and chat. We only had time to get five of the ten boxes before we had to head back. I was able to get one of the Texas Parks Geocache Challenge 2013 caches on the way back. I had things to do at home, so I wasn't able to camp out here this weekend. That was a bit of disappointment because it was great weather for it. There are more boxes to be found and I definitely plan on being back - SOON!


By the way...this was Texas Independence Day. I'm glad to be a native-born Texan!

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