An Irish Blessing LbNA # 34021
|Placed Date||Aug 10 2007|
|Last Update||Oct 16 2011|
THIS BOX IS ALIVE AND WELL.:)CHECKED by,Sera and Doobie on Friday,July 24th ,2009.( We did use the opportunity to administer a bit of first aid,though.)
Located at the Ringwood Manor House in Ringwood State Park,N.J.This circuit hike is aprox. 2 miles long.
Time: 45 minutes -1 hour
After entering the park, park your car in the first lot to the left
(Note: This is not the entrance to Shepards Lake ,Skylands Manor or the NJ State Botanical Gardens)
The Ringwood Manor House section costs $5.00 to park during summer weekends only. Weekdays are free.
Walk towards the back of the Manor House.
Look out at the grassy field, searching for the black iron "Gates to Nowhere".
Cross through the gates and follow the lakeshore.
You will come to a gravel road where you will see the markers of the Blue Trail.
Bear left at the wildflower sign ,crossing over a wooden bridge.
Pass the graves and tombstones of people from long ago.
Continue to follow the blue markers and start to climb a little.
After about 30 minutes or so you will come to a pipeline.
At the pipeline,look very carefully for the blue markers and enter the forest there.
Start to descend into a low-lying area, which may be a little wet at times.
You will come to a stream, crossing it twice on boulders.
Continuing to follow the markers of the Blue Trail, climb up and away from the stream towards a rock outcropping.
Stop at the graffiti tree on the left.
Stand with your left hand on BT .Then,continue to follow the Blue trail, walking approx 40 steps ahead to the place where the Blue Trail makes a very sharp right turn.
Looking down the trail to the right, you should see a tree with blue AND yellow markers on it.
Looking straight ahead into the woods you will see an Elephantine boulder.
Walk towards the boulder.
Behind the Elephantine boulder is a Mammoth boulder.
Go to the south side of the Mammoth boulder and stand with your back to the fissure.
Walk 6 steps straight ahead.
What you seek is there.. hidden in the small boulder outcropping at your feet.
PLEASE be discreet while stamping in, as the Yellow Trail is right there on the North side of the Mammoth boulder
PLEASE be sure to camouflage the box even better than you found it. Check your work before leaving.
You can return the way you came or take the Yellow Trail. (The Yellow Trail is faster.)
With your back to the fissure on the North side of the Mammoth boulder, make a Right on the Yellow Trail.
This will take you back to the parking lot at the Manor House.Ringwood State Park offers picnic areas & grills.The Manor House is open Wednesday through Sundays, year round. Tours of the house are free! Enjoy. :)
~Sera & Doobie