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Re: sleeping giant box updates
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #976366 by cooledcoyote
Jun 15, 2019 2:25pm
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Moana box 5 is also alive and well.
Re: sleeping giant box updates
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #976363 by DevilinDog
Jun 17, 2019 7:24pm
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Toonces the Driving Cat: Found, relocated. Vegetation changed dramatically so the clues did not work at all.
Sleeping Giant State Park: Found
Will You? Found, everything OK
Sky 2015 Memories (bonus): Retired. Looked again, hard, this baby is really buried somewhere around the fall tree I guess.
Tarka the Otter (Red Circle Trail): Found (two boxes). A limb fell near box #2 I plan to cut, until then finders will just need to make due.
Re: green checks
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #975829 by burning feet
Jun 20, 2019 7:05pm
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!!! I just realized the same thing while recording boxes from the event I attended this weekend. Thank you, Ryan!!!!
Re: Sleeping Giant State Park
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #976300 by Hurcher
Jun 22, 2019 6:40pm
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I wish I could help you guys check on the boxes. Living in a letterbox wasteland is no fun! No one even comes for the BOTM here.

BB
Sunny Valley Preserve Blue Trail
Board: State: Connecticut
Jul 15, 2019 3:11pm
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I'd be interested to know if people who have hiked this trail agree with this evaluation of the trail. This person seems to be saying it is a relatively easy hike? But I think their idea of easy might be different than my old lady's version of easy. So I'm curious what different people think.

https://theairlandandsea.com/2019/01/sunny-valley-preserve-trail-guide.html

MM
thx
Re: Sunny Valley Preserve Blue Trail
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #977310 by MissMoon
Jul 15, 2019 4:11pm
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Hi there !

Im the author of that blog and my aim was to make these trails accessible to all with parking info etc that seems to be lacking online

Shona and I hiked this trail with our Mother In Law who is anything but sporty. The trail is as I describe. No major hills, no major rocky scrambles and well worth a visit ! Bring your bug spray !

Kind regards

L-S
:)
Re: Sunny Valley Preserve Blue Trail
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #977310 by MissMoon
Jul 15, 2019 4:46pm
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This person seems to be saying it is a relatively easy hike? But I think their idea of easy might be different than my old lady's version of easy. So I'm curious what different people think.

I recently did all the CFPA trails that are part of the Sunny Valley Preserve system, and I thought the trails described were pretty moderate for CFPA trails. There are ups and downs which can be tiring, but nothing dramatic. No rock scrambles that I recall. No cliffs or mountains to scale or butt slides. Compared to a rail-trail, it is much more difficult. But compared to some other CFPA trails, it's relatively easy.
Re: Sunny Valley Preserve Blue Trail
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #977312 by Theairlandandsea
Jul 15, 2019 5:01pm
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Thank you. Old ladies with back and foot issues are always curious about these kinds of things. :)

You just joined AQ today??

I actually found a couple of interactive maps that show some parking at different points on the trail other than the southern entrance at #100 and the northern end. Did you actually encounter those parking spots along the way? I was wondering how close to the trail they actually are.

MM
Re: Sunny Valley Preserve Blue Trail
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #977313 by Trailhead Tessie
Jul 15, 2019 5:01pm
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Thank you for the input. Appreciate it!
Re: Sunny Valley Preserve Blue Trail
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #977314 by MissMoon
Jul 16, 2019 5:25pm
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I actually found a couple of interactive maps that show some parking at different points on the trail other than the southern entrance at #100 and the northern end. Did you actually encounter those parking spots along the way? I was wondering how close to the trail they actually are.

For one of my hikes I parked on the east end and that hike was confusing in places and not so well marked. Near the beginning you're following an old woods road, and the trail goes left off of the road to follow the edge of a field, but there are no markings for that turn. I only knew to take the turn because I had CFPA's online map on my phone. I did report that to CFPA. The west side closer to Lake Zoar is better marked and appears to be used more.
Re: Sunny Valley Preserve Blue Trail
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #977343 by Trailhead Tessie
Jul 17, 2019 1:06pm
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Thanks again.
A frame trailer
Board: State: Connecticut
Sep 1, 2019 12:52pm
Some of you know Blanche, my Rockwood A122 A frame camper.
I need to sell the her.
If you're even slightly interested please AQ me.
Archery Hunting Season
Board: State: Connecticut
Sep 1, 2019 2:35pm
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Hey Now, CT Peeps!

FYI, archery season opens up on PRIVATE land on Sunday, 15th September. It will open up on STATE land the next day, Monday, 16th September. The entire season runs through 31st December, and in zones 11 and 12, through all of January 2020.

Note: on PRIVATE land only, Sunday hunting is allowed; it is not permitted on state land.

Wear some orange, or at least another Skittles color, and keep the furry kids close (or leashed, as per the law). YMMV, and invariably will...
Re: Archery Hunting Season
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #979032 by Connfederate
Sep 1, 2019 2:37pm
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East Hampton Airline Trail Sunday September 22 anyone?
Board: State: Connecticut
Sep 11, 2019 12:30pm
Since Bungalow Boxer moved to Florida now I need to find a new hiking buddy for when visiting in Connecticut!
There is a series on the Airline Trail in East Hampton that I'd like to do in addition to some maintenance on our own boxes.
Sunday September 22. Meet either after breakfast or after lunch?
Would anyone care to join me on this hike?
Three FLAmigos
Stamp Identification help
Board: State: Connecticut
Oct 20, 2019 3:53pm
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My daughters and I found our first DEP State Forest Seedling letterbox today. Inside the box was another stamp commemorating Connecticut's 375th Anniversary... I couldn't find any listing for it, but am curious about the story behind it... can anyone offer any insights?
Re: Stamp Identification help
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #980488 by shamrock mom
Oct 21, 2019 6:06am
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Inside the box was another stamp commemorating Connecticut's 375th Anniversary

The state added those stamps to some or all of the seedling boxes, I forget what year that was. These boxes are pretty old.

It doesn't matter how many stamps are inside the box, it's still just one letterbox, so there would be only one listing.
Re: Stamp Identification help
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #980496 by Trailhead Tessie
Oct 21, 2019 6:59am
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Thanks! I wasn’t sure what it was. The additional stamp has a 2010 date
Re: Anyone want to join me Saturday morning?
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #980530 by SherlockMiles
Oct 24, 2019 5:18am
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I'm hiking that morning with a group of girl scouts... I'd be interested in joining a different week though!
Re: Anyone want to join me Saturday morning?
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #980532 by shamrock mom
Oct 24, 2019 5:33am
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Thanks.
Anyone around in 2006 have a copy of these stamps?
Board: State: Connecticut
Oct 27, 2019 8:52am
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Anyone who was at the February Winter gather in Manchester CT in 2006 have a stamping of these stamps? Somehow I lost one stamp and want to recarve it, but I evidently never stamped them in my own book!

https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?boxId=12129

If you can scan and send to me via e-mail, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

BB
Re: Anyone around in 2006 have a copy of these stamps?
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #980581 by Bungalow Boxer
Oct 27, 2019 3:02pm
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I have 10 logbook pages from this event but nothing that looks like that.

Warrior Woman
whose logbooks start with 2000
Re: Anyone around in 2006 have a copy of these stamps?
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #980585 by Warrior Woman
Oct 27, 2019 3:40pm
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They were planted for the event, but were offsite.

BB
Re: Anyone around in 2006 have a copy of these stamps?
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #980587 by Bungalow Boxer
Oct 28, 2019 12:59pm
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All set! Thanks!

BB
boxing in Lyme Ct
Board: State: Connecticut
Nov 8, 2019 4:31pm
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had a great time boxing in Lyme today. Mosquitoes are gone. trails are in great shape. some nice stamps there on fun trails. worth visiting
Re: boxing in Lyme Ct
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #980960 by burning feet
Nov 9, 2019 9:16am
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We had hoped to go on Tuesday. Soon!
Re: boxing in Lyme Ct
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #980960 by burning feet
Nov 9, 2019 1:33pm
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The cold has reduced the number of yahoos on the trails for sure. So much more peaceful. Warning, though: I've had two adult deer tick bites this week and another couple found crawling around. Need to get back to spraying my clothing with Permethrin. Adult deer ticks are most active in cool weather, spring or fall, even winter warm spells. I was crashing through lots of brush this week, that's where the adults are.
Re: boxing in Lyme Ct
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #980973 by Trailhead Tessie
Nov 9, 2019 4:04pm
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hunting will be in that area mid to end of November so check the website before you go out and wear orange
First Day Hike @ Gillette Castle
Board: State: Connecticut
Dec 11, 2019 5:55pm
I wanted to share this information about the First Day Hike at Gillette Castle. Hope to see you there. While I was asked to lead a walk, I'll just be there in a supporting role. (I'll bring my letterboxing bag for any exchanges, etc.)

EAST HADDAM, CT - The Friends of Gillette Castle State Park is pleased to offer a First Day Hike on Wednesday January 1st, 2020 at 12pm. This is a free event that will take place as a part of the America’s State Park’s First Day Hike initiative.

During the walk, guides will provide interesting tidbits of information about William Gillette, the Castle and the landmarks of the property and will show original photos of the property. All the while, walkers will be able to take in the beauty of the property.

The groups will leave from the park’s Visitors Center. The trail walk will be split into 2 parts. First, walkers will go to Grand Central Station and will venture through the rail bed which used to guide Gillette’s miniature railroad around the estate. Walkers will cross train bridges, take the loop around 125th Station, pass by the ponds and will make their way through the tunnel before returning to the Visitor’s Center. This section of the walk will cover approximately 2 miles of mostly flat trails.

From there, the walkers who wish to continue will go down William Gillette’s old entrance road and head towards the river. There, they will see the Chester–Hadlyme Ferry Landing, the cottage once inhabited by Gillette’s best friend and valet, Yukitaka Osaki as well as the remains of his houseboat, “The Aunt Polly”. The walk will then bring people back towards the castle and Visitors Center. This section will cover roughly a mile and contains moderate elevation changes.

Hot beverages will be available at the Visitors Center.

Participants will have to opportunity to meet the Gillettes as portrayed by our friends, Harold and Theodora Niver.

The walk is a family friendly event. Humans of any age are welcome. Pets (on a leash) are welcome to join in the fun as well! Please be aware that the trails are not stroller friendly or wheelchair accessible.

The event details are subject to change in the event of inclement weather. Please dress for the weather conditions, wear footwear suitable for winter trail walks, and bring water.

Founded in 1998, The Friends of Gillette Castle State Park is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and education of the castle and its grounds. Membership information for the Friends of Gillette State Park will be available at the event. While the event is free, donations are welcome. For more information on the Friends of Gillette Castle, go to www.gillettecastlefriends.org.

Call Paul at 860-222-7850 or email info@gillettecastlefriends.org with questions. Gillette Castle State Park is located at 67 River Road, East Haddam, 06423.
Logging at Hoffman Evergreen Preserve in Stonington
Board: State: Connecticut
Jan 3, 2020 1:07pm
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There is extensive logging being done at Hoffman Evergreen Preserve. We just got back from hiking there and they are clear cutting some areas. The Avalonia website had said they were logging to clear dead wood and rotting trees, but this is clear cutting. Its really sad.

I had two geocaches in the preserve, one is gone and other was bulldozed, but I recovered it, thanks to a helpful cacher who saved it. I suggest that anyone who has letterboxes in this preserve to check on them and if you planted them near a tree to move them or remove them. It doesn't look like the stone walls are being disturbed, but clues are probably all off thanks to logging.

Puggle Mom