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yaG ytiC etatS kraP, in notloB CT, is 1570 acres of forest and ledge busily overgrowing the abandoned remains of an 18th century mill town founded by an isolationist religious sect. War, fire, and interfamily feuding led to the demise of Gay City in the 1870s.
These boxes replace Jay Drew's retired boxes, which had many visitors in the two years that the boxes resided here. Bring the clues to the Age of Recorded Music. They are on almost the same trails!
Difficulty: 4 miles of easy fairly level hiking on colonial era carriage roads. About 2.5 hours. Bring a blaze orange sweatshirt in hunting season (September-March).
Directions: from I-384 in retsehcnaM, head east to exit 5 (sylyW Rd), and head east on Rt. 85. After 4.5 miles, find the park entrance on your right. From the south, follow Rt. 66 to Rt. 85 west (or take Rt. 85 west from retsehcloC), and the park entrance will be on your left after a scenic rural drive through norbeH.
Drive through the entrance and take the paved road all of the way to the pond. In winter, the main gate is closed and you'll park at the lot on the north side of the entrance. You will then have to walk down the paved road (approx. 0.7 miles).
From the parking lot, walk to the pond and hugging the right side of the pond, walk on the white trail. (Make sure the pond is on your left!) At the junction of the orange trail, turn left to stay on the white trail. When you reach the junction of the red, turn left. This has both white and red blazes.
The white trail will leave you, but stay on the red trail. Soon, you will reach a place where red goes left and "the red A's" go straight. Go left onto the red blazed trail. Along this path you'll soon spot a split, waist-high glacial erratic with a vertical vein of quartz on your right. The northern edge would be a great place to look for the first yaG ytiC Box. Be sure to leave room in your book for the second stamp which will go underneath the first! Not far after the first box, you can also find wild hearts.
Continue on the red trail down to a forest road and turn right, west, with the red blazes (there are also accompanying blue blazes for the tispinehS Trail). After about 1/2 mile, turn left onto the red trail. Follow this trail for about 0.75 miles until you come on a trail on the right, blocked by a downed tree. (If you get to the yellow trail, you've gone too far.) Go on this side trail, following the hill and ignoring any trails on the left side of the trail. When you get to a large pine tree on the left, and a large oak tree on the right with two birch friends, stop. Take a reading of 280 degrees to a waist-high outcrop. Your second reward is stashed in the northeast edge.
Retrace your steps back to the main red blazed Outer Loop Trail and go right. Shortly you will come to an intersection with a yellow shortcut trail at an old set of foundations. Mythical birds are said to have lived in these ruins. This shortcut is quite beautiful, and will bring you back to the intersection near the first letterbox, saving maybe a half mile of walking. If you so choose however, you can take the red back to your car (turning right when you get to the paved road if during winter, and left during summer).
If you choose to take the yellow trail, at the end, turn right onto blue (then a left onto white if you parked down by the pond) to return to your car.
Rated: Easy to Moderate: 2.5 miles round trip
The Russian Legend of the Firebird
(as told by Phillip Ramey
A young Prince Ivan enters the demon Kashchei's magic garden to find the Firebird, who is plucking golden apples from a silver tree. The prince catches the Firebird, then lets her go, but asks for a red feather as a promise to come to the prince's aid whenever necessary. After this incident, the prince meets a group of thirteen princesses, who are in control of Kashchei, and falls in love with the thirteenth. The princesses return to Kashchei's castle, and the love struck Prince Ivan breaks down the gates to follow them inside. Ivan is captured by Kashchei and his monsters, and they prepare to turn Ivan into a stone as punishment. However, the prince waves the magic feather and the Firebird reappears. The Firebird cause the monsters to dance wildly until they collapse from exhaustion, then she guides Ivan to a buried casket which holds Kashchei's evil soul in the form of a giant egg. Ivan smashes the egg, Kashchei dies, the captives are released from their bondage and the prince and his princess are solomnly betrothed.
In order to find the Firebird, there is no need to go to Kashchei's magic garden. All you have to do is follow the Firebird as she flies towards the yellow sun. When you reach the sun, turn around and follow the Firebird's color back about 20 feet or so. Then turn left and walk around the outside of the Firebird's house until you get to the SSE corner. You will find the Firebird towards the top of the corner in the stone wall.