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Klaatu barada nikto

Placed: 11-19-05
Placed By: WWW (Formerly known as Chuck and Molly)
Location: Glastonbury CT, Hartford County
Rated: Easy but hilly. About 1 mile round trip.

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Same starting point as "John Tom Hill" and "Black 47" letterboxes listed as East Glastonbury.

From the intersection of routes 83 and 94 in Glastonbury take route 94 east 2.9 miles and turn left onto Birch Mountain Road.

If you are coming from Hebron on route 94, it will be a right hand turn onto Birch Mountain Road.

After turning onto Birch Mountain Road, drive .8 of a mile and park on the pull off on the side of the road.

Across the street are several boulders and the trail entrance.

Walk between the large rocks and follow the blue blazed trail up the stone steps past a large quartz rock on the right. Quickly cross a gravel road and pass a radio tower on the right. You come to a Y intersection of blue over white blazes, go left here. You will see the intersection of another trail but stay with the blue over white blazes. The trail goes between two glacial erratics and starts going downhill. Cross a stream over a three plank bridge. The trail will have a stone wall along its left side for a short distance. You will come to the intersection of the blue over white blazed trail and the blue over red trail near a tree with black sign and yellow 58 on it. Bear right and follow the combined trail uphill. Be careful at the top there are several trails that intersect.

At the top of the hill turn right and follow the trail with both blue over white and blue over red blazed trees. If you walk under power lines, you missed the turn. Follow this trail for about 2 minutes and come to a 12 foot high huge glacial erratic about 12 feet off the right side of the trail. There are also other large boulders there. Go off trail to the back of this huge boulder and find a small campfire stone circle. Take a reading of 155 degrees and walk 60 steps to a much smaller boulder on the edge of the hill. This boulder is about chest high on the side facing you and it slopes downward. Just past this boulder you would start going downhill. Look down low to the ground on the east side of this boulder to find an opening and the letterbox. After stamping in, go back the same way you came.

The name of this letterbox comes from a phrase spoken in the1951 sci-fi classic film "The Day The Earth Stood Still". In 1951 in broad daylight a flying saucer lands in the middle of Washington, D.C. Its occupants are the alien humanoid Klaatu and an indestructible robot called Gort. Klaatu brings a message of peace and goodwill along with a warning that "if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder." Earth must stop its violent behavior or face destruction. He also brings a gift but this is mistaken as a weapon and a nervous soldier shoots and wounds him. Klaatu is brought to a hospital and he asks to speak to all of the world leaders but is not getting any co-operation. Klaatu escapes the hospital, blends into society and moves into a boarding house to observe earthlings and figure out how to get the importance of his message across. Everyone panics as they search for the missing alien. Fearing that he may be killed, Klaatu tells a human friend that if anything happens to him, go to Gort and say Klaatu barada nikto to save the earth from certain destruction by Gort. The stamp in this letterbox is my depiction of Gort. Great movie. I highly recommend it.

 

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