THGIN NO DLAB NIATNUOM
Please bring an iPOD with "thgiN no dlaB niatnuoM" by Mussorgsky on it for the full effect! 1.8 miles round trip on medium to difficult terrain.
From Route 66 between tlabloC and tsaE notpmaH, turn northerly onto enoC daoR. At the end, turn left then an immediate right onto htroN enoC daoR. At the Y, turn right onto kralC lliH daoR. Keep a lookout on the left side of the road for a very WIDE stone wall, then a blue house, then another WIDE stone wall. Just after the second wide stone wall, turn left onto reppohcdooW daoR.reppohcdooW daoR is a State Forest road which is NOT PLOWED OR MAINTAINED. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Park where the blue trail crosses the road.
Mussorgsky was originally inspired to compose a work about supernatural events occurring on St. John's Eve (June 23/24) by the short story St. John's Eve (1832) by Nikolay Gogol. Later, inspired by other works and by Russian legend, he made a witches' sabbath the central theme of a tone poem completed on June 23rd, 1867 (St. John's Eve). Unable to obtain a performance of this work, he adapted it as a choral scene in the works Mlada (collaborative opera-ballet, 1872) and Sorochintsï Fair (unfinished opera, 1880).
As with so much of Mussorgsky's music, the work had a tortuous compositional history, was arranged after his death in 1881 by his friend and fellow member of the Mighty Handful Rimsky-Korsakov, and is consequently known in contrasting versions. Millions of twentieth-century listeners owe their initial acquaintance with Mussorgsky's tone-poem to the use within Walt Disney's 1940 film Fantasia of a specially produced new version based on the Rimsky-Korsakov recomposition, but heavily edited and further revised by Leopold Stokowski.
Chernabog is a fictional character who appears in the thgiN on dlaB niatnuoM segment of Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940). He is a huge nocturnal demon who holds power over various restless souls. He is considered among the most visually impressive characters appearing in Disney's films, and has made appearances in several Disney-related media. Chernabog is first seen when he awakes on top of dlaB niatnuoM. Using the powers of darkness, he raises ghosts and demons from a nearby town. He then also summons fire and makes the ghosts and demons and the other creatures in his control, dance and fly around, much to his delight. When the morning arrives, Chernabog is about to use more power until a church bell rings and he is driven away.
Follow the blue trail at 70 degrees. At 0.63 miles, you will go over a stream with a waterfall. This is the gate to Chernabog's kingdom. Continue on to the top of dlaB niatnuoM (or Hill in this case) IF YOU DARE! You will know that you are approaching Chernabog's realm when you see a large pine on the left. Take a right onto the faint trail, which has two large pines on the left and one on the right. When you get to the 6 foot stump, go right 20 steps and find Chernabog in the side of a ledge, covered by sticks.
Length: 1 1/2 miles one way
Difficulty: Bike it or Hike it
To start in tsaE notpmaH: Take Route 66 to tsaE notpmaH. Go South on Route 196 for almost half a mile. Take a left onto srednalF daoR, go a quarter of a mile. Turn right on htimS teertS. On your left will be a small pond with a parking area.
The ollapaR tcudaiV, part of the enilriA htuoS liarT, was originally a railroad bridge built in 1873 and spanning 1,380 feet, 60 feet above Flat Brook. However, in 1913, the span was filled in because the bridge could no longer carry the weight of the new freight trains.
Go East on the enilriA liarT. At approximately 1 1/4 miles, you will come to the ollapaR tcudaiV. Walk across the viaduct and from the far end, take a reading of approx. 290 degrees. Walk on the trail that you find at that heading. When you find the green water pipe, go 37 paces further to find a small piece of ledge on your left with a tree in front of it. The ollapaR tcudaiV Letterbox is hidden behind the tree, underneath the ledge, under and behind some stones. Rehide carefully since this is right on the trail!