Diamond in the Rough and The Red Fox  LbNA # 27721

OwnerGSD 1    
Placed DateDec 16 2006
CountyMorgan
LocationGlouster, OH
Boxes2
Found ByE&L
Last UpdateAug 6 2009

Clues

Placed by: GSD 1
Placement Date: Dec 16, 2006
State: Ohio
County: Morgan
Nearest City: Glouster
Number of Boxes: 2



Burr Oak State Park . Over 3000 acres of wooded hills and hollows, located in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southeast Ohio. It is approx. 15 mi. SW of McConnelsville and 4 mi. NE of Glouster. There are several entrances to the Park. This box is located on the Lodge and Cabins side of the Park. Take SR 78 from either McConnelsville or Glouster till you come to the entrance to Burr Oak State Park Lodge and Cabins. Come down the road to the T-intersection and turn left. Come on down and on your right you will see a sign that says Boat Ramp, turn left here and go down the hill. At the bottom turn left into parking area and go to the far right hand corner of the lot, and park. There are two boxes you can access from this spot.


1.) DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Please bring your stamp pad, stamp, and pen.
Difficulty: Moderately hard.
Terrain: Hilly, and steep in places.
Time and distance: Straight to box= about 15 min./ ½ mile.

CLUES:
From the parking lot find the trail sign that says Ravine Trail 1.5 mi. Head out this trail and very soon you will cross over a wooden bridge and go up a hill.(Caution- hill and first part of trail is steep and can be slippery when wet or leaf covered). Follow this trail till you come into the Ravine. As you come down into this rock overhang you will pass between two large boulders. Look on the surface of the one on your right to find the Diamond for which I am named. Head in the direction I point, and real soon you will see a” Weight Challenged Person’s Squeeze”, on your left. Go up thru the crack, being very careful, as it can be slippery and have uneven footing to navigate, and when you reach the top, turn left along the face of the rock. Walk along the face till you see perpendicular lines cut in the face of the rock. These lines are where someone, a long time ago, was chiseling the rock to split off chunks of the rock to take it out of this area to be further dressed down into building stones. Turn around and with your back to the chisel marks, look up the hill and you will see an old rotten stump. Off to the right of this stump you will see a rock jutting out of the hillside and a little “cave “ under it. Go up to the rock and cave, and back behind the little wall of rocks you will find me covered with leaves and a piece of bark. I didn’t know when you were coming, so be careful when reaching back in, as you can never tell when I might have company. Take me out, and down to the rock and sit down and stamp, always being careful of muggles. When you are done, seal me back up and carefully replace me for the next searcher to find.
If you come in the Spring(Mid April to Mid May) this trail and the Ravine have many beautiful wildflowers to observe and photograph. You can walk on beyond the Ravine, another ¼ mile to a point that looks out over the Lake
If you have any trouble finding the box, or you find a problem with the box,or any other comments, contact me. If you visit on the weekend, go up to the Lodge and find the Lodge Naturalist and let him know of any problems you have encountered, or other comments.




2.) THE RED FOX

Please bring your stamp pad, stamp, and pen.
Difficulty: Moderately hard.
Terrain: Hilly, and steep in places.
Time and distance: Straight to box= about 15 min./ ½ mile.

CLUES
Back at the Parking Lot, as you look at the Ravine Trail Sign, look to your left and you will see an open “field” area and mowed path. Take this path and you will cross a wooden footbridge. Continue on this trail and cross the creek two more times(no bridges). As you cross the creek for third time the trail goes up a steep hillside. It can be very muddy and the steps are not in very good shape, so be careful. You may very well cross over several downed trees on this path. Go up the path and continue till you cross a section of the trail that has an eroded gully cutting thru it. From the other side of the wash out, it will be ~122 steps to the Fox’s Den. After you cross the wash look on your left for red blazes on trees. As you count your steps also count three red blazes on the trees. After coming to 3rd red blaze look ahead a little and on your right you will see a faded blue blaze on a tree. The a little further on (on right) you will see a Buckeye Tree that has 6 trunks coming from one base. Behind this tree is a large, fallen, rotting trunk with many woodpecker holes in it. Go to the end of this log closest to the multiple Buckeye and inside the log you will find the Red Fox hiding under leaves and bark. Again, be cautious as you reach in.
As always be alert for muggles, as you sit nearby and stamp. Replace box and cover carefully.
From here you can return back the way you came, or continue on up the trail. You will come out near the Park Entrance and you can walk down the road and go search for the Chipmunk Letterbox(see that entry) and walk on back down to the parking area.
If you have any trouble finding the box, or you find a problem with the box, or any comments contact me. If you visit on the weekend, go up to the Lodge and find the Lodge Naturalist and let him know of any problems you have encountered.

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