Jack and the Beanstalk LbNA # 4392
|Placed Date||Jun 18 2003|
May 2005: Temporarily removed due to flooding.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Difficulty: Easy terrain, though a bit muddy during wet periods. The gravel/dirt farm road follows the Connecticut river northwards. Bug spray is a good idea.
Time: 30-45 minutes, less than one mile roundtrip.
Directions: From Route 99 in Cromwell, just south of the intersection with Route 372, take Wall Street (ABC Pizza is on the corner) to River Road. Turn left on River Road past “Cromwell Landing” to a pull off parking area near a red metal gate.
*Note: This letterbox is located less than two miles from the Old Burying Grounds letterbox. From Old Burying Grounds, backtrack to West Street (Route 372), take a right and follow ¼ mile to Route 99. Turn right onto 99, left onto Wall Street, then follow directions above.
Walk around the red gate and follow farm road north, catching glimpses of the Connecticut River on your right. Depending on what season it is, sniff the fragrant flowers as you walk along. After a few minutes you will pass a beanfield on your left. Pass through a barway over a babbling brook, and continue north in the direction you have been traveling, passing between two more beanfields. Could these be less ambitious relatives of Jack’s magic beans?
Follow the path as it passes into some quiet woods. You’ll pass a group of three trees on the right; the middle tree is laden with twisted vines, it’s tendrils long ago hardened into knotted branches. Perhaps young Jack climbed to the sky on vines like these!
Next pass more large, beautiful trees…a warty tree on the right, and a mottled-barked sycamore on your left. Then, under a leaning tree that crosses overhead.
Pass by a path on the right, continuing on the main road. From a 7 foot tall broken stump on your right, take 24 steps. Look left for a scaley barked tree with five large trunks. If you go under a fallen branch, you’ve gone too far. Step carefully to the south side of the tree, avoid crushing the ferns and undergrowth. Jack is hiding in the hollow center of the tree.
Reverse your route to return to your car.