Marsh, Martia, Marsh Traditional Geocache
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Cache is located on the Marsh Sanctuary property,not far off the "South Trail". The trail has easy to moderate grades, a few small stream crossings, and follows along side a marsh.
The Marsh Sanctuary's south trail runs southeast to northwest from the trailhead on Sarles Street to its end at a point along Leonard Park's perimeter trail. Parking is located at a pulloff, just south of the trailhead on Sarles, almost at its intersection with Byram Lake Road.
The south trail is marked yellow diamond with a red heron inside. Cache is along the west side of a Marsh Sanctuary boundary, approximately 350 feet west of a large fallen oak along Sanctuary's south trail.
Several people have asked why this Sanctuary is named "Marsh" if there is no marsh to be seen. The cache is named "Marsh, Martia, Marsh" to help clear this up and to bring people to "the marsh". The first "Marsh" signifies the existing land type which surrounds this feeder stream of the Kisco River.
"Martia" is the pen name of Martha Leonard, an early owner of the Brookside home, daughter of Colonel Leonard, for which Leonard Park is named. She landscaped its vicinity into a prized garden and built the amphitheater which played host to numerous events of theatrical nature. Interest in protecting the property as a nature preserve began here.
The final "Marsh" signifies the property where the cache resides, The Marsh Memorial Sanctuary, which commemorates Cornelia Van Rensselaer Marsh, a little girl who lived just down the street. Her father, Norman Marsh, donated the original properties and was chairman of the board in its early years.
And yes with all the 'Marshes' and Martia around I thought it a perfect time to reference Jan Brady's "It's always Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!" Too funny.
Beware of hunters (hunting illegally!) on this property. Wear bright colors for safety during hunting season.
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