Revolution #5: The Point

LOCATION:  Valley Forge Nat'l Historical Park, Montgomery County, PA

CHALLENGE:  3 stars

DATE/NUMBER:  21-Aug-1999/16

MAP: 

It is extremely likely that this box has gone missing, tho this has never been confirmed, and likely never will be confirmed. Still, there is no reason you can't enjoy the clues and possibly use it to find the next one, however.

If you found Revolution #3: Trees and Grass, you can use it as the starting point for this quest:

From that box follow a bearing of 5.5 degrees to the ruins. Find and follow the trail heading 40 degrees to a deadend into another trail, go left, and follow this beautiful trail for a while.

Where a tree splits, the trail splits, and another splits at 239 degrees from the first. Take the rightmost path, following it in a northish/northeastish direction for a while, to where you'll see a black and white rock on the left just as the trail has completed a bend from north to about 70 degrees. Spy a big boulder at 355 degrees from this point.

Continue on the trail, and look for a boulder 27 paces into the bushes at 24 degrees as the trail is completing a bend back to the north. From that boulder its 37 paces at 108 degrees to a big tulip tree, and 8 paces at 288 degrees to a triangle rock.

From that rock there is a creek to the northeast, and the creek flows downstream 'till it ends. From this end find a trail at 22 degrees. Trail run on this trail for 8 minutes and 54 seconds on bearing 108 to the freshets, and continue running from there for another 4:10 to the point where the point is visible at 156 degrees.

The exact location of the Point varies, of course, so assume it is where you can see the high-rise at 124 degrees, and a thin sycamore through the trees at 42 degrees. From there, its 34 paces at 74 degrees, then 17 paces due south to the box underwood.

NOTE 1:  If you have some time after stamping up, you may want to look for the final box in the series. Click here for the first box in the Revolution series.

NOTE 2:  Some of the trails mentioned in the map are absolutely beautiful, and go through some of the best woods in the area. Bring your dog, your running shoes, some time, and a sense of humor.

NOTE 3:  Expect a variety of terrain, including off-trail. As always, be prepared for route choice puzzles, and don't assume taking the directions literally is the best route.

NOTE 4:  Be wary of snakes and other wildlife when reaching into dark places. No need to dig for this box. All bearings magnetic unless otherwise noted. A pace is a long stride counted on a footfall of either foot, i.e. two paces are counted each time the right foot hits the ground. Be aware of if or when there is game hunting in the area.

NOTE 5:  Please re-hide the thing well just as you found it, and be discreet when stamping up.

DISCLAIMER & COPYRIGHT:  PERSONS USING THIS CLUE OR HUNTING THIS LETTERBOX DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK. Do not hunt this letterbox without reading and agreeing to the waiver first. Children, do not hunt this letterbox without the supervision of an adult who has read and agreed to the waiver. Possession of this clue does not imply rights of access to particular lands and route choices, or the safety thereof, including the location of the box itself. Always observe current local regulations, signs, property rights, and customs; you are responsible for your actions. Clue not indended to be taken literally or to suggest route choices; route choices (and the choice to proceed at all), are your choice.
This clue and associated stamp art are copyright © 1999, by Randy Hall. Permission to reproduce for personal use granted; all other rights reserved.

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