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Re: A new Land Conservation Preserve that welcomes letterboxes
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #968803 by SherlockMiles
Nov 27, 2018 10:51am
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Looking forward to seeing a trail map!

Vicky Harrison drew a very good map when they were sharing the trails with their friends. I believe the NBLCT people are reproducing it. I'll check on that for you.
Re: A new Land Conservation Preserve that welcomes letterboxes
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #968753 by R
Nov 28, 2018 3:17am
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Nifty! I'm not sure we can make the ribbon cutting ceremony - daughter is in a dance for charity. But LOVE having something to find close by!
Re: A new Land Conservation Preserve that welcomes letterboxes
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #968845 by shamrock mom
Nov 28, 2018 6:17am
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not sure we can make the ribbon cutting ceremony

Don't worry one bit about not making it to the ribbon cutting ceremony. It will be a zoo. What you want is to get on the trails and find my box!! You can enjoy that even better without the crowd! ;)
Re: 40 for 40 update
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #968792 by Brandy
Nov 30, 2018 10:36am
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Monday will mot work for me or Friday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Gizmo's Gift will be visiting CT for the next few weeks
Board: State: Connecticut
Dec 21, 2018 3:39am
Re: 40 for 40!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #968614 by Brandy
Jan 6, 2019 3:57am
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this was a great series. lots of fun. took some time. is a real hike. many of us have done it before for other boxes. trails are blazed pretty well. I think this was the trail that Rubaduc reblazed once upon a time.
CT Blue Trails Challenge
Board: State: Connecticut
Jan 7, 2019 1:30pm
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Is anyone interested in doing CFPA's Blue Trails Challenge? I'm looking for some off-season hiking motivation. They have 200 miles, 400 miles and 800 miles (!). It's not the total mileage you walk, but the miles of trails covered. So if you hike a five-mile section twice, it counts as five miles, not ten. There is no time limit. I'm wondering if anyone else is doing that and if it would be worthwhile carving stamps for the 200 or 400 miles. Maybe 600. I suppose I could carve an 800 one for Wanda and Pete. Anyone else think they're going to do 800 miles?

A lot of the "blue trails" are not actually blazed blue, they are just part of the CFPA system. Such as all the trails at Sleeping Giant (that's 27 miles right there) and Ragged Mtn. If you did the Q-series, that's 20. The T-Series is another 20 or so. Most CT letterboxers probably have logged significant mileage as a byproduct of boxing. Out of curiosity, I added up my mileage, most of it from boxing, and came to 380 miles. A lot more than I expected. I put together a spreadsheet that corresponds with the latest edition of CFPA's walkbook in case anyone wants to use it to calculate mileage. I just had to go through the Walk book page by page to figure it out.

Here's CFPA's description:

Blue Trails Challenge
Hiker on a Blue Trail
Need an excuse to check out a new trail? Looking for a new adventure? The Blue Trails Challenge invites you to discover the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System and do something good for your body and mind! Hike any of the trails in the trail system and accumulate miles and memories as you go. With three challenge categories (200, 400, or 800 miles) you can stitch together a hiking challenge on the trails that is right for you. There’s no time limit, you can complete a challenge category in a single season or across your hiking lifetime. Keep track of your mileage on this log form.

Challenge Categories:
200-miler: CFPA t-shirt

400-miler: CFPA water bottle

800-miler: CFPA fleece vest

If you're new to the trails, the Blue Trails Challenge is a chance to discover the many health benefits of hiking. And if you're already a hiker, it’s another way to keep active and explore new trails outside your immediate region or in different seasons. Hike on your own, with your dog, with family, with friends, or with your hiking/outing club. Pass the word and encourage others to take the challenge! Be inspired by meeting our current 800-Milers!

When you’ve completed a challenge, stop into our office and let us know, sign our logbook, pick up your award and let us take a photo of you with your favorite hiking boots!

Visit our interactive trails map for up-to-date trail information, driving directions to trailheads, and current trail notices.

Share your stories and photos!
Re: CT Blue Trails Challenge
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970125 by Trailhead Tessie
Jan 7, 2019 3:45pm
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Why does CT have all the cool stuff? It's so close that I could do it, but so far that I end up never going.

(Any point on the RI/CT line is an hour away, I-91 is 2 hours, the NY/CT border is 3-4 hours each way)
Re: CT Blue Trails Challenge
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970125 by Trailhead Tessie
Jan 8, 2019 4:16pm
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it sounds so tempting...
but first I would spend forever trying to figure out how many miles I've done already and I may never get out on the trail!
tunxis done
quinnipiac done
mattabassett mostly done
giant done
naugatuck done
regicides done
metecomet not all done yet
Henry Buck! done
hmmm, what else....
I'd love to use your spreadsheet!
Re: CT Blue Trails Challenge
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970125 by Trailhead Tessie
Jan 9, 2019 3:52am
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I was literally just looking at this program again the other day. I really want to do it, but I know I'll always be distracted by non-blue trail boxes, so I just put the papers back into the folder.
Re: CT Blue Trails Challenge
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970125 by Trailhead Tessie
Jan 9, 2019 8:04am
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Yes, I have been keeping track of this. I have a Google Sheet.
Re: CT Blue Trails Challenge
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970154 by SherlockMiles
Jan 9, 2019 8:10am
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I have clue piles of paper, years old of places I’ve wanted to get to, some used in Sky challenges over the years, I’m just too lazy to keep track of mileage on trails on top of everything else.
Re: CT Blue Trails Challenge
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970125 by Trailhead Tessie
Jan 9, 2019 3:53pm
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Too much going on for me. Someday after retirement.
Re: 40 for 40!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #968637 by cooledcoyote
Jan 10, 2019 7:27am
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At this point, I have my car, I have a dry day, I have my Friday off, so what if it’s freezing! Who’s with he?
Re: 40 for 40!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970170 by cooledcoyote
Jan 11, 2019 5:11am
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Are you really going to brave the elements today ? It's 10 degrees and gusty cold here in central NY. I don't think I'm even going to walk to my mailbox, it's so cold !

If you got out there, I would like to hear about it. :^)
Re: 40 for 40!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970180 by BetsyLee
Jan 11, 2019 6:28am
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brave the elements

I can remember the days when I went 'boxing in all kinds of winter weather with the saying, "there is no bad weather, just not dressing right!" Hand warmers, foot warmers!! WHAT was I THINKING?!!! I'm much wiser these days, snug and warm. With memories. LOL
Re: 40 for 40!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970180 by BetsyLee
Jan 11, 2019 7:23am
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Nope, trying next Friday with company, my legs are still trying to get warm after doing errands this morning.
Re: 40 for 40!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970180 by BetsyLee
Jan 11, 2019 2:08pm
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I did some cemetery boxes in Connecticut today. Perfect for winter. In and out of the car, getting warmed up and sipping coffee between boxes. Though the coffee didn't stay hot for very long. But still......

It was a beautiful, sunny day.
Re: 40 for 40!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #968614 by Brandy
Jan 12, 2019 2:38pm
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Heading there tomorrow morning (Sunday) 8:30ish. Not planning on getting them all.
Re: 40 for 40!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #968614 by Brandy
Jan 12, 2019 6:22pm
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Just got a hold of this gem in the library. Thanks! I want to try this as soon as I can.
Sleeping Giant State Park
Board: State: Connecticut
Jan 14, 2019 10:22am
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CT DEEP says Wharton Brook SP has reopened and they expect Sleeping Giant to open back up this spring.
Re: Sleeping Giant State Park
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970307 by Trailhead Tessie
Jan 15, 2019 8:41am
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So excited! Will be checking on the WB boxes ASAP!
Re: Sleeping Giant State Park
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970348 by shamrock mom
Jan 17, 2019 5:56am
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I was at Kettletown SP recently, which had unbelievable damage from the same storm. The 3-mile Pomperaug-Crest Trail loop had hundreds of blowdowns, all of which had been cleared off of the trails. I mean the full length of the trail was blowdowns, not just patches. The Miller Trail loop to the north fared better, but one section also had severe damage. The good news is that despite the massive tree carnage, I was able to find all seven boxes I was looking for. One I had to crawl into the crown of a fallen tree, but it wasn't that bad. Another I had to step over some limbs. I hope most of the boxes at Sleeping Giant fare as well as the ones at Kettletown. Here's a photo at Kettletown: https://photos.app.goo.gl/DaUw29R4qKP7yiBb6
New Box Posted in Honor of my Father
Board: State: Connecticut
Jan 17, 2019 5:13pm
Hello! I just joined AtlasQuest to list a box in honor of my father, my main hiking buddy for my whole life. He actually had an AQ account, papabear24. He passed away in 2017, and this letterbox is full of love and pictures of him hiking with his favorite people.

The box is called Cows on the Regicide, and is near Three Judges Cave at West Rock State Park in New Haven!

For anyone who does find it, it would mean a lot to me to let me know how you enjoyed it as it was his favorite hike and some of his favorite views!
Wharton Brook
Board: State: Connecticut
Jan 19, 2019 1:18pm
I was told that Wharton Brook is now open. My sister went hiking there and reported that tree hangers, etc were addressed but minimally. She did not think trying to box there yet would be a good idea.
Evil Queen/Snow White and 101 Dalmations stamps
Board: State: Connecticut
Jan 29, 2019 11:35am
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Does anyone have any recollection where these stamps are? I fear they are all together in my abyss called the POD which is currently in a storage facility. I can't remember who picked up the puppies and Pongo and Perdita for me, or even IF they were picked up.

I believe I remember who picked up Evil Queen, Snow White stamps, and Horace and Jasper from 101 Dalmations were picked up, but I can't find them.

Help!
Thanks!
BB
Re: Evil Queen/Snow White and 101 Dalmations stamps
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970795 by Bungalow Boxer
Jan 29, 2019 7:46pm
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Trying to figured out which series we picked up for you.........
Whodunits East
Board: State: Connecticut
Jan 30, 2019 4:33am
Is anyone from Middlesex County interested in going to this but not wanting to travel alone? Suddenly realized there were no CT events on the calendar...
Sky 2019
Board: State: Connecticut
Feb 2, 2019 5:44pm
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Any word on when Sky will be announced this year?
Re: Sky 2019
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970985 by SherlockMiles
Feb 3, 2019 1:46pm
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at the first day hike we were told Feb 14thish