The Fox Place LbNA # 4949 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Jul 25 2003|
Distance: 1.5 miles
Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy, flat terrain
From the junction of Rt. 63 and Rt. 64 (exit 17 from 84 West or exit 16 from 84 East) proceed west onto Rt. 64 for approximately 3.8 miles. Parking is available on your left in the Meadowview Park on Middlebury Road.
Your quest to find this letterbox begins on the bike path to the right (head east) on the Meadowview Park sign. Hike the path for approximately .3 of a mile. On the right hand side of the path you will come to a clearing with a bench. Cross the roped gate and follow the grassy path through the wildflower field. As you enjoy the 100-yard walk through the field the local songbirds will serenade you. You will also catch glimpses of exotic butterflies and dragonflies.
After the field you will enter a wooded area. Continue hiking for several minutes until you are facing the Lake of Shining Waters, otherwise known as Lake Elise. Precede right onto the path circling the lake.
As you circle the first corner of the lake you will cross a wooden bridge underneath of which is a babbling brook. From here you can enjoy a magnificent view of the entire lake. Take a moment to survey the lily pads reminiscent of a Monet painting. Continue along the path and soon you will reach the entrance of the John A. Largay Memorial Nature Preserve, otherwise known as The Fox Place. Just past the entrance is a stone bench inscribed with the following:
“I shall be telling this with a sign of somewhere ages and ages hence:
two roads divided in a wood and I took the one less traveled by
and that made all the difference.”
- Robert Frost
Keep an eye to the right of the path. After a few minutes you will spy a clearing ringed with truly massive sized trees. One of these massive trees has fallen into a “y” shaped crevice of another. Look to the left of the creviced tree and find the tree closest to the path. Take four paces to the base of the fallen tree. Within the hollow log you will find your treasure!
Keep on the path and you will cross a series of boardwalks that will bring you back to the path leading to the wildflower field.