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537. Grills at Grills A good 3-mile in and outlet for grills (and puzzle-solving skills?) at the Grills Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, RI

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We've been wanting to get these grills stamps from several different carvers planted for quite some time now, so we're glad that we're finally getting to do that in connection with the 14th Annual Southern Rhode Island Fall Gathering: Flying South! (This area is probably best visited in the fall anyway, since in the spring and summer it can be quite buggy and not so good for grilling!) The trailhead can be found near the junction of Ashaway Road (route 216) and Chase Hill Road by going south on route 3 from exit 1 off I-95 near the RI/CT border and then a mile or so east on route 216. There is a large sign/kiosk near a bunch of old trucks on the south side of that triangular junction to mark the trailhead parking lot.

From the parking area and mapboard, head south, passing the old farm trucks and other assorted vehicles, to reach a cornfield just ahead. Then bear left to quickly enter another cornfield, and turn right to walk along its right edge. At the end of the cornfield, you may notice off left some signs of "grilling": a charred cedar bench and fire-blackened stump. Continue to the end of the left cedar fence, take a bearing of 80 degrees and walk over to the double tree with a split in the middle that holds in its left side our "crappy old tripod grill" (which may look more like a slightly upright off-kilter alien space ship on 3 long legs than a grill, but could possibly help out with decoding clues not worked out beforehand!;-)

Now, for a "nice new-style grill", carved by thimbelinda of MA, solve the puzzle below, using perhaps a code appropriate to this preserve and the description of the previous grill stamp. Don't forget to turn the grill so that things get cooked on all sides and don't get burnt!

A F T E R W I T
T S E N A I S O
T Y U T T S R T
H T S E V E N H
E O I R O B B S
E S S S T A S H
S E X P E S E O
E M I D D L E R



After getting both a crappy old boxed grill and a nice new traveling' light grill in less than 1/4 mile, continue following the white diamonds about 1/2 mile through the flat piney woods to the Tomaguag Brook bridge. Now, most folks may think of grilling as an outdoor activity, but to find the sort of indoor grilling Mim of MA had in mind when she carved this stamp, follow the boardwalk to its end and a couple steps back down below on the right side. There trapped under the bottom ledge, squeezed in tightly with a small rock to its left and a large rock above right, is the box with Mim's "inside grill"!

Now, you may want to scoot just a short distance up the trail and solve the next puzzle to find out who is done with indoor grilling and has left the building (although he may still have a rock roof over his head!), and is now hiding out in a camo mini pouch with stamp carved by Super Hedge Hoggie!

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S U F F E R W P
L A P S E T E A
S E E I T F O R
T A L L M O S T
U I K K W I N P
D A I L Y L E E
S T E E P S S W



For the next set of stamps, continue awhile with the white diamond markers, perhaps a mile, up along a ridge and down to the historic Polly Coon Bridge that marks the boundary between the Grills Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton and the Grills Preserve in Westerly. On one side you will see a large stone marker showing the water level that stranded us for a whole week on a "private island" when the Pawcatuck River flooded in the spring of 2010. On the other side is a huge cairn and map board to get your bearings in case you want to do some more exploring in that area, or have spotted a car a mile or so away at the other end of Bowling Lane. Before you cross over, however, be sure to look for the Bear that RIClimber has carved to fit in nicely with this area. From the 2010 Spring Flood stone, look towards the river to a tree with an overhanging trunk just to the left of some large stone steps. Just west of that trunk is a squarish footlong brown stone with a small bear box below it, tucked in behind a flat stone that looks like just another part of the steps. Be sure to replace it exactly the way you found it, and watch out for any other bears or poison ivy that may be lurking in the vicinity!

Yes, there is at least one more bear out there, and to find out what this one - also carved by Super Hedge Hoggie and in a mini cave in a mini-camo pouch - is up to, simply solve this last puzzle! (By now, you know the "grill-drill", right!;-) Then, head back the way you came! Hope you enjoyed this little bit of "grilling", and please feel free to add any other grills you might come up with, as there is certainly plenty room for more grills at Grills!

S U N N Y D A Y
U S B U O Y T O
B R U T U O I U
A T R M F G N H
C R L O O P A A
L I E S R I S P
R I S T T S N P
T I M E O F F Y




555. Grills at Grills "Leftover Steak" Event Stamp Day only drive-by being served up during the 14th SRIFG 10/26/14

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Just another leftover stamp (this one from the 12th annual SRIFG) stuck on the back of a rock shaped like a big old porkchop or large slab of steak fresh off the grill and tucked into the four trunk tree north of the picnic table near the Grills Wildlife Sanctuary parking lot entrance along the bank of Tomaquag Brook.


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