Lance's Fish Tank 4-7  LbNA # 14403

OwnerKimono Girl    
Placed DateApr 10 2005
LocationSullivan, IL
Found By Jaxom and Sharra
Last Found May 2 2009
Hike Distance?

5/2/09: According to finder reports, boxes #5-7 are in good shape (although box 7 may be somewhat difficult to find). The stamp for box #4 needs to be recarved and will be replaced this spring.

From Sullivan, take route 32 south. Turn right at the VFW, then turn left at the T-road (first turn option you have), then right at the next available turn. Go straight over the bridge and the parking lot is the first turn on the left after the bridge.

Difficulty: Boxes 1-6,Moderate-Boxes 6-11,Difficult. The clues are fairly straightforward but if you plan on searching for all of the stamps in this series it will be a fairly long hike (3-4 hours) and I do not recommend it for very young children. Be sure to bring plenty of water, especially if you plan on visiting during warm weather. These stamps are part of an 11-stamp series. Some of the trails you will be hiking are narrow bike trails, so watch out for bikes. Also, parts of the trail are quite rough (strollers are definitely out of the question here) so keep an eye out for roots and loose gravel. Some of the clues will take you off the main trail and up/down some fairly steep slopes. Please use caution when crossing wooden structures that have obviously been neglected for some time. Also keep in mind that these trails go through the woods, be sure to do a tick check when you are done and keep an eye out for poison ivy (I did not see any in the vicinity of the boxes but it does grow in the area) and brambles (which are in the vicinity of some boxes). Also, there are many black locust trees in the area so watch small children and dogs for thorns.

Lance’s Fish Tank #4, Corydoras trilineaus
Start at the picnic clearing from the end of the last set of clues. Stop and look at the trail map, then take the bike trail south. Follow the trail past the “docks” at the entrance to the woods. As the trail passes directly through a pair of three-pronged trees, pause and look to your right for a fallen tree. Do not leave the trail here, but keep that tree in mind. Continue down the hill and around the corner and back up the hill again. At the top, look for the leaning tree up ahead and just of to the right of the trail. Behind this leaning tree lies the base of the fallen tree from earlier. Make your way to the left side of the tree and look for the spot where a branch once emerged from its trunk. Where this branch joins the base you will find C. trilineaus hidden under bark and leaves. After you are finished, reseal the box securely and return to the trail.

Lance’s Fish Tank #5, Barbus shuberti
Continue on through the forest of brambles (don’t worry, the path here is clear of thorns) and cross the wooden bridge. Walk around the curve, past the Y-tree and large rock to the trail markers. Ignore the arrow and take the path towards the pond overlook. Approximately 28 paces down the trail from the sign that tells you the way you will find a tree immediately to the left of the trail. B. shuberti is tucked neatly away inside the crevice at the base of this tree obscured from view by some dead leaves. If you are not in any rush, you should follow the trail to the pond overlook for a nice view of both Lake Shelbyville and the pond.

Lance’s Fish Tank #6, Otocinclus vittatus
Return to the main trail and follow the arrow. Wander along the convoluted path through many twists and turns, along the broken brick "road," down and up a valley where you start a great descent. Pass the boulder on your right and begin your ascent up and ever onward until you pass the forest giant on your right. Just past this giant sits a swollen tree on the left side of the path. About a dozen paces past this tree, follow the deer path on the right into the forest, being mindful of the brambles. Where two deer paths intersect, turn right and make your way back to the main trail, where you will turn right again to continue on your journey. Pass the giant again and continue down a hill. Where roots reach up to grab you, look down to your left for a large rock. At your feet should be a root with a small stub of a "finger" pointing off the trail to a tree in front of you. With this tree between you and the trail, look up the hill and slightly to your left. Approximately 10 steps away you will see a small tree and make your way to it. With your back to this tree, look down towards your left towards the path to see an old log. Make your way to this log to find Otocinclus vittatus tucked behind this log. Return to the trail and continue your descent to the creek.

Lance’s Fish Tank #7, Brachydanio rerio
After fording the creek, follow the trail along the creek. As the trail leads uphill you will come to a tree downed parallel with the path. From the base of this tree, look directly down the hill for a tree with a thin dead stump attached. B. rerio lies in the top of the thin stump.