Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away home!  LbNA # 25498 (ARCHIVED)

OwnerAdoptable    
Placed DateSep 1 2006
CountyGloucester
LocationMantua, NJ
Boxes1
Planted ByWitchy, Witchy    
Found By di & her guy
Last Found Oct 15 2006
StatusaFF  
Hike Distance?

***RECENT ENLARGEMENT/LANDSCAPING IN THE PARK HAS NECESSITATED THE REMOVAL OF THIS BOX. SORRY. ONCE THE WEATHER IS WARMER, WE WILL REHIDE IT. SO, CHECK BACK IN THE SPRING FOR UPDATED CLUES.

I really like ladybugs because they are both interesting and beautiful. I began the clues for this box from the Butterfly Garden because I think that it is one of the nicest spots in the park. I hope you will enjoy finding my very first letterbox!

CLUES:

This letterbox is hidden in Chestnut Branch Park., just north of the intersection of Alt. 553 and Mt. Royal Road in Mantua Township, N.J.

Drive into the parking area and park facing the basketball courts. To the right of the courts is a walled, roller hockey enclosure. Behind this enclosure is a Butterfly Garden with lots of flowers in the spring through early autumn. A pretty, wooden sign marks this garden.

From the sign, take the paved path SE, past the initial bend, for about 160 paces (past the first cement and wooden bench on the left) to the first UNPAVED path to the right (if you see the sign for the Nature Trail, you have gone too far). Go down this unpaved path for 32 paces to the two, large oaks (different sub-species) that flank the path, like sentries, on either side. Continue down the path to the large, twin-trunked chestnut oak (which has a rudimentary "lean to" of sticks placed against one side). From this twin-trunked tree, go 25 paces at 100* to a fallen tree. Beneath the fallen tree, note the remains of a barbed wire fence. (BE CAREFUL. Some of the barbed wire is at/near ground level.) Climb over the fallen tree, keeping the barbed wire fence to your right. Walk along the length of this fence, eastward, keeping the fence on your right. The barbed wire fence is embedded in a chestnut tree, and then in another chestnut tree. From this second, "wire embedded" tree, walk due north for about 25 paces, through undergrowth, to the first big, tall oak tree. From this tree, go to the triple-trunked chestnut oak behind it. From this triple-trunked tree, walk 23 paces to the live triple-trunked oak at 320*. The letterbox is hidden in the V of this tree, beneath bark and sticks. Please rehide well after visiting so that it cannot be seen from the path behind you. BEWARE, there are lots of thorns in the immediate vicinity of this box.

After you find the letterbox, you might want to investigate the park. It's a great place to spend an afternoon. The park has: a playground, basketball courts, baseball, football and soccer fields, a Bankshot game (bring your own basketball!), a roller hockey rink, and plenty of paved and unpaved paths for hiking, biking, skating or scootering. It also boasts a covered pavilion with picnic tables and bathrooms. But, please note, NO pets or motorized vehicles are allowed.

I hope that you have fun looking for my first letterbox! Please leave me a note/message along with your stamp impression! Thanks!