August Nights LbNA # 19196
|Placed Date||Nov 11 2005|
This box commemorates a sojourn I try to take every summer to spend a week in the woods with good friends and good music. The stamp reflects a grand piano in the trees, under the moon and stars. If you actually recognize this image, email me and let’s compare notes!
August Nights is in Avon Woods Preserve at 4325 Paddock Rd. (about 7 tenths of a mile south of the Norwood Lateral). Drive through the golf course to the parking lot at the preserve building. This is a moderate hike, less than a mile, with a few hills. Bring compass, inkpad, and pen.
Walk around the preserve building and take the main trail (next to the “compost pile”). When you come to the wooden water bar in the path, take the southwesterly branch. After you ascend the wooden bars, take the obscure path to the left (it’s obscure in the Fall when it’s covered with leaves, but it may be more visible other times of the year). You will know you’re on the right track when you cross the bridge. Keep going up and along the ridgeline for awhile, then take the small set of wooden steps down to your right (you’ll wonder who lives in those houses). Keep descending the steps and cross a smaller wooden bridge. Keep on going until you get to a path to your left leading to a large bridge (and the residential area). Don’t take that path, but start counting paces (one pace = 2 steps, or about 5 feet). In about 24 paces, look to your right and notice a very large “stump” about 7 paces from the trail. If you walk around behind the “stump,” August Nights is hidden within, under a piece of bark and some leaves.
To get home, return to the trail and continue along the path and down some wooden bars. You will soon see the path branching right (NE) that takes you back to the preserve building and your car.
Good luck, and please let me know if you find August Nights.