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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
State parks and DEEP
Board: State: Connecticut
Feb 7, 2019 2:24pm
I recently created a hybrid which I placed off of the green trail in Cockaponset in Haddam/Higganum. I posted it here, and then attempted to post it on geocaching.com. Oops. Got a message that because it was in a state park, I needed to get a permit from DEEP. (Haven't we had this discussion before? I guess the geocaching folks decided to get strict...) Anyway, after going around in circles for a bit, I figured out that they only wanted things planted on marked trails, with no bushwhacking required--so I moved it. Hopefully they'll approve my new location!! One of these days I'll probably go and plant something else in the original location ;-) . Anyway, if you were planning to go check out my Year of the Dog: Athena hybrid, please be sure you have the updated clues! https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?boxId=301947

≥KitKat≤
Re: Sky 2019
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970985 by SherlockMiles
Feb 14, 2019 1:17pm
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Return areas this year:

2019 Sky’s the Limit Locations:

1. State Park or Forest: Mohawk State Forest, Sharon
Trail Name: Blue Trail
Map: Mohawk State Forest Trail Map
Parking Area: Choose one to create a hike of your liking
Photo Locations: Entrance and Cunningham Tower
Degree of Difficulty: Various, Depending on where you pick up the blue trail
Approximate Length: Various

2.State Park or Forest: Kettletown State Park, Southbury
Trail Name: Miller Trail
Map: Kettletown State Park Trail Map
Parking Area: Beach area or road
Photo Locations: Ticket Booth just beyond entrance and Charcoal Hearth site/lookout
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Approximate Length: 1.5 miles

3. State Park or Forest: Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme
Trail Name: Red Trail to Blue Trail to Yellow Trail (Tony’s Nose Overlook)
Map: Rocky Neck State Park Trail Map
Parking Area: Lot on north side of Beach Access Road, the second entrance to the large parking lot on the right
Photo Locations: Marsh area, just beyond parking lot and Tony’s Nose Overlook
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Approximate Length: 2 miles

4. State Park or Forest: Barn Island Wildlife Management Area, Stonington
Trail Name: Unnamed
Map: Map is available at kiosk north of boat launch and at display area
Parking Area: Roadside, north of Barn Island Boat Launch
Photo Locations: Sarah Ann Martin Stone Monument (41º20’36”N, 71º52’15”W) & Impoundment #2
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Approximate Length: 3 miles

5. State Park or Forest: James L. Goodwin State Forest, Hampton
Trail Name: Blue/Yellow to Blue/White to Red and back
Map: James L. Goodwin State Forest Trail Map
Parking Area: Conservation Center, 23 Potter Road Hampton
Photo Locations: Conservation Center Building & Governor’s Island
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Approximate Length: 3 miles

6. State Park or Forest: Pachaug State Forest -- Green Falls Area, Voluntown
Trail Name: Blue/Orange
Map: Pachaug State Forest Trail Map
Parking Area: Off Season -- Forest Road, Seasonally Parking Lot near beach
Photo Locations: Bridge at Base of Campground (start of Blue/Orange Trail) and view of Island from trail
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Approximate Length: depends on the season, approximately 5 miles in the off season, 3 miles trail only
Please note: The Forest Road is gated in the off season and opens based on mud season. You may need to hike the road in to reach the trail head.

7. State Park or Forest: Salt Rock State Campground, Sprague
Trail Name: Old Rail Line Footpath
Map: Salt Rock Trail Map
Parking Area: Fishing lots at Salt Rock Campground, behind pool
Photo Locations: River view from bench or picnic tables, railroad tracks where trail crosses
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Approximate Length: 2 miles

8. State Park or Forest: Mount Tom State Park, Litchfield
Trail Name: Yellow Trail (Tower Trail)
Map: Mount Tom State Park Trail Map
Parking Area: Beach Lot
Photo Locations: Kiosk at Beach and View from the Tower
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Approximate Length: 1.2 miles
Please note: There is a logging operation at Mount Tom State Park. Check the park website for updates. The tower trail will be accessible on or after March 15.

9. State Park or Forest: Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford
Trail Name: Paths around the park
Map: Harkness Memorial State Park Trail Map
Parking Area: Main Lot off Great Neck Road
Photo Locations: Amphitheatre, Beach Viewing Platform, View of Water from the Mansion, Carriage House, Greenhouse, Farmhouse, and Orchard
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Approximate Length: 1 mile
Things to do in the area: Seaside State Park, on Seaside Drive, is just down the street and is a great spot for a picnic

10. State Park or Forest: Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown
Trail Name: Orange and small amount of Blue to access Little Falls
Map: Wadsworth Falls State Park Trail Map
Parking Area: Main Lot near beach
Photo Locations: Big Falls and Little Falls (may be dry in the summer)
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Approximate Length: 3 miles

11. State Park or Forest: American Legion and Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted
Trail Name: Elliott Bronson to Walt Landgraf (Red Trails)
Map: American Legion and Peoples State Forest Trail Map
Parking Area: Lot near Matthies Grove
Photo Locations: Shelter at Walt Landgraf and Kiosk for Elliott Bronson Trail
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Approximate Length: 3.2 miles

12. State Park or Forest: Macedonia State Park, Kent
Trail Name: White to Blue and Return Blue
Map: Macedonia State Park Trail Map
Parking Area: By Pavillion
Photo Locations: Kiosk by Camp Office and Scenic View from Cobble Mountain
Degree of Difficulty: Difficult, not suitable for pets or young children
Approximate Length: 2 miles

13. State Park or Forest: Dennis Hill, Norfolk
Trail Name: Gazebo Loop Trail (Yellow)
Map: Dennis Hill Trail Map
Parking Area: At entrance
Photo Locations: View from Gazebo and shield sign
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Approximate Length: 1.3 miles

14. State Park or Forest: Horse Guard, Avon
Trail Name: White Trail
Map: Horse Guard Scenic Reserve Trail Map
Parking Area: At entrance
Photo Locations: Shield sign and scenic view
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Re: Sky 2019
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #971455 by cooledcoyote
Feb 14, 2019 1:24pm
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THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!!!
Re: Sky 2019
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #971455 by cooledcoyote
Feb 14, 2019 2:28pm
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I think about half of the parks are repeats :(. And there are so many state parks and forests that haven't been done yet.
Re: Sky 2019
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #971457 by Trailhead Tessie
Feb 14, 2019 3:04pm
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Yes, the number of repeats is interesting. But if people are interested in planting more, I’ll set up a tracker sometime in the next few days...