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Placed: 3-27-04
Placed By: WWW (Formerly known as Chuck and Molly)
Location: Killingly Connecticut, Windham County

Rated: A little less than a half of a mile hike one way to the letterbox. Some small hills but nothing big or steep. Good views of the lake.

Coming from Danielson on route 6, drive east. You will pass under a train overpass that reads in big letters "Providence & Worcester Railroad". From this overpass drive 8/10 of a mile to a blinking light. This is the intersection of Route 6, East Franklin Street and South Frontage road, which is not marked. You will also see a sign for Old Furnace State Park, and a boat launch sign. Take a right here.

Coming from route 395, take exit 91 onto route 6 east. You will quickly come to the blinking light at the intersection of route 6, East Franklin Street, and South Frontage road. There will be signs for a boat launch and Old Furnace State Park. Turn right here.

Drive .7 of a mile passing Old Furnace State Park to take a right hand turn onto Ross road. Drive .4 of a mile down Ross road to take a right turn onto the entrance road to Ross Pond State Park. Drive about a half mile to the end of the road to find a boat launch and parking area. Park here but donít block the boat launch. Facing the lake and boat launch, take the trail that starts to your left between the two rocks with faded blue blazes. Right away you come to a T. Turn right here and follow that trail. There will be several trails and intersections on this trail. Just keep on the trail that goes alongside the lake. There are no trails between the trail you are taking and the lake. This trail constantly goes in a generally southern route except for a few light curves here and there. At times you may see signs that state you are leaving state property but donít worry the trail does come up to the border of state property but is entirely on state land. Keep going South and you will eventually go through a stone wall, then cross a small stream, then another stone wall. Keep going until you come to the 3rd stone wall. Stop at this wall and turn left. Walk 28 steps up the south side of the wall. 3 Ĺ feet from the end of the wall you will find the In Search of Ogopogo letterbox concealed in a cavern in the wall. Move the flat rock that is standing up on its side with sticks in front of it to get into the wall cavity. After stamping in you can return the way you came or continue on to do The NeeDeeps Louisiana State Stamp box. After the Louisiana State box, just follow the blue blazes back to the parking lot. Do not take any side trails but keep following the blue blazed trail. The stamp I carved for Ogopogo is based on a concrete statue that is in a city park along the shore of Lake Okanagan. It was constructed in honor of the famous Ogopogo.

Note: Other letterboxes starting points in this park are The Louisiana State Stamp, God Bless America, and The Silly Siblings, all listed under Danielson. Just down the road at Old Furnace Park is the starting point of The New Hampshire State Stamp letterbox, listed under Danielson.

Ogopogo:

Ogopogo is a fresh water lake monster that inhabits British Columbiaís Lake Okanagan in Canada. The lake is located in the south central interior of British Columbia and is about 80 miles long with depths of up to almost 1,000 feet. Many believe Ogopogo is the same type of creature as the more famous Loch Ness Monster. Some cryptozoologists believe the creature may be a zeuglodon that is supposed to have been extinct for millions of years. Whatever it is, it has attracted a lot of attention over the years.

The legend of Ogopogo is an old one, dating back before the white settlers arrived. The original name of the creature was Naitaka or N'ha-ha-itq which is of from the Salute Indian language. Indian legend explains that the creature was actually a demon-possessed man who had murdered a man. As punishment, the Indian gods turned the murderer into a lake monster so he would remain at the scene of the crime for all eternity. Indians have a long oral tradition of the creature and were always careful never to venture on the lake without some small animal they could throw to the creature as an offering so the monster would not attack them while they were on the water.

The name was changed to Ogopogo in 1942. This name is based on an old dance hall song. Since the arrival of the settlers, Ogopogo has since been seen by thousands of witnesses. Actually there are even instances of several creatures being seen at the same time, so I should actually call them Ogopogos. Their undulating serpent like bodies are said to range from black to dark green in color with the head shaped like a horse or sheep. The estimated length of the creatures ranges from 12 to over 70 feet long and are estimated at one to two feet in diameter. Ogopogo was first filmed in 1968 and has since been filmed several more times. The film evidence has been examined and the results have been determined to be inconclusive. With man encroaching more and more around and on the lake, the Province of British Columbia passed legislation in 1989 making it illegal to kill, harm, capture or disturb an Ogopogo. Sightings have continued to this day. Today Ogopogo is known as Canadaís most famous and celebrated lake monster. You will be able to obtain more information and accounts of Ogopogo at the following websites:

http://collections.ic.gc.ca/ogopogo/legend/legend.html
http://sunnyokanagan.com/ogopogo/index.html

http://www.sunnyokanagan.com/ogopogo/
http://www.vtours.com/kelowna/ogopogo.htm
http://www.tourcanada.com/ogopogo.htm
http://www.strangemag.com/ogopogo.html
http://www.aboutkelowna.com/Ogopogo.html
http://www.vernontourism.com/ogopogo.html

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