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Osbornedale State Park
555 Roosevelt Drive
Derby, CT 06418

  


Name:  The Simpsons Letterboxes
Where:  Osbornedale State Park; Derby, CT
Number of Boxes:  5
Placed By:  Letterboxer2002@yahoo.com on February 30, 2004

Distance:  5.5 Miles
Time:  2 Hours
Difficulty:  Medium Hard

From Route 8 south: take Exit 17. Take a left at the end of the exit ramp. Take another left at the lighted intersection (Division Street). Drive approximately ¾ miles. Osbornedale State Park will be on the right across from Derby High School.

From Route 8 north: take Exit 18. Take a left at the end of the exit ramp. Drive approximately ½ mile. Osbornedale State Park will be on the right across from the Derby High School.


   

From the main parking lot walk clockwise around the pond past a refreshment stand. From the fifth light head 310° along the red trail. As you pass the red post at the end of the field, continue into the woods. You will walk over a boardwalk and follow the red trail around the back of the pond. Cross over a stone wall with a woodpecker feast on the left. Stay on the red trail until you reach the upper field. Look across the field at 30° to pass through a stone wall with a manhole cover in front of it. Continue due North to a red post with a rock wall just beyond. Take a seat on a red stone full of mica and look 330° to boulders on top of the hill. Fifteen feet below these boulders you will see a lond rock seemingly broken in four. Homer is hidden in it's crevice.  Stamp in discretely and re-hide.

     

Continue along the red trail to an intersection with the yellow. Stay on the red as you make your way to an open field at the top of the hill. From the opening, head 320° to the opening of another clearing. Head North across this field to a trail sign. Stay North as you cross the final clearing and intersect a paved road. Follow this paved road downhill past a foundation on the left. Shortly after the red trail leaves the paved road and turns off to the left. Eventually the red trail takes a sharp left and a lesser trail continues 20 yards to intersect with Silverhill Road. Continue on the red trail until it bends left and crosses a rock wall. At this point look West along a rock wall to a 2 sister tree with a rock against its back. Marge is hidden under this rock.   Stamp in discretely and re-hide.

  

Continue on the red trail along a retaining wall and to the actual intersection with Silver Hill Road. This area is marked with state "No Hunting" signs. Follow the red trail down to a bridge on the left marked with a yellow trail. Continue on the red trail until you reach another bridge on the right. Turn onto this trail and cross over the bridge to an intersection with the yellow loop. Follow the loop to the right. Hop over a large tree blocking the trail and look 300° to a three brother tree. Maggie is hidding behind this tree.   Stamp in discretely and re-hide.

   

Finish the yellow loop and cross back over the bridge to regain the Red Trail. Turn right onto the red trail and continue until you reach an intersection with the blue trail on you left. Follow the blue trail uphill. After a long way you will pass a stone bench on the left to take a rest. Cross over the stone wall and continue up the blue to the intersecxtion with the yellow. Turn right on the yellow and continue hiking uphill. After passing through a rock wall, make your way to a 6 sister tree on your right. To your left is a large rock jutting out of the ground. Make your way to the back left side of this rock to find Bart hiding under an arrow shaped rock.   Stamp in discretely and re-hide.

   

Continue along the yellow trail until you come to an intersection with another yellow trail. Turn right and continue along the yellow trail passing a green-eyed boulder and an 'L' shaped glacial erratic. Eventually, the yellow trail makes it's way to a distant view of the pond and parking lot. Walk along the ledge and continue over a rock wall. At an intersection with the red trail, turn left along the red. As the red trail levels off you will come to a large oak broken in half about 20 feet up and rotting away. Look 70° to an 'S' shaped tree next to a rock wall. Five steps past the tree you will find Lisa hiding in the rock wall. Stamp in discretely and re-hide.

Continue along the red trail to make your way back to your car.

   

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