Along the routes between our house and two of the three trailheads on Sleeping Giant are several interesting structures such as I’ve never seen anywhere else we’ve lived. Creative mailbox installations are not new to me, but the unique shelters created so that utility meters can be read from the road are something else altogether. This was the first to grab my attention.
Unfortunately, the residence to which this meter house belongs was getting a new green composition roof on the day I photographed the matching meter house.
Shaked roofs, although more common on out buildings than on houses because of rapid decay in our hot, wet, tropical climate, often mimic the residence in the background.
Some meter houses have only a simple roof. As you can see, this is not the most durable shelter, but fortunately, the populated side is in fairly good shape.
While some mailboxes are quite elaborate, many are merely painted by their artist owners. This one reminds me of the Pacific Northwest with its fish head and tail.
…and here is a lovely passion fruit bouquet on a mailbox.
Some meter houses are quite spartan, a basic design that is fully functional, as shown below.
Still others are clearly identified with the house number (and at one time, I imagine would have had a roof that matched the house as well).
I love this particular mailbox, for a local bed & breakfast, because it is actually a model of the house!
Meter houses borrow various architectural treatments from the residences, such as this T111 sided box.
Stone veneer forms the base of this mailbox, just like the house.
…and sometimes the mailbox matches the fence.
Meter houses are sometimes quite massive, more likely to endure a major storm than any of the houses.
So much of the beauty of the hike occurs before you get into the woods (jungle), and makes the journey to the trailhead at least as exciting as discoveries along the trail. And this is just tiny sample because all of these are less than two miles from home.