Ethel Walker Woods Letterboxes  LbNA # 52445

OwnerAdoptable    
Placed Date
CountyHartford
LocationSimsbury, CT
Boxes1
Planted Byrica123    
Found By Sand Man
Last Found May 5 2012
StatusFFFFFFFa  
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The Ethel Walker School was founded in 1911 by its namesake. It is an all girls’ day and boarding preparatory school that admits 6th graders through 12th graders and is nestled in the stunning Farmington Valley in Simsbury, Connecticut. The Ethel Walker School sits on hundreds of acres of meadows, hills, pastures, wetlands and bogs. The residents of the Town of Simsbury voted to preserve over 300 acres of this land in 2006 and purchased it from the school. This purchase allows its residents, Ethel Walker students and visitors the ability to enjoy the natural setting by hiking, cross country skiing, horseback riding and bird watching. Please enjoy your letter boxing experience in these beautiful woods. There are 8 other letterboxes hidden in the Ethel Walker Woods, to find all of them print off rica123. Have fun!

The Ethel Walker School is located at 230 Bushy Hill Rd., Simsbury, CT. Please park in the parking area next to the Phelp’s House, next to the barns.


Fern Cove
• Go to the back of the Ethel Walker barn
• Walk to the pond in the back of the barn
• When you see the path that leads to the woods take it
• Walk by the first trail that branches off on your right
• Follow the stone wall until you see another trail to the right
• The trail is between two boulders with a tree post on one side
• Start walking on the trail
• When you get to the “T”, turn left
• Walk between two tall woodpecker trees
• Go into the ferns beyond the large fallen tree
• Walk into the ferns and on the ground is a stump. The stump is aged, low to the ground and is next to two moss covered rocks
• Look in the stump; under some bark is your letterbox
• Please leave a note and then put the letterbox back the way you found it
Fallen Marsh
• Go to the back of the Ethel Walker barn
• Walk to the pond in the back of the barn
• When you see the path that leads to the woods, take it
• At the end of the fenced in fields, there is a path labeled Wegner Meadow on the right
• Follow the Wegner Meadow path. You know that you are on the correct path if you see a thin fairy house tree on your right; continue walking past it
• walk into the meadow from the path
• when you get to the meadow, stay on the right to walk around the circle
• to the right, you will see the hugging trees; go to them
• with your right shoulder to the hugging tree, find the other pair of hugging trees to the right
• walk to the vanishing stone wall through the forest of baby deciduous trees
• once you are at the vanishing stone wall, you will see a fallen tree; go to it—it is the larger one to the left
• if you are lucky, you may see the resident sleeping raccoon nestled in his den in an old hallowed tree to the left of the fallen tree
• walk on the side of the fallen tree around the ferns
• walk to the marsh
• on your way, you will see a log resting on another; go to them
• in the hollowed part of the log is your letterbox

Cowboy’s Trail
• go to the back of the Ethel Walker Barn
• walk to the pond in back of the barn
• when you see the path leading into the woods, take it
• after you pass a sign for Wegner’s Meadow, look for a huge rock on the left
• go to it
• face away from the path and look for a HUGE tree
• go to it
• walk ahead to a smaller boulder
• once you get to it, stand on it
• look for a very fat but short log on your left
• go to it; it should have a huge hole for an animal
• walk towards the fence; there is a stump and part of a farm wagon in front, along with many metal pipes and farm tools
• turn left; you will see an old wagon and farm tool
• Walk to them
• under the front part of the wagon is your letter box

Gnarled Stump
• go to the back of the Ethel Walker barn
• walk to the pond in back of the barn
• look for a trail leading into the woods on the hill; take it
• Shortly after you pass a Wegner Meadow sign, there will be another path to the right
• once there, walk up the left side of the bank of the trail to the large tree
• Looking ahead, you will see many logs and plants; walk to them
• look for a big boulder and go to it
• there should be a large log behind it; go to the log
• sit on the log looking down hill
• You should see a huge stump; go to it
• on the other side of the log is a hole; there is your letterbox

Wizard’s Tree
• go to the back of the Ethel Walker barn
• walk to the pond in the back of the barn
• look for a trail leading into the woods up a hill; take it
• after you pass a sign for Wegners Meadow, look for a big rock on the left
• after the big rock on the left, look for a collection of smaller rocks skirting a thin tree to the right; walk to them
• you will know you are there when you see what appears to be a path just before the little rocks
• on the left there will be a log and an uprooted tree dirt mound, go to them it is a birch tree sense you can still see the peeling bark
• with your right shoulder to the dirt mound, look straight ahead for a stump; go to it
• stand on the stump and look for a small tree that is missing bark and fairies growing houses
• Walk directly to the stump, go to its other side and look for a stump with moss and a bonsai tree growing out of it
• Go to to this stump, stand in front of the orange fungus and walk straight towards a huge fallen tree
• once on the path look for a wizard’s tree
• go to it
• walk around back
• hidden in a pocket is the letterbox


Dry Gully
• start at the Ethel Walker barn
• go to the paved road that leads up a big hill in between two large fenced in fields
• once at the top of the hill, look for the “T”
• take the left side until you see a small building near a fence; it is an observatory
• with your back to the observatory, walk straight down the path until you find the vine across your path
• stand with your back to the vine and walk to the three rocked tree
• look straight ahead to the twisted half fallen tree; walk to it
• stand on the stump by a small log
• jump from the stump to the log and walk across it like a balance beam
• just before you run into the tree, turn left
• take 40 paces to the gully
• look left for a slanted log with rocks; behind it is a tall dead pine
• hidden under rocks under the log is your box


High Voltage
• start at the Ethel Walker barn
• go to the paved road that leads up a big hill in between two large fenced in fields
• once at the top of the hill look for the “T”
• take the left side until you see a small building near a fence; it is an observatory
• with your back to the observatory, walk straight down the path
• you will make a right at the first true intersection, take a right on the path, you will know you are correct when you see a white fallen tree
• follow the path
• it is a real long walk, but as long as you are on the path you’ll be ok
• once the path gets gravelly, you are almost there
• walk through the small stream on the rocks until you get to a concrete building; during the heat of the summer, it may be dry
• walk about 12 paces back in the direction that you came until you see 2 pipes on your left and walk straight up the hill
• When you are at the V shaped land between the gullies, walk straight onto it
• you will see a huge fallen log; walk to the other side and look under it; there is your box



Little Women’s Story Box
• walk out of the front doors of Beaver Brook and turn right
• walk to the “Secret Garden” stairs and go down
• turn left to get out
• find a bush by it and there you will see the C.S. Lewis “lamp post”
• follow the line of lamp posts
• at the end, look for the “Anna and the King’s” Siamese trees
• walk to the pine forest and follow the light
• walk around a big fir and locate the group of four trees
• there is a root in the ground; stand on it and walk as if you are on a balance beam to the wall
• just in front of you is a rock wall
• on the bottom, close to your feet, hidden by rocks is your box
• pull out one rock and some pine needles and there it is!!!
• Please replace as found