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From Route 66 coming from Marlborough and points east turn left onto route 151 in Cobalt. From Portland and points west, take a right. After about 2.5 miles, bear right onto Hurd Park Road and follow the brown sign to Hurd State Park. Continue 0.6 mile to the main entrance of Hurd State Park on your right. If the gate is closed, parking is available at the entrance. If the gate is open, continue in by car.
The gate was closed the day we planted the box and we did walk in, so distances are estimated. Continue down the paved road. You will pass a road coming in from the right and see a sign stating that the picnic area, river and Carlson Pond are straight ahead. Continue straight. Further along, pass a yellow gate on the left and keep going straight. I estimate that the walk down the road is about 1 ľ mile. What you are looking for is a red blazed trail that goes off the left side of the paved road. Take this red trail which you will see entering the woods at 300 degrees. Within seconds, you are at a 5 way intersection. Bear left at 210 degrees and go gently uphill, on a faded yellow trail. The trail is poorly blazed but you should have no trouble staying on it. Another trail will join onto your trail at an intersection that resembles an upside down Y. Keep going straight. You will come to a sign that tells the direction to White Mountain, River Vista, and Split Rock. Be careful here of very steep and high cliffs. Take the trail that goes forward and then left. Go down the trail left, 21 steps to the left. Stop, take a reading of 40 degrees and go 11 steps to 4trees growing from 1. Take a reading of 90 degrees and go 17 steps to 2 trees growing against a rock. Go to the east side of the rock and move a much smaller flat rock leaning against the big rock to reveal the hiding place of Mokele Ė Mbembe. While there, be sure not to miss the view from the vista and take in the view.
While on this trail, you can do the "Unknown Artist" and continue on to "White Elephant". I have been unable to find "Unknown Artist" on two occasions and am not sure if it is still there. "White Elephant" is further up the trail and is an excellent carving. If you only came for the Mokele-Mbembe stamp, it is easiest to go back down the trail the way you came.
Deep in the jungle and swamps of Zaire, formally known as "the Congo" lives Mokele-Mbembe, possibly a surviving sauropod dinosaur. It is said to live in the Likouala swamp region, located in the northern part of the Congo, which is about the size of the state of Arkansas. This animal is well known to the local pygmy inhabitants who claim to have even eaten itís flesh. Mokele-mbembe is about the size of an elephant with a very long reptilian type neck and large three clawed feet the size of frying pans. The creature is hairless and reddish brown or gray in color and has a very long and powerful tail. It spends most of itís time in the water but also comes up onto the land. It is believed that it is a smaller version of the brontosaurus. When the natives were shown pictures of various animals and dinosaurs, they quickly picked pictures of the brontosaurus as the resemblance most closely resembling Mokele-Mbembe. The brontosaurus was a huge plant eating dinosaur that roamed the earth over 70 million years ago. Could a descendent of this prehistoric creature still walk the earth today? The first expeditions into the area started around the 1880s into what was then "the Belgian Congo". There have been over 20 expeditions into this vast inhospitable land in search of proof of the monsters existence. In 1919 a search was done by the Smithsonian Institute. There were many expeditions in the 1980s and several more in the 1990s. Although there are eye witness reports and even a non conclusive photograph, proof is still elusive. More verbal testimony has been recovered, droppings, sound evidence, footprint casts and other circumstantial evidence but no indisputable photographs have yet been recovered. More information about Mokele-Mbembe, the surviving African dinosaur, can be found at the following web sites.http://www.unmuseum.org/mokele.htm
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