Marilyn's Animals  LbNA # 43985

OwnerAdoptable    
Placed DateOct 4 2008
CountyHartford
LocationWest Hartford, CT
Boxes3
Planted Bybacktrackers2    
Found By burning feet
Last Found Apr 8 2011
StatusFFFFFFFFFF  
Hike Distance?

“Marilyn’s Animals”

Located at Reservoir #6, on Route 44 in West Hartford, Connecticut

Directions
From the North, South and East: Take I-91 North or South to I-84 West to Exit 40 (New Britain Avenue/Corbins Corner). At the end of exit ramp, take a right onto Ridgewood Road. Follow Ridgewood Road to the end. Take a left onto Farmington Avenue and then take the first right onto Mountain Road. At the second traffic light, take a left onto Albany Avenue (Route 44). Reservoir #6 is 1.1 miles on the right.

From the West: Take I-84 East to the New Britain Avenue/Corbins Corner Exit. At the end of exit ramp, take a right onto New Britain Avenue. At the first light, take a right onto Ridgewood Road. Follow Ridgewood Road to the end. Take a left onto Farmington Avenue and then take the first right onto Mountain Road. At the second traffic light, take a left onto Albany Avenue (Route 44). Reservoir #6 is 1.1 miles on the right.

Be sure to check out the other boxes planted at this location.

These boxes are carved and planted for Marilyn. Marilyn grew up near here and, for many years, walked the Reservoir 6 trail nearly every day. She is now on oxygen and no longer able to walk her beloved trails.
Marilyn was, and still is, passionate about animals, spending much of her life raising pets, training animals for shows, and even working in a veterinarian’s office. These animals of this series are just a few of her many animals.
The stamps were carved by The Backtrackers, Butterfly Suzy, and mstrwndl.

Clues:

Park in the first lot. Follow the paved road to the right so that the water is on your left. After passing a wooden bench on the left that has a lovely view of the water, the right side guard rail will end. Turn right past the 2 posts with the chain link connecting them. Go a short distance (very short) on this unmarked path. Just as you enter the treed area, look for the downed tree to the right. On the east side of the tree you will find the “Horse with no name”. This was a horse that was raised by her father, and which was then donated to the U.S. Calvary for use in WWI.

Return to the road and continue in the same direction you were traveling before heading into the woods. You will walk for a short time when the right side guard rail resumes. As you pass the “No parking anytime” sign look over the guard rail. There will be a short hill with a concrete raised square at the bottom. We have no idea what this is for but seemed like a convenient marker. Beyond the square is another unmarked trail. Follow the path of a minute or so until you come to a “T” in the path. Turn left, noting the sister tree on the left corner. From this tree take 27 healthy steps (for a person 5 -5) counting each left and right foot. Go right off the path under a bowed sapling at 65 degrees to the fallen and decayed sister tree. In the roots at the far end you will find “Daffodil”. Daffodil was trained for shows by Marilyn for five years, and was once the highest scoring showdog in the United States.

We think that during a wet spell this path may become quite mucky. So you have a choice…

1st - From this box you can continue on the path you were just on until it reaches the road again. As you come up to the road, look left for an entrance to the reservoir on the opposite side of the road. It will have a “mini’ paved area leading to more posts with a chain.

OR…..

2nd – Return to the “T” and head back to the road. Turn right and continue in the same direction as before. On the left side are entrances to the reservoir path. At the second entrance turn left and go past the posts with the chain.

**Okay, now that we are all back to the same spot, after passing the posts turn right by the two birch trees. Head straight to the slender, close knit 4 sister tree. On the north side you will find “Tobias Isaac”. Tobias Isaac was also trained by Marilyn, and became a champion as well.

You can return by the road to your car or continue around the reservoir.

Please let us know if you have found the boxes, as well as any problems they may have. You may contact us at backtrackers2@yahoo.com. Thanks! Enjoy!