|Placed Date||Feb 9 2002|
For some of you, this may be your first experience with Letterboxing, so before you begin your search today, I’d like to convey to you some aspects of Letterboxing that I personally feel are important.
#1 – STEALTH:
Be discreet while searching for a letterbox if other people are around. You may need to postpone retrieving a box if you can’t do it without being seen. Remember - not everyone is “letterbox-friendly” and you should not jeopardize someone else’s letterbox for the sake of getting a stamp! When you have successfully retrieved it, carry the box away from its hiding place to stamp-in so as not to reveal the hiding place to passers-by or to draw attention to what you are doing. Make sure you are discreet when unpacking the contents of the box and stamping-in. Discretion and stealth are also required when you return the letterbox to its hiding place.
#2 – LETTERBOXING WITH CHILDREN:
Children are often enthusiastic to “do it themselves”, but adults should always oversee their activities and that they close up the box properly and re-hide it well.
#3 – RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT:
Care must be taken in both finding and planting letterboxes. When looking for a letterbox, remember to leave the area just as, or better than you found it. If you look under a rock, replace the rock back where you found it. Don't pull out plants or rip up the ground looking for a letterbox. Avoid trampling vegetation while searching for the letterbox – if the box is off-trail, try not to create a “social trail” by following where previous boxers walked, it’s damaging plus it’s a dead giveaway to the location! Don’t tear apart that stone wall that has withstood hundreds of years of time to find the box.
#4 – RE-HIDE WELL:
After stamping-in and carefully closing up a letterbox, re-hide it as well or better than when you originally found it. Again, discretion at this time is very important. It is a good idea to cover the box with a handful of dead leaves, anchor the box with a flat rock so that an inquisitive animal can’t run off with it, and then sprinkle a few more leaves or twigs on top so it looks natural to passers-by. Look at it from different angles before you leave to make sure no plastic is showing. Never leave a letterbox out in plain sight! A well hidden letterbox helps ensure its longevity!
#5 – HAVE FUN!:
Letterboxing will take you to many new places – places that you may have never known about had it not been for letterboxing! It could be a short walk or a long, strenuous hike – there’s something for everyone’s preference and ability. Be sure to read the clues before you set off to ensure that it’s a suitable one for you.
Some clues are written simply and straightforward, some are more vague and require some thought and interpretation. Others are written in the form of puzzles and ciphers to challenge those who enjoy that sort of approach. Again, there’s something for everyone.
Whichever path letterboxing may take you, please respect it, enjoy it and have fun!
(taken from AQ and Letterboxing.info)
Thank you and now on with the clues! :-)
The clues for this series were brought out from the "basement of unclaimed Letterboxes" on April 11, 2005. The original placers were Winternuts, and the new caretaker is now sojourner, who hopes that their renewal will bring much enjoyment to their finders.
When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark returned from their
expedition, they found that Connecticut was just too crowded for them. They had to get back to the woods. In those woods, which happened to be in Woodbridge, Connecticut, they left mementos of themselves and were reminded of an absent friend.
Three letterboxes placed in the Alice Newton Street Park in
Woodbridge. The hike is suitable for children and dogs
(leashed) and takes about an hour excluding stamping time. It includes a lovely stream and a small waterfall area, the Wepawaug Falls.
The Park trailhead is located on Meetinghouse Lane between the Church complex and Town Hall. Parking is available behind the Church. There is a large trail map at the entrance.
Also, here is the link to a trail map:
Begin your expedition by following the BLUE trail (disregarding the blue/yellow crossover trail soon after you set off) until you cross a footbridge. About 11 paces from the far end of the bridge, turn left onto a minor trail that is blazed REDDISH-ORANGE. You'll be walking parallel to the stream, but above it. A short way along this trail you'll come to a stone wall. Your first box is by the tree that is between the trail and the stone wall. Stamp in, replace the box carefully, (maintaining the rocky "chamber" and camouflaging the box with a handful of dead leaves) and retrace your steps back to the BLUE trail.
Continue on the BLUE trail through the woods, a meadow and over three small footbridges. When you reach the fork that is posted for Wepawaug Falls, bear left on BLUE towards the stream and the falls. Go upstream until you come to a large fallen tree lying just to the left of the trail. At this point you should be standing on bare rock. To your right locate a projecting rock at about knee height. Standing beside this rock, take a bearing of 60 degrees and walk about 10 paces to pieces of a rotten stump atop a rock. The second letterbox is beneath the stump. (Again, please use some dead leaves to camouflage the box before covering with the stones!)
(The clues to box #2 were changed on 11-21-2010 since the original box went missing from its location closer to the stream - I think it might have been washed away during one of the heavy rainfalls.)
To reach the third box, continue upstream on the BLUE trail. Take a minute or two to stop and admire the waterfalls. If you've packed a picnic lunch, this is a good place to have it. After the waterfalls, the trail veers away from the stream, eventually looping around to the right. Stay on the BLUE trail(it's easy to get off onto another trail) until it soon meets up with the ORANGE blazed "West Boundary Trail" (just beyond a green/yellow blazed tree). Here you will leave the northbound blue trail and follow the southbound ORANGE trail. Keep an eye open on the right side for a rotting fallen tree with a significant sized boulder--really a small outcropping--under the far end. The third box is hidden under the north end of the boulder.
When you have stamped in and replaced the letterbox, you can return to your car by continuing south on the ORANGE trail until it rejoins BLUE at the Wepawaug Falls sign, or you can stay on the ORANGE trail until it joins the YELLOW trail. Walk south on YELLOW until you reach the BLUE/YELLOW crossover trail. Turn left (east) onto this trail and it will take you to the BLUE trail not far from where you parked your car.