A tree-huggin' adventure  LbNA # 40409

Placed DateMay 30 2008
LocationStafford Springs, CT
Planted ByThe Alleycatz    
Found By kbtkellis
Last Found Mar 24 2012
Hike Distance?

Distance: give or take one mile
Terrain: virtually no hills

This one has the same starting place as the Icehouse letterbox.

From the locked gate, go past the waterfall and turn right at the gigantic pine tree. You can tell a pine tree is a red pine or a white pine by how many needles it has. Five needles means a white pine, and three is a red. You can remember this because red has 3 letters and white has 5. This tree is so big, you might not be able to get a hold of a branch to see which this is, but white pines seem to be more common around here.

Past the pine tree, you will see a rope swing to your right, as you pass into the woods, and cross a spring.
After you cross the spring, continue on the path which is marked (occasionally) by orange blazes. You will need OFF for this adventure, because the woods out there are full of ticks and mosquitoes.

You will pass by a metal spring pipe on your right, and then through a section of exposed roots on the path. Sometimes this area floods, but there is a plank to help walk through the water, if any. On the right will be a grove of small pines, and next to them, the Granddaddy Pine. Sixty paces more or less, you will come across the ruins of a building on your left. Its overgrown with trees and plant life, but the stonework is still visible. The roof has caved in on its foundation. There are scattered appliances and pieces of the building, including wiring, all about. Don’t fool with it! Just use it as a landmark.

Once you see the building, if you look to the pond, you might see a family of geese. Canadian geese come to this pond every year, and in April, they nest in the marshy section at the far south end. The eggs hatch after a month or so and the family, two adults and about five goslings, can be seen swimming in a close line, looking for a nice patch of land to find some food. Geese can be very protective of their young, and if they think you are going to mess with the babies, they will give you a warning hiss. If that doesn’t work, look out! They will come at you in full force, wings flapping and honking like it's nobody’s business!

Looking northwest, you will see two out of place overgrown evergreen bushes on the nearby shore, possibly yew. If you walk between the bushes, you will see that the bushes grow on either side of an old, moss covered set of cement steps. If you look under the northernmost side, you will see your prize for this tree huggin’ adventure. PS Look out for prickers! Sometimes they grow among the steps!