When looking for these possible Stone Features of the Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape of Turtle Island, I at least imagine that it always helps support my case when I find a possible “effigy” feature that greatly resembles a “species specific” representation of a culturally significant animal especially if it is near a culturally important place.
And living somewhere that was called Turtle Island for much longer than it was called any other name, if that animal is a turtle I would imagine that helps build the case a little more
And the only thing better than one turtle is two different species specific turtles not too far from each other (and good images of the actual kind of turtle who was kind enough to pose in in a kind of similar position that I can steal an image of from a Google image search).
Yesterday I had found two images online (while looking for images of New England stone walls that resemble petroform snakes found in other parts of the world) that I immediately recognized as very realistic representations of a snapping turtle head (above) and a box turtle head (below), both most likely associated with a boulder large enough to inspire a rock climbing enthusiast to include on a website and presumably climb around on.
So this morning I had to navigate around and find those images again, find out just where these two very "anatomically correct" in their very skillful artistic representation testudinate boulders might be. Imagine my surprise when I read the description and directions below.
I guess the next step is to find out if there are any Indigenous connections to this “Schaghticoke Road” in Kent CT.
If you know of any, please let me know...
From the CT Bouldering Page:
"Description: This area is amazing. Large boulders litter the mountain side... The rock is either a nice schist or a conglomerate/dolomite and is of fairly good quality. Most of the boulders are located directly off an old logging road that intersects the AT, however some of the gems require some serious hiking/bushwhacking. This area is mind blowing, and would make a great stop on the way to the Gunks, as its only 40 miles away by car. There is simply too much rock out here for one person to get a handle on, so come on out here and put up some problems!
Things left to be desired... long drive, not too many easy problems, boulders could be a bit bigger, but as of now I hardly know whats out there. Sorry for the lame photos, and vague directions, this area and page is a work in progress, and as I only found these boulders on mothersday, I have a lot of work to do.
Getting There: The trailhead is the AT trailhead on Schaghticoke Rd near Bulls Bridge in Kent, CT. Head up the AT north and up the mountain. After you cross the creek and pass a couple head high boulders on your left (4 minutes in), there is a small cairn. Here you can go off trail north towards the anvil boulder which leads you to the logging road which uncovers the majority of boulders in this area. If you choose to stay on the AT, at about 7 minutes the trail takes you through the twin boulders, which are large, slabby and featured.
To get to the Trapps area, this is where you leave the trail behind. From the uphill side of the twin boulders, at the other small cairn, head southwest along the side hill cross country for about 20 minutes, you can vaguely follow a game trail most the way, crossing a large slab/cliffband/headwall. You will find amazing roofs and overhangs in this area.
Third option, If you stay on the AT instead... a few minutes further up the hill brings you to the tooth, a highball boulder with at least 3 super classic lines on it, all unsent. There are no good boulders further up the trail from this boulder that I have found so far..."