I Like Turtles
Turtle Rock, Marlborough
February 2, 2008
This page came about simply because I convinced EdHill to get out of the car along the busy route 66 and stand on a painted roadside rock. I can’t pretend that I expected him to actually do it, but he did, so here we are.
Perhaps he was willing because I had taken him to Eastford’s awesome Frog Rock earlier in the day. Or perhaps he was inspired by the “I like turtles” boy.
Regardless of the reason, less than a mile off of Route 2 in Marlborough on the northbound side (though easily seen in both directions) the turtle lies in wait.
The coolest thing about this particular painted roadside rock are the little feet/claws. To me, that makes this one my favorites of those I have seen. Apparently, this guy was originally a snake – with no feet and claws. Then at some point it became what I’ve determined is a turtle.
If you’d like to spend some time with the rock and don’t feel comfortable pulling off to the side of the busy road, you can park at Marlborough’s elementary school, walk from the trailhead at the back of the parking lot, paralleling route 66 and it will take you straight to the rock. (The picture below was taken in early 2020… homeboy needs some fresh paint.)
CTMQ’s Painted, Named, and Historic Rocks
Liz saysFebruary 10, 2008 at 7:36 pm
Down the road a piece, still on rt. 66 going towards East Hampton, is Eagle Rock. Same side of the road, looks like the same artist too. We go by the two of them quite a bit and get all giddy every time.
honeybunny saysFebruary 11, 2008 at 2:36 pm
That turtle looks like a snake.
That EdHill looks like a turtle.
Sarah saysOctober 27, 2009 at 4:04 pm
I’ve called it the Snake Rock…it looks more like a snake.
Steve saysOctober 30, 2009 at 7:45 am
But it has feet if you look closely!
Steadyjohn saysSeptember 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm
I always thought this was a snake; I never saw the feet, obscured by weeds I guess (my photo):
Also the “Eagle Rock” on Rte 66 in Hebron is impressive (my photo):
Steve saysSeptember 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm
Now that I think about it, it’s more of a lizard. Like a Gila Monster.
Sarah saysMay 24, 2013 at 10:16 am
As a transplant, I always thought of it as a fellow transplant – gila monster.
jeff saysAugust 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm
i was originaly a snake. evidently some chidren were scared so it was changed. it was pretty cool as a snake, much better then the redo to a “turtle”.
Christy Butler saysOctober 13, 2020 at 8:28 pm
After returning a few times, maybe it was a snake and then a turtle, but with the claws, multi-colored is more of a Lizard today.