Rapanui  LbNA # 21991 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateMay 7 2006
LocationManchester, CT
Found By Traveln Turtle
Last Found Oct 27 2015
Hike Distance?
Last EditedOct 27 2015

" Rapanui" Letterbox (Easter Island)
Carved by: Mugsy's Gang and Hello...from Joe
Manchester, CT

This is a very scenic 0.75 mile hike on the orange trail at the James Leber Memorial Field in Manchester. The trail is fairly level and well marked. There are several bridges and boardwalks to cross as you navigate through scenic wetlands. Allow about 30 minutes to complete this pleasant adventure.

Directions: From interstate 84 in Manchester, take the rte 44/Burnside Avenue exit. If you are coming from the east, turn left at the end of the ramp. If you are coming fro the west, turn right. Either way, follow signs towards Center Street in Manchester. You will pass the Laurel Marsh Trail parking area on the right and Cheney Tech School on the left. Stay in the right lane. At a fork, bear right. At the next traffic light, turn right onto Love Lane. Drive for 0.3 miles. Turn right into the James Leber Memorial Field driveway. It is opposite house #119. Park in the lot near the ballfields. If the gate is closed, park off to the side and walk in.

From the ballfield, walk back down the road towards Love Lane. When you come to a crossing with the orange trail, turn at 16 degrees. Walk over a footbridge. Pass a very nice outdoor classroom on the left. As you proceed, you may notice that some trees are labelled, such as "yellow birch: betula lutea". Cross a short section of boardwalk. Go up and over an embankment near a water treatment plant. After crossing another small bridge, you will come to a large series of boardwalks that spans a wetland. Eventually, you will come to a wooden bench by the side of the trail. Stop here for a rest. Face away from the trail. Notice a row of 3 good sized, autographed birch trees about 20 steps away. Go to them. Nearby, slightly behind and to the right of the birches is a jumble of 3 trees. Stroll over and look down low.

Please rehide this letterbox carefully. For the return trip, simply go back the way you came. However, if you continue on a short distance you will come to a section of the Laurel Marsh Trail. I believe there are hidden surprises there as well!

Happy adventures..and spread the word!