Smith House Trail Bugs  LbNA # 11818

OwnerAdoptable    
Placed DateOct 22 2004
CountyFairfield
LocationStamford, CT
Boxes3
Found By mattyfungos
Last Found Jan 19 2017
StatusFFFFFFFFFFFFF  
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Smith House Trail Bugs
Placed by Jbean62@aol.com
Placement Date: October 22, 2004
State: Connecticut
County: Fairfield
Nearest City: Stamford
Number of boxes: 3

Clues

Location: Smith House Walking Trail
All 3 letter boxes contain stamp, notebook, stamp pad and pen.
Placed October 22, 2004
The Smith House Walking Trail is paved so it is easily accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. This is a good activity for the young and old to do together. The letterboxes are all hidden off the trails so someone will need to bushwhack to find them.
Difficulty: easy walking. Allow 30 - 45 minutes to find all three boxes.
1 pace = 2 steps = 5 feet.

The clues for all 3 letterboxes start at the trail head, which is located on the southern end of the Smith House parking lot. So you will need to return to the trail head to start each search.

When you stamp in, please make sure that you repackage the contents of the letterbox, secure the lid and replace the box exactly as found so that others may enjoy finding it.

Smith House Health Care Center is a 128 bed skilled nursing facility owned by the City of Stamford located in North Stamford.
The Smith House Walking Trail was opened in October 1995. The project of designing and building the 1 ¼ mile paved trail was funded by the Smith House Foundation Board. Today the 13 wooded acres that the trail winds through is used by many of the residents, family members and staff of Smith House as well as the public. The Smith House Recreation department uses the trail during nice weather for the walking club which meets 3x weekly. The paved trail connects to Scofield Manor which is a senior residence. Some of the Scofield residents volunteer at Smith House and use the trail to get there. Because the trail is used by the elderly and people in wheelchairs there is no bicycling or rollerblading allowed on the trail.

Directions to trail head: Exit 35 off the Merritt Parkway. North on High Ridge Road. Left onto Scofieldtown Road. Straight through 2 stop signs. Left onto Rockrimmon Road. Smith House is on your Left. Pull into the main entrance and go to the far left hand side of the parking lot (south). The paved trail begins between two planters near a posted sign.

Clues For The Spider:
From the beginning of the trail walk 22 paces to a fork in the trail. You will see a bench in front of you and an exercise area to your right. Follow the RIGHT fork for 69 paces. There will be a trail to the RIGHT. Take this trail for 35 paces. Look to your right off the trail and see a tree with 5 trunks. Bushwhack uphill off the trail to the 5 trunked tree. Standing with your right shoulder against the tree walk 10 paces to a large boulder. Look for the Spider letter box on the far side under the boulder.
After stamping in please repackage the contents of the letterbox, secure the lid and replace the box exactly as found.
Return to the trail head by the parking lot.


Clues for the Butterfly
Beginning at the trail head walk 22 paces to a bench. Follow the LEFT fork of the trail. You will pass a yellow birch and a red oak on your right (tree identification is courtesy of the Bartlett Arboretum). Keep going straight on the trail past a tulip tree on the left. You will come to another bench. Rest if you need to. Facing the bench follow the trail to the LEFT. The trail forks again take the LEFT fork. Follow for 66 paces to another intersection. Keep going straight for 10 paces. Look off the right side of the trail and notice an old foundation. Continue for 41 paces on the trail. You will see Rockrimmon Road ahead of you. take the trail to the Right. Walk 65 paces to a tree with 3 trunks. Look for the Butterfly letterbox under a boulder to the left of the tree.
After stamping in please repackage the contents of the letterbox, secure the lid and replace the box exactly as found.
Return to the trail head by the parking lot.

Clues for the Lady Bug
Beginning at the trail head walk 22 paces to a bench. Follow the RIGHT fork of the trail. Continue on this path for 69 paces to another intersection. Follow the trail to the LEFT. You will pass a large house with a swingset in the yard. Continue until the next intersection. Notice tree identifications on several trees along the way. Take a RIGHT at the next intersection and follow trail to another bench. Rest if you want. Facing the bench turn to your left. The trail forks take the RIGHT fork. Follow for 17 paces. Bushwhack RIGHT off of the trail 17 paces to a birdhouse. There will be a large open field in front of you. With the bird house on your left notice a boulder off to the RIGHT near the tree line. Climb on top of this boulder to spot a flat boulder in the middle of the field. Walk to the flat boulder. Grass may be high and the terrain uneven. Watch out for POOP! On the far side of the flat boulder find the Ladybug Letterbox.
After stamping in please repackage the contents of the letterbox, secure the lid and replace the box exactly as found.
Return to trail head.