Preserve Art  LbNA # 14725

Placed DateApr 20 2005
CountyNew Haven
LocationWoodbridge, CT
Found By burning feet
Last Found Sep 23 2016
Hike Distance?

For some of you, this may be your first experience with Letterboxing, so before you begin your search today, I’d like to convey to you some aspects of Letterboxing that I personally feel are important.
Be discreet while searching for a letterbox if other people are around. You may need to postpone retrieving a box if you can’t do it without being seen. Remember - not everyone is “letterbox-friendly” and you should not jeopardize someone else’s letterbox for the sake of getting a stamp! When you have successfully retrieved it, carry the box away from its hiding place to stamp-in so as not to reveal the hiding place to passers-by or to draw attention to what you are doing. Make sure you are discreet when unpacking the contents of the box and stamping-in. Discretion and stealth are also required when you return the letterbox to its hiding place.
Children are often enthusiastic to “do it themselves”, but adults should always oversee their activities and that they close up the box properly and re-hide it well.
Care must be taken in both finding and planting letterboxes. When looking for a letterbox, remember to leave the area just as, or better than you found it. If you look under a rock, replace the rock back where you found it. Don't pull out plants or rip up the ground looking for a letterbox. Avoid trampling vegetation while searching for the letterbox – if the box is off-trail, try not to create a “social trail” by following where previous boxers walked, it’s damaging plus it’s a dead giveaway to the location! Don’t tear apart that stone wall that has withstood hundreds of years of time to find the box.
After stamping-in and carefully closing up a letterbox, re-hide it as well or better than when you originally found it. Again, discretion at this time is very important. It is a good idea to cover the box with a handful of dead leaves, anchor the box with a flat rock so that an inquisitive animal can’t run off with it, and then sprinkle a few more leaves or twigs on top so it looks natural to passers-by. Look at it from different angles before you leave to make sure no plastic is showing. Never leave a letterbox out in plain sight! A well hidden letterbox helps ensure its longevity!
#5 – HAVE FUN!:
Letterboxing will take you to many new places – places that you may have never known about had it not been for letterboxing! It could be a short walk or a long, strenuous hike – there’s something for everyone’s preference and ability. Be sure to read the clues before you set off to ensure that it’s a suitable one for you.
Some clues are written simply and straightforward, some are more vague and require some thought and interpretation. Others are written in the form of puzzles and ciphers to challenge those who enjoy that sort of approach. Again, there’s something for everyone.
Whichever path letterboxing may take you, please respect it, enjoy it and have fun!
(taken from AQ and

Thank you and now on with the clues! :-)

A 4-Letterbox series of optical illusions.
One logbook in the final box!

Location: Elderslie Preserve - located on the east side of Peck Hill Road, 0.6 miles north of the intersection of Old Quarry Rd in Woodbridge.

The link to a trail map is:

Turn into the “driveway” and there is a parking area just before the trailhead.

Time: Walking time is about 1 hour – allow more time for stamping-in, etc. Boxes are placed about 10 – 15 minutes apart.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate, with some fairly steep climbs and rocky trails.

Dogs: OK

Other: There is one logbook – it’s in the 4th box.
Please bring black ink.

"Op Art relies on optical illusions and is sometimes called optical art or retinal art. Op painters and sculptors used geometric designs in order to create feelings of movement or vibration, sometimes in vibrant colors and other times in simply black and white. The movement had its origins in the work of Victor Vasarely. It also developed from the Abstract Expressionist movement that discredited the importance of subject matter. The term was coined in 1964 by Time magazine. A major Op Art exhibit in 1965, titled “The Responsive Eye,” caught the public interest. As a result, the style began appearing in print, television, advertising, album art, fashion, and interior decorating.
Op Art’s primary goal was to fool the eye. Some works were composed to create the illusion of movement, although all Op Art pieces were flat and two-dimensional. Based on geometry, Op Art is almost completely non-representational. The color, line, and shapes were chosen for the purposes of illusion and not to evoke any emotion or mood."

Begin on the RED “Old Wood Tote Road” trail. Staying on RED, continue past RED/YELLOW blazes and YELLOW blazed trails on the right until reaching an unmarked trail on the left just before the trail goes downhill. Turn onto this trail and head towards the large pines that are off-trail on the right. Just behind a 2.5 sister pine is another pine that’s leaning and who’s roots are exposed. Find Box #1 tucked underneath.

Return to RED and continue past a vernal pool, crossing a short wooden boardwalk. Soon the trail goes gently downhill. Where it levels off for a short distance (about 200 steps from the boardwalk), turn right onto a sometimes obscure, depending on the leaf cover, ORANGE-blazed trail and begin a steady, gentle, uphill climb. Just before the top, look west of an ORANGE-blazed birch(?) to the back of a three-sister tree near boulders for Box #2.

Continue onwards and soon leave orange to join the BLUE trail. Further along, pass the "Big Rock" on the ridge, then another vernal pool. Look for the sign-board directing you to the ORANGE trail and take this trail, soon climbing quite steeply for a short distance. About half way up the incline, the trail splits - orange goes to the right, and on the left you need to pick up the YELLOW trail. As you reach the top and skirt northwards around the rocky ridge, you will see a large split boulder on the left. 20 steps further on the left is a slender tree with wide open "legs". To its left is a rock - behind it find Box #3.

The somewhat rocky YELLOW trail meanders through evergreens and hardwoods, and about 10 minutes of walking takes you to a huge rock ledge on your right. After you descend the trail alongside the wall, stop at a thin YELLOW-blazed tree on the right. 30 steps further along the trail, take a reading of approximately 90* to a rocky ledge just behind a rock-bound tree and fallen logs. In a small cave, find Box #4 complete with logbook.

Once you've signed in and re-hidden the box, a few steps further on YELLOW take you to a T junction. Turn left onto the original RED and RED/YELLOW trail again to return to the parking area. Or is this just another optical illusion?

As always, enjoy the walk, please stamp-in discreetly, re-hide carefully and e-mail me with your findings! You may log your finds into LbNA and Atlasquest.