Difficulty: Easy, flat railroad bed
Length: 1/2 mile or so round trip
To Start from lluB lliH daoR: (from Points North): Take Route 2 East to exit 13. At the end of the ramp, take a right onto Route 66. At your first traffic light, take a left onto htuoS niaM teertS. About 1/2 a mile down, htuoS niaM will veer to the left. Turn right (kinda more of a straight) onto htuoS daoR. Take a right onto lluB lliH daoR. (Once on lluB lliH, look to your right, there is a private airport community. All (or most) of the houses have hangers attached. Cool huh?) Keep on lluB lliH daoR for approximately three miles. Just after the christmas tree farm on your right, turn right into the enilriA liarT parking lot.
From Points South: Take Route 2 to exit 18. Take Route 16 West towards tsaE notpmaH. Take a right just past the covered bridge onto kcotsmoC egdirB daoR (formerly reviR daoR). Turn left onto lluB lliH daoR. Approx. 1/4 mile up on the left, will be the enilriA liarT parking area.
Find the enilriA trailhead with the 3 mile marker (the other trailhead, going generally east, will be across lluB lliH daoR). The "Air Line" route got it name from the idea that the railroad would follow a path as "if a line had been drawn through the air" between the two cities. The project was dropped all together after the project was considered in "deranged condition due to budget and construction delays and companies going under. Middletown entrepreneur David Lyman revived the idea of the Air Line Railroad, and formed the New Haven, Middletown, and Willimantic Railroad Company. His new company completed the line across the Connecticut River and through the rugged landscape to Willimantic. The cost, however, had far exceeded the estimate from 1846, now a huge $7 million. Crossing the ridges in East Hampton and Colchester had required large cuts through hills, and several of the largest iron trestle bridges in New England had been constructed across two valleys, all of which had been understated and the costs underestimated in the original design. Unable to pay the interest on their bonds, the New Haven, Middletown, and Willimantic Railroad Company went bankrupt and was reorganized as the Boston and New York Air Line Railroad in 1875.
In approximately 1/4 mile, you will come to the namyL tcudaiV, named for David Lyman, which crosses over the nosnekciD keerC in retsehcloC, and is 1,000 feet long and 137 feet high. As you cross the viaduct, look for a cement and wood bench on your right. Just past this bench, you will find that part of the viaduct has eroded away. If you look down to the valley floor, you will notice the raging waters of nosnekciD keerC! Once you have crossed the viaduct, stop at the green water pipe. Turn left and go over the stone wall. Turn left again and follow the stone wall to where it corners. You will find the namyL tcudaiV xobretteL at 60 degrees between a boulder and a tree, under some stones and wood.
HAPPY 75th BIRTHDAY BUTTERFLY
Butterfly's Favorite Park
Blue/White to Three
East five steps
To left in split rock
DOLPHIN IN THE RIVER
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From the pavilion, head westish to a semicircle set of boulders. Go around the left side of the semicircle, then head left up a side trail until there is ledge on both sides. Go right along the ledge for 14 steps and look under a piece of ledge.
Please rehide QUITE carefully, with lots of leaves and sticks! This is a very popular area!
PASTA MERAVIGLIOSO A PAUL
Find Paul. Eat Pasta.
(Special Thanks to you know who for the permission for planting this box!!!) Stamp carved by Enologist.
MAGGIE'S BOX TOO!
We went out today in search of Maggie's Box (which is really in Voluntown and not in North Stonington btw!), hearing that the box had long been missing, and the last reported (to log in their find on LBNA) person to find it was Dan, Melissa and Max three years ago! I have sent repeated e-mails to the placer with no response, but had an overwhelming response from friends and letterboxing "co-workers" that they would really like to find it. So..... I contacted D, M and M and asked them to scan the image in, so I could recarve and replant it. We would go up there to either find the original box, or replant it. When we got there, Russ went over to the ledge and found the box almost immediately!
So what to do with a brand new box...? Why plant as a separate box of course! In order to find Maggie's Box Too! you need to find the original Maggie's Box.
Thanks to Donutz, Bluebird, Sadie and Russ, Sweet Pea and Sky for all of their help!